Dunlap: I Have Confidence In Rudolph

Colin Dunlap
September 16, 2019 - 7:08 am
Mason Rudolph

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - If Ben is healthy -- or healthy enough -- he plays. That part isn't even a discussion nor does it need to be broached.

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Come on now, use logic.  

This isn't a column that will try to talk you out of that. 

This isn't a column pushing forth some notion, perhaps a silly one, that it's time to turn to backup Mason Rudolph and get the future started right now. 

Slow down, will you. 

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The Steelers are 0-2. They aren't 0-12. 

Ben is a Hall of Famer. 

Ben has more left. Ben will let you know when he's done. 

This is, however, an assemblage of words that at least in my estimation is the most rational take on all of this: Ben is the starter and if he can't go, I have a ton of confidence in Mason Rudolph. In the future, Rudolph can -- and I think will -- be a very, very good starter in the National Football League. 

But what we saw in that 28-26 loss at Heinz Field on Sunday as Rudolph was pushed into service was a guy who was never enveloped by the moment. 

Nothing was too big for him. 

The NFL seemed to be just another football game. He had all the throws, he knew all the reads, he stood in the pocket tall and when it broke down he used his legs and escapability wonderfully. 

Rudolph went 12 for 19 for 119 yards and threw two touchdowns and one interception that wouldn't have been an interception except Donte Moncrief was the man attempting to catch it. Heck, it would have been a big gainer to just about anyone other than Moncrief. 

So the Steelers don't have any sort of quarterback problem --- you know, other than their franchise and generational guy being hurt. 

But more than that, they don't have a big quarterback problem. Stop trying to make it one. 

All things considered they are in a pretty decent position if you take into account what we saw on Sunday. 

The situation is simple: If Ben is healthy enough, he plays. If not, we all saw that Mason Rudolph --- who will be a starter in this league in time -- is more than a capable backup right now and gives you a definite chance to win games. 

Who knows what's up with Ben's elbow. But I do know that other teams would be absolutely dead in the water if their starter's arm was injured. 

I don't feel that way with this team because of Rudolph. 

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