November 30, 2022

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Madden Monday: The Steelers should stay with (Kenny) Beckett now

In an ideal world, the Pittsburgh Steelers would have put Kenny Pickett in a more advantageous position than he found himself on Sunday.

He wouldn’t have entered a game with the team at 1-2, trailing in the first half, and staring at a four-game streak for a timeline against teams currently standing at 12-4.

But it’s far from a perfect world for the Steelers. In fact, it is definitely imperfect.

Hence their 24-20 loss to the lousy New York Jets.

So when the Steelers found themselves falling 10-6 in the first half, Mike Tomlin felt he couldn’t wait any longer and replaced Mitch Trubesky with Pickett.

Even though Beckett wasn’t cool, he had his moments. If Trubisky was just a placeholder for Pickett, Trubisky would have given up his place. Beckett was always the future midfielder. And now, the future is the present.

during This week’s “Madden Monday” podcast, Mark Madden of 105.9 The X and TribLIVE said that once a quarterback enters the first round in the game, there is no turning back.


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Even if this quarterback’s first start would be in Buffalo against East Asian title defender Bills. Followed by a visit from Tom Brady and South Asian champion Tampa Buccaneers. Then road matches against the Miami Dolphins 3-1 and 4-0 Philadelphia Eagles.

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“You should stay with Beckett now,” Madden said. “I said from the very first moment that the moment Beckett gets in he has to be the one to start until he gets hurt or even proves conclusively that he can’t do it. And that’s years from now – to prove it to pick #1, 20 overall.”

Madden said the domino effect is holding off on Sunday’s move.

“Now the big controversy is, Trubisky should be the quarterback in the third series and (Mason) Rudolph should be the replacement. I have no idea why people would want that or how important that is,” Madden said, but that’s what I see.

The problem for the Steelers is that even if Beckett has been rocking well in his rookie year, there are plenty of other problems facing this team. Especially in the field of defence.

There is no way for Beckett to help with these issues.

“Unless (Beckett) can go both ways and play defense as well, that’s certainly true. The Steelers had a 10-point lead, on a very bad team, in the fourth quarter at Acresor Stadium, and they couldn’t hold onto it. Zach Wilson led the Jets Down the field twice – I don’t want to say minimal effort because it looked good – but how hard was it? Madden said the Steelers’ defense only offered token resistance.

Also, on the podcast, Madden and I have dissected all the issues with the defensive side of the ball. We are talking about the case of North Asia. We’re having some issues with the Steelers’ receivers and attack ship workers. Plus, we’ve broken down the Penguins and Aaron Judge vs. Barry Bonds training camp cuts.

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