Steelers right to move on to Pickett


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Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett played the second half of last Sunday’s game and will be the starter this week.

Adam Degenhardt, Sports Editor

On Sunday afternoon, during a game against the Jets, the Steelers coaching staff put Kenny Pickett into the game, benching Mitch Trubisky. 

This situation was bound to happen eventually, because when a team claims that they have two quarterbacks, they really have none. 

Acrisure Stadium erupted as Pickett went into the game, with fans showing their love for the former Pitt Panthers quarterback. This was the first true taste of what the franchise will look like moving forward, and the Steelers will start him Sunday in Buffalo.

Trubisky and Pickett are similar in talent. The only advantage to Trubisky is his experience. 

At this point in the season, a playoff appearance looks out of reach. It would be better to start Pickett and get him some NFL experience so he can grow into being an elite quarterback. 

Pickett also has a lot more potential than Trubisky. Trubisky has proved to NFL fans over the years that he is nothing more than a below-average quarterback. Pickett has time to develop and gain knowledge to become an offensive weapon for the Steelers. 

Although Pickett threw three interceptions last Sunday, his performance was not terrible. Two of the interceptions could be blamed on the receivers. He threw accurate passes, but unfortunately they were tipped up by Chase Claypool and Pat Freiermuth and then intercepted. 

He also had two rushing touchdowns, proving that he is more mobile than Trubisky. His young legs can help the Steelers in a jam, especially with an offensive line that is ranked 30th out of the 32 NFL teams. 

Pickett also targeted George Pickens more during the second half than Trubisky did in the first four games of the season. From what was seen, the Pickett-Pickens chemistry could be a very important piece of the team moving forward. 

Pickett should be the starter for the rest of the year. Trubisky should be traded for an offensive lineman so the Steelers can start to partially rebuild their organization. 

As Pickett settles in, he will become more comfortable and play better than he did against the Jets.