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BlitzburghRockCity
11-13-2012, 12:19 PM
Mike Tomlin confirmed in his weekly presser on Tuesday that Byron Leftwich would be the starter if Big Ben can't play. Lefty will get snaps this week with the first team.

If Ben doesn't play, or even if he does, don't be surprised if the team keeps all 3 QB's active for this one. If Ben is ruled out, they could bring in a 3rd option but nothing has been discussed as of today with that yet.

cmerrifield
11-13-2012, 12:23 PM
I am less worried about Lefty if he has a week of prep. Also, we can afford to split with the Ravens if we have to, so a loss this week wouldn't end our chances of winning afc north.

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LatrobePA
11-13-2012, 12:41 PM
We almost beat the ravens with batch. This isn't a loss gang if Ben doesn't play!

steelfury455
11-13-2012, 12:41 PM
That unfortunately would make the Steelers 6-4. I have little faith in the black Tebow without wheels.

SnakeEyes43
11-13-2012, 12:50 PM
Lefty said after the game that he hasn't had a rep since Latrobe! So considering that, I think he'll be okay with a full week of practice and preperation.

steelchamp204
11-13-2012, 01:12 PM
It doesnt matter, if our Oline cant run blokc like they couldnt against the chiefs. We will get blown out by the Rats

Goodfrom55
11-13-2012, 01:38 PM
As I stated in the days prior to the KC game, this game could be a close game because except for their lack of scoring and their turnover woes, KC is not a bad football team. Don't forget, they took Baltimore to a 9-6 loss; they hang tough, but they too cannot finish games. Lefty came in without taking a snap all season, and did what he had to do.

How does this change the offense moving forward? IMO, not much. Sure Lefty does not posess the escapability skills that Ben has, but he is a "wily veteran" who with solid reps all week and for however long Ben is out, should at the ver least manage the game enough to give the Steelers a chance to win.

Now that said, The receivers are going to have to work extra hard to get used to Leftys throws vs Ben's. The line will have to stay on their blocks a little more, which means Heath, Paulson, or the RB of the week will have to chip the pass rush a liittle bit, but Lefty is far from a rookie. The philosophy should not change; get the ball out of the QB's hand quickly and hit the WR's in space and let them get YAC. Runnnig game has to be proficient, somewhere around 4-4.5 YPC.

Defensively, the Steelers just need to be themselves. They have to contain Rice, Richardson, and whoever else they might face in Ben's absence and not allow any WR to take the top off the defense. Not sure where Troy or Clark stand in regard to playing next week, but we need one or both to play. Specials need to be better than they were last night, especially in the return game and Tomlin needs to keep his emotion out of 4th down calls and be smart...not saying coach not to lose, but be smart.

Ravens are not what they used to be, especially defensively, but they are a familiar opponent. We are more familiar with them because we have seen their offense and defense 1st hand, while they have not seen out offense except for film study, and they are coming to the burgh. This game is a winnable game as long as the Steelers don't try too hard, and just play within themselves. Now more than ever, it is important for the Steelers to convert 3rd downs and dominate TOP. In the meantime, hope Ben heals quickly and Byron and company hold it together until he returns.

Real Deal Steel
11-13-2012, 01:57 PM
I have zero faith in Lefty. I feel better with Batch. At least Batch can move out the way and get 5 yards with his feet. We are in a heap of trouble.

steelersbabex25
11-13-2012, 02:07 PM
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooo.

North Steel
11-13-2012, 02:41 PM
We are not getting blown out by the rat birds this weekend the dumb asses wasted all their points this past week running up the score. Fu!k them,make me sick

coldrolled
11-13-2012, 03:08 PM
Lefty said after the game that he hasn't had a rep since Latrobe! So considering that, I think he'll be okay with a full week of practice and preperation.

Is that normal?? No backup practices being backup??

LatrobePA
11-13-2012, 03:10 PM
Is that normal?? No backup practices being backup??

Sure seems that way... Not sure why!!

Goodfrom55
11-13-2012, 04:06 PM
Sure seems that way... Not sure why!!

