The Pittsburgh Steelers’ never-ending controversy goes on.
Now, a report states that Kenny Pickett refused to backup Mason Rudolph, which could have played a part in Mike Tomlin’s decision to stick with the veteran for the season finale vs. the Baltimore Ravens.
Whatever the case, and regardless of whether it was a football-related decision or not, former NFL QB Dan Orlovsky is actually on board with this call.
Talking on NFL Live, Orlovsky pointed out the fact that the Steelers’ offense is now running much more smoothly, especially because they’ve been able to spread George Pickens all over the field, opening up the center of the field for Diontate Johnson as well (Via Blitzburgh).
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Rudolph has developed instant chemistry with the Georgia product, who’s been their best offensive player by a significant margin this season.
Numbers don’t lie, and the numbers with Rudolph at the helm have been significantly better than with Pickens, and the Steelers simply cannot afford to take any risks at this point in the season.
The Ravens have already secured both the AFC North Division and the No. 1 seed in the AFC, so they might take things a little lightly here.
Of course, it’s a divisional rivalry game and they would love to play spoiler and get back at Mike Tomlin’s team for the loss earlier in the season.
But the table is set for the Steelers to get a win and keep their postseason hopes alive, and they’ll have to make a big call about the QB position then.