It’s been talked about for awhile now that come opening day with Ben Roethlisberger watching from home, the team will go with Byron Leftwich as the starter at QB against the Falcons at home. Maybe, maybe not. Right now I’m willing to bet it’s 50-50 between Leftwich, who wasn’t with the team last year, and Dennis Dixon, who started the teams critical loss in Baltimore in November.
With that, Mike Tomlin isn’t gonna play around with preseason games and all the rest to decide who is going to start against the Falcons. The teams official site reports he’ll make that decision by July.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says he’ll decide on his Week one starting quarterback by the time training camp opens in late July. “Really, it’s not a three-man quarterback competition at this point,” Tomlin said. “We know what all three men (Byron Leftwich, Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon) are capable of doing. All three men, at different points in time, have benefited us and helped us win football games or played winning football. We know what we’re working with. We’re going to spend the rest of this offseason teaching, re-acclimating in some cases, as with Byron Leftwich, and then we’re going to make decisions and move forward.”
It will be interesting to see what happens if he makes that decision, and that QB gets outshined in preseason. Can he go back on it? Would he? For now, I think Dixon is the answer, but from all indications, Leftwich it sounds like is in the drivers seat to be the opening day starter.