How to fix the Steelers for 2022: QB, offensive line, extending Minkah Fitzpatrick among top priorities

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2021 season will be remembered for several different reasons. It will largely be remembered for being an unpredictable roller-coaster ride that saw them make the playoffs despite glaring weaknesses on both sides of the ball. 

The ’21 season will also be remembered for T.J. Watt’s overall brilliance that led to him matching Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record. Fans will also remember the emergence of rookies Najee Harris and Pat Freiermuth, who quickly became key cogs of the Steelers’ offense. More than anything, the 2021 season will be most remembered for being the final year of Ben Roethlisberger’s surefire Hall of Fame career. Roethlisberger received an emotional send-off against the Browns in Week 17 before delivering one last comeback win in Baltimore in Week 18. 

With the 2021 season now in the rearview mirror, it’s time to take a look at what the Steelers need to do in order to put themselves in position to get back to the AFC’s upper echelon in 2022. 

Find capable QB competition for Rudolph 

This is the big question hovering over the Steelers. At a minimum, the Steelers can go with Mason Rudolph, who went 5-3 as a starter when Roethlisberger went down with an elbow injury two weeks into the 2019 season. Rudolph’s erratic play has not endeared himself to fans, but Roethlisberger feels that an open quarterback competition may bring out the best in his former understudy. Diontae Johnson was also complimentary of Rudolph when asked about the future of the Steelers’ quarterback position. 

“He’s a great player,” Johnson said of Rudolph, who enjoyed a prolific career at Oklahoma State before being the Steelers’ third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. “I’m sure he’s going to work his tail off to compete for the starting job. I’m pulling for him.” 

Given their other needs, don’t expect Rudolph’s challenger to be a high-priced veteran who may have a…


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