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Steelers name Charlie Batch starter against Rams

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The Steelers won’t allow for any last minute drama regarding their quarterback decision this week.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review passes along word that Charlie Batch was officially named the starter by the team on Friday.

We’ve said all week that it made sense for the Steelers to go all out for a bye against San Francisco. Since it didn’t work out, it makes sense to get Ben Roethlisberger healthy for the playoffs now.

There’s a chance the Steelers could make Big Ben active for the game, but he would apparently only be used in an emergency. Dennis Dixon is expected to back up Batch.

The Steelers face the Rams’ third string quarterback Kellen Clemens on Saturday. If Pittsburgh can’t win with their backup quarterback, this team has more problems than we realized.

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46 Responses to “Steelers name Charlie Batch starter against Rams”
  1. Kaz says: Dec 23, 2011 2:04 PM

    Championship! On a side note and not taking my normal shot at the Stealers….. Okay, starting now. You can’t tell me Batch is better than Dixon.

  2. njhitman says: Dec 23, 2011 2:08 PM

    START DIXON plain and simple !!!! Dixon can scramble and pass the deep ball ect . Batch is old and is a good 3rd string but to start him over Dixon I don’t see it Look how Batch played when he came in for Ben

  3. thirdngoal says: Dec 23, 2011 2:13 PM

    Goodluck Charlie. This could be his last chance at a start in the NFL

  4. drgfri says: Dec 23, 2011 2:13 PM

    I name Roethlisberger Rapist Pig of the NFL. All you home town appologists should read the transcripts before you dismiss it yet again. The guy should be in jail.

  5. backindasaddle says: Dec 23, 2011 2:17 PM

    It’s the right move to go with Charlie Batch here. Ben really needs to get that leg healed up for the playoffs. He was in no way ready for that game against the 49ers and he was the reason the Steelers lost more than anything else. When he is hobbled like that it takes a HUGE part of his game away and renders him far less effective. It’s vital that they get him back healthy again or they’ll be toast in the playoffs.

  6. earthtopft says: Dec 23, 2011 2:18 PM

    “You Stopgap, Charlie Batch!”

  7. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 23, 2011 2:18 PM

    The narrative here makes it sound like Pitt has no chance at the bye. They can still win the division and ensure the bye if they win out and Balt loses a game. The Ravens will be going to Cincy in week 17 in a game where the Bengals will most likely be playing for their playoff lives. If Pitt can handle business against the Rams and Browns (both with backup QBs playing), they still have a great shot at the bye… with or without Ben.

  8. citizenstrange says: Dec 23, 2011 2:18 PM

    The bar is set pretty low. If Batch can get more than three points it’s a smart football decision.

  9. sbxxix says: Dec 23, 2011 2:29 PM

    I think the Steelers will be fine with Batch. He’s an experienced back up who is always ready. I wouldn’t be surprised if they play better offensively. Not saying he’s better than Big Ben however sometimes switching your look on offense helps specially if you have an experienced veteran like Batch.

  10. dayumyou says: Dec 23, 2011 2:31 PM

    drgfri says:
    Dec 23, 2011 2:13 PM
    I name Roethlisberger Rapist Pig of the NFL. All you home town appologists should read the transcripts before you dismiss it yet again. The guy should be in jail.
    _______________________

    well he does rape a lot of D’s but I don’t think that’s a crime

  11. thom4msu says: Dec 23, 2011 2:31 PM

    Good luck with that- from a Lions fan.

  12. njhitman says: Dec 23, 2011 2:32 PM

    drgfri says:Dec 23, 2011 2:13 PM

    I name Roethlisberger Rapist Pig of the NFL. All you home town appologists should read the transcripts before you dismiss it yet again. The guy should be in jail.
    ————————————————–
    I think you should go back to school and learn how to read . Then go read the transcripts .

  13. tramonisland says: Dec 23, 2011 2:39 PM

    Finally what we knew all along! Now release the line on this game so I can go heavy on the Rams covering.

  14. lastl00 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:45 PM

    A rematch of SuperBowl IV!!!

