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The heir to Roethlisberger's QB throne

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07:01 AM ET 04.30 | Ben Roethlisberger is going to miss backup quarterback Charlie Batch, who is likely out of a job with the drafting of Landry Jones, and not just for the laughs. Batch's role with the Steelers was so much more than just as a backup quarterback. "He was always the very first guy I talked to when I came off the field," Roethlisberger said. "I'd ask him, 'What did you see?' I valued his opinion more than any other player or coach. And that's no disrespect to anyone else. It's just what I thought of Charlie." ... [Said Batch:] "Maybe they weren't happy with what they had behind Ben and Bruce. That could be. But ultimately, I think this isn't about replacing me. Big picture, maybe they're thinking, 'Can we develop Landry Jones to be the starter?"

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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April 30, 2013  07:21 AM ET

What I see here, is a guy who didn't consider Charlie Batch as a threat.... But Mr. Jones is.

April 30, 2013  07:46 AM ET

You don't have to give Charlie Batch a uniform if his biggest role is to be a sounding board for Big Ben. So, give Charlie a clipboard and a whistle. And give the roster spot to someone who might actually win games the next time Big Ben gets his bell rung.

April 30, 2013  08:26 AM ET

Enevitable. That's a ways down the road. Lets revisit this futuristic situation in 5 years.

April 30, 2013  08:27 AM ET

DD - remember our Game Of Thrones reference?

April 30, 2013  08:28 AM ET

Big Ben doesn't have a history of staying on the field for 16 games a season. Regardless of who is the heir apparant, the Steelers should be carrying 3 quarterbacks.

April 30, 2013  08:29 AM ET
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DD - remember our Game Of Thrones reference?

Indeed I do.

April 30, 2013  08:32 AM ET

I don't think Batch goes anywhere. I think they're going to bring Jones in, take a good look (like a year) and then either keep him or deal him and draft another QB. They're 3 or 4 years away from replacing Ben and want to start now finding the guy. That doesn't mean Landry Jones is the guy.

April 30, 2013  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

DD - remember our Game Of Thrones reference?

"Waiter, there's a heir on my throne."

April 30, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Will Roethlisrapist tutor Landry Jones in the art of picking up underage teenage girls?

April 30, 2013  09:03 AM ET

"give the roster spot to someone who might actually win games the next time Big Ben gets his bell rung"
Batch is 6-3 as Steelers starter. Any team would take that from a backup. (he also did the Ravens in their house this past season)

April 30, 2013  09:10 AM ET

Batch, a truly class act-"I want to be remembered more for what I'm doing off the field than what I did on it."

April 30, 2013  09:12 AM ET
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Batch, a truly class act-"I want to be remembered more for what I'm doing off the field than what I did on it."

This is not a quote you will hear from Ben.

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April 30, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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April 30, 2013  10:48 AM ET

The hair on Roethlisberger's porcelain throne

Landry Jones

April 30, 2013  10:53 AM ET
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You don't have to give Charlie Batch a uniform if his biggest role is to be a sounding board for Big Ben. So, give Charlie a clipboard and a whistle. And give the roster spot to someone who might actually win games the next time Big Ben gets his bell rung.

exactly

April 30, 2013  11:04 AM ET

Landry Jones is with an outstanding organization with a great system, he will do well backing up Big Ben and in a few years either take over the job or become a free agent, he's in a no lose situation where he can learn a lot!!!

April 30, 2013  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What I see here, is a guy who didn't consider Charlie Batch as a threat.... But Mr. Jones is.

Threat to who?

 
April 30, 2013  11:24 AM ET
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Will Roethlisrapist tutor Landry Jones in the art of picking up underage teenage girls?

get some new material

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