Mitch Trubisky focused on what he can control, playing winning football to hold on to early work

Just days into his tenure as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ official starting quarterback for the 2022 season opener, the buzz about how long, or whether, veteran quarterback Mitch Trubisky can retain the starting job is starting to get louder. hit a high note.

Throughout much of training camp and the preseason, the fan base and local and national media have been calling for rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett to be the guy to step up under center for the black and gold in the 90th season of existence, and beyond. Yet head coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Matt Canada never batted an eye, sticking with Trubisky from start to finish this offseason, finally crowning him the starting quarterback last week.

The NFL means “Not for long,” though, and that could be the case for Trubisky, who has Pickett hot on his heels waiting for a chance to step onto the field and take advantage of the starting job. Trubisky isn’t concerned about that, at least publicly, telling reporters Wednesday from the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side that he’s simply focused on controlling what he can control and playing winning football for the Blacks and Golds. .

“Just play well, be consistent, care about what I can control and care about what’s best for the Pittsburgh Steelers and winning football games,” Trubisky told reporters, according to video via Steelers.com, when he asked her what she needed. do to keep the job. “…[I’m] I’m not worried about that [outside noise]. Just mind my business and take care of what I can control day to day.”

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It seems like a tough question overall, but that’s one Trubisky should get used to hearing with Pickett, the local favorite, behind him. Not only will the questions be tough, so will the critics, who will call out Pickett at any sign of a Trubisky slip.

That may seem unfair in general, but such is the life of a journeyman quarterback who has the job of the first-round draft pick, who also happens to be that local hero.

Trubisky is in a tough spot overall, at least off the field. He is respected in the locker room, he has the trust and faith of his teammates and coaches and he just needs to get out there and play football like he has shown during training camp and preseason. If he does it, play smart, win football and stay healthy he will keep you in the driver’s seat in the center.

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