When it comes to who should start quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2022, Mark Madden of 105.9 The X and TribLIVE feels the decision is clear.
Who cares if Mason Rudolph is with the longest-running team? Who cares if Mitch Trubesky was signed as the starter just six weeks ago?
The team drafted Pitt producer Kenny Pickett in the first round. And the goal should be to make him a key midfielder if at all possible.
He turns 24 a little over a month from now. Madden told V “Madden Monday” for this week audio notation. “You can’t get a guy who has started 49 tag team matches and will be 24 before he starts camp and put him on a slow lane. You can’t do that. If you do, his wording makes no sense. If you’re looking for a long game, you need to take Malik Willis (Liberty/QB). So you have to start it.”
Madden’s preference, however, was Trent McDuffie, the linebacker from the Washington Huskies who was then picked in the No. 21 pick by the Kansas City Chiefs.
“He’s a guy in a prime position who comes in and starts right away,” Madden said. “I’m not angry at the choice, but it’s not the choice I would have made.”
Madden believes the Steelers’ head coach may have a hard time adjusting after Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement.
“Mike Tomlin inherited Ben Roethlisberger. He’s never had to replace a quarterback before. The way he handled it underscores that – he never did. And I think he (he) doesn’t know how to do it,” Madden explained.
The Steelers were somewhat feverish in their attempts to replace Roethlisberger. Since their decline that coincided with the rest of the squad after their 11-0 start in 2020, the club has thrown as many people into the position as possible with no apparent commitment or way to go crazy.
They signed Dwayne Haskins. They kept Roethlisberger for another year. They extend Mason Rudolph until 2022. They signed with Trubisky. They crafted Beckett. They even penned Chris Oldcon of South Dakota.
Even considering Haskins’ sudden death in April, that’s a lot of movement for a middle room that still feels pretty unsettled heading into 2022. Madden said he feels bad about Trubisky.
“He was cheated,” Madden said. “He was coming here thinking he was going to restart his career. Now he will be a backup to a junior. He gets paid well ($14.2 million over two years). But he still must feel cheated.”
Also on the podcast, Madden and I previewed the Penguins’ playoff streak against the New York Rangers, as well as some potentially off-season moves. We anticipate a possible confrontation in the Stanley Cup Final. We analyze Jordan Addison’s situation in Pete.
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