As if the anxiety of a failing season couldn’t destroy this beautiful monday anymore, Pittsburgh Steeler’s fans find themselves mixed with emotion this morning. Ben Roethlisberger, the long time starting Qb for the Steelers is out for the rest of the year with an elbow injury that requires surgery.
To the loudest group of fans, this is a blessing. An old regime of “Killer B’s” that has been left torn and depressing is almost at the end of its run. I mean sheesh, did anyone think Boswell would be the last B after last season?
And yet, here we are. No one wants to utter the word “rebuilding” as the negative connotation behind the phrase means the pit of fandom for years to come. Rebuilding isn’t what the Steelers, or Pittsburgh for that matter do. We don’t rebuild, we land a hot top prospect when the old ones fail and step right back into the spotlight…except the Pirates, who flat out just don’t rebuild because they won’t.
Mason Rudolph, the second year Qb out of Oklahoma State is now our guy. This young stud QB drew massive comparisons to Ben when he came out for the draft, and even caused a bit of QB Controversy after the draft. Here’s a quote from Ben after the pick was in for the Oklahoma State Star.
“Maybe in the third round, you know you can get some really good football players that can help this team win now. Nothing against Mason, think he’s a great football player. I don’t know him personally, but I’m sure he’s a great kid. Umm I just don’t know how backing up or being a third, well who know where he’s going to fall on the depth chart, helps us win now, but you know that’s not my decision to make that’s on the coaches and GM and all those kind of things. If they think he can help our team, umm so be it, but I was a little surprised.”
Well Ben, that pick is going to help us win now. Personally, everyone knows my stance on the QB situation for the Steelers starting this season. MASSIVE Dobbs guy, always have been.
But for right now, in this very second…Rudolph is our rebuild guy. The future has come switfly for a Steelers team that wasn’t supposed to take a massive step back this year, even after losing star receiver AB. With a rebuild though comes hope, and that hope can push this team farther than we assume.
We have a young roster littered with real worl talent like JuJu, Watt and Conner. We have young receivers like James Washington showcasing a massive step from year 1 to year 2, as well as first year MLB Devin Bush showing off his speed, a major factor into his top ten selection.
With this injury though comes questions. Tomlin, Pouncey and Ben are very closely tied together. Ben and Pouncey have been adamant that when ones done, the other will soon follow. If Big Ben really is done in Pittsburgh, how closely behind do the dominos start to fall?
Don’t be scared of a rebuild with the right franchise. Teams like Baltimore are proving that with the right system in place, you don’t have to completely miss a step. O…and the Steelers shouldn’t have let Skipper go. Just another thing I wanted to say. Here’s to the future.
Also, not saying it’s my doing, but I met Mason twice in South Side and told him I was excited for him to be the starter one day. His response? “I’m just excited to play”.
(actually happened, not flexing, but yeah big flex that I made Mason excited to be the starter)