Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin entered a time of emergency as he named rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett the starter for their tough Week 5 game against the Buffalo Bills, a request that came earlier than planned. However, the 24-year-old assured reporters that he is ready to raise the level of what is so far the NFL’s third-worst offense.
“I want to raise the level of play of everyone around me, but we have a lot of great players. I have to do my job. I’m 100 percent confident we’re all going to do our jobs,” Kenny Pickett said.
However, in Las Vegas, they are not so optimistic about a possible upset on Sunday, as the Bills are 13.5-point favorites for Sunday’s game at home at Highmark Stadium.
Kenny Pickett’s optimism
Even with so much adversity, Pickett said the Steelers have a chance to win the game if they execute consistently.
“It’s the attitude with which you approach things. Everybody thinks we’re underdogs. We’re not. We’ll go in there with confidence. We know how good we can be when we take care of the details and execute at a good level. That’s something we have to take care of during the week or we won’t have a chance,” Kenny Pickett said.
Additionally, the young passer stated that he still trusts the protection that his offensive line can give him: “The line has done a great job all year, so I have a lot of confidence in them.
The previous Sunday, Tomlin decided to sit Mitch Trubisky in the loss to the New York Jets, giving a chance to the University of Pittsburgh graduate, who entered the field in the second half.
No problems in the locker room with Mitch Trubisky
After Ben Roethlisberger‘s retirement in the 2022 preseason, the starting quarterback position was in dispute between Pickett and Trubisky, newcomers to the team, and Mason Rudolph, who was “Big Ben’s” backup. Also in the competition was Dwayne Haskins, who was tragically killed in a freak accident on a Florida highway during the preseason.
In the present circumstances, Pickett was grateful for Trubiski’s support upon his arrival with the team.
“Mitch is one of the best teammates I’ve ever had. I’m very grateful to have him in this room,” said the rookie quertarback. “I supported him when he was a starter and he will do the same for me. We are good friends on and off the field. He is someone I will learn from through this experience.”