  15. goldsteel says: Dec 23, 2011 2:47 PM

    It’s the smart move. The Steelers are already in the post season. Ben is hurt and hurt takes time to heal. I’d keep him out next week as well. Perhaps start Dixon that week? Then the Steelers will be a little better prepared for the post season.

    GO STEELERS!

  16. franknunley57 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:49 PM

    no take from deb on this decision? are the contras and sandinistas acting up again?

  17. jpelle82 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:50 PM

    thanks now i can officially bench brown and wallace in my fantasy leagues

  18. test2402 says: Dec 23, 2011 2:51 PM

    These guys are nothing without. Ben. Look at last week. To bad Ben can’t suck it up and play. Tim Tebow would suck it up and play. Tim Tebow would never let his team down like Ben. Tim Tebow is a mans man. Maybe Ben should make Tim Tebow his “man friend”. Ben = clown.

  19. dachozen1 says: Dec 23, 2011 3:07 PM

    This is typical of the organization. They continue to start the old, dried up players over the fresh and talented players. They are loyal to a fault and it will cost them until they work the newer players in to permanent.

  20. wvucolumbus says: Dec 23, 2011 3:16 PM

    It’s amazing that the Steelers still have a shot at the bye. Not only did the Birdies sweep Pittsburgh but they have a shot at sweeping the division. Talk about a team that coughs when the stakes are high. Our QB is hurt, our center is hurt, Woodley is hurt, Harrison was suspended…..Everyone has injuries but not THESE injuries….and we still have a shot at a bye, albeit slim.

  21. approachingnormalcy says: Dec 23, 2011 3:18 PM

    I think the Steelers would be better off with the 6th Seed and playing Houston, than the 5th playing Denver or the Chargers. The Chargers would really be a bad matchup and I still think they will catch Denver.

    I think Pittsburgh would beat Oakland but I don’t see Oakland winning the division.

  22. td40 says: Dec 23, 2011 3:21 PM

    When Batch came in for a series or two a couple weeks ago, Pittsburgh suddenly couldn’t move the ball at all… against the Browns!

    This bodes well for the Rams.

  23. rarson says: Dec 23, 2011 3:22 PM

    “We’ve said all week that it made sense for the Steelers to go all out for a bye against San Francisco.”

    Yeah, except it didn’t make sense. At all.

    EVEN IF we accept the fact that Tomlin chose to start Ben in spite of knowing that he was completely immobile (of all the possible scenarios, ignorance on Tomlin’s part is the least likely), the first quarter, or at the very least the first half, should have been indication enough that Ben would have been better off trying to recover than risk further injury. I don’t understand why it took them a week and a terrible game to figure that out.

    As it is, the situation this week is basically the same as last week, except that the Rams aren’t the 49ers, and apparently Tomlin decided to start calling the shots again (I’m sure Ben would play if given the opportunity).

  24. lenke08 says: Dec 23, 2011 3:26 PM

    the rams should be sending the browns a thank you card.

  25. noquickreactionshere says: Dec 23, 2011 3:28 PM

    backindasaddle says:
    Dec 23, 2011 2:17 PM
    It’s the right move to go with Charlie Batch here. Ben really needs to get that leg healed up for the playoffs. He was in no way ready for that game against the 49ers and he was the reason the Steelers lost more than anything else. When he is hobbled like that it takes a HUGE part of his game away and renders him far less effective. It’s vital that they get him back healthy again or they’ll be toast in the playoffs.

    ________________________________

    Couldn’t agree more, these games prove to everyone that when Ben cannot get out of the pocket and extend plays he is average at best. Ben is an elite quarterback but not because of his passing ability. He has a unique ability to create and improvise which not other qb can do on the same level. Keep in in the pocket and make him drop back and throw and you see that he is an average NFL QB.

  26. ncsteeler says: Dec 23, 2011 3:31 PM

    They’re right in sitting Ben for at least this week if not next week as well. Personally I’d go with Dixon – more mobility and stronger arm. Batch has been pretty fragile over the last few seasons; so we might see Dixon as well.

    With Houston’s loss a first round bye is not out of the question. Cin. could take the Ravens next week especially if they have something to play for.

