Charlie Batch Played Nearly Perfect Against Titans

It is amazing how much grief Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch is getting across Steeler Nation this week. I swear I think most people only listen to the game on radio or only watch the game the original airing. They then rely on the NFL gamebook to tell their story or base their argument on. Let\’s face it, the Steelers offense looked spotty at times on Sunday, but to put the blame on Batch is idiotic. What happened on Sunday offensively, falls mostly on the receivers more than anything. Heath Miller, Mike Wallace, Hines Ward and Antwaan Randle El all failed to execute on some key catches in the game Sunday, four of which came on 3rd downs.

The stat sheet has Batch going 5 of 11 passing for 25 yards and a measly 52.5 QB rating. As you will see in the animated gifs below, 5 of these passes could be argued as very catchable balls. Let us also not forget that Batch had a TD pass to Mike Wallace called back by a holding call on left tackle Jonathan Scott. Batch also was sacked twice on the day both times on 3rd down. We covered all 4 sacks from Sunday here and the play by play offensive line play here.

In reality, the stat line for Batch on Sunday should of read, 10 of 11 passing for 119 yards and 1 touchdown. That equates to a 153.2 QB rating on the day and does not factor in the called back TD to Wallace. A perfect QB rating is 158.3, so you can see what I mean by Batch played nearly perfect. So if indeed Batch is under center against Tampa Bay on Sunday, you should feel that the offense is in good hands. The hands you need to worry about are those of Miller, Wallace, Ward and El. They and the offensive line are to blame mostly for the poor offensive performance this past Sunday in Nashville, not Charlie.

Batch Miller incomplete

3-13-PIT 18 (10:43) (Shotgun) C.Batch pass incomplete short middle to H.Miller (S.Tulloch).

.”]Batch Miller incomplete 2
Batch Wallace incomplete

3-11-TEN 46 (2:00) (Shotgun) C.Batch pass incomplete deep middle to M.Wallace (C.Hope).

Batch Wallace touchdown

2-3-TEN 16 (:54) C.Batch pass deep left to M.Wallace for 16 yards, TOUCHDOWN NULLIFIED by Penalty.

Batch El incomplete

3-11-PIT 13 (10:42) (Shotgun) C.Batch pass incomplete short left to A.Randle El.

Batch Ward incomplete

3-4-TEN 9 (5:10) C.Batch pass incomplete short right to H.Ward.

  • Tommy2

    That’s a nice break-down of Charlie’s play. I don’t think it’s any mystery to Steelers fans that Charlie is a very capable and efficient QB. The O-Line was shuffling it/out of the game, with starters missing, and Charlie had little to no significant work with the 1’s; after a week of solid first team work, I would expect much different results. If the BUCS are pinning their hopes on what the offense did (or didn’t do) against the Titans in week 2, I’m afraid they’re going to be sorely disappointed.

  • Clyde Cady

    Good article. Agree with your thoughts. Just want to ask about why you use the term Steeler Nation instead of Steelers Nation? Each player is a Steeler, but the team is called the Steelers; which to me, and I am no English major, means that the proper terminology should be Steelers Nation. Of course all Steelers fans have their individual favorite players, but it is universally true that the fans are fans of the team. Therefore they feel that they are a part of the Steelers. Players come and go, but the team remains, so I guess I would appreciate it if there could be some consistency in the way the Steelers Nation is referred to in the writings about the team. I have been the “Commissioner” of the Steelers Fan Club in Chicago since 1989 and we regularly have 3-500 on hand for every game. This subject is spoken about almost every game since the announcers also flip back and forth in the way they refer to the global support for the Steelers…obviously we like it when they use the term Steelers Nation and don’t when they use the term Steeler Nation….not sure if they don’t know the difference or whether it is a slip of the tongue or whatever. Keep up the good work!


  • Dave Bryan

    Steeler Nation was coined by NFL Films narrator John Facenda in “Blueprint for Victory,” the team’s 1975 highlights film. I am 42 and have always termed us Steeler Nation and do not see that changing any time soon. Sorry if it offends you.

  • Hannah

    I have to say, a smile spread across my face when I read this article. For years, I have said that Batch was very underrated. I even got in quite a few arguments with my father due to back in the year after Big Ben and the Steelers won his first Super Bowl, Ben got in a motorcycle accident, remember that? Well, that next season, Big Ben was almost completely incompetant as a quarterback, and we lost so many games. Well, every game I would yell at the tv saying “Put Batch in!!!!” My father would always retaliate with “He doesnt know what he is doing!” He has since withdrawn his comments. I just have to say, I am so happy someone is finally giving Batch the chance he deserves!

  • Cajun Steeler Fan

    I have been saying since Steelers first signed Leftwich that they should just allow Charlie to play football. He has been a good backup since coming to us. Charlie is underrated because he plays in Pittsburgh, a running team, and behind Ben. I was happy to break out my #16 Batch jersey Sunday for the game! Play Charlie Sunday!

  • vegas6burgh

    really he shoulda had 2 td passes Hines shoulda caught that ball and the 1 he lost due to penalty

  • BigMac52

    I too am so happy to have Charlie behind center. Byron and Dennis are so, so QB’s and Charlie knows the offense, but just plain hasn’t had the the in game snaps he needs to get in the game. It’s his moment to shine. The question in my mind is what if Charlie is getting the job done and doing it well, do you pull him out and put Ben in? What if Ben can’t get it done? Do you pull him out and put Charlie back in after he’s set out a few games? You see where this could go? Questions,, questions……