“When will they start thinking about Ben’s replacement?” Many fans are asking that Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlisberger was around 30.
I’m trying to tell the fans that Pittsburgh will Actually Start thinking about Rothlisberger’s successor that he finally shows his tricks, but they just don’t want to believe me.
“They need someone ready!” When is the grooming done? I know what you’re going to do: “Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes say, ‘What’s going on?”
I have a vengeance, please. If they were to work on Day 1, they would have been very good and were named starting quarterbacks for their respective teams.
Unfortunately, despite historical evidence that preparing someone for the quarterback position just doesn’t work – with the lack of evidence that the Steelers will employ anyone who is close to Rothlisberger’s skills for the coming 20 years after his retirement Will – The fans have been craving for clear successor protection.
Guess what? He has made those fans happy. First, it was Landry Jones in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. A few years later, when it was decided that Jones was the worst backup quarterback in league history, Pittsburgh selected Josh Dobbs in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. A year later, the Steelers went “all in” and selected Mason “first-round grade” Rudolph in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Sadly, none of those guys have been able to woo fans and guarantee them an irony that the Steelers quarterback position will be in great hands once Rothlisberger’s career draws to a close.
But don’t despair, as it was announced on Thursday that Dwayne Haskins, a former first-round pick on the Washington football team, was included in a reserve / future contract.
Or should I say, “Disappointment, too many and too much disappointment?” Because his name is Dwayne Haskins, a former first-round pick at Ohio State, not Hwen Duskins, a former former free agent from Toledo who’s going crazy … and not in a good way. No, they are going crazy in “FML”, I can’t believe Haskins is going to make the Steelers debut for the next 16 years.
Relax and take a cold pill. I realize that Haskins is not a model of consistency on the football field. I also realize that he has not gone off the field to become a role model at all, either from his in-selfie and strip club trips. Fortunately for the Steelers and their fans, reserve / future contracts are not Ironclades.
The signing of Huskins is just the Steelers’ latest attempt to upgrade the backup’s quarterback position and / or figure out a replacement for the lower-ranked Roethlisberger. If it works, great! If it doesn’t work, oh well.
I know what you’re going to say next: “What about Haskins’ influence on a locker room culture that’s already thanks to JuJu Smith-Schuster’s logo dancing and Chase Claypool’s Tiktok garbage-talk?”
Do you really think that Dwayne Haskins will enter a locker room full of people named Cam Hayward, Stephen Tit, David DeCastro, Joe Hayden and Maurice Pusey (presumably — it’s still 50/50) and immediately become Mr. Culture? Will go
Do you know what is happening here? Your need for the Steelers is that the obvious successor at quarterback has got such a grip on you that you’re reading too much into things.
If I can add it, the Steelers Actually Until he retires, Rothlisberger will not try to find a replacement. In the meantime, they will draft people in the third or fourth rounds and secure future contracts by signing pre-rounders hoping they will beat the odds by developing a project.
But if the Dwayne Haskins deal is still too much for you to handle, just treat him as Heaven Duskins.