After Terry Bradshaw retired, the Steelers waited twenty years to draft their next potential franchise quarterback. After Ben Roethlisbeger retired, the Steelers wasted no time. In the next draft, they used their first-round pick on Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett.

Just two seasons later, the Steelers pulled the plug on the Pickett experiment and sent him to Philadelphia for a fairly modest return.

The move comes not long after the Steelers focused on moving forward with Pickett and Mason Rudolph, who started the final three regular-season games (all wins) and a playoff loss to Buffalo. Less than a month ago, Gerry Dulac from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Steelers were not interested in a veteran quarterback eager to start. A week ago, that approach changed dramatically, when Dulac (in a possible attempt by whoever set him up to make amends) reported that Russell Wilson was visiting the Steelers.

Now Rudolph has signed with the Titans and Pickett has been traded and Russ has been introduced as the new starter in the Steel City.

For most teams it’s not a problem. For the Steelers, it’s a break from the way they do things. They are patient. They do not make sudden movements. They don’t take big risks. They don’t go all in – in the normal sense of the word or in the Jerry Jones nonsense sense.

They are now. They have admitted that Pickett was a mistake. He didn’t do anything spectacular during his two years and 24 starts. His passer rating was an anemic 78.8. He threw 13 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions.

And so the Steelers have abandoned their steady approach and taken a bold step. Russ is inside. Kenny’s gone. Mason is gone.

They have one quarterback under contract with Wilson. It remains to be seen who they will add. (Ryan Tannehill remains available.)

For now we know one thing. The Steelers have flipped their own script on how they do things. It will be interesting to see if this is an anomaly or the start of a new trend.

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