Leftwich, Steelers Not Opportunistic Enough

Byron Leftwich

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — There was a definite aura of solidarity in the Steelers’ locker room entering Sunday, but Byron Leftwich couldn’t deliver in lieu of Ben Roethlisberger as the Steelers fell, 13-10, to the visiting Baltimore Ravens.

“When you play good on good, you can’t turn the ball over, and you’ve got to make more plays than that. We will respond,” Leftwich said. “We had opportunities. We just didn’t make enough plays.”

Leftwich finished 18-of-39 for 201 yards and one interception, and was sacked three times. The Steelers were just 5-of-16 on third down.

“We just couldn’t get a rhythm. We were in a lot of third-and-mediums, and third-and-longs. We just couldn’t put two, three, four, five plays together,” he explained. “It’s too hard to convert at a high percentage when you’re always in third-and-sevens and third-and-eights.”

The pick, a play made by Corey Graham that thwarted a successful drive to begin the second half, is one Leftwich credits to the defender.

“I’m telling you, the guy made a hell of a play on the ball. Me and Troy were talking about that. I wish I’d have done something different…I think I would just try to make a better throw.”

In addition, Leftwich offered his perspective on a couple of those key plays that weren’t made–both of which targeted Mike Wallace:

The Steelers (6-4) visit the Browns (2-8) next Sunday, while the Ravens take on San Diego.


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