Thursday, September 22, 2022

Steelers face growing calls to bench ex-Bills QB in favor of rookie

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Mitch Trubisky’s plan to use the Buffalo Bills as a springboard back into a starting NFL job has worked, but whether it will remain a long-term success is in question.

Trubisky earned the starting job with the Pittsburgh Steelers after a season behind Josh Allen in Buffalo, but a couple of shaky performances had many urging the Steelers to bench him in favor of rookie Kenny Pickett. While insiders believe Trubisky’s job is secure for now, his chances of retaining the starting job for the entire season could be in doubt.

The Steelers were unequal in two games, beating reigning AFC champions Cincinnati Bengals in the season opener and losing to the New England Patriots in Week 2. Trubisky was also unequal, completing 59.2 percent of his passes for 362 total yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

As CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin noted, Trubisky’s stats put him near the bottom end of the league for starters.

“His passer rating (76.1) ranks 29th among active starters, he makes less than 60% of his throws and averages fewer yards per attempt (5.1) than literally every other front row QB in the NFL,” Benjamin wrote.

As Trubisky struggles with inconsistencies, some fans and commentators have begun demanding Pickett get his shot.

“Steelers can probably bench Trubisky and move into the Kenny Pickett era now,” he tweeted Tyler Conway of Bleacher Report.

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