History has a weird way of repeating itself.
In 2017, Mike Glennon was signed to be the Chicago Bears’ QB1. A month later, the same Bears team that gave Glennon $18 million in guarantees traded up to take Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft. But after four subpar games under center, Glennon was sent to the bench. And Trubisky — who was slated to learn as an understudy behind Glennon for the entirety of his rookie year — was thrust into the starting role.
Five years later, it is Trubisky — who signed a free agent deal to start for the Pittsburgh Steelers last March — moving out of the starting lineup. And in his place comes Kenny Pickett, a rookie quarterback viewed as the franchise’s long-term solution:
Pickett replaced Trubisky during the team’s loss to the Jets on Sunday. And it looks like he’ll get the keys to the car full-time now.
Our original post after Trubisky’s benching yesterday follows below.
I don’t imagine Steelers fans were taking a deficit to the Jets lightly.
And I can’t imagine Pittsburgh’s coaching staff was either.
So, after Mitchell Trubisky went 7-for-13, threw for 84 yards, with an interception, and taking three sacks, as well as posting a 41.8 passer rating, Head Coach Mike Tomlin made the switch to Kenny Pickett.
Unfortunately, for Pittsburgh, the immediate returns weren’t all that great:
ON THE FIRST THROW!? Sheesh.
I still think Trubisky can carve out a role as a QB2 as a bridge quarterback who battles someone in camp for a starting job. But the first 3+ games with the Steelers haven’t been all that pretty. Then again, that interception from Pickett wasn’t all that hot either.