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SanAntonioSteelerFan
09-28-2010, 08:50 PM
Just heard Tomlin say it on BSPN Sports Center. He said "After this past weekend, he earned the right to play next week."

No link yet.

I'm happy!

Sugar
09-28-2010, 08:52 PM
I guess I didn't realize there was a question on this. Batch played well last week and Lefty was still really gimpy.

frankthetank1
09-28-2010, 08:58 PM
i wouldnt see any reason why batch wouldnt start even if lefty was 100%. he only threw two bad passes last game and he also had a nice 20 yard run.

Discipline of Steel
09-28-2010, 09:24 PM
I dont know...Batch played his best game in many years last week...maybe he was extra hyped because he realized it was his last big chance to be the star QB. I hope he can maintain the energy and leadership against a more black and blue defense. He's done the blow-out, now he has to demonstrate he can win a run oriented, field position type of game. Endeavor to perservere.

papillon
09-29-2010, 12:40 AM
I dont know...Batch played his best game in many years last week...maybe he was extra hyped because he realized it was his last big chance to be the star QB. I hope he can maintain the energy and leadership against a more black and blue defense. He's done the blow-out, now he has to demonstrate he can win a run oriented, field position type of game. Endeavor to perservere.

My guess is that Batch realizes he isn't going to be a star, but by playing well when given the opportunity allows him to contribute to the success of the team. He's a class act and true professional.

Pappy

fordfixer
09-29-2010, 01:33 AM
Batch to start again on Sunday

By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com

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The old adage if it isn’t broken, then don’t fix it will apply to the Steelers offense this week as quarterback Charlie Batch will start his second consecutive game when the Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Heinz Field.



Batch is coming off an impressive performance in a 38-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, completing 12 of 17 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns.



“He is doing a nice job,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “We won last week. That is a good place to start. The guys have a great deal of confidence in him. He is simply a man that’s taking advantage of an opportunity. You have to be happy for him.”

Dennis Dixon opened the season as the starting quarterback after Byron Leftwich injured his knee in the preseason, but Dixon suffered a knee injury of his own against the Titans the second week of the season.



Insert Batch and with a veteran at the helm it’s allowed the offense to do more.



“You are talking about a guy who has been a franchise quarterback, a starter and has been here nine years,” said Tomlin. “He is 35 years old. It’s all a re-run to Charlie Batch. Dennis Dixon it’s new for him. He is a young, talented guy. You try to help him manage the game or help him manage the game as a coach.”



Going in to the 2010 season there weren’t many who thought Batch would be starting week four, Batch likely among them. But he overcame early disappointment and when the opportunity arose, he seized it.



“It’s an awesome lesson learned for our young players, one I hope they will take and heed too,” said Tomlin. “This league is about perseverance, this game is about perseverance. It’s about taking advantage of opportunities when they are given. He is giving them a shining, clear cut example at this juncture.”



As far as the health of the Steelers other quarterbacks, Byron Leftwich has rebounded from his knee injury and was ready to go against Tampa if needed.

Dixon underwent surgery last week and Tomlin was pleased with the results.



“He came out of surgery fine,” said Tomlin. “Tentatively they are saying anywhere from four to six weeks but every time it’s different. We’re hopeful that he is going to get back to us quickly. We’ll see how it goes.”

Tomlin was asked if Dixon was a candidate for injured reserve, but at this point he ruled it out.



“Not this week,” said Tomlin. “It depends on how games go. I never look too far ahead in terms of those decisions. We have to play a game this week. Injuries are a part of football. You never know, you just don’t.”

* * *

On the injury front the Steelers are in relatively good shape as they prepare for the Ravens.

Tomlin on the injuries: “Chris Hoke is questionable at this juncture. If he gets some work the later part of the week we are going to play him. Of course we are going to play the healthy men. He is going to have to prove his health to us, as is Trai Essex from his ankle sprain. We’ll watch those guys and judge their level of availability based on what they do here in the week.



“The rest of the injuries are bumps and bruises that go along with football. Will Allen returned to the game the other day with his ankle sprain. We expect him to be fine. Ziggy Hood sustained an ankle sprain at some point late in the football game. We expect him to be fine. He might be limited at the top of the week. Anthony Madison had a little hamstring. He shouldn’t be limited too much. Other than that we have a clean bill of health. We’re going to need it. Such is life when you play Baltimore.”

fordfixer
09-29-2010, 01:44 AM
Tomlin: Batch to start for Steelers on Sunday
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10271/1090971-100.stm

In case there was any doubt, Mike Tomlin said Charlie Batch will make his second straight start at quarterback Sunday when the Steelers play the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field.

Batch led the Steelers to a 38-13 victory in Tampa over the Bucs last Sunday, throwing three touchdown passes. He ran his record as a starter with the Steelers to 4-1.

Tomlin said Byron Leftwich is healthy enough to play and will resume his role as the only backup Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger will return from his four-game NFL suspension on Monday.

Chris Hoke, who sprained the MCL in his right knee near the end of the game in Tampa, might be able to play this week, Tomlin said.


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fordfixer
09-29-2010, 01:45 AM
Steelers coach Tomlin: Batch starting again on Sunday
By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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Charlie Batch didn't just earn coach Mike Tomlin's admiration for how he played in Tampa.

Batch, who threw three touchdown passes in the Steelers' 38-13 rout of the Buccaneers, will start Sunday when the Ravens visit Heinz Field.

"Guys have a great deal of confidence in him," Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. "He's simply a man that's taken advantage of an opportunity, and you've got to be happy for him."

Batch had been the odd man out at quarterback before knee injuries suffered by Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon thrust him into a prominent role.

