McKriger’s Korner: The Steelers Quarterback Conundrum

Posted on Sep 1 2016 - 4:33pm by Rachael McKriger
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About a week and a half ago, I wrote a story for a different website I work for that just shredded into Landry Jones. The next game for the Steelers, Jones threw 19/22 completed passes for 206 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions.

However, Jones still hasn’t proven me wrong. He’ll do so if he can do the same numbers again tonight against the Carolina Panthers in the final preseason game for the Steelers.

My biggest problem with Jones is the consistency. He hasn’t proven himself due to his inconsistency. When he’s having a good game, he’s having a really good game. When he’s playing a bad game, well, you all saw what happened in the second preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

If you didn’t see that game, Jones threw four interceptions in the first half. It wasn’t pretty.

Now, the Steelers have completely lopsided their quarterback situation. The Steelers went into training camp with four quarterbacks: Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Dustin Vaughan, and Jones.

Now, on the Steelers’ roster, Vaughan and Gradkowski are injured. The team also brought in Bryn Renner last week and just signed Zach Mettenberger off waivers from the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday.

Now, it seems that Mettenberger and Jones will be going head-to-head for the No. 2 spot. Who knows what’s going on with Renner.

I give the edge to Mettenberger. When it comes to NFL games, Mettenberger has been in 14 regular season NFL games, starting 10, with the Tennessee Titans, whom he was drafted to in 2014. Mettenberger threw for 12 touchdown and 14 interceptions. He also had 208 completed passes for 2,347 yards. His quarterback rating, in the two seasons with the Titans, was 75.4.

As for Jones, he has appeared in seven regular season NFL games, where he made only 32 completed passes for 513 yards. He threw three touchdowns and four interceptions. His rating however is higher than Mettenberger’s, as Jones has a 77.3 quarterback rating.

Mettenberger has also proven to be a bit more consistent than Jones. While it might only be by a slim margin, consistency is better than no consistency.

If the Steelers want a true backup quarterback, the team will rid themselves of Jones for good. However, that probably won’t be the case. Jones, in my prediction, will be the No. 3 quarterback, behind both Roethlisberger and Mettenberger.

Photo of Zach Mettenberger: AP Photo.

Photo of Zach Mettenberger: AP Photo.


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