Florio makes a good case for the Steelers giving Dennis Dixon a chance to be the starting QB. Leftwich has a strong arm, but also a much-criticized slow delivery, and not as much mobility as Dixon. Leftwich was underwhelming while playing a significant chunk of time in the preseason game against Detroit, while Dixon completed a TD pass and another long pass against the 3rd/4th stringers.
Dixon has a lot more upside, and given the uncertainty still surrounding Ben, I want my best young QB to be as prepared as possible, in case Ben ends up getting a longer suspension for some reason. I would allow a fair competition between Leftwich and Dixon for the starting QB job. Dixon has apparently been relegated to playing with the backups, which signals that the starting job is already given to Leftwich. I don't have a problem with Leftwich being a backup (he is probably one of the better backup QBs available right now), but I disagree with just handing him the starting job when the younger Dixon has clearly shown he has the tools to become a decent NFL QB. Give each guy equal snaps with the 1st team and see who performs better. Do you think there is some other issue with Dixon that the fans are not aware of?
I would give Ben some snaps with the 2nd team, and maybe let him play one series with the 1st team in the last preseason game. Other than that, give him a clipboard. I agree with Dungy-treat Ben as a QB who is coming off an injury, that you are working back into the game slowly (meaning that he does not get many snaps). Give him extra throwing practice with the young WRs after the regular training camp schedule ends.