Stephen A. Smith Tears ‘Nightmare’ Steelers, Trubisky After Loss to Patriots Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The Pittsburgh Steelers barely beat the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals in week 1 overtime. They weren’t so lucky in Week 2 on Sunday.
The New England Patriots entered Acrisure Stadium and defeated the Steelers 17-14 for their first win of the season. They also exposed the Pittsburgh offense as a joke.
The Steelers scored just 243 yards in offense. Starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw 160 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His QBR was 35.4 out of 100. It was a terrible performance from Trubisky, who has failed to capitalize on the surplus of impressive talent that surrounds him in the skill positions, most notably Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and Najee Harris.
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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith didn’t hold back in his criticism of the Steelers on Monday’s episode of “First Take.” He called the team “nightmare”, before labeling Trubisky as “Jameis Winston (of the) AFC”.
Watch Smith’s full rant in the video below:
The question for the Steelers is when will they make rookie Kenny Pickett the starting quarterback? Pickett was a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and played college football at the University of Pittsburgh. He played pretty well in the preseason, but the more experienced Trubisky was named starter.
After two mediocre offensive appearances, going with Pickett could give the Steelers a much-needed jolt of energy. This team isn’t going anywhere with Trubisky as the starter. If the Steelers have any chance of making it to the AFC playoffs, it will be with Pickett in the middle.