Pittsburgh Steelers: Who Should the Quarterback Be in 2021?
The Pittsburgh Steelers are an aging football team. They started the season 11-0 and they lost to the Cincinnati Bengals on the road by a final score of 27-17.
Pittsburgh has one of the worst offenses in the NFL. They can’t run the football, but the Steelers need or maybe need a new quarterback in 2021.
Ben Roethlisberger has not been playing well recently. He completed 20-of-38 passes for 170 yards one touchdown and one interception. Roethlisberger intends on playing in 2021, but if he is not the quarterback, then who should be?
Backup quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and Joshua Dobbs are not the answer. The Pittsburgh Steelers currently have one of the worst backup quarterbacks situations in the NFL.
The first option could be is trading for quarterback Sam Darnold from the New York Jets. Darnold could use a change of scenery, but would New York be willing to move on from him for Justin Fields of Ohio State if they landed the number two pick instead of the number one pick for Trevor Lawrence of Clemson?
Darnold was also Juju Smith-Schuster’s college teammate at USC.
The second option could be to sign Jameis Winston. What if Drew Brees doesn’t retire for Sean Payton’s club and what if Taysom Hill is the long term answer in New Orleans for the Saints?
The third option could be trade for Carson Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz needs a new change of scenery.
The fourth option could be draft a quarterback in the first or second round. Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, and Zach Wilson of BYU would most likely be gone and selected when the Pittsburgh Steelers draft. Would a Trey Lance from North Dakota State, a Mac Jones from Alabama, or a Kyle Trask from Florida work?
This is a decision that general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin are both going to have to make when the season is over.
At the moment, Ben Roethlisberger is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Without him, they would have most likely missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
He did not get much help once again from his offense. Even though running back Benny Snell Jr. rushed for 84 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown and also caught three passes for 23 yards receiving, the running game is one of the worst in the NFL.
They missed James Conner in the backfield last night. They need to draft a running back in the NFL Draft in the first two rounds desperately.
Diontae Johnson caught eight passes for 59 yards receiving and a touchdown. Johnson has had a case of dropping passes this season.
Chase Claypool caught three passes for 54 yards receiving. Claypool needs to be used and utilized more in the Pittsburgh Steelers offense.
JuJu Smith-Schuster caught three passes for 15 yards receiving. He was smacked in the second-quarter by Vonn Bell and rightfully so. Smith-Schuster deserved it because he danced on the Cincinnati Bengals logo and posted it on Tik Tok before the football game.
A player they need to use more on the offensive side of the ball is James Washington. He did not have a catch and neither did Eric Ebron, the tight end because he left the game early with an injury and he did not return.
However, if Ben Roethlisberger feels like he should retire at age 38 and playing after 17 seasons, then he should retire. If not, he should return for his 18th season in 2021, but they should also look for his permanent replacement.
The Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) have lost their last three games. If they lose to the Indianapolis Colts (10-4) on Sunday at home and if the Cleveland Browns (10-4) defeat and take down the New York Jets (1-13) on the road on Sunday afternoon, Pittsburgh and Cleveland will square off in Week 17 for the AFC North title.
The Cincinnati Bengals (3-10-1) next game will be on the road on Sunday afternoon against the Houston Texans (4-10).
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