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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Why Leftwich was released

The release of Byron Leftwich Saturday was an interesting move for the Steelers.

Looking at the forecast in Nashville today, the Steelers saw that temperatures were going to be close to 90.

That necessitated a move to add nose tackle Steve McClendon to add to the defensive line rotation.

The Steelers weren't going to play Leftwich this week, so they used his roster spot to add McClendon to the active roster.

Leftwich will be re-signed Monday. In fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he's the team's starting quarterback next week in Tampa Bay.

© You won't see Antonio Brown returning punts today. In fact, I was told by a good source that you won't see him or any rookie returning punts until Ben Roethlisberger returns.

The Steelers are taking a no Roethlisberger, no rookies tact to punt returns. They don't feel they can overcome a possible mistake with Dennis Dixon or Leftwich at QB.


Anonymous said...

Looks like your good source was a bad source.

Anonymous said...

ha, good thing too

adamg said...

McLendon even got a fumble recovery and didn't look out of place at NT, so good move by Tomlin.

A fabulous call on the opening KR with the reverse, too.

But the defense...just an awesome performance.
I don't think I've seen a game like that since 1976 when the D took the team on its shoulders while Bradshaw was out and Kruczek was the qb. This defense has a chance to be as special as the Steel Curtain of 70s.

Dale Lolley said...

Actually, my source was very, very good. They didn't use Brown on punts - except the one time they had the Titans pinned all the way back. And Randle El was back there when Tomlin changed his mind and decided to give the kid a chance. He figured even if Brown fumbled at midfield, the Titans weren't going anywhere.