Tag:Charlie Batch
Posted on: September 19, 2010 3:24 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 3:36 pm

Vince Young benched by Titans

Posted by Will Brinson

Vince Young was profiled by the NFL Network before Sunday's games, and while most of the analysts (Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin) agreed he was becoming an "NFL quarterback," Warren Sapp was much less optimistic, stating that his "style is pedestrian." Looks like Sapp will get the last laugh, at least for today, as Jeff Fisher benched Young during the second half of Tennessee's game against the Steelers in favor of Kerry Collins.

When Collins started warming up on the sidelines, the Titans didn't have a single first down in the second half, Young had passed for just 66 yards, rushed for just 12, fumbled once and thrown two interceptions.

So it's not entirely unreasonable for Fisher to be a little upset -- especially when you consider that the Titans were losing by double digits to a team that required Charlie Batch to take snaps at quarterback.

You'll of course recall that both Young and Collins have won and lost their starting jobs after poor in-game performances by the other quarterback, so it's not like this a new experience for either one.

A strong performance by Collins could keep VY on the bench, but a mediocre showing could always bring Young right back onto the field, although at least for today that seems doubtful.

Update (3:30): It's doubtful that Jeff Fisher is really thrilled about the replacement work, because it took all of four plays for him to throw an interception.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 4:21 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2010 4:22 pm

Dixon wins Steelers QB job

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Dixon With two of his four quarterbacks either on the NFL’s suspended list or on the team’s injury report, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin had only two choices left for his starting quarterback: Dennis Dixon or veteran Charlie Batch.

According to Bob Pompeani of Pittsburgh TV station KDKA, Tomlin – without Ben Roethlisberger or Byron Leftwich available – has chosen to go with Dixon.

You might remember that Dixon performed decently in his lone start last season against the Ravens (though my expectations must have been really low for him that game, because I just looked at his stats line and it’s really not all that impressive – 12 of 26 for 145 yards, one touchdown and one interception while rushing three times for 27 yards and a score), but he was stuck behind Leftwich with Batch Roethlisberger suspended the first six games of the season.

  However, after Leftwich injured his MCL, it came down to a competition between Dixon and Batch. Although it was thought by some that Batch could be named the starter, Tomlin made the right call.

Batch is 35 and doesn’t have much of a future in Pittsburgh. The same can’t be said of Dixon.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 3:20 pm

Some starting quarterback news

Posted by Andy Benoit

Busy day with all the cuts, but we’ll take a quick second to get squared away on two pieces of quarterback news:

1. The Rams, as expected, have named Sam Bradford their starter. A.J. Feeley is the backup. Keith Null has been released.
2. More unexpected is that the Steelers seem to be learning towards starting Charlie Batch in Week 1. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Batch could go from No. 4 to No. 1 on the depth chart. (How many times in the history of quarterbacking has that happened?)

"You look back, we had three solid guys who were able to go in, step in, if needed," Batch told Bouchette. "Now we're down to two. Over the weekend, they'll determine what's going to happen. Either way, I'll be ready to go.

"I feel good, I really do. Did the reps at training camp happen? No, but we're not in training camp anymore. Right now we're getting ready for Atlanta and we have the weekend and another seven days to get ready for them. At that point, whatever happens, happens. But either way, over this weekend, we'll start the preparation of getting the game plan together. I'll be ready to go either way."

Batch has always been a stable veteran. He’s basically Dennis Dixon minus the athleticism but also minus the callowness.

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 1:08 pm

Dennis Dixon's agent makes some noise

D. Dixon during Pittsburgh's offseason workouts I’m not sure how much help Dennis Dixon’s agent is providing him when he complains about the amount of first-team reps Dixon received in the offseason.

Jeff Sperbeck told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he doesn’t understand why Dixon didn’t get more work with the first-team offense in order for the coaching staff to analyze his development. Sperbeck also isn’t sure why veteran Byron Leftwich is ahead of Dixon on the depth chart to compete for the No. 1 spot in lieu of the suspended Ben Roethlisberger.

In reality, Sperbeck comes across like an unruly – and unreasonable – father bitching at the peewee coach and asking why his son isn’t playing.

"I think Dennis should be given an opportunity to start," Sperbeck told columnist John Harris. "He's been there going on three years. He knows the offense. He's familiar with his teammates. He's ready to go. I don't understand why after Byron's been gone a year, they would bring him back and start him ahead of Dennis. To me, it should have been Dennis' job as the No. 1. He was No. 2 last year. Byron was not even in the picture."

Leftwich played only three games last year, leading the Buccaneers to an 0-3 record. The year before, he backed up Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh. Dixon, meanwhile, started an important game against the Ravens with major postseason implications and was fairly efficient though the Steelers took a 20-17 overtime loss.

Dixon also has won the support of his teammates, like third-string QB Charlie Batch and LB James Farrior. But I don’t think an agent whining does him much good.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:36 pm

Is Tomlin not a credible source?

M. Tomlin (Getty) Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette asks an interesting question today. Does Steelers coach Mike Tomlin have a credibility problem with Pittsburgh’s fans?

To an outsider, at first glance, that seems a ridiculous query. After all, Tomlin is 31-17 in his first three seasons as the Steelers coach, and he brought the team a Super Bowl title in 2008 at the age of 36. Yeah, the team crapped out last season, losing five straight in November and December to finish 9-7 and out of the playoffs.

But still, he’s seen as one of the brightest young minds in the league. Or is he?

Bouchette thinks Tomlin might have a trustworthiness problem, and one reason to which he points: third-string QB Charlie Batch.

As Bouchette writes, Tomlin keeps insisting that Batch will compete with Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon to see who will start while Ben Roethlisberger serves his suspension.

“I can tell you right now,” Bouchette writes, “that’s not happening unless both Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon break their legs.”

Bouchette also makes the case that because Tomlin continues to list Ike Taylor as the left CB when everybody knows he plays on the right side, that shows another crack in the foundation of Tomlin's credibility. True, it’s annoying when the depth chart is purposefully incorrect, but this wasn’t Tomlin’s invention. Bouchette writes, “the only ones they’re deceiving are the casual fans and those in the media.” But do you honestly think a coach cares about what the casual fan thinks? I’m guessing no. As in no way in hell.

Listen, we all know football coaches are deceivers when it comes to talking to the media. Hell, some of them outright lie. Hell, more than a few of them have outright lied right to my face. That’s part of the deal. It’s like the star giving thanks to God. You accept it – or ignore it – and move on. It’s the reporter’s job to analyze what the coach has said and tell his readers, in not so many words, that the coach is full of it if that’s what’s happening.

Which is exactly what Bouchette has done in this piece. So, is it a credibility problem with Tomlin? No, I don’t think so. I think Tomlin is just like every other football coach out there. He’s not willing to show his cards until he hears the whistle to begin the first game. That’s football. That’s life.

He’s doing his job, just like Bouchette is doing his.

--Josh Katzowitz

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