Steelers will win just enough, maybe 6 games, to not be in the QB sweepstakes, and I dont mean taking a QB, but someone trading up to the Steelers spot to get a QB, and thus Steelers get two 1s and a 2 in the future to move down 5 spots and still get a top OL or DL. Pickett has the skill set to be a good NFL QB, not Mahomes or Allen, but solid, and this is a great chance for him to develop this year, no playoff hopes, 2 WRs who will be around a while, TE and RBs too. So steelers wont consider a Stroud or Young, Levis, etc. Their OL needs an anchor. Their DL needs a future stud.
It is nearly impossible to win a Superbowl without an elite QB. The outcome you are describing is exactly why Pickett was a terrible choice.
I don't think that's true. You just need to have a QB get hot in the playoffs and have a great defense. Many of the recent Super Bowls have been won by Tom Brady, Big Ben, or Peyton Manning, but a lot of those were won on the backs of an excellent defense. Young Tom Brady was clutch, but he wasn't Elite, the Pats defense was Elite and Brady made plays when it counted. Big Ben made some key plays in the SB, but our defense was dynamite. James Harrison won us that Super Bowl as much as Big Ben did.
I personally don't consider Eli Manning, Joe Flacco, 2013 Russel Wilson, old Peyton Manning, or Nick Foles to be elite. Flacco played at an Elite level during those playoffs, but that wasn't him overall.
The formula does work and can have success to have a strong running game (which we don't have) and an elite defense. Defense and rushing wins in the playoffs. Our defense and O-line is not currently good enough to have this formula consistently work. If we can kill FA and the draft next year and end up with a DL monster, a great CB, a solid ILB, and a much better OL, we really could go far with a moderate QB.