Mini-Camp is, as Mike Tomlin says, “football in shorts.” Or, in otherwords, not really a good gauge of well, anything.
However, some real news did come out of the Steelers first mini-camp session.
Two weeks ago Byron Leftwich was buried on the depth chart down in Tampa. Today he is the number one quarterback on the depth chart of a team that is little more than 15 months removed from a historic 6th Super Bowl Championship.
A little dramatic? Perhaps.
But there was some spectulation as to what the Steelers would do in Roethlisberger’s absence. When it looked like Ben Roethlisberger”s suspension would only last a game or two, the Steelers indicated that they’d go with Dennis Dixon as their signal caller.
Now that Ben has been suspended for six games, the Steelers are going with Leftwich, whom they traded for just before the 2010 NFL draft.
The Right Move
Dixon showed a lot of promise in his lone start against Baltimore, and does deserve a chance at the starting job. But Leftwich is a seasoned pro and, on paper at least, gives the Steelers their best chance to win while Ben remains exiled form the team.
A lot could change between now and the Steelers opener against Atlanta, but Mike Tomlin is starting things off on the right foot.