Originally Posted by FanSince72
True, but he doesn't (shouldn't) need an entire game to do that. He can get his game legs back a little at a time just as a rookie is given short opportunities throughout a series of games to do the same.
And of course "garbage time" is the operative phrase. The defense has pretty much wrapped it up for the day and yes, by then Ben seemed to get his chops back, but at what cost? Can no one imagine a garbage-time scenario in reverse; one in which WE had the game in hand and Ben comes in to mop up and work out?
I understand that the only way to get back to game-shape is to play, but we're not in a luxurious position of being able to throw games away just so Ben can get his feet wet. If the goal is to win the game, then I believe Charlie Batch gave us the best opportunity to do that.
1. He doesn't need a whole game, but, alas, after the first few series, he's already dug the team into a hole (two passes thrown into the ground, leading to poor field position, and BB having to throw out of his own end-zone, which only exacerbates his timid ness.)
2. I almost mentioned the "garbage time in reverse", but didn't type it. I was thinking that IF the Steelers had already had a good lead, they could have had BB play at the end.
Then again, if BB needs a few series, AND if he threw a few INTs (and blew the lead(, people would reeeally be calling for Tomlin's head.
How does the team get him those necessary series?... hmmm...