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Steelers encouraged by Leftwich's progress

The Steelers have seemingly settled on their interim starting quarterback with Ben Roethlisberger suspended in Dennis Dixon, but coach Mike Tomlin could have another option next week.

Byron Leftwich threw passes at practice on Wednesday in a limited fashion before resting on the sideline.  The Steelers are “encouraged” by Leftwich’s progress, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Leftwich and the Steelers may be targeting next week’s game against Leftwich’s old team in Tampa as a possible return date, but we can’t imagine they would go back to him as a starter barring a major Dixon meltdown.

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16 Responses to “Steelers encouraged by Leftwich's progress”
  1. Crazy Nick says: Sep 16, 2010 10:47 AM

    Dixon played a VERY bad 1st half against the Falcons. But, was markedly better in the 2nd half.
    He’ll play well this week.

  2. jediwrstlr says: Sep 16, 2010 10:50 AM

    It doesnt matter, Old bad QB or Young bad QB. I would have thought with Dixsons speed he would be able to scramble…..at this point I am looking for Charlie Batch.

  3. HooskerDo says: Sep 16, 2010 10:58 AM

    “We are very pleased with the progress Leftwhich has made. Most of his throws only went halfway up the stands versus to the top”

  4. Didier says: Sep 16, 2010 11:00 AM

    Dennis Dixon runs like a deer, but the problem is when the defense mixes coverages or brings pressure, he looks like a deer in the headlights. And, he can’t throw an out cut to save his life. Watch the Titans this week try to jump the bubble screens and crossing patterns Dixon can complete. I anticipate at least two interceptions. The Falcons could have had as many as four last week.
    The Steelers are simply a stronger team with Leftwich, who has a stronger arm, is more steady in the pocket, and can stretch the field and those who advocated Dixon because of his running ability just don’t get what it takes to win in the NFL.
    Even if Leftwich can’t go this week, the team will have Charlie Batch ready if Dixon plays like he did last week and the Titans secure a lead of two scores or more.

  5. FarmerMonkey says: Sep 16, 2010 11:08 AM

    If the Falcon’s defense could catch, that “meltdown” would have happened already.

  6. HandsofSweed says: Sep 16, 2010 11:49 AM

    True, FarmerMonkey. But don’t forget that Steeler CB Willie Gay completely dropped a routine and uncontested INT vs Atlanta that would have STARTED a drive already in FG range for Pittsburgh. It’s all water under the bridge now, I guess.

  7. Deb says: Sep 16, 2010 11:50 AM

    @FarmerMonkey …
    AMEN!
    If Leftwich can play, let him play. Apparently, Tomlin is also looking at another Free Agent QB. I don’t care what combination of Band-Aid approaches he uses to keep our heads above water until 10-17. Dixon isn’t the answer. The answer is throwing everything but the kitchen sink in there.
    And prayer.

  8. Jack Burton says: Sep 16, 2010 12:22 PM

    Batch wouldn’t make it out of the game in 1 piece if he was to step in, keep dreaming. I like Dixon of the 3 but I wouldn’t start Batch ahead of a semi-healthy Leftwitch, he’s too fragile.

  9. megabeast37215 says: Sep 16, 2010 1:00 PM

    As a Jags fan let me tell you something about Leftwich. Not only can he not keep himself healthy, but with his huge windup release, every safety in the league breaks on his throws. This means the people catching the ball get whacked more often and much harder. He is so bad for a team in so many ways, forget that leader crap… you can’t lead off the bench.

  10. Hovenaut says: Sep 16, 2010 1:23 PM

    Sheesh. Maybe Stiller fans can see what Cliff Stoudt is up to.

  11. AllThat says: Sep 16, 2010 1:45 PM

    Steelers encouraged by Leftwich’s progress.
    ================================
    What, was he walking around with junk hanging out….

  12. Didier says: Sep 16, 2010 3:02 PM

    One of the ironies last week was that the Falcons stacked the box in overtime to force Dixon to throw, but he handed off to Mendenhall anyway and once Mendenhall broke contain, it was off to the races.
    I don’t expect the Titans to make that mistake on early downs, but they’ll play their safeties and linebackers tight.
    Dixon can’t throw the out; so, the Titans will be able to go man on wideouts with outside/in coverage; double and drop the interior routes; and mix up their blitzes from the edge.
    For Dixon, this weekend is trial by fire time and, other than his ability to bust coverages with his legs, I think he’ll be in for a long day.
    So, by the way, does Vegas.

  13. Bdrunk says: Sep 16, 2010 3:37 PM

    AllThat says:
    September 16, 2010 1:45 PM
    “What, was he walking around with junk hanging out….”
    —————–
    You’ve been asking about this a good bit lately. You’re either out of rape material or you’re just very horny. Just get some press credentials and ask for a locker room interview after the game.

  14. Crazy Nick says: Sep 16, 2010 4:08 PM

    I think “Vegas” had the Patriots over the Giants in the Super Bowl.

  15. rarson says: Sep 17, 2010 1:46 PM

    Dixon’s not a bad backup, but Leftwich has already proven himself to be a pretty competent QB. I don’t see how you pick Dixon over Leftwich. Leftwich is obviously the better of the two.

  16. badthing says: Sep 19, 2010 11:09 AM

    Bdrunk says: September 16, 2010 3:37 PM
    AllThat says:
    September 16, 2010 1:45 PM
    “What, was he walking around with junk hanging out….”
    —————–
    You’ve been asking about this a good bit lately. You’re either out of rape material or you’re just very horny. Just get some press credentials and ask for a locker room interview after the game.
    ____________________________________
    And you talk shit about other people’s posts…Worst post ever.

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