  27. cancelsundayticket says: Dec 23, 2011 3:37 PM

    Sorry, but if after 4 years Dennis Dixon can’t pass Charlie Batch on the depth chart, he needs to be traded or cut. Either he is not developing or the coaches are blind to his talents…in case it’s the latter he should have his chance with another team.

    Let’s face it CB, at this point, is really the third string QB behind Byron Leftwich (IR), which make make Dixon the 4th string…

  28. illiniftw says: Dec 23, 2011 3:45 PM

    I bet we still hear a lot about how tough Big Ben is even though he isn’t playing.

  29. steelernation1 says: Dec 23, 2011 4:21 PM

    drgfri says:
    Dec 23, 2011 2:13 PM
    I name Roethlisberger Rapist Pig of the NFL. All you home town appologists should read the transcripts before you dismiss it yet again. The guy should be in jail.
    ………………………………………………………………………

    and for what reason should this be aloud?and not a legit comment?this is where PFT has this site all messed up in a bad way.when is it gonna end?people need to grow up or PFT needs to open there eyes and put a stop to this behavior on here.

    on a not related to the article,Batch is the number 2 QB why shouldnt he start.what exactly has Dixon done with the Steelers besides nothing.and cry that he wants to be a starter.sorry bud this is not gonna happen in your carrier.i honestly do not think Dixon is good enough at least on the Pittsburgh style offense .and that o-line lol..if The Organization wants Ben to complete his contract they had better start focusing on the obvious,and thats the O-line.3 years now Ben has been getting slaughtered by defenses and they think what they are doing is going to work?

    really?

  30. bubbybrister2 says: Dec 23, 2011 4:39 PM

    Charlie isn’t the quarterback we need right now, but he’s the quarterback we deserve.

    - Commissoner Gordon

  31. PCa Survivor says: Dec 23, 2011 5:01 PM

    drgfri says:
    Dec 23, 2011 2:13 PM
    “I name Roethlisberger Rapist Pig of the NFL. All you home town appologists should read the transcripts before you dismiss it yet again. The guy should be in jail.”

    _______________________________
    I thought that to be in jail in this country you have to be indicted, tried, and convicted. But then again, I can spell apologist.

    I think you should go back to school and learn how to spell. Then go read the transcripts .

  32. jacklambert58 says: Dec 23, 2011 5:25 PM

    No question Ben should sit this one out, but why Batch over Dixon? Given that the O-line is porous at best, Dixon can at least make plays with his legs…

    @drgfri – it’s time to let go of the hate…we all know ur just angry cuz he isn’t starting for ur team, but it really is time to move on…

  33. bray72 says: Dec 23, 2011 5:28 PM

    @dachosen1
    Dec 23, 2011 3:07 PM
    This is typical of the organization. They continue to start the old, dried up players over the fresh and talented players. They are loyal to a fault and it will cost them until they work the newer players in to permanent.
    ________________________________

    Do you know anything about the Steelers or just read stupid PFT posts? Their consistent playoff record should give you enough insight to the real truth. They are filled with great young players at most positions.
    Even though they are very loyal, they are willing to cut productive players for better young players e.g. Joey Porter, Gilden and many others. Check out two rookie starters on the OL. Check out the DL with 3 first and 2nd yr starters getting worked in. Maybe receivers is another position you could check out. Maybe defensive backs.
    You might want to brush up a little on Steeler history and current info to support your points.

  34. cup1981 says: Dec 23, 2011 5:42 PM

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Charlie Batch. He is likely one of the most intelligent QBs in the league and understands the game like few can. Unfortunately, his body has broken down from injuries and lack of playing time. He can still eat up yardage underneath, but cannot throw anything beyond 20 – 30 yards downfield.

    CB makes an awesome QB coach and is an asset on the sidelines. That is likely why the Steelers keep the dude around. This is Dixon time. We need to see if he can play in spot situations without getting banged up or throwing 3+ picks. START DIXON!!!!! Starting Batch gets you nowhere at this point.

  35. steelcurtainn says: Dec 23, 2011 5:51 PM

    This is the right move! Lets Big Bens ankle rest one more week and bring em back for the seasons finally.

