Steelers coach Mike Tomlin took the podium Tuesday, the first of three scheduled days of organized team activities (OTAs) for Pittsburgh. Ben Roethlisberger is out of sight, out of mind (sort of), leaving Tomlin to sort out the starting QB job between Byron Leftwich, Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch.
Tomlin touched on the quarterback competition that just last week he said would be decided by the time training camp opens in July, acknowledging at this early stage that Leftwich has received “the bulk” of first-team repetitions. Tomlin seemed to back off his sentiment that a starter would be established before camp — saying the competition would continue — but some type of order will be established.
“I really don’t believe it’s an effective approach to go in with a pure, open quarterback competition,” Tomlin said. “There simply aren’t enough snaps to go around. We’ll go in with a pecking order, if you will, and the opportunities to show what you’re capable of will be based on that pecking order. All three guys will be given an opportunity, but not an equal opportunity. That’s just the nature of this game, of this business.”
At this early stage, it seems Leftwich is at the top of the pecking order.