Batch a better match for Steelers?

Batch a better match for Steelers?
November 15, 2012, 1:00 am
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In our earlier post, we mentioned how Byron Leftwich may not be the best choice to fill in at quarterback for the Steelers while Ben Roethlisberger is out. At CBSSports.com, Clark Judge goes a step further, suggesting Pittsburgh would be better off going with its other backup quarterback, Charlie Batch.

“If I were the Steelers, this is the guy I'd start, not Leftwich,” Judge writes. “The Steelers won with him before, and they can win with him again — especially with the offense evolving into more of a short-to-middle-yardage passing attack. His experience is critical. So is his pocket awareness and ability to move.”

Batch is 37, but another negative about him may not be a big issue, Judge says. Since the Steelers have moved to a short passing game, Batch’s inability to go deep wouldn’t hurt them so much.

Judge places great importance on Batch’s success on the limited number of occasions when he needed to start for the Steelers: “He's been in the Steelers' system for years, and he's won as a starter. Yeah, I know, he hasn't had to play that much, but that's not the point. This is: When he was called, he responded.”

Did you realize Batch has been with the Steelers since 2003? He’s started seven games in that time, winning five of them.

“The key here is that Batch has been here before,” Judge writes. “When the Steelers needed someone in the past, he's the guy they leaned on -- and he came through.”