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PSU_dropout43
04-30-2010, 11:26 PM
http://pit.scout.com/2/966975.html


PITTSBURGH – Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin didn’t waste any time Friday on loyalty to his incumbents, or in making a new guy pay his dues.


No, Tomlin installed Byron Leftwich as his first-team quarterback for the first day of minicamp practices this season, and apparently it’s going to stay that way for the immediate future.

Apparently.

“The rotation after this?” Dennis Dixon repeated. “I don’t expect it to change. If it does, we’re ready for anything that comes our way.”

Leftwich took all of the first-team snaps yesterday, followed by Dixon and then Charlie Batch. Tomlin said after the draft that he wanted to find the temporary replacement for Ben Roethlisberger this spring, and it appears he’s giving Leftwich the opportunity to lose the job.

Leftwich said that he’s in no rush to prove himself, that he just wants to pick up from where he left off as Roethlisberger’s backup in 2008.

After turning down an offer from the Steelers last spring, Leftwich left for Tampa Bay in the hope he could become the Buccaneers’ starter. But he lost his job during the season to first-round draft pick Josh Freeman and the Bucs traded Leftwich back to the Steelers last week for a seventh-round draft pick. Now, he’s in line to become the starter for a contender.

“It’s still not even May yet,” Leftwich cautioned. “Right now I’m just trying to get in with the guys, throw to the guys I haven’t thrown to before, getting to understand how they come out of routes, how they run routes, understanding the things that they put in last year that I didn’t know. That’s the process I’m in right now, just kind of fine-tuning everything that I knew, and add everything that they put in and learn it all as quick as I can.”

What did Leftwich notice first about the Steelers since he last practiced with them?

“Fast guys,” he said of his receiving corps. “That’s the exciting part for a quarterback. You can’t teach speed and we have some pretty fast guys out there. It’s my job to figure these guys out.”

The rocket-armed Leftwich even underthrew speedster Mike Wallace, who joined the team last year and was repeatedly underthrown by Roethlisberger.

Was Leftwich surprised to see Wallace open so deep so quickly?

“No. I’ve seen enough film to know how fast he is. I’ve seen what he’s done on Sundays. I was prepared for that.”

When the underthrown pass was mentioned, Leftwich smiled and said:

“Once. I underthrew him once. That won’t happen again.”

He was also asked about the difficulty in picking Bruce Arians’ offense back up after a year away.

“It’s not a hard system to pick up,” Leftwich said. “When you like an offense, you never forget it and I always liked this offense. I always liked B. A.’s offense. Always. So I never forgot this offense. I was trying to add some of this stuff down in Tampa, to be honest with you, so I never really forgot it. But now it’s about getting back into calling it, saying it, and doing it. That’s the process right now.”

NOTES – As he did with Leftwich, Tomlin put a recently re-acquired player, Bryant McFadden, in with the first team at left cornerback. Last year’s starter William Gay was the nickel back Friday. ... James Harrison missed the morning practice due to the death of an uncle. He was replaced at ROLB by Andre Frazier, with second-round pick Jason Worilds behind Frazier. Fourth-round pick Thaddeus Gibson played second team LOLB behind LaMarr Woodley. ... Dixon changed numbers to 10, since Limas Sweed had earlier switched to 80. Also, McFadden got his old No. 20 back and Keenan Lewis went to 23, his high school number. ... One rookie, undrafted center A.J. Trump, has been scratched from the roster. No explanation was given.

feltdizz
05-01-2010, 12:18 AM
Another QB who loves BA's offense... He must have the Jedi mind trick.

Captain Lemming
05-01-2010, 01:14 AM
Another QB who loves BA's offense... He must have the Jedi mind trick.

BL career QB rating 79.

BL in the Arians offense? 104

If anyone is "shocked" that BL like that offese

Hate all you want, if it is anything "Jedi" it is that he can "raise" a QBs play just like Yoda did that Jet in the swamp.




Now Dizz, you've got Bruce (Yoda) Arians upset. You better run.....He has turned into the:

http://roflrazzi.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/celebrity-pictures-yoda-mini-hulk.jpg

birtikidis
05-01-2010, 02:42 AM
as far as byron leftwhich has fallen (from star first round pick, to not starting for the bucs) he's pretty much in the position that he HAS to like ANY offense that he's in.

feltdizz
05-01-2010, 10:41 AM
as far as byron leftwhich has fallen (from star first round pick, to not starting for the bucs) he's pretty much in the position that he HAS to like ANY offense that he's in.

yeah.. I doubt the Washington game or QB rating has anything to do with it.

