Well, Saturday night was very interesting. In a fun kind of way though. My friend Andy and his Dad got 3 Steelers tickets to the first preseason game, and they invited me to come along with them. Thanks Andy!!! It was against the Detroit Lions. The Detroit Lions main subject in the offseason was Ndamukong Suh, a Defensive Linemen. The Main event for the Steelers was Ben Roethlisberger getting a 4-6 week suspension.
Well, because Ben Roethlisberger got a 4-6 week suspension, Byron Leftwich started for the Steelers. Leftwich played exactly how I thought he was going to play, not to bad, but not to good either. Rashard Mendenhall was unimpressive. I do give him a little tiny bit of slack because it is the Preseason, but, there were a few plays were he should have had at least 5 yards instead of 0.
But, on the other hand, Isaac Redman, the second string RB, was very impressive. But, as Andy kept pointing out to me, he was playing against the second team defense of the Lions.
Even So, I think that Redman was very promising. If Mendenhall isn’t playing well in a game, I think that Redman can step up and hold the Steelers together.
Now, the quarter back situation is very interesting for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They have to pick a Quarter Back that can play for 4-6 weeks while Ben is out. You have Byron Leftwich, Dennis Dixon, and Charlie Batch. In the game, I think that Dixon definitaly showed that he could play. But, he ran the ball too much. He needs to do more passing now if he wants to become the starter for those few weeks. Because the Steelers have running backs, they need a QB. But, Dixon did show that he could run. Now, I disagree with Andy on the Michael Vick comment he made at the game. He said that Dixon was better than Vick. I think that Vick was better. Speed though, Dixon. But, with everything else, I think that Vick is better. Sorry Andy.
Leftwich was unimpressive to me. He can throw the ball OK, but he wasn’t consistent. And he wasn’t moving around in the pocket very well either. So far, I am going with Dixon for the starter. Because Leftwich hasn’t been impressive the last few years to me, and Batch has nothing against Dixon. I will agree with Andy here, Batch is probably going to be the one getting cut from the Steelers.
I had fun at the game! And I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the Preseason! Have Fun!