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.
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.