Captain Lemming
05-02-2010, 11:27 AM
as far as byron leftwhich has fallen (from star first round pick, to not starting for the bucs) he's pretty much in the position that he HAS to like ANY offense that he's in.

His star has fallen precisely because in recent years he has struggled in every offense he has been in except for the Steelers. The reality is that in nearly four years, the only time he looked like he can be a good starter was under Arians.

He lost every game he played extensively in both Atlanta before and in Tampa after the Steelers (around six games total) and played like a scrub on both teams.

Look at his quote:

He was also asked about the difficulty in picking Bruce Arians’ offense back up after a year away.

“It’s not a hard system to pick up,” Leftwich said. “When you like an offense, you never forget it and I always liked this offense. I always liked B. A.’s offense. Always. So I never forgot this offense. I was trying to add some of this stuff down in Tampa, to be honest with you, so I never really forgot it. But now it’s about getting back into calling it, saying it, and doing it. That’s the process right now.”

Again, remove the Arians hate and it is easy to understand that considering his personal experience this make perfect sense. He ran our offense with an ease that he has not experienced in years.

RuthlessBurgher
05-07-2010, 07:10 PM
Even though Leftwich was only away from our team for one season in Tampa following our Super Bowl win there, the only WR on our roster that he has ever thrown a pass to is Hines Ward, so he'll need to work on developing chemistry with the others (i.e. they'll have to get used to how he throws so they don't inadvertantly break a finger).

Think about how new our WR corps is compared to what we had in the 2008 Super Bowl season when Byron was last here:

Santonio Holmes is now on the Jets, Nate Washington is now on the Titans, Limas Sweed is now hurt, and Dallas Baker is now on the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena League. Hines Ward is the only WR remaining from the SBXLIII team. That's quite some turnover in personnel!

Mike Wallace was drafted shortly after Byron left last off-season.
Randle El and Arnaz Battle were playing in Washington and San Francisco, respectively.
Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown were both still in college.

feltdizz
05-09-2010, 05:41 PM
Great point RB... and a little disturbing. I do like how Lefty said he won't let Wallace outrun his long ball anymore.

BradshawsHairdresser
05-09-2010, 06:02 PM
Santonio Holmes is now on the Jets because he is a knucklehead, Nate Washington is now on the Titans because he was overrated, Limas Sweed is now hurt and has been a major disappointment, and Dallas Baker is now on the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena League because he was a bust. Hines Ward is the only WR remaining from the SBXLIII team, but our receiving corps just may be better than it was then.



Fixed that for you. :D

Captain Lemming
05-09-2010, 11:38 PM
Even though Leftwich was only away from our team for one season in Tampa following our Super Bowl win there, the only WR on our roster that he has ever thrown a pass to is Hines Ward, so he'll need to work on developing chemistry with the others (i.e. they'll have to get used to how he throws so they don't inadvertantly break a finger).

Of course the LAST TIME he was a Steeler he began the season NEVER HAVING PLAYED A GAME AS A STEELER. He did not come in with familiarity with ANY of our receivers, and Arians offense was completely new to him. He was extremely effective nonetheless

He is way ahead on the "familiarity" scale compared to he was the last time he was a Steeler.
Frankly, I believe once he gets used to Wallace, his deep ball skills will mesh really well with him.

Oviedo
05-10-2010, 09:12 AM
I hope there is an open competition for the "temporary QB." I do think that Leftwich may be the better solution because of experience and I have always had serious concerns about Dixon's ability to take a pounding at 209lbs.

Familiarity with receivers should not be an issue. That is what training camp and off season workouts should do. Bigger issues is whether Hines can stay healthy and whether Wallace can step up and perform against the double teams he will now see with Holmes being gone.

MeetJoeGreene
05-10-2010, 10:42 PM
“It’s not a hard system to pick up,” Leftwich said.

That scares me.

Opposing Defenses probalby think the same thing.

flippy
05-11-2010, 10:31 AM
“It’s not a hard system to pick up,” Leftwich said.

That scares me.

Opposing Defenses probalby think the same thing.

I thought the exact same thing.

Good thing Byron's the one QB other than Ben that's used to taking a pounding in the pocket.