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Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Controversy: Injury Creates Batch-Dixon Decision

Rob Belote@GuysNationSenior Analyst ISeptember 3, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 22:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks to Charlie Batch #16 and Dennis Dixon #2 during the game against the Washington Redskins at Fed Ex Field on August 22, 2009 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Due to his suspension for questionable personal conduct, Ben Roethlisberger is not going to play NFL football for at least three games, probably four. 

The suspension length is going to be determined this morning as Roethlisberger meets with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  The Pittsburgh Steelers were going to start the season with Byron Leftwich under center—not so fast.

Now Leftwich has a leg injury and he won't be able to play while Roethlisberger is out, and Steeler fans have quarterback on the brain right now, wondering which of the two options coach Mike Tomlin will choose.  Luckily for the Terrible Towel wavers, the options are decent. 

If most teams were forced to pick between their No. 3 and No. 4 quarterback, the choice would either be really easy—or heartburn-inducing.

Not in Pittsburgh.

The decision is between Charlie Batch, an aging veteran who has a considerable knowledge of the offensive scheme he would be implementing for the Steelers. 

His mobility is in question behind an offensive line which hasn't gelled to its full potential yet, but he has more seasons as a starting quarterback than the other option has started games.  Batch started for the Detroit Lions for three seasons, leading them to the playoffs in 1999.

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That's right, a decade ago.

Dennis Dixon is an exciting young quarterback who doesn't have three games as a starting quarterback, but he has shown poise in the past—namely battling the tough Baltimore Ravens last year in a game which the Steelers lost in overtime.  Dixon has playmaking abilities both with his arm and his feet; his mobility should allow him to be sacked or hurried far less than what Charlie batch would face. 

Dixon has also shown considerable accuracy, hitting over 66 percent of his passes.


For my opinion on the matter, view the full version of the article at www.GuysNation.com.

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