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Old 09-30-2008, 10:57 AM   #11
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I noticed the ball sailing high on many of Ben's passes last night, and the 3 stooges in the booth even commented how his right hand was swollen and that he was shaking others' hands with his left hand (one of the few worthwhile things that was mentioned during the entire broadcast). I think the ball squirting out of his hand for the INT was a direct result of the swelling as well, and I believe it's impeding his grip on the ball. Since Leftwich knows JAX pretty well, do we think about starting him next week and holding Ben out to give him an extra week of rest going into the bye?
I understand the thinking, but as others have said, with the bye coming up the following week, it's best to just play him if the swelling doesn't go down enough and let him rest up then.

As for RoethlisBURGHer's point about Jacksonville's D - they are not known as a blitzing team. They funnel everything through their front 4 and try to generate pressure from them. They may incorporate more of them this week, but it's not their bread and butter.
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:04 AM   #12
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That's interesting. It's not a half bad idea...you know Lefty's gonna be playing lights out to show up his old team, and we've traditionally not fared very well against Jacksonville, especially as of late.
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:12 AM   #13
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That's interesting. It's not a half bad idea...you know Lefty's gonna be playing lights out to show up his old team, and we've traditionally not fared very well against Jacksonville, especially as of late.
For just this reason I believe Ben will play.

I'm sure he'd like to get shot at this team. Still a sour taste in his mouth after that playoff game last year.

I'm not sure how bad the hand is, but the int. pass in question looked like he was just too far in his motion to bring it back. Looked like he should have just thrown the deep ball on the first pump. Holmes seemed to be all alone in the replay from the endzone view. There may have been a safety out of frame though.
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Default Re: Hold Ben Out a Week?

That being said, there's also no chance of this actually happening. If Ben refused to sit after his head was all smashed in from a windshield, he's certainly not going to sit out because his hand hurts.
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That being said, there's also no chance of this actually happening. If Ben refused to sit after his head was all smashed in from a windshield, he's certainly not going to sit out because his hand hurts.
Absolutely - it was more just me thinking out loud. You always start your best 11 available. And like Tony said, it would be a huge gamble with our RB corps so depleted. But it would be a huge payoff if it was actually tried and it worked.
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:21 AM   #16
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WOW, I THINK LEFTWICH IS GOOD ENOUGH TO HANDLE IT, I BEEN WAITING FOR TOMLIN TO PUT HIM IN, AND NOTHING I THINK A WHOLE GAME IS TOO MUCH THO, MAYBE 1ST AND 3RD QUARTER..
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We should play Ben just because he makes the whole team better, even if his passes are a little off.
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no question, play him.
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:13 PM   #19
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Default Re: Hold Ben Out a Week?

Unless something happens and Ben can't go he will be playing. Byron L. starting is not a bad idea and he knows the Jacksonville team so that can be a plus but Ben gives us out best chance of winning.

The key will be how the Steeler offensive play calling is. I hope that we implement a game plan that takes advantage of an aggressive Defense, If you it is run properly screen plays to moore will be very effective.
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Nah. there was one play when Ben got sacked and they were saying how hey should have thrown the ball but the receiver wasnt turning his head so it would have been a bad play cause the defense would have been able to make an easy pick! But Ben's getting a little better with time. He'll have a week to rest it and get it better. But we do need to get him protection! This offensive line cant keep this guy protected! We've got a lot of work to do if we want to make it to the post season!!!!!
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