from Mark Madden's Blog:
Friday 05-21-2010 2:19pm ET
Remember, you heard it here first:
*If the Steelers start the 2010 season 4-0 or 3-1 without the suspended Ben Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich will remain at quarterback. That's right, the recycled washout keeps starting, the $102m man rides the bench. This comes from an unimpeachable source deep inside Steelers HQ.
Have you ever heard anything so stupid? A good season without Roethlisberger would grease the skids for his exit, which - I'm convinced more and more - is what the Steelers ultimately want. When the Steelers slip, it's often on a banana peel of self-righteousness.
If Mike Tomlin goes along with what appears to be an organizational decision, it would highlight his inability to consider the big picture. Players take it one game at a time. Good coaches don't, Starting 4-0 matters a little. Playing well in January matters a lot. You've got to think about Point B when you're at Point A. Leftwich can't win a Super Bowl. Roethlisberger can, and has.
Oh, well...the Steelers will probably start 1-3, anyway.