RUDOLPH OR HASKINS: Who Should Be Backup To Big Ben

Let’s get it out in the open. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger is getting older and will not be their quarterback forever. So my question is..who will be his backup in 2021?

I understand we all have our ideas of who should be at the helm should Roethlisberger go down (GOD FORBID)..but we have to keep that aspect in mind. So with that, let’s dig into a couple of facts on each quarterback option.

MASON RUDOLPH: Third Round..#76 In 2018 Draft

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I am not going to beat around the bush, Mason Rudolph was not welcomed with open arms when he was drafted in 2018 by the Steelers. But light came to his drafting when fellow Oklahoma State University wide receiver, James Washington was tossed into the mix. A combination that never came to fruition.

Rudolph has had going on 4 years to prove himself worthy of being Big Ben’s predecessor, but has actually shown very little improvement. I mean..let’s be honest, the only thing we remember Mason accomplishing was getting helmet smacked by Cleveland Browns linebacker, Myles Garrett.

Not saying Mason is not a “decent” quarterback, although former Steelers backup, Devlin “Duck” Hodges had a more impressive run due to his injury. Just saying he hasn’t impressed whatsoever.

In 15 total games, Rudolph has accumulated 2089 yards, 15 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Not bad numbers, but where is the flash? What game do we really remember Mason taking control? There is none.

DWAYNE HASKINS: First Round..#15 In 2019 Draft

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Although Haskins may not have been all that productive with the Washington Redskins/Football Team, he wasn’t really surrounded by any top notch talent. Not to mention the sub-par coaching staff, but all of that can change in Pittsburgh.

ROETHLISBERGER ON HASKINS: “I was just telling Coach [Mike Sullivan] the other day that his release and throwing motion mechanics are some of the prettiest I’ve ever seen. I told him, I wish I had that. Just everything he does. And he throws the ball, I joked he could throw it through a car wash and it wouldn’t get wet.”

Pretty high praise for the future Hall of Famer, and something I never heard Big Ben say about Rudolph. Then again I never heard any positive words about Mason Rudolph out of Roethlisberger’s mouth. Either that or I must have missed it.

Look..I understand that Haskins’ 2804 yards and 12 touchdowns isn’t all that to stand up and clap about, but keep in mind that was with lesser targets in a 2 year..12 game span. As far as his attitude is concerned? Head coach Mike Tomlin is extremely capable of toning down that aspect. Fact is Dwayne has First Round Talent, it just needs to be honed in by a future Hall of Fame coach like Tomlin.

Long story short..I believe Dwayne Haskins will beat out Mason Rudolph for the #2 spot. This preseason will show Haskins value with his arm strength and mobility. But what do you think? Leave a comment down below telling me who should back up Big Ben and why. #HereWeGo

Haters Shut Up..Tomlin Contract Extended

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It is official. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin has signed a 3 year contract extension keeping him with the organization through 2024. Something I am extremely happy about, and a contract well deserved.

Although there are those that may disagree with the decision, I can honestly say that their opinions do not matter. Who’s opinion does matter is the players who play for Tomlin, like All-Pro corner Joe Haden.

Haden, giving his congrats to Coach Tomlin hashtagging him #bestcoachever and #leaderofmen. That means more than any haters opinion in my book.

ESPN’s First Take host, Stephen A. Smith put it best, noting that in Tomlin’s tenure with the Steelers has never had a losing season.

So congratulations Mike Tomlin! Looks like you will have a couple more Super Bowl wins under your belt. #HereWeGo

Should CB Surtain II Be Steelers First Pick Over RB Harris?

Look, I am not going to lie. I believe that the Pittsburgh Steelers should use their first round pick (24th overall) on a running back. That running back being none other than, Najee Harris out of Alabama. But what if Harris is off the board at number 24? What position should the Steelers address besides the much needed RB position?

Enter Patrick Surtain II. The 6’2″..208 lb cornerback also out of Alabama is definitely one of the elite defensive backs in the 2021 NFL Draft. But, is he an absolute necessity for Pittsburgh at such a high price? Personally, I don’t believe he is an absolute NEED!

Since it has been stated “you go with the best player on the board” (Surtain ranked #16/Harris ranked #22) you also go by team needs. I mean, if the best player on the board is an inside linebacker, and you have three Pro Bowl ILBs and five potential starters on your roster are you picking an ILB? No. Having said that, the Steelers have a number of talented players in the DBs position.

With interchangeable defensive backs like Joe Haden, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Terrell Edmonds, Cam Sutton and Justin Layne..plus James Pierre licking his chops, I think we can hold off from picking up a corner until the second round.

After all it wasn’t the pass defense that was the problem last year, it was the lack of a run game that exposed Pittsburgh offense for what it was..one dimensional.

The Steelers had an abysmal running game last season, ranking 32nd in the National Football League. THIRTY SECOND! You don’t believe me? Look it up. Now ask yourself, when has that ever happened?

Of course, a lot of analysts and “so-called fans” blame the lack of a running game on the offensive line. A line coated with Alejandro Villanueva, David DeCastro..you know the rest. Cutting it short to focus on the the facts.

But..running back, James Conner (who I think was a great story) was not the answer. Hell, LeVeon Bell wasn’t the answer to Jerome Bettis, Willie Parker or DeAngelo Williams. Najee Harris can become that answer we are looking for.

Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin and general manager, Kevin Colbert have expressed interest in both Crimson Tide football studs. But the reality is Harris along with a veteran free agent like an Adrian Peterson to mentor the young backfield could be exactly what the doctor ordered.

So in my honest, biased opinion I think if Najee Harris is still on the board at number twenty-four, we pick Najee Harris. If not? Then you can only hope another “pro ready” running back is available. Only then do we entertain the CB position, but hey..it is just my opinion. I am not the ones behind the scenes making the decisions. Finger crossed for Najee. #HereWeGo

Big Ben And Steelers Will Prove Naysayers Wrong

Look, I get it. I get that the Pittsburgh Steelers are the most hated team in the National Football League. Why? Because regardless of the (tainted) Super Bowl victories by Tom Brady and The New England Patriots, they are still the Best organization/team in the NFL. But it seems some “so-called” experts want to think otherwise.

These Colin Cowherd, Dan Graziano and Mike Tannenbaum types are obviously clueless when comes to football..especially the Steelers. Because if I am not mistaken, the team has not had a losing season since Ben Roethlisberger was drafted 11th overall in the 2004 NFL draft. But here is their ridiculous predictions.

GRAZIANO: “If this contract is the best the Steelers can do, they’re not in less trouble than they were. Will be very difficult to build around Roethlisberger.”

Really? Difficult to build around Roethlisberger? You mean the quarterback that has spent 18 years in the league? The quarterback in NFL history that accumulated 50 wins in his first 5 seasons? That Roethlisberger?

TANNENBAUM: “I hate this move. It guarantees (the) Steelers will have the worst QB in the division for another 2 years.”

LOL! When has Roethlisberger ever been the worst quarterback in the AFC North? Keep in mind, Ben beat Lamar Jackson twice, Baker Mayfield once after coming off a week off where he did not play. A situation I wish Mike Tomlin would have went against. Mason Rudolph barely losing to the Cleveland Browns the week before the playoffs.

VIDEO BELOW: Now let’s look at Roethlisberger’s accomplisments, and configure in why he restructured his contract..yet again. The last time he restructured, the Steelers went to the Super Bowl a third time with Big Ben at the wheel.

The stats speak for themselves. Ben as accumulated more records for the Pittsburgh Steelers than previous 4x Super Bowl Champion, Terry Bradshaw. Yet these “know it all” idiots think he is going to falter? The man is a machine! He is like a Chevy truck, you may have to apply maintenance once in a while, but it always comes back stronger.

So mark my words, the Steelers will remain at the top of the division next year, and every year Roethlisberger is the quarterback. I think we need to focus more on the offensive line and the running game before you try to break the QB position down.

Steelers Do Not Need To Draft a QB in First or Any Round

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Why would they? I don’t even know where this ridiculous notion came from to be perfectly honest. Because it has been determined that veteran quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger will definitely be returning. A decision disliked by some, but loved by most. So the last position the Pittsburgh Steelers need to address is the QB position.

Let’s say Roethlisberger plays for one more year, the Steelers made the move to pick up former Washington Football Team QB, Dwayne Haskins. And in my opinion played in the wrong system for the wrong team. Losing his staring position to Alex Smith. But I believe can bring something to the table after Big Ben’s decided departure. Much mote than 3rd year backup, Mason Rudolph can bring..that is for sure.

Which brings me to the podcast interview former Steelers quarterback, Charlie Batch had with Steelers Depot Wednesday. And although I usually agree with Batch’s input involving the team, his input on Rudolph was way off the mark.

Come on now. Pittsburgh Steelers President, Art Rooney II said it best about Rudolph, saying back on the 28th of January that Mason can be a quarterback in this “league” and starter in this “league.” Never did he mention a quarterback or a starter for the Steelers.

Regardless of Rooney’s previous statement that he himself, and head coach Mike Tomlin have complete faith in Rudolph being the starter during the Roethlisberger situation. I truly believe those words spoken were just lip service for the 2019 third round draft pick.

“Well, obviously Mason Rudolph would be the number one person we’d think about,” Rooney told Pompeani. “And, you know, Mason’s had a good few years now in terms of putting himself in a position to potentially become a starter in this league. I think a few more preseason games, a little more playing time, would be what he needs. But I think what he’s shown so far, he’s capable of being a starter in this league.”

Pardon my french..but “BULLSHIT!” If that were the case, if he truly believes Rudolph would be the next man up, then why bring in the 15th overall pick in the 2019 draft Haskins? I will tell you why, it was a subtle yet firm statement to Mason to either produce or you will be replaced.

“We’re excited to see what Dwayne can do with us,” general manager Kevin Colbert said. “It didn’t work out for him in Washington. We had high grades on Dwayne coming out of Ohio State. He got picked a lot higher than we were able to make that decision. … He’s a young, talented quarterback that we’re anxious to see what he can do once he gets here and gets working with us.” 


Let’s put it like this, the Steelers need to address three major positions in this year’s NFL Draft..Running Back(James Conner is out)..Offensive Tackle/Center(Alejandro Villanueva is out/Maurkice Pouncey retirement)..and Edge Rusher(may lose Bud Dupree). Fingers crossed on the latter that the organization works something out, but quarterback should be nowhere in the picture.