You would think with the line's inability to protect the QB (track record), they would do at least 75/25 reps with Ben / Lefty.

LatrobePA
11-13-2012, 04:08 PM
You would think with the line's inability to protect the QB (track record), they would do at least 75/25 reps with Ben / Lefty.

Right... I don't get it!

Troyisabeast_43
11-13-2012, 07:48 PM
I think Leftwich will be much better on Sunday with a full week of practice with the first team. Plus, the weather will be a lot better and there will be so much more emotion and crowd noise and more on the line. I was at the game last night and there was a lot of no-shows cause of the weather and cause it was the Chiefs. That most definitely will not be the case Sunday night at Heinz Field. Leftwich will play better and I already have read a lot of Ravens fans thinking this game is in the bag just because Ben is not playing. Hopefully everybody will pick the Ravens and it will work toward our advantage I can definitely see that happening...Plus, the Steelers are breaking out the bumble bee prison unis again on Sunday and we know how well they played in those the last time they wore them....

LevonKirkland99
11-13-2012, 09:24 PM
Leftwich needs to work on his wind-up, why does it take him that long yo throw the ball? I think if our Defense plays well and pressure Flaccid, then we win the game.
Yep, everyone in the DC area is picking the Ravens, and they even predicted the Steelers would loose their next Tyre games.....that just shows you how much these clowns know about football.

LatrobePA
11-13-2012, 09:36 PM
Leftwich needs to work on his wind-up, why does it take him that long yo throw the ball? I think if our Defense plays well and pressure Flaccid, then we win the game.
Yep, everyone in the DC area is picking the Ravens, and they even predicted the Steelers would loose their next Tyre games.....that just shows you how much these clowns know about football.

That's him, he'll gown down to his last back up game with this...

SteelerCountry58
11-13-2012, 10:11 PM
This sucks,of all the god damn games we don't need Leftbitch in is the fockin Rats games.:banging:
If he plays then he better step up and sling the ball. He has more then enough weapons to
make this a game or even win it. Hopefully Haley designs a aggressive attack plan and none
of this play it safe bullshit. Throw it all out on the field and let's kick some Rat ***!!!:cursin::cope:

steelchamp204
11-14-2012, 12:32 AM
Who the **** would you people rather have?

Leftwich or Batch?

Leftwich hands down. Can Charlie even throw a 30 yard pass anymore?

steelersgal86
11-14-2012, 06:22 AM
This sucks,of all the god damn games we don't need Leftbitch in is the fockin Rats games.:banging:
If he plays then he better step up and sling the ball. He has more then enough weapons to
make this a game or even win it. Hopefully Haley designs a aggressive attack plan and none
of this play it safe bullshit. Throw it all out on the field and let's kick some Rat ***!!!:cursin::cope:


:woot: yeah...he can do it...but he needs to get rid of the ball quicker... :gs:

LatrobePA
11-14-2012, 09:01 AM
Lefty may not finish this game! That worries me!!

TarlsQtr
11-14-2012, 09:46 AM
How dare the %$#%ing Steelers not have Tom Brady as a backup. We should boycott watching the game.

LatrobePA
11-14-2012, 09:46 AM
Per Jay Glazer, Ben officially ruled out.

steelersbabex25
11-14-2012, 09:54 AM
6-4 it is..

steelersgal86
11-14-2012, 09:58 AM
6-4 it is..

really babe?? you have no faith??

Goodfrom55
11-14-2012, 01:35 PM
With the Ravens secondary giving up 258 yards per game, they will likely play a lot of zone coverages as they don't have the manpower to play man coverage. Advantage Steelers. The WR's are way too fast and as long as the gameplan doesn't change (as it shouldn't) for Lefty to get rid of the ball in short to medium range passes and let the WR's get YAC, the Steelers will be OK.

This game will come down to winning 3rd down on each side of the ball and the Steelers being able to run the ball when the Ravens know it's coming.

steelersbabex25
11-14-2012, 01:36 PM
really babe?? you have no faith??

:lol: of course I have faith