A Pittsburgh offense does not produce enough points. But that’s not enough to produce a quarterback change. Until now.
After Thursday night’s 29-17 loss to the Browns, coach Mike Tomlin was clear in his continued support of the current starters. Mitch Trubesky. When asked about the possibility of switching from Trubisky to the first rookie Kenny BeckettTomlin said,The answer to this question is absolutely no. “
It’s the best chance to give Beckett extra time to get ready for the job until the end of the ninth week. By then it may be too late. After a week four home game against the Jets, the Steelers face a small killer class of superior foes: at the Bells, at Boss, at Dolphin, at Eagles.
The Steelers, currently 1-2, could end up 2-6 in eight weeks. That could make it very difficult to win enough from the last nine games to seize the division or slip into one of the three wild card slots in the AFC.
It would also add to the pressure on Tomlin to avoid his first-ever losing season. He will need to go 7-2 down the extension.
In the meantime, he will have to manage the internal and external pressure to play Trubisky. Fans want Pitt’s product. In the building, Trubisky was losing support even before his third week loss.
And while Trubisky did a better job of taking the ball off the field in a passing game, the results weren’t there. Trubisky completed 20 of 32 passes for 207 yards. Not bad, but not good enough to win.
Clearly, Beckett is the future. Many believe that the future is now. The guy in charge of the team thinks otherwise, and that’s all that really matters.