Mike Tomlin blasts the possibility of a quarterback substitution

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The attack in Pittsburgh does not yield enough points. But that’s not enough to produce a quarterback substitution. Yet.

After Thursday night’s 29-17 loss to the Browns, Coach Mike Tomlin was unequivocal in his continued support of current starter Mitch Trubisky. When asked about the possibility of moving from Trubisky to rookie first-rounder Kenny Pickett, Tomlin said: “The answer to that question is definitely no.”

It’s the best chance to give Pickett extra time to prepare for work until the full farewell to Week Nine. By then it may be too late. After the week four home game against the Jets, the Steelers face a line of superior enemies of a mini-killer: at Bills, Bucs, at Dolphins, at Eagles.

The Steelers, currently 1-2, can go 2-6 for up to eight weeks. That could make it very difficult to win enough of the last nine games to conquer the division or slip into one of the three wildcard slots in the AFC.

It would also increase the pressure on Tomlin to avoid his first-ever losing season. He should go 7-2.

In the meantime, he will have to manage internal and external pressures to play Trubisky. The fans want the Pitt product. In the building, Trubisky had already lost support before the week three loss.

And while Trubisky was better at getting the ball across the field in the passing game, the results weren’t there. Trubisky completed 20 of 32 passes for 207 yards. Not bad, but not good enough to win.

Pickett is clearly the future. Many think the future is now. The man in charge of the team thinks differently and that’s really all that matters.


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