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Kovacevic: Not building on Ben anymore

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Mason Rudolph, Thursday night against the Panthers. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

So, wow, Landry Jones?

Did not see that coming. Obviously.

Right back in my face. Right back in the faces of everyone who presumed, if we're really cutting to the core of this, that the Steelers will continue to build everything aroundĀ Ben Roethlisberger into infinity.

Maybe we should have paid more heed to that concept when Mason Rudolph was drafted in the third round, the year after Josh Dobbs was drafted in the fourth round.

Maybe we should have paid more heed when Rudolph and Dobbs got all of the action in the final preseason game, rather than presuming Jones was being set aside because all concerned already knew what he could do.

But more than that, again, maybe we all should have paid more heed to the repeated suggestions from both Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert in recent months, subtle or otherwise, that they have zero intention of closing up shop after their franchise quarterback retires, after Antonio Brown ages, after the offensive line is broken up and, yeah, after Le'Veon Bell leaves later this winter.

Remember this Colbert remark back in April?

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