Mike Tomlin says Steelers are sticking with Mitch Trubisky as starter following loss to Cleveland

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After 30 minutes of play Thursday night, Mitch Trubisky appeared to be on his way to quieting everyone clamoring to succeed Kenny Pickett as the Steelers’ starting quarterback. But after a lackluster second half for Pittsburgh’s offense, the question of who should be the starter lingered.

Following a 29-17 loss to the Browns, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin was asked if he would consider making any significant changes in the coming days, including at the quarterback position.

“I’m not in that mood,” Tomlin said. “I’m interested in reviewing this tape, looking at it in its entirety, and figuring out how we collectively excel. So, the answer to that question is definitively no.”

Although it didn’t result in a win, Trubisky had his best performance to date as a Steelers quarterback. He topped 200 passing yards for the first time (officially 20 of 32 passing for 207 yards), while helping the Steelers take a 14–13 halftime lead.

Trubisky, after being criticized for his conservative play against the Patriots last Sunday, threw significantly more shots downfield Thursday, including his 32-yard completion to George Pickens in the first half.

Trubisky led the Steelers on a promising drive to start the second half. However, the drive stalled when Jaylen Warren’s 35-yard catch-and-run was dismissed after offensive lineman Chukwuma Okorafor was called for an illegal downfield on the play. The Steelers punted on that drive and would go on to punt on their next three drives. They eventually managed to put together a late scoring drive before time expired.

“We’ve got to be better in the second half. I thought we were better in the first half,” Trubisky said. “We’re going there and it’s not where we need to be to win. . . I thought we took some steps in the right direction in the first half. The second half wasn’t good enough.”

“I thought he made some plays, but we all came up short collectively,” Tomlin said when asked to rate his quarterback’s performance. “This is how we measure performance. Winning is our business, we don’t handle business.”

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Trubisky has been the Steelers’ starting quarterback since signing with them on the first day of free agency. Despite a strong training camp and preseason from Pickett, the only quarterback selected in the first two rounds of April, the five-year veteran kept his starting job in the regular season. Pickett, Mason Rudolph Steelers no. 2 quarterback sat out the Steelers’ first three games after participating in pregame warmups.

While it wasn’t enough to get the win, it’s clear that Trubisky’s performance Thursday night bought him more time as the Steelers’ starting quarterback. And, based on how the quarterback situation has been managed so far, it will take something significant before a change is made.

It’s certainly safe to assume Trubisky will make his second home start of the season next Sunday, should the Black and Gold win when they host the Pittsburgh Jets.

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