Kenny Pickett has struggled through the first half of the season. When he fixes one bad habit, such as his pocket presence, his spotty accuracy shows up. So far this year, Pickett has to find a proper formula that just works for him over the aspect of an entire football game. That has raised concerns about if he is the guy for the future, and with just six touchdown passes, the stats do not tell a fun story, either. The Steelers need more out of him.
Speaking on The Herd, Colin Cowherd is one of those people who are doubting Pickett. But more than just anything, he believes Pittsburgh is too loyal at the quarterback position. As such, he predicts they will do the same thing with Pickett that they did with Ben Roethlisberger at the end of his career, which is to hang on for far too long.
“The Steelers loyal to a fault are going to ride local guy, Kenny Pickett for years to the very end, like they did (with) Big Ben,” Cowherd said on The Herd. “They’re going to convince themselves we’re going to get there. Big Ben’s last seven, eight years, fairy tale. Nobody bought it except you. And nobody thinks Kenny Pickett’s got the arm, the juice, the it, nobody because he doesn’t. He was a third-round pick they reached on because they were desperate at quarterback because Big Ben scared them every time they considered drafting his heir apparent. And so they’re left with a nice kid, a local kid who’s a B- at almost everything.”
Cowherd raises lots of points, and Pittsburgh will have to decide sooner than they think if Pickett is the guy or not. There are circumstances you can blame it on, but the team is talented enough to field a decent roster. Their offense should not be this bad, and while it is not Pickett, he burdens a section of blame. They need to see more flashes over the second half of the season where Pickett helps lead the team forward and the offense takes a leap.