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The Pittsburgh Steelers offense may face some major changes in 2022 with their legendary quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, no longer under center.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to have a very different look when the 2022 season rolls around. This is primarily because their longtime quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, retired after the 2021 season, meaning the Steelers, for the first time since 2003, open the season without “Big Ben” below center.
Whether free agent acquisition Mitch Trubisky or first-round draft pick Kenny Pickett ends up starting the season as the team’s best quarterback is still unknown. Regardless of who ends up starting, rookie-wide receiver George Pickens believes the Steelers offensive will look very different without Roethlisberger as quarterback.
“It’s a bit like Georgia in a sense,” Picken told reporters in relation to Pittsburgh’s attacks after a novice minicamp exercise last week. “We always had a pro-style offensive. Big Ben is not here, so of course a lot of things will change from the old Steelers, but I feel like we’re moving forward.”
What would the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense look like without Ben Roethlisberger?
Pickens declares the obvious here by saying that the Steelers’ attack will look different without Roethlisberger on the pitch. The bigger question is, what will these changes look like when the team goes on the field in Week 1 of the 2022 season?
Pittsburgh still has a wealth of talent on the offensive side of the ball, with the Pickens joining a group of playmakers such as Najee Harris, Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and Pat Freiermuth. Combine that with a solid offensive line and the Steelers should be able to find success in moving the ball.
The question could ultimately be the quarterback of the attack. Trubisky has struggled for most of his career and he will have to knock Pickett out for the starting job in training camp. But even if Pickett gets the job, he’s an untested rookie who wanted some big shoes to fill in Roethlisberger’s absence.
Both guys want the tools to succeed, but it’s a question of who ends up taking power. If the starter ends up struggling, Pittsburgh could try to call up a run-heavy scheme, but given how much pass-catching talent they have, that would be a waste.
Ultimately, it will be up to Roethlisberger’s replacement to decide what Pittsburgh’s offensive looks like. However, given how big the question marks are around Trubisky and Pickett, it may be wise for Steelers fans to dampen their expectations, at least in the early stages of the 2022 NFL season.