Ben Roethlisberger has some thoughts on who should be his successor with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The former quarterback, who is now podcasting in his post-NFL life, advocated for Mitchell Trubisky to be the team’s starting quarterback.
“In my opinion, I think Mitchell Trubisky is the starter,” Roethlisberger said on “Footbahlin’” via CBS Sports. “He should start. He’s a veteran, he’s been around for a while, he gives you, in my opinion, the best chance to win right now.”
Trubisky was voted by his teammates as one of the captains on Monday, and news later broke that he was indeed listed as the team's starter ahead of veteran Mason Rudolph on the depth chart, with rookie Kenny Picket as QB3.
The Steelers signed Trubisky, a former first-round pick of the Chicago Bears, this offseason after he spent a year backing up Josh Allen in Buffalo and he has taken a majority of the first-team reps this preseason.
Pickett, a first-round pick out of Pitt, somewhat surprisingly sits at the bottom of the depth chart, but Roethlisberger does think highly of him.
“Kenny has done a great job. From what I’ve seen in the preseason, you wouldn’t be like, ‘Oh man, he’s a rookie. He’s got some learning curves,’” Roethlisberger said. “I think he’s done a great job.”
Roethlisberger believes Pickett could benefit from a season on the sideline, something he was supposed to do himself before he was thrust into the Steelers starting role in Week 2 with an injury.
It did not seem to faze Roethlsiberger, though, who went 13-0 as a starter his rookie season.
“I would say this about almost all rookie quarterbacks: it benefits you to sit behind a veteran for a little bit of time,” he said. “And I think Mitch is a great leader, a great football player, he’s a great athlete, he’s a good quarterback. They brought him in here for a reason, and I think he’s going to mentor Kenny and I think he’ll really help Kenny a lot. But in my opinion, it should. Be Mitch’s job for the time being.”