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    Batch returns from the pasture
    By: Mike Bires
    Beaver County Times
    Thursday September 23, 2010

    PITTSBURGH — Charlie Batch’s demise was greatly exaggerated.

    Just a few weeks ago, he seemed like the odd man out, a forgotten man in the Steelers’ wild and wacky quarterback rotation.

    But on Sunday, Batch, at 35, will start for the Steelers as they try to improve to 3-0.

    “It feels good,” Batch said after practice Wednesday. “All along, I wanted to throw my hat into the ring as one of the options during these first four games. I never imagined it would turn out this way. But here we go.”

    With Ben Roethlisberger suspended for the first four games, Byron Leftwich was the first choice to start the opener. But Leftwich sprained his knee in the final preseason game, and Dennis Dixon started the first two games. But he’s out with a torn meniscus in his knee.

    So now the Steelers turn to Batch, who admits that even he wondered during training camp if he’d be cut this year. After all, he was the fourth man in a rotation that had Roethlisberger, Leftwich and Dixon getting far more practice repetitions.

    “No, I never thought my career was over,” Batch said. “I just didn’t know how things would play out here. I don’t think anyone could have imagined how it would have played out here because this (situation) was the first of it kind.

    “Someone had to get the short end of the stick and it was me.”

    It’s somewhat ironic that Batch is the only quarterback on the Steelers’ roster right now who hasn’t been injured yet this year. Three weeks ago when coach Mike Tomlin chose Dixon over Batch, he said that one reason was Batch’s tendency to get hurt in recent years.

    Batch missed the 2008 season after breaking his shoulder in a preseason game. Last Nov. 22, he suffered a broken wrist after relieving Roethlisberger, who had sustained a concussion, in a loss in Kansas City.

    “I’ll let you all (in the media speculate) on that,” Batch said. “If that was the reason, and I guess it was because (Tomlin) gave it, the only way I could prove it (wrong) was by being out there. So, I had to get out there during the preseason and show it. In the Tennessee game, I took a couple shots and was able to stand up. I didn’t have any problems.”

    After Dixon got hurt, Batch played three full quarters in the 19-11 win over the Titans. He completed only 5 of 11 passes for 25 yards. But according to Tomlin, at least three well-thrown passes by Batch should have or could have been caught.

    “Charlie may have been counted out by everybody else, but for us, we all know what Charlie can do,” tackle Max Starks said. “I’ve been here for games where Charlie started, and I think Charlie’s a great quarterback and a very smart player. He’s almost like a coach out there.”

    “He’s been with the starters. He’s been with the second team. He’s been with the third team,” added wide receiver Hines Ward. “He probably understands this offense better than anybody.”

    Batch’s start Sunday will be his first since the final game of the 2007 season. He started the regular-season finale in Baltimore when Tomlin rested Roethlisberger and a few other starters because the Steelers had already clinched the AFC North.

    “Here I am again,” Batch said. “All I can do is be ready and go out and take advantage of this opportunity.”

    [HIGH-LIGHT]Off to a good and bad start[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    James Harrison looks like he’s ready to earn his fourth straight trip to the Pro Bowl. Harrison was the most dominant defender in last Sunday’s win at Tennessee with nine solo tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery and was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. He forced fumbles on both of his sacks of Titans quarterback Vince Young and now has 41.5 career sacks. He’s ninth on the Steelers’ all-time sack list, just ahead of Ernie Holmes (40). He was also fined $5,000 for slamming Young to the turf.

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    If Batch can shake off the rust this week and stay healthy during the game, I suspect our passing game will benefit from him starting. Even if it is short passes with an occasional deep ball to keep the D honest.

    If Arians uses Batch right, it will open the running game and Mendy could have some good yardage.

    Batch is old, but he can pass and the threat of that should pay off big on Sunday. Of course, if he get out there and is awful or Arians doesn't play to his strengths, it will just be a wasted asset.

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    I will be surprised if Batch finishes the game or is not spelled during the game. I do expect some better offense directed by the QB in the game.

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    If Batch can shake off the rust this week and stay healthy during the game, I suspect our passing game will benefit from him starting. Even if it is short passes with an occasional deep ball to keep the D honest.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]If Arians uses Batch right[/HIGH-LIGHT], it will open the running game and Mendy could have some good yardage.

    Batch is old, but he can pass and the threat of that should pay off big on Sunday. Of course, if he get out there and is awful [HIGH-LIGHT]or Arians doesn't play to his strengths[/HIGH-LIGHT], it will just be a wasted asset.
    Thanx for ruining my day.... ....

    ... Personally, I think Batch might've got rid of most of the rust last week, or at least sweatted most of it away...
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    I am not scared or questioning Charlies ability. His durability is much more of a concern.
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