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Old 12-25-2011, 12:23 PM   #1
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Default Batch Orchastrates a Thing of Beauty

Coming into the game, I was a little nevous about how Batch would play. I predicted that it would have to be the defense to really step up and take over the game. I was wrong. I am also not upset that I was wrong. I'm very happy I was wrong. Batch executed at a very high level. He only made one stupid mistake (the pick), but other than that, he played a very clean, and precise game. It was actually somewhat refreshing to see a Steelers game where the QB played within the confines of the offense and executing plays as they were drawn up.

Now, I dont want anyone to think that I'd advocate starting Batch over Roethlisberger regularly, but, he filled in quite well and played like a conventional QB. When he did extend plays, he looked for a checkdown and not a crazy deep pass (whch often work with Ben). Those check downs netted first downs and kept the chains moving on several occasions.

Batch also threw a really nice deep ball to Wallace that hit him in stride (for the most part ) where Wallace just blazed past the helpless defender. I think the fact that the ball came out on time, before Wallace even beat his man, helped that play be successful. I think Ben sometimes waits a little too long, for Wallace to actually beat the man before he throws, which leads to under-throws and allows safety help to get there some times (Not all the time, just some times).

I'll also throw in here, that Arians had a great game plan, and the offense executed it very well. I'll also note that I don't really care for Arians' playcalling most times, but I have to give credit where credit is due. It seems like when he realizes that he doesn't have Ben, or Ben is hurt, he calls the type of game that will actually aide in getting us the win, rather than chucking up deep balls every other play.

In general, Batch was way above the line and I have no problems with starting him until Ben gets well. In my opinion, I believe the Steelers should be less hesitant to play Batch in the future in the event that Ben is dinged up. I would also like to say that I don't think Batch is a better QB or that Ben is not an elite QB. Ben is an elite QB and should start if he's ready, but I'm just saying Batch played an excellent game and Brucy called an excellent game! Let me know what you guys think!
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: Batch Orchastrates a Thing of Beauty

Plus his only INT wasn't really his fault. Brown fell down and probably would have caught it if he didn't.
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:39 PM   #3
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Default Re: Batch Orchastrates a Thing of Beauty

i seem to recall one of batch's passes hit a defender right in the hands...fortunately he dropped it.
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:51 PM   #4
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I knew Batch could get it done. He always has, so this isn't a surprise to me at all.
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Old 12-25-2011, 01:02 PM   #5
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Default Re: Batch Orchastrates a Thing of Beauty

I agree that Batch performed better than most expected but
-we were playing a horrible team
-we were 1-7 on 3rd down conversions
-we again failed in the Redzone on the first drive to score a TD
-BA's only creative play I thought was the fake where Batch rolled to his left and then we never saw anything like that after
-the pass to Wallace was slightly underthrown but we got it anyway
-we failed to go to Heath(targeted 2x)
-some of those WR screens were an abomination and close to getting picked off
Overall, Batch managed the game well given the situation IMHO but a wins a win

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Old 12-25-2011, 01:33 PM   #6
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batch used the run offense well to manage the game against a lowly and extremely bad team. he played very average at best. but good on him, the win is all that matters.
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Old 12-25-2011, 02:19 PM   #7
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I agree that Batch performed better than most expected but
-we were playing a horrible team
-we were 1-7 on 3rd down conversions
-we again failed in the Redzone on the first drive to score a TD
-BA's only creative play I thought was the fake where Batch rolled to his left and then we never saw anything like that after
-the pass to Wallace was slightly underthrown but we got it anyway
-we failed to go to Heath(targeted 2x)
-some of those WR screens were an abomination and close to getting picked off
Overall, Batch managed the game well given the situation IMHO but a wins a win
Hey, thanks for the feedback. Your right, I didn't realize he was so bad on 3rd. I guess it just seemed better. Oh well. I stand corrected!
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Old 12-25-2011, 02:36 PM   #8
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Got to understand Batch wasn't the only back up in their. As the game went on, more and more second stringers came in.
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:45 AM   #9
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and kudos to our "D" for that beautifult shutout as well.
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:13 AM   #10
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Wouldn't call it "beauty", but Batch did what needed to be done and I was wrong about questioning him over Dixon. I'm not so sure about the Browns. I think they will have a chip on their shoulder when we play Sunday. I would love to see the "d" take one away!
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