Mike Tomlin maintains ‘confidence’ in Mason Rudolph amid struggles
The Pittsburgh Steelers have received underwhelming production from quarterback Mason Rudolph since he has returned to the lineup following a concussion.
Despite the recent struggles, head coach Mike Tomlin’s confidence in the quarterback hasn’t been shaken. He mentioned that the team has always chosen to ‘rally around him’ and that they ‘believe in him.’
“We’ve got a lot of confidence in him,” Tomlin said, via Joe Rutter of TribLive.com. “We didn’t need to see that. We’ve been working with him going on a couple years. That’s just in his DNA. That’s one reason the guys rally around him and believe in him.”
The performance that Rudolph put together against the Miami Dolphins began in genuinely concerning fashion. The first throw of his performance was an interception and he completed just one of his six pass attempts for 14 yards in the opening quarter of the game.
There was a genuine improvement from Rudolph as the game progressed. He managed to complete 15 of his 24 pass attempts during the second and third quarters combined and generated 239 yards and two touchdowns.
Tomlin highlighted the improvement that Rudolph made during his performance and credited his ‘overall decision making’ as being ‘more fluid.’
“He got better as the game wore on, I thought his overall decision making became more fluid, his accuracy became better,” he said. “A lot of it had to do with footwork, but more than anything I thought he settled down as he got into action.”
On the season, Rudolph has completed 63.8 percent of his pass attempts for 897 yards, nine touchdowns, and three interceptions.
The Steelers face the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field during Week 9.