Leftwich will back up Batch on Sunday, and Tomlin said there are no concerns about the knee that Leftwich sprained on Sept. 2.

"He was fine last week," Tomlin said.

With Ben Roethlisberger set to return next week from a four-game suspension, the Steelers have a tough decision looming at quarterback. They are unlikely to carry four QBs on their 53-man roster, and they could place Dixon, who had surgery Sept. 22, on injured reserve.

Tomlin said that Dixon will be out 4 to 6 weeks after tearing cartilage in his knee. The coach sidestepped the question yesterday when asked if Dixon is a candidate for injured reserve.

"I never look too far ahead in terms of some of those kinds of decisions," Tomlin said.

fordfixer
09-29-2010, 01:55 AM
Tomlin names Batch Steelers' Week 4 starter

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If there was any doubt as to who would start the Steelers' Week 4 contest against the Ravens, coach Mike Tomlin erased it Tuesday. Charlie Batch, who led Pittsburgh to a 38-13 win against Tampa on Sunday, will get the call.

Batch will make his first back-to-back starts since 2005 after coming out of camp as the Steelers likely No. 3 quarterback. But Byron Leftwich got injured in the final preseason game and Dennis Dixon injured his knee in Week 2, opening the door for Batch to grab the final two starts before Ben Roethlisberger returns from his four-game suspension.

"Guys have a great deal of confidence in him," Tomlin said, according to The Associated Press. "He's a man who's taken advantage of an opportunity, and you've got to be happy for him. It's an awesome lesson learned for our young players, one I hope they're taking heed to. This league is about perseverance, this profession is about perseverance and taking advantage of opportunities when they're given. He's given them a shining, clear-cut example of that at this juncture."

Batch threw three touchdowns Sunday, his first scoring tosses since 2007. He finished 12 of 17 for 186 yards and also threw two interceptions. He led the Steelers on four touchdown drives after they had failed to score an offensive touchdown in regulation in the first two week of the season.

Leftwich, now healthy, will be No. 2 on the depth chart.


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fordfixer
09-29-2010, 01:59 AM
September 28, 2010
No mystery: Batch will start Sunday

By ALAN ROBINSON Associated Press Tue Sep 28, 2010, 11:53 PM EDT
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PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin probably wishes his quarterback decision had been this easy all season.

Charlie Batch, buried so deep on the Steelers’ depth chart that he barely practiced during training camp, will start Sunday’s AFC North game against Baltimore. Batch hasn’t started successive games since midway through 2005, when Ben Roethlisberger had a right knee injury.

Batch started Sunday at Tampa Bay only because Dennis Dixon had left knee surgery last week and Byron Leftwich was recovering from a left knee injury, yet he completed 12 of 17 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns – his first scoring passes since 2007.

Leftwich, expected to start throughout Roethlisberger’s four-game suspension, is healthy, but Tomlin said Tuesday that Batch earned the right to remain in the lineup.

He did it through his play

– he’s 4-1 as a fill-in starter since joining the Steelers in 2002

– and through his perseverance.

Batch played only one game the previous two seasons due to injuries, and his perceived fragility was partly why Tomlin started the inexperienced Dixon in the first two games. Batch declined to criticize the decision, nor did he complain when it seemed likely the Steelers

(3-0) would cut him before Leftwich was hurt in the final preseason game Sept. 2.

“Guys have a great deal of confidence in him,” Tomlin said. “He’s a man who’s taken advantage of an opportunity, and you’ve got to be happy for him. It’s an awesome lesson learned for our young players, one I hope they’re taking heed to. This league is about perseverance, this profession is about perseverance and taking advantage of opportunities when they’re given. He’s given them a shining, clear-cut example of that at this juncture.”

Tomlin isn’t second-guessing his decision to start Dixon during tight victories over Atlanta (15-9) and Tennessee (19-11), even though Batch threw for Pittsburgh’s first three TD passes of the season. Batch also looked more polished and comfortable than Dixon. Dixon will be out for up to six weeks, but the Steelers don’t plan to put him on the injured reserve list.

Roethlisberger is eligible to return to practice next week, when the Steelers have a bye. He will start Oct. 17 against Cleveland.

Tomlin won’t dispute that his players’ determination to prove their season wouldn’t be derailed by Roethlisberger’s four-game suspension has played into their 3-0 start. The Steelers can go 4-0 for the first time since 1979 by beating the Ravens (2-1), who have lost nine of their last 10 at Heinz Field.

“I just acknowledge we’re dealing with a situation here and we acknowledge the fact that some of this situation is our doing,” Tomlin said. “We’ve got to fight our way out of it. I think that’s more the mentality of our team than anything else.”

While the Steelers’ unbeaten record is largely the result of a defense that hasn’t allowed a touchdown in the first three quarters, Baltimore’s defense is No. 1 overall. Pittsburgh is No. 6, dragged down partly by a No. 17 ranking against the pass.

The Ravens are No. 1 against the pass, but only 23rd against the run after allowing Cleveland’s Peyton Hillis to run for 144 yards during Baltimore’s 24-17 victory on Sunday.

Tomlin saw that statistic and went, “Uh, oh.”

“The fact Cleveland had some success doesn’t bode well for us. I’d felt better if Peyton Hillis had run for 40 as opposed to 140 because I know the type of men that play for that (Baltimore) team,” Tomlin said. “Great defenses like the Baltimore Ravens usually bounce back quickly.”

The status of backup nose tackle Chris Hoke (sprained knee) and right guard Trai Essex (ankle) will be determined later in the week. Essex was replaced against Tampa Bay by Doug Legursky, who made his first NFL start.

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09-29-2010, 08:40 AM
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09-29-2010, 11:42 AM
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