Is Newly Drafted Landry Jones The Future of The Steelers?

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Was Landry Jones selected to directly replace Roethlisberger?  No.  But, he is absolutely a contingency for 2014/2015 and beyond.  The fact that the Steelers did not interview Jones prior to selecting him weighs no bearing on what Jones means to this team.  There’s enough tape on this guy that they know what he’s about.  For all we know, the Steelers Brass could have called up Big Ben’s wife and asked about Jones and the family because they all know each other.  How’s that for a character reference?

I gave Landry a C+ as my own draft grade, but I think we all need to reserve criticism for now and hope that the Steelers can groom Jones into the next starter.  He may not be the ultimate future for this franchise, however, there’s going to be a period of Landry Jones as the leader of this offense.  Unless the Steelers can move up the draft board into the top 10 – through either trading up or having a terrible record – they won’t have many shots at getting the next ‘great QB’ in the next few years with this pass hungry league.  And I for one would rather see winning records and a few more championships before that torch gets passed.

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  • Informed reader

    Honestly, as much as I love Charlie, I think this was Charlie being a little bitter. It probably makes him feel better to think this was about Ben, and not about him and Byron. But the reality is, Ben is still with the team and those two aren’t, so I think that tells us all we need to know.

    Ben could have a career ending injury this season (God forbid.) They need to have a reliable backup and be grooming a young guy in case that happens. Even if Ben is just knocked out for a game or two, they need a reliable backup. It was time to move on from Charlie and Byron. But I just can’t believe the team is planning to push Ben out in a couple of years just to have a cheaper young guy. That makes no sense. If the day comes when Ben’s skills have declined and he tries to hang on despite the fact that a cheap young guy gives the team a better chance of winning, Ben will be replaced. But unless that happens, the job is Ben’s.

    • Craig

      It seems the finances of this team are a wreck of late, and though I doubt they would get rid of the face of their franchise, I would not be surprised that they make a move like that to save a TON of money on payroll (if push comes to shove).

      • Informed reader

        I hear what you’re saying, and you do a good job of presenting your rationale. But if push came to shove I believe they would be better off cutting Troy (who is always injured), Woodley (who is always injured and out of shape) and anybody else they need to. Not that I want to see those guys go…I don’t. But they have to remember the years after Bradshaw retired. One mediocre to pretty good but not quite good enough QB after another for 20 years. And while the team always had great defenses, we never won another superbowl until Ben was drafted.

        Maybe Landry will end up being the next Ben. If Ben gets hurt and Landry proves himself to have the same magic Ben does, then that changes things. Then this becomes a tough decision…like the Colts faced with Peyton. But to just take a chance and hope without any proof that Landry can be as good as a healthy Ben seems crazy. Hope is not a strategy.