Last Sunday in the Steelers’ 30-23 win over the Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Tomlin showed a massive amount of confidence in his signal-caller Mason Rudolph — and Rudolph’s favorite wideout, George Pickens.
After recovering an onside kick to essentially seal the game, Tomlin decided to take things one step further in an unconventional manner. With just two minutes remaining the Steelers had a first-and-10 on the Seahawks 44 yard-line. The Steelers decided to put the nail in the coffin.
In a clip shared by NFL Films, Tomlin was overheard telling his offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan “I don’t want to get conservative, man.” He then turned to his second-year receiver and told him to be ready.
Rudolph hit Pickens in stride for a 24-yard gain, to the shock of Steelers fans (including myself) everywhere.
After a first down following three Najee Harris runs, Rudolph was able to enter victory formation. The new starting quarterback complimented Tomlin after the game for his confident play-call.
Rudolph on the first down pass to Pickens: “we have a very aggressive head coach. It paid off.”— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) January 1, 2024
Tomlin then called Pickens “freaky routinely,” which should be his nickname moving forward.
Would Tomlin have made the same call with Kenny Pickett under center? Who knows. But we can certainly glean that Rudolph won’t be handcuffed moving forward.