Many of you won’t want to hear this for a variety of reasons but I’m going to say it anyway. I don’t think Charlie Batch is completely done yet with the Pittsburgh Steelers. I understand that you want nothing to do with a guy who is closer to his AARP card than his rookie year, but take an objective look at things and you’ll see where I’m going.
Yesterday on my weekly appearance on Trib Live Radio with Daniel Dudley, he brought up the fact that Batch’s playing days might not be over just yet and I completely agreed.
This is why I feel that Batch’s days are in the black ‘n gold may not be done just yet…
First of all, who is to say that Bruce Gradkowski just steps in immediately and becomes the number two quarterback? At 30 years of age, Gradkowski has been around the league a time or two and has proven he can pick up offenses of different coordinators but does this automatically promote him to #2 or even #3?
Secondly, because Landry Jones was a quarterback at a big time program in Oklahoma, should we assume his youth, ability and smarts will translate to the pro level making him a clear favorite to be on the roster as the back-up or emergency QB?
Big 12 quarterbacks have a very up and down record recently of professional success. For each Robert Griffin III there is a Graham Harrell and for each Ryan Tannehill (jury still out) there is Blaine Gabbert. The point is, with any rookie quarterback regardless of where he may be from, there are few ‘sure things’ in terms of success.
Third is the potential for injury. It was just last year of course where Byron Leftwich replaced Ben Roethlisberger and immediately got hurt. This of course ushered in the return of Charlie Batch who led the Steelers past the eventual Super Bowl Champs in Baltimore.
The wild-card of course is John Parker Wilson who could come into camp and shock everyone with his ability to play and pick up the offense. I don’t expect this to happen but you can never rule it out.
I have no doubts whatsoever that the Steelers have told Charlie Batch in no uncertain terms to keep himself as ready as possible. Remember, this is the Steelers we are talking about and no team loves its’ veteran players like Mike Tomlin and the Steelers do.
I’m not saying in any way, shape or form that this will happen because I hope it does not and it’s still a long-shot right now. The back-up QB position must get younger and that needs to happen yesterday! My point is that we cannot rule it out for a game, maybe two should the injury bug hit the Steelers again at QB.
If it does happen, I hope the young guys in the locker room are ready for lots of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and ‘Matlock’ re-runs.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 4pm ET talking Steelers.