The National Football League is a quarterback’s league now more than ever.
The league has gone to great lengths to make sure that their signal-callers and star players are more protected than ever before, up to the point where some old-school fans have complained about the current status of the league.
That’s why it’s kind of ironic to see that starting QBs are having a tougher time staying on the field this season, either because of poor play or injuries.
Notably, Mason Rudolph is on the verge of making history, as he’s about to become the 58th quarterback to start a game this season (via ProFootballTalk on Twitter).
Mason Rudolph will become the 58th starting quarterback in the NFL this season. https://t.co/oeiJuV7aMZ
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 22, 2023
Rudolph got the nod after Mitch Trubisky struggled mightily in two and a half games subbing in for the injured Kenny Pickett, leading the team to a 0-3 record during that stretch.
Now Rudolph, who was once expected to take the reins directly from Ben Roethlisberger, will need to be at his best to audition for another job — or even the starting job — going forward.
He hasn’t made a start since 2021, and it seems highly unlikely that he’s just going to burst out and become a starting-caliber quarterback all of a sudden.
But who knows?
We’ve seen things like that happen all the time in the NFL.
Some players need more time to develop and are late bloomers, while others take the league by storm right away.
Whatever the case, the Steelers need to stop the bleeding right away and put an end to this three-game slide if they want to make the playoffs.