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Steelers wanted Hoyer to back up Ben

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Score one for Bruce Arians.

“Retired” in 2012 by the Steelers before becoming the offensive coordinator of the Colts and now the head coach of the Cardinals, the Cards scooped up and Arians squatted on quarterback Brian Hoyer after the Steelers cut him in December following a three-week cup of coffee.  According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers wanted to sign Hoyer to serve as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup in 2013.

Hoyer’s unemployment for most of 2012 prevented him from becoming an unrestricted free agent in March, allowing the Cardinals to extend a second-round tender to Hoyer as a restricted free agent.  Hoyer recently signed it.

The Steelers instead signed Pittsburgh native Bruce Gradkowski.

Of course, even if Hoyer would have been unrestricted, it doesn’t mean he would have picked the Steelers.  Some think the Browns wanted him — and that the Browns would have given him a chance to compete with Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy for the starting job.

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23 Responses to “Steelers wanted Hoyer to back up Ben”
  1. ridnaway says: Mar 23, 2013 7:42 PM

    Good luck with Gradkowski Squealers. Dude just loves to throw to his hot read first. He’s spent his entire career throwing the ball sideways.

  2. mikebrownfaux says: Mar 23, 2013 7:44 PM

    Okay so which is it.. First Bruce is a Toledo/Cleveland/Ohio in general native.. Now he’s a Pittsburgh Native?

  3. ghjjf says: Mar 23, 2013 7:46 PM

    The Steelers already have Batch as their backup, and probably will for another 10 years.

  4. fordmandalay says: Mar 23, 2013 7:48 PM

    It’s like two hobos battling over road kill. Continues to show just how bad the QB situation is in the NFL.

  5. geezohman says: Mar 23, 2013 8:27 PM

    read up people. Bruce was with Bengals and Beat the Steelers… 3 TDs if i remember right

  6. gonavybeatarmy says: Mar 23, 2013 8:29 PM

    Baltimore played Steeler back-up Qb’s twice; lost once and could have lost the other.

  7. patfanken says: Mar 23, 2013 8:31 PM

    Good for Hoyer. Pats fans appreciated his efforts with the team, and will always be happy that he’s in the NFL and collecting a pay check. Like Matt Cassell, both were good back ups to Tom, who proved capable when they got a chance. The Cards are lucky to have him.

  8. theylovetohateus88 says: Mar 23, 2013 8:33 PM

    What is Cleveland’s deal with weeden? Yea he’s 28 or so but the guy had a pretty solid rookie year with not much talent to throw to. I’m a ravens fan but I just really don’t get why they’d even consider McCoy or hoyer over weeden, makes no sence to me

  9. jollyrob68 says: Mar 23, 2013 8:51 PM

    Should of never released Hoyer, should of cut Leftwich.

  10. keiselsbeard says: Mar 23, 2013 9:01 PM

    Actually, Gradkowski was with Oakland when he beat us, not Cinci.

  11. capesquad says: Mar 23, 2013 9:22 PM

    ghjjf says:
    Mar 23, 2013 7:46 PM
    The Steelers already have Batch as their backup, and probably will for another 10 years.

    no disrespect to Charlie Batch… but backup for another 10 years? i think he’d be about 50…

  12. mclovinib says: Mar 23, 2013 9:25 PM

    baltimore played steeler back up qb’s twice. won once and could of won the other…they won the superbowl instead

  13. clssylssy says: Mar 23, 2013 9:26 PM

    How unfortunate for Hoyer who will now join Fitzgerald in watching any chance at a career circle the bowl in Arizona. Even as a backup to Big Ben Hoyer’s opportunities would have been better affiliated with a respected team than on the merry-go-round going nowhere.

  14. ravenator says: Mar 23, 2013 9:28 PM

    gonavybeatarmy says:
    Mar 23, 2013 8:29 PM
    Baltimore played Steeler back-up Qb’s twice; lost once and could have lost the other.

    ——————–

    Mentioning baltimore is the go-to move for all steeler fans. Talk about taking a back seat. As the Ravens continue to improve the defense by cutting the fat, the offense has surpassed that of Big Ben and their non-existent running game. They’ll be lucky to go 8-8 again this year, expect much worse.

  15. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 23, 2013 10:00 PM

    Going 8-8 in the AFC North might be good enough to win the division in 2013.

  16. riverhorsey says: Mar 23, 2013 10:03 PM

    hoyer must not be that hot if Stanton is already the starter

  17. phuzzyd says: Mar 23, 2013 10:17 PM

    ravenator says: Mar 23, 2013 9:28 PM

    gonavybeatarmy says:
    Mar 23, 2013 8:29 PM
    Baltimore played Steeler back-up Qb’s twice; lost once and could have lost the other.
    ——————–

    Mentioning baltimore is the go-to move for all steeler fans. Talk about taking a back seat. As the Ravens continue to improve the defense by cutting the fat, the offense has surpassed that of Big Ben and their non-existent running game. They’ll be lucky to go 8-8 again this year, expect much worse.
    _______________

    In fairness Flacco is no better than a backup QB so the QB position was equal for those games. The outcome of those games was determined by the superiority of the Steelers at all the other positions.

    Given the mass exodus of the Ravens top talent, which is mediocre relative the the rest of the NFL, Baltimore will be lucky to get six wins. It starts with a loss on the road in the opening game. Get used to it for years to come.

  18. menofsteelx6 says: Mar 23, 2013 10:45 PM

    @ravenator
    90 % of the comments I see you post are only towards other fans who dislike baltimore or its something completely irrelevant to the article just to aggravate other teams fans. Grow up, and represent your team in a respectful manor instead giving all ravens fans a bad image with your arrogance and ignorance.

  19. footballfan01 says: Mar 23, 2013 11:12 PM

    ravenator is getting more delusional by the hour. Of course … starting all of last year’s benchwarmers will only improve the defense. Harbaugh didn’t play them last year so they could be fully rested for the 2013 season … BRILLIANT!

  20. dirtybird28 says: Mar 24, 2013 12:27 AM

    @theylovetohateus88 same can be said for Mccoy; he never really had any talent around him and was supposed to take more time to develop rather than being thrown in there so quickly.

  21. ravenatorridestheshortbus says: Mar 24, 2013 12:53 AM

    @ravenator
    Why don’t you take your redundant 8-8 coments back to your gutted team and don’t worry about ours? We will be just fine.

  22. ordekim says: Mar 24, 2013 6:23 AM

    Steelers want/wanted alot of things (players) this offseason that they just aren’t getting.

    I get so tired of douche Pit fans saying players will do whatever to play there, not looking that way this year.

  23. steelerben says: Mar 24, 2013 9:21 AM

    Going to Arizona where even the janitor gets a chance to start at QB, Cleveland where if the QB hasn’t won the Super Bowl by week six they’re chanting for the backup, or Pittsburgh to sit on the bench behind a $20 million per year franchise quarterback who does get injured but plays anyway. That’s a pretty clear choice. He’s already done the guaranteed backup thing for Brady, the kid deserves a chance to play.

    I’m actually psyched about bringing in the Polish Hammer. His mechanics are a bit unorthodox but if you need a guy to be ready to win one or two, he can pull a couple out of his hat.

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