Fox Sports analyst and legendary Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw has his doubts about the talent on the current roster. He suggests the team could take a step backward if Pittsburgh makes the wrong decision.
Terry Bradshaw doesn’t believe in the Steelers QB room
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin suggests the team is keeping an open mind when looking to replace Ben Roethlisberger.
“I’m excited about that — that challenge,” Tomlin said, per ESPN‘s Brooke Pryor. “All options are on the table.”
Mason Rudolph is still under contract with the Steelers. It appears he will have every opportunity to compete for the starting job. However, Terry Bradshaw doesn’t think the third-year quarterback has what it takes to run the show in 2022. The Hall of Fame quarterback recently joined The Rich Eisen Show and weighed in on the current state of the Steelers quarterback room.
“I don’t think they have the answer on the bench,” said Bradshaw. “Mason Rudolph, he had his chances, and I didn’t see much from him. Maybe he has to play a full season. They’ve got to build something around him.”
Bradshaw didn’t mention Dwayne Haskins Jr. by name, but he’s been a non-factor since getting cut by the Washington Football Team.
The Steelers have a massive question to answer at the quarterback position.
The Steelers could’ve better prepared for Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement
The 2021 season was Ben Roethlisberger’s 18th campaign in the NFL. The 39-year-old signal-caller has gained plenty of miles throughout his career, which caught up to him in the past few seasons.
After a 12-4 finish in 2020, Mike Tomlin’s squad had high expectations for 2021. However, things didn’t quite go as planned. Even though the Steelers made the playoffs, they had some major holes on offense.
Pittsburgh’s offensive line was inconsistent all season long. Nine-time Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey retired after the 2020 season. He was the unquestioned leader of the front line, and the impact of his absence was evident. The front office did a patchwork job building the line, which caused serious problems.
The offensive line woes directly impacted the offense’s overall lack of success. The Steelers were excited about Najee Harris, who had a solid season, but poor play up front capped his ceiling. Pittsburgh usually likes to play smash-mouth football but couldn’t sustain a dominant rushing attack.
The team’s inability to establish a consistent running game put the offense at a disadvantage. Ben Roethlisberger was clearly not the same player. However, as Terry Bradshaw suggested, there weren’t better options on the bench.
General manager Kevin Colbert didn’t account for the steady decline of their longtime franchise quarterback, which provides a dilemma heading into the offseason.
Bradshaw doesn’t think Aaron Rodgers would come to Pittsburgh
While Terry Bradshaw believes the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have an answer for their quarterback problem, he doesn’t think they can land just anybody.
The four-time Super Bowl champion has heard the rumblings about Aaron Rodgers’ uncertain future with the Green Bay Packers. Even though the likely MVP previously mentioned he loves the city of Pittsburgh and has great respect for Mike Tomlin, Bradshaw isn’t buying that he’d actually consider the Steelers.
“I don’t think Aaron would go to Pittsburgh,” Bradshaw said. “I think he’d analyze the offensive line’s not very good. The wide receivers are hit or miss. The tight end’s not bad. I don’t think that’s something he’s going to want to be a part of. He said he didn’t want to be part of rebuilding. That’s what Pittsburgh is going to have to do.”
Bradshaw likes the Steelers defense and rookie running back Najee Harris. Still, he doesn’t think that would be enough to entice the 10-time Pro Bowler. Ben Roethlisberger took a lot of punishment due to shaky offensive line play. Surely, Rodgers wouldn’t want to leave Green Bay to get hit more this late in his career.
The Steelers will likely have options in free agency or via trade. The draft is also an option even though the class isn’t overwhelmingly deep.
Terry Bradshaw has a point, though. It wouldn’t be wise for Pittsburgh to head into 2022 with Mason Rudolph or Dwayne Haskins Jr. and expect to contend.
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