  36. curtainclosed says: Dec 23, 2011 5:51 PM

    Rams are gonna get Batch-slapped.

  37. holeinone09 says: Dec 23, 2011 5:56 PM

    For the big picture, this is the right choice. Steelers should beat the Rams without Ben, with the rest of the talent they have. Ben needs to be in best possible shape for the playoffs, since he will be counted on to move around and create positive plays. He is the best QB in the league at doing that when he is reasonably healthy and has his mobility; he didn’t come close to having that last week agains SF and it showed. Now in the chance that the Ravens are losing/lose to the Browns, and the Steelers are losing with Batch, they can consider putting Ben in depending on his condition. But he should not start and hopefully won’t be needed at all in any way, shape or form.

    I don’t know if Ben will be active for the game, and/or if Dixon will be active.

    GO STEELERS!!

  38. mostlombardisintheleague says: Dec 23, 2011 6:03 PM

    Let’s not forget Pittsburgh still has a top ranked defense which in this game may be our best offense. I do agree that Dixon should start, at the very least he can run for first downs when needed. As far taking a sack/hit, Batch may be a little worse off than Dixon purely due to age. Let’s just get the win and move on to the Cleveland game. And watch Balitmore lose 2 straight !!!

  39. commandercornpone says: Dec 23, 2011 6:16 PM

    saw charlie play up here in detroit. classic handoff handoff handoff chuck it deep on play action guy.

    there wont be a precision passing game. pitt will have to run it. good that st. loo cant defend the run.

    rams probly wont score. there’s yer cover.

  40. brownsfantildeath says: Dec 23, 2011 6:55 PM

    The title of this article should be “Steelers name Charlie Hack starter against Rams.”

  41. melikefootball says: Dec 23, 2011 7:01 PM

    Here is a team seems all like to jump on and a QB that is prosacuted on each comment after every article but the Steelers still stay in the hunt. They have had all kinds of injuries all year including on their QB yet still are 1/2 game behind the Ravens. They get no mention of all the injuries to key people yet have won games. Hell they stayed in the Monday Night game till late with a QB that could hardly run off the field. I would not want to play them in the playoffs.

  42. jimmer2372 says: Dec 23, 2011 7:32 PM

    Gotta love mouthy Browns fans. What a pathetic franchise.

  43. brownsfantildeath says: Dec 23, 2011 10:37 PM

    I’ve heard steelers fans use their teeth to count with instead of their fingers like normal people. Looks like no steelers fans would even be able to count all their SB trophies with their own mouth.

  44. ratedrsuperstar1331 says: Dec 23, 2011 10:42 PM

    Never underestimate the power of motivation.

    The Rams have listened to “experts” say for the last week that the Steelers could win with their “second, third, or fourth string QBs.” Chris Long, James Laurinaitis, Quintin Mikel, and Steven Jackson have heard the insults. Add to that the fact that Batch is nowhere near as mobile as Big Ben, nor can he extend the play like Ben, and you have a game that will probably be far more competitive than most people expect.

  45. billionsvsmillions says: Dec 24, 2011 2:06 AM

    drgfri says:Dec 23, 2011 2:13 PM

    I name Roethlisberger Rapist Pig of the NFL. All you home town appologists should read the transcripts before you dismiss it yet again. The guy should be in jail.

    DRGFRI, Being it you have this view of Big Ben, I invite you to read up on the following link im going to post for you and others to read. I believe after you read such, you will have a better understanding of the circumstances etc. I realize Ben wears the black and gold and you more than likely hate anything that has to do with the Steelers. However, if your opinion does not change after reading this article, perhaps you should think about other situations you have brain washed yourself to believe that could be ficticious which in return would not allow you to comprehend reality of any fact or facts.

    http://ludwig.squarespace.com/politics-journal/2010/4/15/the-media-lynching-of-ben-roethlisberger.html

  46. jimmer2372 says: Dec 24, 2011 5:49 AM

    Browns fans are a hoot. Steelers OWN YOU. Know it, Believe it, Embrace It.

    Steelers 22-4 since the inception of the new Browns. Yep the Browns are a pathetic franchise.

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