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Old 11-26-2012, 01:05 PM   #55
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Default Re: Time to start the Brian Hoyer era in Pittsburgh?

Originally Posted by AndyWitmyer View Post
I will say this for Batch - he's one of the most loyal and unselfish players I've seen - his demeanor has always been as classy as it gets - a real team player. He lives in Pittsburgh, he loves Pittsburgh, he breathes Pittsburgh. He is the leader of the player's union and is widely respected (look at the Ravens fan who came here in peace just to give the man props).

He will almost assuredly retire this year - and while I do think he might have a win or two left in him, if he would be asked to fill in for a slew of games, those or two games aren't going to amount to much. But, here's the thing: the players also respect him a great deal. He could be the most well-liked player in the team (although, I have no statistic to prove that assumption).

So yeah, when he does retire this year (and he will), the Steelers would do well to retain in some capacity as an assistant coach of some form, or even a coordinator if necessary. He knows the team and the team knows him. While Batch may no longer be in shape to play for 60 minutes the truth is, in the Roethlisberger-era, no other backup QB has started and won as many games. If he wants to retire from football entirely, well...that would be a shame, but I'd wish him well. But should he desire to stay on board in some capacity - I think that would great.

He'd be a great mentor for the rookie back up - and possibly future starting QBs - that will inevitably be drafted over the next ten years. I guess we'll see what happens. But I still love Charlie, regardless.
I have no doubts that you will either see him or Hines Ward or both back on the Steelers sideline someday. The guy has the makings of a great QB coach IMO.
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