If Mitch Trubisky can read a defense as well as a room can read, then maybe the Pittsburgh Steelers really do have a diamond.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday for the first time (personally, anyway) since his first OTA practice, Trubisky dealt appropriately, skilfully skipped or politely downplayed almost any question that could have sparked the general controversy that will surely come soon. camp and preparation begins.
Does Trumpiski or the rookie in the first round choose Kenny Pickett as a key player? Trubisky or Mason Rudolph; Should Rudolph be backed up or traded in favor of keeping rookie Chris Oladokun? Pickett to start Day 1 or not even get dressed on race days for a while?
If there is any slight tension from Trubisky about the amount of competition he will face after signing a free agent contract to possibly become the original general, he does not indicate it.
“It’s good,” Trubisky said of the dynamics in the general’s room. “We have two young children and two veterinarians. There is a lot of discussion going on. We all learn the offense together for the first time. So we push each other. Competitive. It was a good general room so far. I enjoy.”
Through Zoom shortly after his signing in March, Trumpiski similarly embraced a rivalry with Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins as incumbents on the roster, who also sought to fill the gap below the center created when Ben Rohellis retired.
In the months since, Haskins has been killed while walking on a freeway to get gas for his crippled car. The Steelers then picked Pickett and Oladokun.
The Steelers apparently had every intention of bringing in four viable roster generals before or after Haskins’s death, even after Trubisky’s decision to sign here in March. This scene became even brighter when Pickett removed No. 20 overall from Pitt.
Trubisky says he has no reason to feel that he is playing in a different situation than he expected when he signed his contract.
“I was not really surprised,” Trubisky said of the team’s decision to draft Pickett. “We needed to add the general’s room, and we did. We are happy to have him and we look forward to working with him. ”
For his part, Trubisky says he and the Steelers have never had discussions about the organization’s prospect of drafting a general in the first round.
“We did not have these conversations, but I knew it was a chance (for a QB beginner) to come wherever I went next,” Trubisky said.
I find it hard to believe that such an issue was ever discussed, at least between Trubisky’s agents in Rep 1 Sports and the Steelers. Especially given how motivated Trubisky’s second year’s contract is, wouldn’t they hope that Trubisky would just have to fight Rudolph and (then) Haskins for the starting position, as opposed to a possible future franchise caller?
I mean, nothing should have been carved in stone or even a handshake under the table. A team will do whatever it wants to do if the draft boards are raised in an amazing way, as they did for the Steelers. But the idea that it will never be discussed sounds whispered, as Trubisky is said to have been sought after by other groups (such as the New York Giants).
Regardless, if Trumpiski’s nose is not stuck with the Steelers deciding to take Pickett, he does not show it in the media.
“I knew I was in this situation, wherever I went, I had to go in and fight. “I gain the trust of my teammates back on the pitch with my hard work and talent and just (being) a leader in this team,” Trumpiski said.
It seems that Trumpiski had already politely manipulated a possible moment of awkwardness. Known for being community-oriented during his days in Chicago, Trubisky quickly sought to establish himself in Pittsburgh by volunteering to appear in the Children’s Marathon. Which was April 30th. Less than two days after the Steelers selected Pickett – the local hero general from Pitt – to possibly be able to take on the initial job before Trubisky ever had a practice representative.
But Trumpiski made the incident and broke it out on Tuesday, even though he knows some may have seen him simply as the guy who is not Ben Rothlisberger… or the guy who just keeps the picket seat warm.
“What I learned about Pittsburgh is that it is a huge sports city. “They are very hospitable and warm people,” Trubisky said. “Let’s hope they get to know me as Mitch Trumpiski. And we will take it one day at a time. “Hopefully, as this thing unfolds, they will get to know me and my family and what I do… in the community and in the area that also exists on the pitch.”
According to the linemen Mason Cole and Kevin Dotson, Trubisky opened his initial training session as first team general on Tuesday. So maybe that made his diplomacy even easier to sell. We will see if this is still the case until the start of the training camp practices and preparation.
At least off the field, Trubisky started his career at the Steelers by making all the right decisions about what to say. For the Steelers fans, we hope that his decision is just as good when he gives the ball.
Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise specified.