Mason Rudolph
Mason Rudolph feels confident about his future with the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Keith Srakocic/AP Photo)

In 2019, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a taste of Mason Rudolph leading the offense. It was not pretty. Many even questioned his future with the Steelers after Devlin “Duck” Hodges started over him in the last games of the season. But, when Rudolph spoke to media last week he emphasized his renewed confidence for the upcoming season. He also stated that he “knows that he can become a starting NFL quarterback”, in the future.

“I am very confident about myself. I think when the organization supports you and has faith in you moving forward, it is always going to build your confidence.”

Mason Rudolph at Steeler’s Training Camp on Saturday

Coming off an injury at the end of the 2019 season, many were uncertain of Mason Rudolph’s role in the Steelers’ offense. This doubt persisted even after Head Coach Mike Tomlin clearly stated that Rudolph would remain number two. However, the offseason has come and the Steelers had yet to pick up a veteran backup to replace Mason Rudolph. This, no doubt, has helped the young QB, to grow his confidence.

Mason Rudolph also stated that the help of a dedicated quarterback coach in Matt Canada has also helped. In previous years, offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner doubled as the QB coach. In addition, Fichtner produced less than optimal results with quarterbacks of the past. Canada on the other hand has worked with many quarterbacks and has proved his worth at the position. However, right now Mason Rudolph is not thinking about taking the starting position from Big Ben. Right now, he focusing on pushing Ben and being able to learn as much from the future hall of fame quarterback as possible.

However, the important question is will the Steeler’s confidence in Mason Rudolph continues. Or, will it fade with time? Both Ben Roethlisberger’s and Mason Rudolph’s contracts expire after the 2022 season. That means in 2023 the Steelers will have to make a decision. Both will require big contracts and Pittsburgh cannot hold two franchise QBs on their roster. So, will they keep the aging Roethlisberger, or let Mason Rudolph take the helm in Pittsburgh.

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