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Steelers are All-In on Rudolph Whether You Like It or Not

by Steeldad
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I could probably just post the tweet below and publish this article because that’s really all that needs to be said regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers and Mason Rudolph.

That’s right Steelers Nation, the General Manager, Kevin Colbert has made it abundantly clear that they are moving forward with Rudy. In the same interview today on 93.7 The Fan Colbert also confirmed what we’ve been telling you for weeks.

Do you have any idea how many talking heads at ESPN, NFLN and FOX said that Pittsburgh was where Jameis Winston was headed? I guarantee you they had no inside knowledge. What they had was “talking points to create more talking points.” It’s very similar to what we see in the mainstream media whether you are a liberal or conservative; both sides create issues simply to get people talking. The bottom line here is that Winston to Pittsburgh was NEVER going to happen.

As for Rudy…

When he was drafted by the Steelers I did our draft profile on him and had him as a second or third rounder. My two main concerns were his inability to throw across the field, especially on deep sideline routes and that he had ‘heavy legs.’ The latter has been the one issue that has plagued him during his stints as QB. What it means is that he doesn’t possess those light feet needed to move around the pocket as well as should. To be fair, there were moments in 2019 where he moved better but it’s a work in progress.

What fans have to understand is that Colbert and Mike Tomlin view last season as Rudolph’s rookie season. Technically it was his second but he didn’t see the field in 2018 so his playing last season amounted to his first time on an NFL field when it mattered. I am of the opinion that Rudolph deserves the benefit of the doubt. Do I believe he is the heir apparent to Ben Roethlisberger? It doesn’t matter what I think because he will be. But ya, I have concerns about his being a long term starter in Pittsburgh like many of you do.

Ultimately what you or I think doesn’t matter. The Steelers are moving forward with Mason Rudolph, not Jameis Winston or Cam Newton or anyone else for that matter. This is yet another very clear indicator of what separates us from the people that actually make the decisions.

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Rosa Simmons April 29, 2020 - 10:15 am

I love Mason I think he will do us proud

Charlie Battle April 29, 2020 - 10:36 am

I agree last year really was his rookie year. As a true steeler fan not like the one’s who wanted tomlin’s head on a platter. I trust him and kolbert. Heir to big ben? I don’t know let’s give him a shot.

Andy Carabajal April 29, 2020 - 1:06 pm

He sucks we could of draft a way better Qb then him

Cody April 29, 2020 - 1:28 pm

Mason was put in alot of bad spots last year our O was a ? To start with then throw in a rookie mason to lead it. We should b thankful that we kept fighting all year #steeler gang # it’s an honor to b a fan..

eric April 29, 2020 - 1:33 pm

If Big Ben goes down we are again stuck he is not the QB of the future, but hey they will see real quick if they both don’t get ran off before it happens. Well hopefully Ben STAY HEALTHY….Mason plays scary ball not football

Stu April 29, 2020 - 3:03 pm

Show of hands, how many thought after Bradshaw’s rookie season he would lead us to the promise land? Bottom line, the majority of NFL QBs take time to develop.

steeldad April 29, 2020 - 4:15 pm

This is an excellent point. Bradshaw was ready to quit football, go home to Louisiana and just be another guy. He struggled professionally and personally. Imagine if social media had been around then!

James Hixon April 29, 2020 - 3:44 pm

Mason cant take a hit , hes got a glass jaw

Mike April 29, 2020 - 11:00 pm

Time will tell the truth and I’m rooting for him, but I don’t believe he is a .500 guy. He’ll win you 3-6 games and that’ll get you picking in the top 15.

JoeTitterington April 30, 2020 - 1:40 am

Take a look at Troy Aikman’s rookie season. He sucked but came back to be one of the all-time great’s. Give Rudy a chance.

william deater April 30, 2020 - 6:26 pm

Rudolph last season was hindered by the lack of a run game and poor o-line play. Injuries to JuJu and Conner down the stretch werent helpful either but Rudolph kept us in most games right til the end, even with him being shackled by conservative play calls. Last season was a year i missed Todd Haley as OC

Bob April 30, 2020 - 10:18 pm

Not everyone starts there careers like Patrick Mahomes, some take time.

bob graff May 1, 2020 - 2:24 am

My two cents, I think he’s a bit below average. Is he on the level with say a Tannehill, Newton, Foles or even a Garoppolo. These are mid-level quarterbacks. That’s what he has the potential to become as they would say “his ceiling”. But it will take some time and patience to get him to that level. And when and if he does get there what 9 to 10 wins tops. Be honest, i personally see him about as good as David Woodley or Tommy Maddox.

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