Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin named Charlie Batch his starting quarterback on Wednesday. Sunday's game at Tampa Bay will be Batch's first start since Dec. 30, 2007.
“It feels good,” said Batch, who was on the verge of getting cut before Byron Leftwich was injured in the preseason. “All along I was trying to throw my hat into the ring to be one of the options for these first four games. Did I imagine it being this way, no, but here I am.”
Ben Roethlisberger is suspended through Week Four, Dennis Dixon underwent surgery Wednesday morning on his left knee after suffering an injury in Week Two and Leftwich fully participated in practice on Wednesday, but said he is still not 100 percent after injuring his knee in the preseason finale.
Batch replaced Dixon in Week Two and helped guide the Steelers to a 19-11 victory over the Titans.
The way we see it
Batch is likely not Tomlin's first choice to start at QB as he awaits Roethlisberger's return. Batch missed all of 2008 and was injured in his only game in ’09. While he does have 50 starts under his belt, a healthy Leftwich would likely start over Batch. Leftwich has a strong arm but lacks mobility, something that Dixon brought to the field as the starter.
Batch is a solid game manager with experience in the Steelers' offense, but is only a temporary fix as the most healthy, available option.