I know that there are a few fans that may disagree with me, but I am here to prove that the Pittsburgh Steelers do not..and should not offer a contract extension to quarterback, Mason Rudolph.
Since being drafted by the Steelers in the third round (76th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft, it was apparent that Pittsburgh may have studied Rudolph as successor to proverbial Hall of Fame quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. Being that they traded their third round (79th overall) and seventh round (220th overall) to move up to pick him.
But then came the actual playing time under center in the National Football League, where Mason showed his mediocrity time and time again in the absence of Roethlisberger. This being basically stated by General Manager, Kevin Colbert when asked by Sports Illustrated.
Not saying that Rudolph’s campaign wasn’t impressive stat wise, going 176 for 283, with 1765 yards. Along with a 62.2% completion, 13 touchdown, 9 interception, 10 game season. But it was the struggle, and actions of the wide receivers that gained him those stats, not his play. Along with how the team seemed to had rallied around Devlin “Duck” Hodges more than they did Mason with his 5-4 record and one incomplete (The Myles Garrett Incident).
You gotta love how my homie, Jomboy brings in the commentary. You also gotta hate one major thing about Mason Rudolph..“In his career against the Cleveland Browns, he has yet to beat them!” And we all know as a QB for the Steelers, if you can’t beat the Clowns..you really don’t belong.
KEY POINT: Rudolph lost away to Cleveland in ‘Helmet Gate’ 21-7. Hodges beat the Browns at home 20-13. Mason then lost the following season to Cleveland in week 17.
Then you have the infamous quote by Steelers President, Art Rooney II that pretty much solidified that Rudolph should not..and will not be on the roster next season.
“We are comfortable that he (Rudolph) is a quarterback who can play in this league and be a starter in this league.”
Not once did Rooney mention “for this team” or “for this organization”..but “for this league” was his choice of words.
Long story short..Mason Rudolph just isn’t good enough. Why would Pittsburgh make the move to pick up Dwayne Haskins so quickly in the offseason? So say goodbye to Rudolph ladies who think he is “HOT!” Because “HOT” doesn’t win football games. #HereWeGo