PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – All three Steelers quarterbacks talked this week about their performances as training camp closes on Sunday with the final exhibition game. Two are confident in their performances and the other believes he has better than most give him credit for.
Steelers Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada told 93.7 The Fan it’s still undecided. And he says it’s undecided between all three candidates, not just the assumed duo of Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett. He likes what Mason Rudolph has done in camp as well. So how tight is it really?
“It’s probably right where we hoped it would be,” Canada told The Fan on Thursday. “You’ve guys have watched it all, you’ve been here. I think we have had three quarterbacks that have all, for the most part, played well.”
“It’s not a situation where someone has played well and the other guys have played so bad, so he’s won the job by default. All three guys have played well, they’ve all had moments of really good and some moments you’d like to have back, like everybody does. That’s where you want it to be.”
Here are the numbers:
Mason Rudolph 26 of 36, 220 yards, 72.2% comp, 2 TD, 106.2 rating
Kenny Pickett 19 of 22, 171 yards, 86.4% comp, 3 TD, 138.6 rating
Mitch Trubisky 9 of 15, 123 yards, 60% comp, TD, 108.5 rating
*Trubisky has rushed for 14 yards to Pickett’s 12
No doubt the player on the rise is Pickett.
“I think Kenny has gotten more and more comfortable,” Canada told 93.7 The Fan. “He’s exactly the guy that Mr. Rooney, Coach and Mr. Colbert drafted. We knew what he was, he’s a student of the game.”
“Obviously, we believe he has a lot of talent, and we know how important talent is, but there is also at that position, so many other things. I think you are seeing him being a student of the game, his football IQ, you are seeing that continue to come. That’s why he continues to play well.”
Trubisky has taken all but a couple of handfuls of first-team reps since the first OTA practice in May. What Canada said of how he’s grasped everything?
“I think he’s come in and handled things very well,” Canada told The Fan. “You come in and how are you going to handle it. You want the job. We put him as the first QB, but there are still other things going on.”
“I think he’s done a great job of getting to know the players, leading in his own way. They all three have. They are all three different guys. They are all three very good leaders, very smart. Finding your niche in how to do it and watching that. I think he’s done a great job of that.”
“He’s played well when we’ve asked him to play in games. Hopefully he can do that this weekend.”
We’ll see how the quarterback rotation plays out against Detroit Sunday. It still seems like a foregone conclusion that Trubisky will be the starter in Cincinnati. A late charge by Pickett has him as a strong consideration and Canada said really any of them can win you games.
“You want all three to be playing, in coach’s terms, at a varsity level,” Canada told 93.7 The Fan. “Whoever we decide is the best one is the guy. I think we’ve had that to this point, but we still have another dress rehearsal to see how that finishes.”