Leftwich Preferred Not To Be In Tampa BayMay 22nd, 2010
The guy, at the time he started for the Bucs, played behind a sieve of an offensive line (remember Sean Mayhem?) and had no receivers to throw to. (Antonio Bryant wasn’t healthy.)
Leftwich came from a Super Bowl-winner with a decent offensive line and one of the deepest sets of wide receivers to throw to in the NFL. Leftwich was a key cog in that championship season for the Steelers, coming off the bench, leading Pittsburgh to a road win at Washington as the Steelers eked out the AFC North title and home field advantage for the playoffs.
So it wasn’t surprising to Joe to hear Leftwich say how happy he is to be back in Pittsburgh and playing for one of the NFL’s elite teams. And by all accounts he’s the Steelers starting quarterback until horny sleazebag Ben Roethlisberger, who gets way to handsy with drunk college chicks, comes back from his four-game suspension.
“It was tough,” Leftwich said of his departure from Pittsburgh to Tampa Bay last offseason in a video posted on Steelers.com. “I never really wanted to leave. But [Tampa Bay] was an opportunity as a professional I had to take advantage of. It didn’t work out but I’m happy to be back” in Pittsburgh.
Let’s see if Joe can do some math:
Leftwich is good enough to suit up for a team with a front office largely regarded league-wide as having the best group of talent evaluators in the NFL.
Leftwich was good enough to be a backup to one of the game’s top quarterbacks on an eventual Super Bowl winner.
Leftwich was good enough to come off the bench to win a crucial road game for said top quarterback.
Leftwich is good enough to return — and start — for said team that has serious postseason aspirations.
But in hateful Bucs fans’ eyes, Leftwich is not even good enough to backup a still unproven quarterback on a team that last year had a shaky offensive line with a poor set of receivers and an at-best average rushing attack.
OK, Joe thinks he understands… well, not really!