Dunlap: QB Issue Is Really No Issue

Colin Dunlap
August 17, 2018 - 6:09 am
Mason Rudolph

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- OK, maybe there's nothing there. Man, I wanted this to be something --- even thought for awhile there was a story here. 

Maybe, in my heart of hearts, I rooted for a story because juicy stories are good for my business. To be honest, that was probably it since Draft day. 

The reality is setting in. 

Cold, cold reality, man. 

The reality is crashing down. 

Perhaps Mike Tomlin would say something like, "The reality is the reality this time of year."

And here it is: The depth chart at quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers was always going to remain the same. 


QB1-Ben Roethlisberger

QB2-Landry Jones

QB3-Mason Rudolph 


From the day Rudolph was drafted, that's how it was going to shake out. No matter what Rudolph did or didn't do, there was no way he was going to overtake Landry Jones as the primary backup to The Big Guy. And, no matter what Josh Dobbs did or didn't do, there was no way he was going to overtake any of the other guys, as it might be time to look at trading him in the very near future and see if you could get anything for him. Even the least littlest bit for Dobbs is better than nothing. 

When Rudolph was drafted, Big Ben's radar went up, he seemed unhappy that his eventual successor was marching into town from Stillwater slinging those pistols. I have to say, I got caught up in the excitement of it all, thinking that Rudolph would stroll in and have a legitimate shot at taking the backup role away from Jones. Yeah man! Here he is! New sheriff and all that. 

OK, maybe not. 

When Landry Jones was rested last night in the Steelers' second preseason game in Green Bay, it solidified the depth chart. This will be (a)nother year with Landry Jones as the backup and Rudolph as an NFL redshirt of sorts, waiting around until Jones and then Big Ben get out of the way. 

I'm an unabashed Rudolph fan. I'll make no bones about it. I think he is the undeniable future signal-caller of this franchise and will be very good. That said, it is clear he most likely won't take a meaningful snap --- and probably not a snap at all --- in 2018. I even wonder how many practice reps he'll be able to squeeze in. 

But, you know, come to think of it we have talked a lot about the backup quarterback position in Pittsburgh in the run-up to this 2018 season. There has been much debate; been a lot of back-and-forth and guessing. 

The real fact of the matter is if, at this point anyway, anyone not named Ben Roethlisberger has to play for more than a game or two, this team is screwed. So maybe all the talk about who is behind The Man is wasted --- because if The Man goes down this team is done anyway. 


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