Mike Tomlin Preparing for the Entire Pittsburgh Steelers Season, Not Four Weeks

August 31, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Imagine that Ben wasn't suspended for the first four games, and consider how Mike Tomlin would distribute the preseason playing time to his quarterbacks.  Then imagine that Ben gets injured in practice two days before the season opener, and is pronounced out of action for four to six weeks.
How much playing time would Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon have had with the first team in that scenario?  Little or none, of course. 
And how prepared would either of them be to be the starting quarterback for those four to six weeks?  Essentially unprepared, of course. 
Now compare that to the current situation.  Ben has had a good amount of time with the first team in training camp and preseason games, although not as much as he normally would.  And both Leftwich and Dixon have had more time with the first team than they normally would. 
So why all the criticism and second-guessing of Tomlin's handling of the quarterback situation? ...

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