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Terrible Towel Tales: NFL is sending Steelers a message

Steelers news and commentary Monday, December 11

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New England Patriots v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Welcome to the Terrible Towel Tales, where we’ll highlight some of the latest stories permeating Steelers media for your reading pleasure every Monday through Saturday. In today’s news…

NFL Sends Steelers Strong Message | Noah Strackbein, All Steelers

What teams were saying to the Steelers was to watch because not every quarterback situation needs to be as cut-and-dry as Pittsburgh tries to make it.

Everyone watched Joe Flacco, Jake Browning and even Zach Wilson light up the scoreboards this weekend on the way to victories. It’s not always as simple as it appears on the stat sheet afterward, but the Steelers got a direct message from those three quarterbacks about how they should handle the rest of their season.

How the Patriots upset the Steelers 21-18 on Thursday Night Football: Updates and analysis | Mark Cooper, The Athletic

The Steelers, starting backup Mitch Trubisky, were just 3-of-14 on third down and had just one play of more than 20 yards until the final possession. They scored 15 consecutive points, cutting the deficit to 21-18 when Trubisky ran for a 1-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. But on two drives where the Steelers could have tied or won the game, they went just 35 yards on 13 plays, punting once and turning the ball over on downs.

The Patriots (3-10) won for the first time since Oct. 22. The Steelers (7-6) lost to a 10-loss team for the second consecutive week.

According to the Amazon broadcast, the Steelers are the first over .500 team in NFL history to lose consecutive games, both to teams at least eight games under .500.

The 8 different routes the Steelers can go at quarterback in 2024 | Andrew Falce, Still Curtain

That would open the door for Minshew to come in and take on that role. You could still keep Pickett around and let there be an open competition for the role next season. While Pickett would likely have the edge given the investment in him, Minshew is a proven and safe option in the league.

He is a jack of all trades as a quarterback. No, he isn’t going to wow you with amazing traits or elite throws, but he can manage a game and take what the defenses give him. He is also a gritty player, finding ways to eke out wins in tight games. No, he isn’t going to compete with the Patrick Mahomes of the world, but he can hold his own until a real franchise option is brought in.