Updated: Feb 23, 2022
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Former Steelers free safety and current ESPN analyst, Ryan Clark, would be embarrassed for the organization if they let Mason Rudolph take over the reins at quarterback in 2022.
"If Mason Rudolph is the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers entering 2022, they are no longer the Pittsburgh Steelers I love or the fans of Pittsburgh love," Clark said on "Get Up" on Tuesday.
Clark's comments come a day after Kevin Colbert said Rudolph would be the Steelers' starting quarterback if the season started today.
However, Colbert also said the Steelers will explore all options at the quarterback position, and Rudolph will be in the mix.
“We know we’re going to add to the position. I can’t tell you how at this point," Colbert said. "We will go to camp with four. If we had to start today with Mason as our starter, let’s go. We’ll try to build the best team around him.”
Rudolph is 5-4-1 as a starter in his career, and Clark said the Steelers defense allowed an average of 13 points in Rudolph's five wins. Clark sees Rudolph as just an average quarterback and he won't get the Steelers anyway.
"Mason Rudolph is a very average NFL quarterback," Clark said. "Not an average NFL starter. An average NFL quarterback. He has shown that."
Clark also mentioned that Colbert needs to admit that his first-round grade on Rudolph was wrong.