The Leftwich ballwashing is getting pretty tiring, even for someone like me that mostly just lurks and reads posts.
For starters, he was 4-1 ( 0-0 technically because he didn't start any of the games), one of the 5 games he threw a pass in was in the loss to the Eagles.
And it's an anomaly because only twice in those games was he in the game during a meaningful amount of time, and one of the times was in a meaningless week 17 game with the division and a first round bye already locked up.
Vs Houston - Leftwich takes his first snap when the game is already 35-3 in the first quarter.
1st possession? 1 incomplete pass in a 3&Out, Houston responds with a TD
2nd possession? 1 incomplete pass in a 3&Out, Harrison and Woodley force and recover a Schaub fumble and Pit gets the ball back on the Houston 28
3rd possession? Lefty throws 2 more incomplete passes, but Pit's already in FG range. FG is made, Houston scores another TD but it's too late, and Lefty kneels.
Leftwich contribution? 4 incomplete passes, all 4 net yards with Lefty undercenter come from 5 handoffs to Mendenhall.
vs Eagles - There's two minutes left and the Eagles are up 9, but Leftwich manages to look pretty competent here. He goes 4 for 7 to move the ball 60 yards against a prevent D, but the possession ends when Lefty takes a 9 yard loss on a sack on 3rd and 1, then throws incomplete on 4th down.
vs Bengals - Leftwich saves the day with a touchdown pass in the final minutes. Except the Steelers were already up 31-10 with under 5 minutes to go in the 4th, Leftwich started out on the Bengals' 34 yard line, and the first player with a hand on the pass was John Joseph who tipped the ball into Ward's hands.
vs Redskins - Lefty's best game as a Steeler. He comes in after halftime when the Steelers are leading 10-6 (due to a Roethlisberger rushing TD mind you) and posts up 129 Yards, contributing to 2 scoring drives including a Leftwich TD pass. During this half, the Steelers D continues to make the skins look incompetent, intercepting Campbell twice and stopping two 4th down attempts in Pit territory, once on the goal line.
vs Browns - A nice Leftwich showing. He comes in mid-drive when Ben gets hurt and he gets to start out in Cleveland territory. He contributes to 3 scoring drives (2 of them when he started out in Cleveland territory) including a rushing TD, to push a 7-0 lead to a 24-0 lead, when the Steelers D completes their rout of the Browns offense with an int return TD.
Leftwich played well, but only in the Redskins game and maybe the Browns game did he have any real impact at all (in two games where the defense had been dominating regardless), and accomplished nothing notable against a prevent D, the only time he came in when the Steelers weren't already leading.