Despite the Steelers’ decision to use the 20th overall pick in the draft over quarterback Kenny Pickett, veteran Mitchell Trubisky has the inside track to be the starter.
Peter King, reporting from the team’s training camp, said Trubisky has actually been told the No. 1 job is his to lose.
To date, Trubisky has not.
“Coach Tomlin is very transparent about the situation.” Trubisky told King. “I’ve done all the reps with those so far. So I try not to take any day for granted, just take advantage of this opportunity and continue to lead this team.
Will Trubisky win the job? “I think so,” he told King.
It is logical. It’s always easier to go from veteran to first-round rookie than from first-round to veteran. Once Pickett gets the job, it will be very difficult to turn it back to Trubisky or anyone else.
Remember, when the Steelers fielded Ben Roethlisberger in 2004, he didn’t start right away. Only after Tommy Maddox got injured did the door open for the then rookie.
The Steelers can afford to take their time. The team is driven by the defense and its running game. They don’t need anyone to throw the ball all over the place.
Also, just because things didn’t work out for Trubisky in Chicago, it doesn’t mean he can’t get it done. He helped the team to the playoffs with the Bears twice in four seasons, and things seemed to be falling apart not only because of him, but also because he didn’t fit the team’s offensive approach after John Fox was fired and Matt Nagy was hired.