Steelers’ Quarterback Dilemma: 1974 All Over Again

June 3, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Steelers' quarterback dilemma has been a redundant story for the past two months - neither Tomlin, nor any other personnel will come out and say who the opening day starter will be. 
However, it has been made evident that Dennis Dixon and Ben Roethlisberger have been working with the first team in OTAs. 
To Steeler fans, this does nothing but bring back memories of the 1974 season. Terry Bradshaw's inconsistent play in previous years was the bridge to set up the long-awaited quarterback battle.
The Steelers had a young quarterback in Joe Gilliam, whom they drafted in 1972. Gilliam had not had a chance to compete for the starting role until the '74 season. With Terry Bradshaw's less-than-average performance in the preseason, Gilliam was handed the starting role on opening day, blasting the Baltimore Colts 30-0. He went on to maintain the starting role until his play faltered and Bradshaw was given his spot back.
The 1974 situation was one that rese...

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