Tag:Charlie Batch
Posted on: August 28, 2011 11:19 am
Edited on: August 28, 2011 11:28 am
 

Leftwich out for year, Pouncey good for Week 1?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Pittsburgh Steelers, despite rolling past Atlanta 34-16 on Saturday, suffered some pretty big injuries in their third preseason game. Byron Leftwich, Pittsburgh's backup quarterback, suffered a broken arm against the Falcons and more importantly, Maurkice Pouncey, the team's starting center, injured his left ankle against Atlanta.

Pouncey's injury is obviously more of an immediate concern because he's, you know, starting. But the good news is that it's just a sprained ankle, even if it's the same injury he dealt with at the Super Bowl last year.

"Yes," Tomlin said about it being the same, much-talked-about injury from 2010. "Sometimes you break up scar tissue on an existing injury. It’s very painful with a lot of discomfort, but nothing long term."

Pouncey's reportedly good to go for Week 1 and given that he's got nearly two weeks until the September 11 opener, that doesn't really seem like a stretch. But for anyone who forgot all the attention that Pouncey's ankle got for two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, you may get a quick reminder if this injury keeps cropping up throughout the season.

Not so much for Leftwich -- he's likely only to be the focal point for a few days, given that he's likely going to miss the entire season with the broken arm suffered Saturday night.

"We've gone through this several times over the last few years," said Mike Tomlin about Leftwich's injury. “It’s going to be a factor here moving forward."

Moving forward will heavily involve Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon should the nightmare scenario of Ben Roethlisberger suffering an injury occur. You'll recall that Dixon previously requested a trade and then rescinded such a request.

The two backups were scheduled to fight it out for the third-string quarterback gig, but now both should be locked onto the roster.

Of course, last season with Roethlsberger suspended and Leftwich hurt, Batch stepped right in and helped keep the Steelers afloat til Ben returned.

But that doesn't mean the Steelers want that to happen. And the biggest fear of these two injuries combined is that with Pouncey's ankle busted up, Pittsburgh's that much closer to seeing Roethlisberger take a hit that'll bring Batch into the game.

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Posted on: June 9, 2011 9:02 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Batch owes less to creditors now

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In what I guess can be considered good news (in this situation, I mean), many, but not all, of Steelers QB Charlie Batch’s debts have been discharged in bankruptcy court.

Batch's Bankruptcy
That’s the word from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, which reports that, though Batch still has to pay off his car loans and his mortgage, many of his other creditors can’t come after him for the money he used to owe them.

Batch filed for bankruptcy in December, and he listed $8.2 million in liabilities and $2.3 million in assets. He’s slated to make $865,000 in 2011, the final year of his contract with Pittsburgh.

He’s also one of the key NFLPA representatives trying to negotiate a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL owners.

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Posted on: March 23, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Batch might lose SB rings to bankruptcy

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review did some digging into Steelers QB Charlie Batch’s bankruptcy case, and the paper is reporting that court documents show a Murraysville, Pa., group can begin seizing some of Batch’s property, including two Super Bowl rings, to recover the money Batch owes them.

Batch's Bankruptcy
According to the paper, Batch filed for bankruptcy in December, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court lifted an automatic stay last Friday, which means Primerock Real Estate Fund LP can collect on its $820,000 claim against Batch.

The property, the paper writes, is valued at about the same as his debt (the assets of his living trust, a personal watercraft, federal income tax refunds, jewelry and sports memorabilia).

Like Jets QB Mark Brunell before him, it seems that Batch fell victim to the real estate market, as his company had 25 properties turned over to a court-appointed receiver. When he filed for bankruptcy, Batch listed $8.29 million in liabilities and $2.3 million in assets.

Batch is scheduled to make $865,000 this year in the final year of his contract with the Steelers. He also is one of the key NFL players in the continued labor negotiations.

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Posted on: February 6, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Why Charlie Batch was so important this year

C. Batch played well for Pittsburgh early in the season (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

DALLAS – When the Steelers Media Day officially opened last Tuesday, backup QB Charlie Batch switched on his video camera and began shooting the enormous Jerry-Tron that hangs like an oversized airplane over the Cowboys Stadium turf.

Nobody bothered him for a few minutes. He was by himself, making memories with his camera. He was, at least until I approached, the forgotten man.

Before the rebirth of Ben Roethlisberger and before the Steelers won seven of eight games heading into today’s Super Bowl, there was Batch and Dennis Dixon helping keep the team together while Roethlisberger served his four-game suspension.

