Coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians are in a very unique position as the Steelers open training camp.
The goal is to get Ben Roethlisberger ready for the season, knowing he’ll miss at least the first four games, while also preparing either Byron Leftwich or Dennis Dixon to start the season opener.
No easy task.
“We’re kind of making it up as we go along,” Tomlin admitted. “There’s no blueprint for these situations or circumstances. And even if there were, you wouldn’t necessarily follow it. You try to do what’s appropriate for this specific instance and situation and the men involved and what is best for this football team.”
While Leftwich is the presumed starter, analyst Marshall Faulk expects the Steelers to put the focus on Dixon, utilizing his athleticism out of the pocket in a run-heavy offense with Rashard Mendenhall.
After an offseason conversation with Tomlin, Warren Sapp believes there will be hesitancy to go with a young quarterback on a veteran team, and the starter will be Leftwich.
Now that we’re right up to it, all that’s left is to wait and see.