For decades, the Pittsburgh Steelers lived and died by their defense and their running game.
However, things are different in the National Football League, and that’s not enough to win a Super Bowl anymore.
Notably, the Steelers have learned that the hard way, as they’ve struggled to compete for a championship since Ben Roethlisberger’s level of play was on the decline.
Fast forward to today, and the team has yet to find a suitable replacement for Big Ben.
With that in mind, team owner Art Rooney II teased potentially pursuing a veteran in the trade market, stating that the team isn’t closed off to anything right now (via Around the NFL).
“As we sit here in early February, we’re not closing the door on anything,” Rooney said. “We have a lot of evaluations to go through, and we’ll go through all of the options and do what we need to do to be better this coming season.”
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) February 7, 2024
New offensive coordinator Arthur Smith talked as if Kenny Pickett was going to be the starting quarterback going forward, but it doesn’t seem like that’s a lock right now.
For starters, Pickett wasn’t on the field in the Wild Card loss vs. the Buffalo Bills, and that’s despite already being cleared to play.
The Steelers have been mentioned as potential players for Justin Fields, who’s likely to be moved by the Chicago Bears as they pursue USC star QB Caleb Williams with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Russell Wilson’s name has also been brought up every now and then, and we shouldn’t rule out Ryan Tannehill, who already worked with Smith during their days with the Tennessee Titans.
Whatever the case, it’s nice to see that the front office has finally realized their urgent need of an upgrade at QB.