Remember how we said the Steelers would be lucky to break even and go 2-2 in the season’s first four games vs. the Falcons, Titans, Buccaneers and Ravens? Probably, we said, they’d go 1-3 before Roethlisberger returned.

Instead, Dixon passed for 236 yards, and the Pittsburgh held Atlanta to nine points in the season-opener, and after Dixon hurt his knee, Batch took over the starting spot. Against Tampa Bay, he threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns (with two interceptions) to lead the Steelers to a 38-13 win against what turned out to be a pretty good Buccaneers squad.

The Steelers lost to the Ravens in Week 4, but the fact Pittsburgh went 3-1 during that stretch and how much that ultimately helped the Steelers on their eventual Super Bowl run is a forgotten storyline this week. And Batch is the forgotten man.

“There wasn’t anybody outside our building who thought we could do that,” Batch said. “People expected us to go 1-3 or 0-4 or whatever. But we were 39 seconds away from being 4-0.”

And it gave the Steelers a nice boost heading into the final ¾ of the season. To underestimate the impact that first stretch of games had on the team would be unfair to the guys who helped make it happen.

“Everybody on this team put their hand in the pot and helped us win,” RB Rashard Mendenhall said. “Everybody knows their roles and works at them to compete. Those guys did a great job with the time they had.”

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 10:32 am
 

MAC players represented well this week

B. Roethlisberger played his college ball at Miami (Ohio). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

ARLINGTON, Texas – I was talking to Steelers backup QB Charlie Batch the other day at Media Day, and we were discussing the sheer number of Mid-American Conference alumni who were participating in the festivities this week and were preparing themselves to play in the Super Bowl.

“It’s pretty crazy,” I said to the man who played at Eastern Michigan more than a decade ago. “There are 13 of you guys playing.”

“Actually,” he said, “there are 15 if you count the practice squad guys.”

Really? Well, let’s count them.

From the Steelers: Batch, Central Michigan’s Antonio Brown, Kent State’s James Harrison, Miami (Ohio’s) Ben Roethlisberger, and Bowling Green’s Shaun Suisham. That’s five.

From the Packers: Bowling Green’s Diyral Briggs, Miami’s Tom Crabtree, Central Michigan’s Josh Gordy, Central Michigan’s Cullen Jenkins, Western Michigan’s Greg Jennings, Eastern Michigan’s T.J. Lang, Buffalo’s James Starks and Central Michigan’s Frank Zombo. That’s eight.

Well, I count 13. Batch thought there were 15. Either way, it’s an impressive total for a non-BCS conference that doesn’t get much in the way of respect from college football/pro football fans.

“Obviously, we can get our guys out there, and we take a lot of pride in it,” Zombo said. “We talk about it quite a bit in the locker room. Some of the key players from the game are from the MAC who are contributing huge for the team. It shows the caliber of player we have in the MAC conference.”

That’s one impressive aspect of this story. It’s not just the scrubs or the practice squad players. It’s guys like Roethlisberger and Jennings and Harrison and Jenkins – some of the biggest stars of the game.

“The only difference in the MAC schools and the (BCS) conferences is the budgets in the programs,” Gordy said, and he’s probably partially correct.

In fact, the MAC has more players that will compete this week than the Big 12 (eight players), Pac-10 (six) and the Big East (four). All of them are BCS conferences. All of them have less MAC players (for the record, the SEC has 18, the Big Ten has 15 and the ACC also has 13).

Still, it’s a nice boon for the MAC that it has so much representation this week.

“At that level, there’s talent everywhere,” Crabtree said. “Whether you’re in the MAC or the Big 10 or whatever, there’s talent across the board. The MAC might not have the depth other conferences have, but the talent is still there.”

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 11:53 am
Edited on: October 17, 2010 12:10 pm
 

AFC Inactives, Week 6

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here’s who IS active: Texans DE Mario Williams, Texans WR Jacoby Jones, Chargers LT Marcus McNeill, Browns QB Brett Ratliff (psst, he’s Colt McCoy’s backup), Browns RB Peyton Hillis (he’ll start), NT Haloti Ngata.

On to the inactives:

Chris Chambers, WR, Chiefs:
He was a late addition to the injury report, after hurting his finger late in the week. Without Chambers, Terrance Cooper could get more work, and don’t forget that QB Matt Cassel still has TE Tony Moeaki.

