Mark Madden

Mark Madden

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The notion that passing statistics at Steelers training camp mean anything is stupid. 

They’re compiled in different context: Seven shots, 7-on-7, 11-on-11, with pads, no pads, etc. 

It’s the same as keeping track of what Oneil Cruz does in batting practice, or what Sidney Crosby does in line rushes. But nobody does that because it's dumb. 

Assigning value to these stats also assumes there’s a legit quarterback competition, which there never was. Mitch Trubisky was the starter the minute he got signed.

Yet these stats are diligently reported on a daily basis. On a play-by-play basis via Twitter.

I get it. The demand for content is insatiable, not unlike the late Marilyn Chambers. 

The Steelers haven’t replaced a quarterback since 2004. They don’t know how to do it. 

They didn’t need to sign Trubisky and draft Kenny Pickett. 

If you’re committed to drafting a QB, use Mason Rudolph as your transition guy. 

If you sign Trubisky, use Rudolph as your backup and draft a QB next year when more and better will be available. 

The media hasn’t had to cover the Steelers replacing a quarterback since 2004. They don’t know how to do it, either. 

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