Games Started: 49
Career Statistics: 900-1,545, 10,218 yards, 58 TD, 41 INT (79.6 Rating)
The Case for Leftwich to Start:
Of the three quarterbacks being considered for temporary duty, Leftwich has by far the strongest arm. He can make every NFL throw.
He's as tough as they come, once having to be carried down the field on a game winning drive while at Marshall.
He knows this system from his 2008 days in Pittsburgh, where he posted a 104.3 rating in limited duty. During that period, he looked like he could function quite effectively in Bruce Arians' offense.
The Case Against Starting Leftwich:
Behind a suspect offensive line, Leftwich is a liability because he lacks any mobility. He's a pure pocket passer and he won't escape a good rush.
He's got a good arm, but his accuracy is mediocre and he has bad lapses in decision making. He can be a liability if asked to do too much, so the Steelers would have to rely heavily on the ground game.
There are concerns that he's never started a game in this system and he has not been effective as a regular starter since the 2005 season.