Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Charlie Batch It Is

Charlie Batch will start at quarterback for the Steelers when they play in Tampa on Sunday, coach Mike Tomlin confirmed after practice today.

Byron Leftwich returned to put in a full practice Wednesday for the first time since the MCL in his left knee was sprained Sept. 2, and is the only other available quarterback on the roster.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Two quick thoughts on this. First Batch doesn't have the arm strength anymore to make the deep throws. For that reason we should play a little more man and make him have to try to stick the ball in tight spaces. Second he isn't very mobile and they only have an injured Byron Leftwich behind him. That reiterates why we should play a lot more man and man under along with 8 man fronts because if we can knock out the run which the 8 man fronts will help with and force him to throw, playing man will give the defensive line at least another step to get to him.

With the right game plan we should have at least 5 or 6 sacks on Sunday.


  1. Well maybe we wont have to worry about Sabby getting exposed in the passing game.We might just see Randle El by the end of this game.

  2. Charlie Batch looked really good for a guy thats started only a handful of games in the last 5 years. The Steelers might be the best team in the NFL right now, even without their starting quarterback. The defense has shut down their opponents and been dominant. It will be interesting to see if the team can continue to play like this when Ben comes back.