The Pittsburgh Steelers snuck into the playoffs as the seventh seed in the AFC. They were hoping to go on one more magical Super Bowl run for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but it came to an abrupt end when they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 42-21.
Ben Roethlisberger has given it his all to this franchise for the past 18 years. He led to three Super Bowl appearances and two Super Bowl titles. Head coach Mike Tomlin said after the game that it was an honor and a privilege to coach him. Tomlin is going to work with a different quarterback in 2022 and it is going to feel really weird for him.
Who will Mike Tomlin potentially work with at quarterback next year?
Do the Pittsburgh Steelers feel comfortable with him starting next year? There will be more mobility with him than Ben Roethlisberger, but they might need a new offensive coordinator. Matt Canada working with Rudolph could potentially be a disaster. Also, he may have potentially reached his potential.
Rodgers has a strong relationship with Mike Tomlin. Aaron Rodgers wants to go to a respectable franchise if he decides to leave the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers would immediately become the best quarterback in the AFC North in an extremely tough division. For a franchise that harps on Super Bowl Titles, they haven’t won a playoff game in a few years and they would potentially be back in that conversation for sure.
He is going to keep his options open for where he wants to play next year. Things have not gone well for him lately with the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle appears to be starting all over and Wilson wants to be on a football team in win-now mode and not tank now mode. Wilson will be that great leader in the Steel City and people in Pittsburgh would love having him around. He would have the running game, wide receivers, and defense.
The Pittsburgh Steelers know Kenny Pickett very well because Pickett played college football at the University of Pittsburgh and I am sure that Mike Tomlin and Pat Narduzzi talk to each other all the time. Pickett would be no stranger to this city and this fan base. He wouldn’t have to go anywhere. The Pittsburgh Steelers currently draft 20th in the 2022 NFL Draft and I am sure they would have a plan to move up to get him.
General manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin would probably prefer to go with a veteran quarterback in 2022, but they may be stuck with sticking with Mason Rudolph. I know that isn’t the most ideal situation for the Pittsburgh Steelers and its fanbase, but it will be interesting to see what happens with this decision.
-Glenn Kaplan, 12oz Sports Contributor, Live Monday’s at 3 p.m. ET & Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on 12oz Sports
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