Trubisky sees Pittsburgh as a ‘family-friendly organization’ compared to Chicago and Buffalo


Whether you are a player, coach, manager or fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the connection to the team runs deep. Steeler Nation is often considered one of the most passionate and hardcore fanbases in all of sports, having dedicated Steelers fans across the country and even outside of the United States. Pittsburgh is often referred to as a family atmosphere by its players and coaching staff, which only makes sense given that the Steelers have been a family organization since its inception in 1933, remaining within the Rooney family for 89 years as the Rooneys have taken over every level of the organization, making it one of the most successful franchises in the National Football League.

According to new Steelers QB Mitch Trubisky, that’s the main difference in Pittsburgh from his previous stops with the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills since entering the league in 2017.

Appearing as a guest on the Not just football with Cam Heyward podcast, Trubisky spoke with Heyward and Najee Harris about his free agency process this spring, saying Pittsburgh is where he wants to be. Asked by Heyward how Pittsburgh differed from previous teams he had played for, Trubisky referenced that family atmosphere that separated the Steelers franchise from other franchises in the league.

“I would say it’s a family-friendly organization,” Trubisky said. “They take care of the players, and it’s very transparent with communication and just what you expect here. It’s a winning tradition and it’s really about football. And I mean, the fans are amazing. You come here and they want you to be the best football player possible to make the best football team possible. So it’s very, it’s very focused, very motivated. And I think it starts with Coach T and it goes down and the Rooney family. It starts with them, and it goes all the way down to everyone. You’re part of a big organization and they care about you.

Those are glowing remarks from Mitch Trubisky who began his career with the Chicago Bears after the team opted to select him No. 2 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. University of North Carolina, Trubisky was thrown into the fire relatively early in his rookie season, forced to learn on the fly under HC Matt Nagy, who alternated between offensive callers and schemes that seemed to impact development of the young QB. Trubisky led Chicago to the playoffs in two of his four seasons with the team, but failed to live up to the lofty expectations that came with the No. 2 overall selection and was let go after Nagy was fired. .

Trubisky found himself signing a one-year contract with the Bills last season, becoming the main backup for QB Josh Allen, where he would sit and learn under new Giants HC Brian Daboll. When lucky enough to find an opportunity to compete for a starting job this offseason, Trubisky opted to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, calling it a great opportunity to play for a successful franchise steeped in tradition and history. story.

Trubisky hasn’t been shy since signing with the Steelers to speak out about the dysfunctional Bears organization, at times calling the team “cheated” by the former coaching staff and front office that backed him up. forced to get into a box and play the game. Nagy and the coaching staff planned for him rather than playing for free.

Trubisky understands what it’s like to be part of an unstable organization that rules out of fear rather than love. This allowed all Chicago staff to get the boot this offseason, and Trubisky opted to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are one of the most stable franchises in all of professional sports. He sees a family dynamic in the organization that he didn’t have before and relishes the opportunity to play under Coach Tomlin, who wants all QBs to play freely and showcase their leadership qualities so that they are vying for the incumbent position.

Whether the change of scenery will resurrect Trubisky’s career remains to be seen, but we can be sure that Trubisky wholeheartedly believes he’s in a better place now than where he began his NFL journey.


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