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Roethlisberger not Steelers’ only camp worry

Published: Thu, July 29, 2010 @ 8:24 p.m.

Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have Ben Roethlisberger back, at least for training camp, they’ve got yet another problem with the quarterback whose offseason missteps repeatedly overshadow all that he accomplishes as a player.

What do they do with him?

Once the Steelers report to training camp Friday, does Roethlisberger run with the starters, despite his suspension that will last at least four games? Or do they drastically cut his time with the regulars so that Byron Leftwich will be better prepared to run the offense when the season begins, since Roethlisberger can’t play until mid-October at the earliest?

Read the story in Friday’s Vindicator.


1sknirak(120 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

This isn't a problem. It's merely logic that has to be applied. Big Ben is out until mid-October. Leftwich has played some last season. Dennis Dickson is in his 2nd year and has been learning, but there is no real reason (like injury) to rush to play him. Dixon would benefit from getting a few reps in practice and maybe get a few plays in exhibition ball. Batch is really getting too old to play,but he'd be available in a "pinch". Leftwich played in the Super Bowl season with the understanding he was a backup. So, he gets told this again. Backup. He starts for Ben and after Ben's suspension is up he drops to 2nd, Dixon 3rd. Charlie really ought to be a QB coach somewhere by now. He'd be good at it and should be considered for 2011 (if there's a season) for the job either in the Burgh or in his hometown of Detroit.

In 2011 let Dixon and Leftwich decide it in camp for #2 & #3.

What's wrong with having 3 useful QB's on a team? Any one of the three can go down during the season. Ben got to start during his rookie season when the starter got his bell rung in a game. Was it good for him? I don't think so; he tried to win games by himself from his first year. When Batch got hurt, there was consternation again. And now Batch should be odd man out. A more drastic solution would be to get rid of Batch at the end of training camp. And if worse came to worse, I'd lean to that option.

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2Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

How does Tomlin use Roethlisberger in training camp practices and exhibition games? Work him in here and there? Let him run the first team, as he did when he rejoined his teammates for spring practices June 1 through the end June 10? Put him with the second team? The third? Use him sparingly in team drills while having him work extensively in other, smaller groups? And, how does Tomlin deploy Leftwich and Dixon? Normally, the starting quarterback runs 2-3 series in the first preseason game, 2-3 in the last and has more extensive time in the middle two. Does Leftwich get more as he gets ready to start the first four games? And when does Roethlisberger enter and for how long?

Tomlin is in the tough position of trying to get two quarterbacks ready to start in 2010, one for September and another for October and the longer haul. And the one who, presumably, will start three-quarters of the games must disappear from the team for a month at the end of the preseason.

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