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Time for Steelers to play young players

There won't be any playoffs for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A winning record won't happen either.

It's likely that the team will finish with a losing record.

So what's the point in playing veterans?

It seems like coach Mike Tomlin might be too tight with them. What the team should be doing is evaluating the younger players on the roster.

If you lose, so what?

Losing actually makes sense. It will improve the Steelers' draft position.

The team surely needs all the help it can get at this point.


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They've had either Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich for what seems like ages now.

And when the Steelers really needed a backup, Leftwich couldn't deliver.

Leftwich rambled 31 yards for a touchdown Sunday against the Ravens, but other than that burst, the Steelers couldn't do anything on offense in a 13-10 loss that puts them in a bad position in the AFC North.

Leftwich, with his long delivery, looks better suited for the Pirates' bullpen than behind center.

He went 18-for-39 passing for 201 yards, but couldn't help a Steelers' offense that looks lost right now.

The Ravens came into the game with a weak defense. The thought was Leftwich could manage the game, the Steelers could find a running back to rely on and they'd escape with a win.

It didn't work out that way.

And it looks like we could see Batch at QB this week -- or someone else.

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