The Steelers ended up signing a former highly-touted draft prospect in Trubisky. They could have gone with the same profile but a different direction by pursuing Marcus Mariota.
Mariota has been a capable backup for the Raiders in recent years. Hitting free agency gave him a chance to pursue a starting role and Pittsburgh could have given him that shot.
This season, Mariota is outpacing Trubisky in just about every statistical category, notably yards, passer rating, completion percentage and yards per attempt. He’s also used his legs to better effect.
Part of the problem with Trubisky is that he’s so limited. He doesn’t stretch the field. He doesn’t utilize the middle. He doesn’t make plays. The Pittsburgh offense looks toothless as a result. Mariota could get more out of the offense simply by bringing a more dynamic skillset to the table.
Pickett could still look like the future but things in the present would be a lot more fun.