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Brian Hoyer getting a crash course in Steelers offense

Charlie Batch, Brian Hoyer AP

At the rate Steelers quarterbacks are falling, Brian Hoyer has no choice but get ready in a hurry.

So the former backup to Tom Brady is getting a crash course in the Pittsburgh offense, since he’ll be the backup to Charlie Batch this weekend.

I’m going to be as ready as I can,” Hoyer said, via Ralph Paulk of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “There’s limited time and limited reps, and you just have to study as much as you can and go from there.

“Things may be called differently or certain things like that. The terminology might be different, but you just have to figure it out and compare it to something that you’ve done in the past.”

With Ben Roethlisberger out with rib and shoulder injuries, and Byron Leftwich breaking two ribs in last week’s loss to the Ravens, Hoyer was signed to provide some emergency help.

“I’ll be there to help him the best I can,” Leftwich said. “I think he’s picking up things well based on what I’ve seen.

“I’m just hoping we don’t have to use him and that Charlie can get through this and find a way to win. If [Hoyer is] playing, then that means something has happened to Charlie. Hopefully he doesn’t have to play.”

Hoyer only got a few snaps with the first offense in practice, as most of time was doubtless spent learning a new language, while everyone around him hopes he doesn’t have to speak it.

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21 Responses to “Brian Hoyer getting a crash course in Steelers offense”
  1. ravensdominate says: Nov 24, 2012 10:00 AM

    Haha the steelers are in a bad shape. Love it!!!

  2. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 24, 2012 10:00 AM

    If the Stillers ever neeeded Mendenhall to step up, it’s this weekend. He needs a 25 carry game with big yardage. Hope he’s healthy. Last week the Ravens swallowed him up and they can’t stop anyone. Unsure if that’s because they stepped up their run D or if Mendy really isn’t able to bounce off that ankle.

  3. bigcid10 says: Nov 24, 2012 10:32 AM

    If the Stillers ever neeeded Mendenhall to step up, it’s this weekend

    I don’t think so,we need JD instead someone who
    knows how to move forward with ball and not dance around

  4. steelersownyou says: Nov 24, 2012 10:57 AM

    Ravens fans are begging on every post for steelers to lose to the browns. I dont blame them though. Everyone knows the chargers are gonna beat them. Then next week ben returns to crush these losers at empty bank stadium. Then dont look now afc north is all tied up at 8-4. Ravens will choke. They always do!

  5. olcap says: Nov 24, 2012 10:59 AM

    ravensdominate says:
    Nov 24, 2012 10:00 AM

    Haha the steelers are in a bad shape. Love it!!!
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    Yes, it’s kind of hard to figure how a professional team could be so unprepared QB depth, especially with the pressure Roethlisberger has been under his entire career.

  6. tatatoothy says: Nov 24, 2012 11:10 AM

    Hand the 1st string duties over to Dwyer and don’t look back. He’s a true Steelers running back and is just what this team needs – bruising, powerful, young fresh legs. None of this “go with the hot guy” crap, either. Make Dwyer your workhorse.

    Then cut ties with Mendenhall after this season. He’s always been overrated compared to his actual production on the field.

  7. shenanigans24 says: Nov 24, 2012 11:25 AM

    Hoyer was probably the best backup Brady ever had (including Cassel). There were preseason games when you couldn’t tell Brady was out. I’m surprised it took him this long to find a team. He’ll probably never see the field, but I think he’d make a better starter than half the guys playing today.

  8. toekramp says: Nov 24, 2012 11:38 AM

    olcap says: Nov 24, 2012 10:59 AM

    ravensdominate says:
    Nov 24, 2012 10:00 AM

    Haha the steelers are in a bad shape. Love it!!!
    ————————————————————

    Yes, it’s kind of hard to figure how a professional team could be so unprepared QB depth, especially with the pressure Roethlisberger has been under his entire career.

    ———————————————-

    Yes, all those super prepared NFL teams that carry 4 QBs incase the first two go down in consecutive weeks.

    Name one.

  9. olcap says: Nov 24, 2012 12:03 PM

    Don’t have to name any. Number one, Leftwich shouldn’t be 2nd string on any NFL team, but to be backup to a guy that’s elusive, and moves around, you’re going to have basically a statue back there, with the wind up throwing motion he has? So Leftwich should not even be on the team.

