Guess what, people. It’s coaching camp time. And which means it’s time for coaching camp questions. For the primary time since 2019, the Pittsburgh Steelers are literally again at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe after having been pressured to stay in Pittsburgh, the place they held their previous two coaching camps within the Field Formerly Known as Heinz.
Even although the Steelers are again on very acquainted floor, extra particularly on that of Chuck Noll Field, this can be a coaching camp that’s unusually filled with certainty. After all, they haven’t had a real quarterback battle in a few many years, however they’ve one now with Mitch Trubisky, Kenny Pickett, and Mason Rudolph.
We’ve acquired one more new offensive line, with some incoming veterans in James Daniels and Mason Cole. Myles Jack is in at inside linebacker, changing Joe Schobert, and we’ll must see if Devin Bush can return to kind after final 12 months’s dismal show.
There’s nonetheless a lot occurring, and coaching camp will solely create extra questions as we go alongside, even because it begins to offer some solutions. We’ll be overlaying them right here every day for the group to “talk amongst yourselves”, as Linda Richman may say on Coffee Talk.
Question: At what level can we begin evaluating Mitch Trubisky?
I wrote a inventory watch article about Mitch Trubisky yesterday, arguing that, primarily based on the primary six practices of coaching camp, his inventory was down primarily based on the way in which that he carried out. I allowed for quite a few caveats, notably the dearth of availability of mainly the entire workforce’s most notable skill-position gamers, however some feedback I acquired again implied—or did greater than suggest—that he can’t be evaluated but, even preliminarily.
He’s new to the workforce (in fact, so is Kenny Pickett, who can also be a rookie). Okay. He’s studying a brand new offense. But what number of veteran beginning quarterbacks signed in free company would get this excuse? And if Trubisky is taking part in with second-string skill-position gamers, who’re the opposite quarterbacks taking part in with—together with second- and third-string linemen?
I argue that analysis is a fluid course of to which there’s by no means a ultimate conclusion, at the least till a participant retires, and due to that, I don’t imagine there may be a lot room for there being a time ‘too early’ to supply one—supplied that the suitable degree of import is utilized to it.
Yesterday’s article was merely an remark on the overall evaluation of his efficiency by way of the Steelers’ first six practices of coaching camp. I didn’t learn a single optimistic evaluate of any of his first six days in Latrobe.
But that’s only the start. And it’s already evolving. Trubisky had a greater day of observe yesterday. I may simply write one other inventory watch article for right this moment noting the one-day enchancment, although I’d hope that he can stack at the least a number of good practices collectively, first.
Let’s be clear about one thing. I don’t have a canine within the race for who the Steelers’ quarterback is. Ideally, the rookie draft decide will show to be well worth the funding in time, but when we’re speaking concerning the 2021 season, I’ve nothing for nor towards Trubisky, nor Mason Rudolph, nor Kenny Pickett. I feel the most effective quarterback ought to be the one taking part in, no matter who that’s, and I’ve no preconceived notions of who the most effective might be by the tip of August.
I’d similar to there to be a real competitors. I don’t suppose it ought to be anyone’s “job to lose”, as we’ve heard in sure experiences. Trubisky didn’t get off to the best begin along with his new workforce, however there’s nonetheless loads of time to put in writing his story. This is simply the very starting. No conclusions have been drawn, nor ought to they be, however he undeniably has to do higher.