It has been a long, painful journey for the Steelers at the quarterback position. It started with a hall of famer, followed by a backup with some promise, and is now ending with an undrafted free agent who has no business in the league. The Pittsburgh Steelers are about to take the field Sunday with their worst quarterback combo in nearly fifty years.
Mike Tomlin has two choices at quarterback for Sunday’s must win game versus the Ravens. Choice number one is the incumbent Devlin Hodges. All “Duck” has done recently is mange to throw six interceptions in his last six quarters. Hodges got away with a number of iffy passes early on, but now those 50/50 balls are turning into interceptions at an alarming rate. His limitations with arm strength and size have finally caught up to him.
Option B for Mike Tomlin is Paxton Lynch. This is a quarterback who hasn’t taken a regular season snap in over two years. Lynch was a first round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2016. He appeared in five games over two seasons with the Broncos. John Elway would go on to sign free agent Case Keenum in 2018, making Lynch expendable. Lynch’s career stats are nothing to write home about. In five career games he has 792 yards passing, with four touchdowns and four interceptions. What Lynch does bring to the table is real NFL tools. The former first round pick stands at 6’7″ tall, and provides pro-caliber arm strength as well.
So there it is, the choice no head coach would ever want to make. The playoffs are on the line, and Tomlin must choose the lesser of two evils. At this point Paxton Lynch has to be given an opportunity to see what he can do. Devlin Hodges has clearly lost his confidence, and with it the magic he brought to the team for a few weeks. Mike Tomlin has done a great job switching his quarterbacks at just the right time to squeeze out every possible victory. It’s time for him to pull one more rabbit out of his hat and go with Paxton Lynch on Sunday.