The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t ready just yet to commit to the Kenny Pickett era.
After Mitch Trubisky was benched at halftime of the Steelers’ 24-20 loss to the New York Jets in favor of the rookie quarterback, head coach Mike Tomlin was non-committal when it comes to who will be the starting quarterback come Week 5 versus the Buffalo Bills.
Via Tom Pelissero of NFL Network:
“We’ll deal with next week, next week.”
He also explained why he went with his backup quarterback with Pittsburgh trailing just 10-6 at halftime.
“I thought we needed a spark, man. We didn’t do much in the first half, not enough offensively, and I thought he could provide a spark for us.”
Despite Pickett’s rough stat line — 10-of-13, with all of his incompletions being interceptions — he did give the Steelers offense a jolt. Pittsburgh scored 14 straight points behind Pickett and held a 20-10 advantage during the fourth quarter — due to Pickett’s two touchdown runs — but they blew the lead in the closing minutes of the game.