First Call: Steelers defender endorses Mitch Trubisky; surprising prediction on where Bill Belichick may coach after Patriots

Tuesday’s “First Call” finds some Pittsburgh Steelers support for Mitch Trubisky as the team’s new quarterback. A potential target for the Steelers to add if they want some pass-rushing depth.

A quote that perfectly sums up New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba.

And an off-the-wall prediction about where Bill Belichick may coach next if he ever leaves the New England Patriots.


Trubisky train

If Mitch Trubisky is indeed going to be the Steelers starting quarterback to begin 2022, he’s getting the endorsement of at least one defensive player.

Defensive lineman Chris Wormley held a football camp in his hometown of Toledo, and BCSN sports was there to cover it. They ran a package in which Wormley stumped for Trubisky as the right guy to replace Ben Roethlisberger.

“Any time you lose a Hall of Fame quarterback, who has done so much in his career for the city, it is going to be hard to replace him,” Wormley said of Roethlisberger. “But I think Mitch is the guy for it. He has a lot of experience. He made the playoffs twice. He has been a starter for four years. To bring a new fresh look to the offense is exciting as well.”

Wormley went so far as to say the change at QB has actually been a jolt for the team.

“We’re excited for a new start of Steelers football,” Wormley continued. “We’ve got a new quarterback. It’s going to be an interesting year, but I’m excited for it.”

Based on his 14 starts last year, Chris Wormley is in line to replace the retired Stephon Tuitt at left defensive end. That’s unless the Steelers start Montravius Adams at nose tackle and have Tyson Alualu at left defensive end.

Either way, Wormley is bound to get lots of snaps again. He had a career-high seven sacks last season.


Another candidate

The Steelers remain thin at outside linebacker. Beyond T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith as the starters, the next wave of players is Genard Avery, Tuzar Skipper, Derek Tuszka and Delontae Scott.

That’s a total of 10 sacks between four men.

Well, another outside linebacker just became available. The Chicago Bears cut Jeremiah Attaochu. He has 20.5 career sacks dating back to 2014. That was his rookie season with the (then) San Diego Chargers. Since then, he has played with the Jets, Broncos and Bears.

Attaochu tore a pectoral muscle last year. So he only suited up five times for Chicago. In his two previous seasons in Denver, he compiled a total of 8.5 sacks.


‘Bill’-lieve it when I see it

Whenever Bill Belichick leaves the New England Patriots, he may have another coaching interest.

In lacrosse?

Professional Lacrosse League co-founder Paul Rabil was on Bartstool’s “Pardon My Take” on Monday, and he insists that Belichick is interested in coaching a team in the PLL — and that he’d excel at it.

Rabil was asked if he’s ever spoken with Belichick about coaching in the league, and Rabil answered, “Yes.”

Rabil also said he thinks Belichick would be interested in such a position and would ascend quickly.

“I feel like he would win in the first three seasons of coaching, if not sooner,” Rabil said. “I don’t think he really coaches football. He just coaches. He coaches human beings. He’s so good at it. … He just commands a room.”

Belichick is renowned for being a fan of lacrosse. He has appeared on PLL broadcasts in the past.

“When I first met him, he came to a (Johns) Hopkins practice,” Rabil said. “He stepped into the locker room and was (cussing) us up and down around like our stick work and six-on-six possession.”

Via the New York Post, Belichick was a captain of the lacrosse team at Wesleyan University. All three of his children played lacrosse in college; his daughter, Amanda Belichick, is the head coach of the Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team.


No surprise

As the New York Rangers conducted their season-ending interviews, Andrew Copp had this to say about head-hunting teammate Jacob Trouba.

You know, the same guy who knocked out Sidney Crosby with a chicken-wing elbow. The same guy who leveled multiple Carolina Hurricanes during the playoffs and even threw a few elbows that either missed or didn’t do as much damage as he intended.

“He was getting yelled at when we were 12 years old for taking guys’ heads off,” Copp said of Trouba.

Copp would know. He and Trouba were first teammates at the age of 10. Since then, they played together with the U.S. National Development Team, at the University of Michigan and again with the Winnipeg Jets before both winding up in New York.

Does this surprise anyone? What else did Trouba do as a kid? Burn ants with a magnifying glass? Pull the wings off of flies? Shoot birds with a pellet gun?

Look out Andrew, you might be next. Something tells me Trouba is not one to differentiate just because you’ve been teammates forever.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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