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Steelers Film Room: Was Mason Rudolph vs. the Dolphins in the second half as good as everyone thought?

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Taking a look at Mason Rudolph’s second half vs. the Miami Dolphins. Was it really as good as we all thought?

NFL: OCT 28 Dolphins at Steelers Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

After the brutal first half (Film study here) of the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday Night win, quarterback Mason Rudolph settled in and ended up 11 of 15 for 112 yards. But was he as good as his stats would suggest?

This is exactly the point of this film study. I can say it until I am blue in the face, but stats lie and they never tell the full story. Do the stats show passes the wideouts blundered, or interceptions the opposing defense dropped? Do stats show that Dolphins cornerback Xavier Rhodes did not play most of the second half?

Of course not.

So let’s delve into the tape and see if the former third-round quarterback was better than his first-half performance was.

As you saw from the film, Rudolph had some struggles, but had some nice passes. His performance in the second half was better than the first half. I still see him making some same mistakes he has made in previous games. Locking on to a target and not going through his progression, poor footwork that is hurting his arm strength and accuracy along with a lack of touch on downfield passes.

Should he continue to be the starting QB moving forward? Yes, but Steelers Nation will want to see progress out of him too. If he flounders against the Indianapolis Colts, should his leash get shorter against the Los Angeles Rams the following week? Again, the answer is yes. I am not ready to bury Rudolph, but in no way am I even remotely close to wanting to see him playing at this level in four years.

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