Charlie Batch to Start for Steelers Against the Rams This Afternoon

Brendan O'HareContributor IDecember 24, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 19: Quarterback #16 Charlie Batch of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
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Charlie Batch will be starting for the Pittsburgh Steelers today in lieu of the wounded Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers are taking on the St. Louis Rams, a team that is 2-12 and awkwardly finding itself suddenly in the race for Andrew Luck.

Personally, I think putting Batch in is a smart move, and a move I kind of think would have been made even if Ben wasn't hobbling around. The Steelers are already in the playoffs, and they really shouldn't be risking their high-risk injury players (Ben, Troy Polamalu, Lamar Woodley) for too long this week.

Ben had said earlier this week that he believed he would be okay enough to play, but obviously, Mike Tomlin and the rest of the Steelers' coaching/medical staff has deemed otherwise.

An interesting scenario that Jamison Hensley from ESPN brings up is the possible wild card of Dennis Dixon, a personal favorite. If Batch falls apart in the beginning (which may happen, because he is about 75 years old and whatnot), we could easily see Dixon scamper around for the rest of the game.

I really enjoy watching Dixon play, and have always felt that maybe with the right situation and playbook, he could be a decent No. 1 option. He didn't do horrible last season when he filled in for the injured Batch when Ben was suspended, and you could do worse (hell, if Tyler Palko can get an NFL starting job, then anything's possible).

Well, there it is. Steeler nation will spend Christmas Eve afternoon watching Charlie Batch. Do you guys think this is the smart decision? If not, what's wrong with you?