    Batch? He’s better than Leftwich, so why is he third string to the statue? It doesn’t make any sense at all. They should have had Batch, because he can still play, and he is great for what he knows, and GOOD backup, which they now possibly have. But what use is he just joining the team?

    It doesn’t make sense at all. Total team mismanagement.

  10. stainlessstill says: Nov 24, 2012 12:18 PM

    ravensdominate, how does it feel to barely beat a “bad shape” Steelers team by a special teams blunder and never sniffing the endzone? Once the Steelers are healthy, they crush you. Doesn’t matter how much you want to talk yourself out of it.

  11. wtf2812 says: Nov 24, 2012 12:31 PM

    If Dwyer wants to be truly what the Steelers need, he has to quit waving to the sidelines to come out after every 2 or 3 carries. To me, that was a big reason why the Steelers lost to the Ravens. He kept pulling himself out. Anyone who has the game on DVR, go back and watch it and you will see. Where is this guy’s stamina? In his prime, bettis used to carry the ball 8, 10, 12 straight plays and not come out.

  12. illiniftw says: Nov 24, 2012 12:58 PM

    Shouldn’t it be Roethlesberger (sp?) helping him learn the offense instead of Leftwich?

  13. sixlombardisinyourface says: Nov 24, 2012 1:03 PM

    @ravensdominate:

    You rejoice at the Steelers injuries – for the Ravens have no chance against Pittsburghs full team of starters. Last Sunday proved it. Your offense was manhandeled and never found the end zone and your defense barely kept pace with a backup QB with broken ribs. The fade to Mike Wallace in the EZ was inches from a Pittsburgh win.

  14. mmmpierogi says: Nov 24, 2012 1:17 PM

    shenanigans24 says: Nov 24, 2012 11:25 AM

    Hoyer was probably the best backup Brady ever had (including Cassel). There were preseason games when you couldn’t tell Brady was out. I’m surprised it took him this long to find a team. He’ll probably never see the field, but I think he’d make a better starter than half the guys playing today.

    **********************************************************************

    If that’s the case, Steelers should keep this guy and drop Byron Leftwich. Nothing against the Leftwich as he performs fairly well, but he seemingly gets hurt almost as frequently as Roethlisberger despite getting a fraction of the snaps. What use is backup who can’t stay healthy.

  15. TheWizard says: Nov 24, 2012 2:03 PM

    If Hoyer gets some action, you may end up pleased with the results.
    He’d still be with the Pats if Mallet hadn’t fallen to the 3rd round, which Belichick thought was too good to pass up. The guy can play.

  16. ravenator says: Nov 24, 2012 6:18 PM

    What’s with the would’ve could’ve should’ve talk from steeler fans. If flacco was injured and the situation was reversed would they give credit, nah. You lost Pittsburgh, get over it. Accept it and move on. RAvens have owned your team lately, like it or not, it’s a fact. Cheers!

  17. ravenator says: Nov 24, 2012 6:19 PM

    Wins are the only stat that matters. Steeler fans should know this, oh wait they don’t. They just puff their chest win or lose. Last time I checked ravens are way ahead in the division. What sore losers their fan base consists of

  18. ravenator says: Nov 24, 2012 6:20 PM

    Sweep is on the horizon. Soak it up Pittsburgh

  19. stillerreaper13 says: Nov 24, 2012 7:49 PM

    Let me remind you Steeler hating Baaltimorons that your Ravens didnt exactly look great against an injury ddepleted Steeler team last week. Not to mention, Ray Rice has yet to gain 100yds rushing this year. The other Ray is most likely headed toward applying for his AARP card, and Bubba Gump Suggs doesnt look like his old self either. As for the Browns game, I havent played QB since high school 13yrs ago. The Steelers could start me tomorrow, and still beat the Browns. We dont need Mendenhall to have a big day. We need Dwyer to keep pounding the ball, and the D to force Weeden into bad decisions. That happens, its a win for sure. You Ravens fans should make tshirts that say, “In the Unibrow we Trust”

  20. clashpoint says: Nov 24, 2012 11:16 PM

    Anyone who cheers for injuries is pathetic and not a true fan of the game of football.

  21. epicfailflacco says: Nov 24, 2012 11:46 PM

    I will take a playoff win to the rat birds over a regular season loss any day…win when it matters then have something to brag about geniuses!!! Then again beating the steelers in the regular season IS the equivalent to a ravens Super Bowl victory….smh

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