James Sanders, S, Patriots: He originally replaced an injured Brandon Meriweather a few weeks ago, and now, Sanders has a hamstring problem. Look for Jarrad Page to move into Sanders’ role.

Terrence Wheatley, CB, Patriots: He returned to practice this week for the first time this season, and New England was hoping he could contribute this week to a young secondary. He won't.

Jared Odrick, DL, Dolphins: His rookie season is quickly becoming a disaster. He played in Week 1, but he’s been set back by a hairline fracture in his leg ever since. There was some thought he could play this week, but obviously, he’s not.

Legedu Naanee, WR, Chargers:
Patrick Crayton will get the start in place of Naanee.

Josh Wilson, DB, Ravens: He’s been bothered by a sore hamstring, but it was thought he could play today. The big loss for Baltimore is his kickoff returning ability. Expect Jared Parmele to take his place.

Charlie Batch, QB, Steelers: With Ben Roethlisberger's return, Byron Leftwich officially takes over the Steelers backup job.

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 7:25 pm
 

Numerology: NFL Week 4

Posted by Will Brinson

The jury is still out on science, but the verdict on math is F-U-N, so we present the week in NFL from a numbers perspective.

1 - Middle fingers extended by Titans' defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil to an official upon not preferring the call on the field. Bad news: his fine is probably going to be a bigger number. Good news though is that Bud Adams will probably pay it, given his history for, um, flying birds at football games .

3 - 200-yard receiving games that Terrell Owens (and seven others) has in his career. Couldn't happen to a better guy!

8 - Consecutive games by Antonio Gates with a touchdown, just another record that he owns as a tight end. Once Tony Gonzalez retires in 2055, Gates can really work on catching his records.

25 - Yards that John Carney was able to move the football with his foot in order to ensure that Garrett Hartley is unemployed come Monday.

59 - Length of Josh Scobee's game winning kick for the Jaguars to topple the Colts Sunday. (Incidentally, that's also the number of Jags fans in attendance!)

60.2 - Quarterback rating for Donovan McNabb on Sunday. Of course, the number "one" is important too, since it's how many victories he has in Philadelphia.

67 - Games it took Maurice Jones-Drew to get 50 career rushing touchdowns, tied for the 13th fastest in NFL history. Yes, his fantasy owners are wondering why it wasn't somewhere between 64 and 66.

74 - Length of Arian Foster's third quarter touchdown run, which actually may be less important than ZERO, which is the number of carries he got in the first quarter after being benched for a "coach's decision" that made a lot of fantasy owners a whole lot of angry.

145 - Total yards from scrimmage by Charlie Batch as the Steelers lost their first game of the year. I assume everyone still thinks there's some sort of quarterback controversyin Pittsburgh?

158 - How many times Jeff Saturday and Peyton Manning have started a game together, which is the longest in post-merger NFL history. You wouldn't think you could get comfortable with your hands underneath another man's buttocks on a weekly basis, but I suppose after that many times it becomes routine.

165 - Speaking of Peyton, that's how many interception-less passes he'd tossed in a row until the third quarter against the Jaguars.

254 - Yards Steven Jackson needs to catch Eric Dickerson as the St. Louis Rams' all-time leading rusher following a 70-yard performance that helped him pass Marshall Faulk for second on the list and give him 6,991 for his career.

1,419 - Kyle Orton's passing yardage total thru four games of the 2010 season. Only Kurt Warner has a higher number in NFL history. (This is the part where we pause to let you pick up your jaw.)

12,012 - Career receiving yardage for Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, the only tight end in history to cross the 12k barrier. It cannot be understated just how fantastic his career has been and, perhaps more impressively, continues to be .
Posted on: October 2, 2010 2:15 pm
 

Steelers end Dixon's season

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Dixon The Steelers announced today they’ve placed QB Dennis Dixon on the IR list, ending his season. Dixon injured his knee in Week 2 vs. Tennessee, and in his two appearances this season, he completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 254 yards and an interception.

If this news had occurred a few weeks ago, there’d be considerable more hand-wringing in Pittsburgh. But with Ben Roethlisberger set to end his four-game suspension after this week’s game vs. the Ravens and with Charlie Batch starring in Week 3, the loss of Dixon doesn’t hurt quite as much.

To replace his spot on the 53-man roster, Pittsburgh signed DT Steve McLendon from the practice squad.

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