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Old 01-10-2012, 09:47 AM   #1
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Default Backup QB position...what should Steelers do?

The backup QB position was forced into the spotlight this season. Bill Polian claims to have been fired for not having groomed an adequate backup and several teams have had to go to their backups (Chiefs, Texans) for long stretches. One team is still alive (Texans) thanks to the steady play of their backup.

With all three of the Steelers backup QB's being unrestricted free agents....what should the Steelers do at this position. Should any of them be retained? Which one of them is most likely to secure enough wins to keep the teams playoff hope alive next season if Ben were to go down for a long stretch?


Dennis Dixon started last season as the starter, beat Atlanta with a fairly decent 18-26 for 236 yards and a pick performance but ended up with a knee injury that put him on IR in the game the following week against the Titans after starting the game 4-6 for 18 yards. With Leftwich on the IR this season, Dixon failed to beat out an old Charlie Batch for the backup role. He has only played in 4 games for the Steelers since being drafted in 2008.

Batch has proven to be a steady backup, but he'll be 38 years old. He came in and help secure the Titans victory last season and then started the following two weeks against the Bucs and Ravens. In the 3 appearance he put in last season because of Ben's suspension, Batch went 29-49 for 552 yards, 3 TD's and 3 picks. The Steelers started off 3-1, but most of that was because of the amazing defense they were playing....the offense was less than spectacular. When Batch took over in the Browns game this year, I didn't see a guy who could win multiple games if he was called into service. He has a TD to INT ratio of 5-7 since the start of the 2006 season and a career ratio of 49-42. Not great numbers...

Byron Leftwich has played in just ONE game since September 27, 2009 when he was benched by Tampa Bay. That one game was a decent 5-7 for 42 yards against the Browns late last year. He hasn't shown he can stay healthy.

I guess I would say that I have the most trust in Leftwich. If given time to get comfortable with the first time offense and given enough game reps, I believe he would have the best chance to carry the team.

...or would they be best served not resigning any of them and striking out in the free agency market....or even drafting a QB in the 5th or 6th round and given him a shot?

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Old 01-10-2012, 09:52 AM   #2
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Default Re: Backup QB position...what should Steelers do?

this will be an interesting move. Some type of move has to be made, Batch isn't a suitable back-up. Not sure what they'll do....but it will definitely be something.
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Default Re: Backup QB position...what should Steelers do?

Leftwich is our backup but they are going to cut ties with Batch and Dixon. We'll likely draft a guy in the later rounds.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:20 AM   #4
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Default Re: Backup QB position...what should Steelers do?

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Leftwich is our backup but they are going to cut ties with Batch and Dixon. We'll likely draft a guy in the later rounds.
Agreed - Tomlin is a Leftwich guy - unfortunately Leftwich usually breaks down for the year in preseason

Dixon wants out ands has no future with the Steelers

Batch was a good backup but is gone since Tomlin has little faith in him - too bad Tomlin did not trust him to play in at least the second Cleveland game

Need to spend a 4th-5th round pick on a QB
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Leftwich is our backup but they are going to cut ties with Batch and Dixon. We'll likely draft a guy in the later rounds.
leftwich is getting injured more than charlie batch lately. agree with the above poster, maybe consider a late round pick on a qb
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Default Re: Backup QB position...what should Steelers do?

I like the idea of drafting someone in the mid to late rounds or finding someone the way we found Charlie and Leftwich. Someone who has started in the league before but is a backup at this point in their career.
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Get rid of that useless toothpick Dixon and draft an heir apparent to Ben.
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They should draft a QB in one of the later rounds. They need to draft someone they'll actually use instead of getting Ben hurt in week 17, like they did this year.
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Default Re: Backup QB position...what should Steelers do?

If Kellen Moore is sitting there in say, the 4th round, do we take him? I say YES. My dad, back in 2003, said "If this Roethlisberger kid is available we HAVE to take him. I won't watch another Steelers game if we don't! Sure enough, we took him! This draft? We understand our backup options, which isn't good givin the age and injury prone. My dad says take Kellen Moore if he's there in the later rounds. I agree with his observations. I believe Moore will go round 2/3 though. What's his projections?
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Default Re: Backup QB position...what should Steelers do?

Leftwhich is fine. Keeping 4 qbs on the roster is tough. Batch needs to go.

If a good QB is available aroung 5 or 6, take him, than get rid of Dixon
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