• Leftwich's rusty play should raise concerns

    Summary of 14 articles · Updated Nov 20, 2012
    Leftwich's best play of the night was surprisingly a run. "We just couldn't get a rhythm," Leftwich said. Though Leftwich deserves credit for refusing to come out despite shoulder and rib injuries, the reality is that, after several years of not playing and a future that likely entails more of the same, Leftwich wasn’t going to tap out of what could be his last chance to convince someone else to give him a chance to compete for a chance to play on a more regular basis. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Leftwich completed just 5 of 16 passes thrown longer than 10 yards downfield, which ties the second-fewest completions this season among quarterbacks with at least 15 such attempts. With Matt Cassel and Ricky Stanzi still playing for the team where that offense was last used, the Steelers should add Brodie Croyle or former Pitt quarterback Tyler Palko, both of whom have worked with Haley and know the offense well enough to get ready to play, quickly.
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    Lost in the fact that the Steelers inexplicably stuck with a banged-up and ineffective Byron Leftwich at quarterback in the latter stages of Sunday night’s loss to the Ravens is the fact that Charlie Batch has gotten very limited reps in the team’s ne

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