The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team who has been buoyed by a franchise quarterback going on 15 years. After all, good NFL team typically have good NFL quarterbacks.
With Ben Roethlisberger at the helm, he has seen a number of backup quarterbacks come and go throughout his tenure. Brian St. Pierre, Dennis Dixon, Charlie Batch and Landry Jones...just to name a few. Throughout it all, the depth at the position never really mattered as long as No. 7 was upright and healthy.
However, in a recent ESPN article the author attempted to rank the quarterback position from a depth chart perspective in what they called ‘QB Confidence Rankings’. As you should do with most rankings, take these with a grain of salt; however, it is great for discussion and debate.
So, check out where they have the Steelers ranked, and why:
Top 10 QB Confidence Rankings
1. Philadelphia Eagles
2. Green Bay Packers
3. New England Patriots
4. New Orleans Saints
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. Atlanta Falcons
7. Detroit Lions
8. Los Angeles Chargers
9. Minnesota Vikings
10. Dallas Cowboys
11. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Uh ... yeah. What’s the latest on Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph? Are they best buddies now or what? Look, this situation is weird. Roethlisberger is 36 and this is the first offseason in recent memory in which he didn’t indicate at least some inclination toward retirement. Then he flipped out when the Steelers drafted a quarterback in the third round. Big Ben got through last season without missing a game because of injury, which is unusual for him and encouraging for 2018. But long term, who knows what happens here in terms of how long he plays, who the successor is, whether Rudolph or Landry Jones is the backup this year ... lots of layers to this one.”
I know what you might be thinking, and it was likely the same thing I thought when I looked over the rankings. The Cowboys are above the Steelers? The Lions, Vikings and Chargers too? While I know these rankings are meaningless, it certainly does make you wonder what the people writing this consider quality depth. Should Pittsburgh be tops on the list? Absolutely not, but better than 11th? Yes.
Landry Jones is a capable backup who has won games in the league, Mason Rudolph is a young quarterback who could round out the depth chart nicely and Joshua Dobbs, although seemingly the odd man out, has tremendous athleticism to back an extremely high IQ to backup his case to make the team.
What do you think of these rankings? Are the Steelers right where they should be? Or should the be higher? Let us know in the comment section below!