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Dennis Dixon's agent doesn't understand why Leftwich is first

The agent for Dennis Dixon isn’t a fan of how his client has been used this offseason.

Agent Jeff Sperbeck told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Dixon didn’t practice enough with the first-team offense during OTA season and wonders why he’s expected to start training camp behind Byron Leftwich on the depth chart.

“I don’t understand why after Byron’s been gone a year, they would bring
him back and start him ahead of Dennis. To me, it should have been
Dennis’ job as the No. 1. He was No. 2 last year. Byron was not even in
the picture,” Sperbeck said.

We understand Sperbeck’s opinion and loyalty, but there has to be a better way to go about this than publicly calling out Dixon’s coaching staff.   It’s key to note Dixon says nothing wrong in the article, but his agent doesn’t do him any favors.

“When you bestow the confidence in him that he is the guy, now the
team knows that and they are prepared to follow him,” Sperbeck said.  “Without the team
giving that to him, it’s more difficult for any quarterback to lead when
your own status is uncertain. You lead differently as a starter than
you do as a backup.”

Mike Tomlin has a difficult job in training camp to prepare Ben Roethlisberger, Leftwich, and possibly Dixon.  There just aren’t enough snaps to go around and the Steelers don’t appear comfortable handing the offense over to Dixon just yet. 

Sperbeck would be better served finding out why that is, and trying to help his client to improve.

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51 Responses to “Dennis Dixon's agent doesn't understand why Leftwich is first”
  1. 2010_DHB_70rec_900yds_10tds says: Jul 23, 2010 10:43 AM

    Dixon should be happy, his career could end quickly being behind the worst line in football.

  2. tb2010 says: Jul 23, 2010 10:44 AM

    Maybe if the Steelers franchise QB wasn’t such a deplorable human being they wouldn’t be in this situation to begin with! You would think with all that money Big Ben could have just paid for some action. Made everyone’s life easier.

  3. lespaul89 says: Jul 23, 2010 10:44 AM

    We all know why Byron is getting the nod!! He’s the safe choice:
    1. he won’t start a QB contraversy. I remember Dixon playing my Ravens last year and he looked good! Good enough to run fat b*stard out of town! By giving the nod to Byron, Tomlin avoids it. Good coach! haha
    2. i have no idea.
    thanks anyways Tomlin
    - a ravens fan

  4. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Jul 23, 2010 10:44 AM

    Here’s a clue idiot: Your QB threw an INT at the end of his last game causing the Squealers to lose.
    Get it now?

  5. jj jones says: Jul 23, 2010 10:45 AM

    Leftwich filled in well for the Steelers two years ago and is a veteran presence whose biggest negative (although a big negative) is his inability to stay healthy. He is a good quarterback. Dixon is unproven and is not going to be handed the keys to an offense as an unknown.

  6. therewasone says: Jul 23, 2010 10:45 AM

    That’s not the way Florio would have wrote this story Gregg. GOOD JOB!!!

  7. Citizen Strange says: Jul 23, 2010 10:47 AM

    There was what, almost six months? from the time the Steelers learned of Roethlisberger’s suspension to the first regular season game. That time should have been devoted to preparing Dixon for the first four games.
    I understand bringing in Leftwich to have three healthy competent quarterbacks to have great depth at the most important position on the field and maybe even not to just “hand” the job to Dixon but to make him compete and earn it. But if Dixon is not even in the mix to compete for the starting job that is a big mistake.
    Bottom line: Leftwich pretty much is what he is at this point and will not benefit greatly from the extra reps. IMO Dixon could lead the Steelers to four wins.

  8. TheOne says: Jul 23, 2010 10:47 AM

    @ Jeff Sperbeck – Do you want me to tell you why? Because Byron Leftwich has played longer then Dennis, and is still a good QB, and could be starting for another team but some how ended up in the backseat behind Big Ben. Dixon is ok but he is unproven and Leftwich can still play.

  9. Tony Snow says: Jul 23, 2010 10:48 AM

    Get back in the box “My Little Pony!”. I can smell the greed all on you! Just give it time. Dennis is still young. He will have his opportunity…just tell him to be ready!

  10. lespaul89 says: Jul 23, 2010 10:50 AM

    PS. Love this site.. Read every day…. every hour!
    can we PLEASE spead up the comments so we can have a conversation!
    God knows i can’t talk to my co workers about this stuff!
    more! faster! better! :)

  11. ronmexico says: Jul 23, 2010 10:53 AM

    I think if Roethlisberger was gone for the season, they’d modify the offense some and stick Dennis in. With it being a 4 game suspension I think they’re looking at continuity. Roethlisberger and Leftwich are more similar in styles- for at least the first 5 seconds of any given pass play.

  12. bayou says: Jul 23, 2010 10:54 AM

    Hey Dixon, all you have to do is show your junk in a night club to an under age chick or on a fairway during a golf tournement. You will move right up to that starting spot.

  13. 34swtns says: Jul 23, 2010 10:55 AM

    Well said, “The One”.
    BTW, “Fed Up”……still a douche.

  14. PittsburghSteelerz says: Jul 23, 2010 10:58 AM

    I was pretty suprised too… Dixon should be starting,
    The only reason I can see is Tomlin didn’t wan’t a schism (I really hate ESPN) to arise if Dixon won and then Ben comes back.

  15. SteelCurtnDee says: Jul 23, 2010 10:58 AM

    I don’t get it either, but I hope that Dixon plays so well in preseason that they can’t bench him.

  16. daffx4 says: Jul 23, 2010 10:58 AM

    Denny D is 18x’s more of a better QB than Fat Albert Leftwich —- I wish Denny D would’ve skipped out on the POS Steelers and signed his baseball contract with the Braves!

  17. numberfour says: Jul 23, 2010 10:59 AM

    leftwich sucks, is sloooooooooooowwwwwwwww, always has been, telegraphs throws and gets outworked.
    if dixon works hard, he could overtake fat albert. dixon doesnt want to work. if the ravens hadnt zone blitzed in that game, dixon couldnt have scored. and the game would have gotten out of hand for dixon afterwards.
    love ben or hate ben – he is better than these 2 put together. pittsburgh has to finish well this year cause they wont start well.

  18. Jack Burton says: Jul 23, 2010 11:00 AM

    Why had him the reigns and possibly show up your $100+mil dollar worthless human being QB? Being a Steeler fan has been pretty tough the last 18 months.

  19. HooskerDo says: Jul 23, 2010 11:03 AM

    “Dixon, if you want to get ahead, all you gotta do is use your dick, son! It worked for me!” – Rapeaburger

  20. cmich06 says: Jul 23, 2010 11:08 AM

    Trade for the next Warren Moon………Troy Smith

  21. JLawless87 says: Jul 23, 2010 11:10 AM

    @TheOne
    You do realize that Byron Leftwich was also on the bench behind Joey Harrington in 2008? He also lost his job to David Garrard and did not do anything for the Bucs? Why would you want to put in a big slow QB that has done nothing of importance in the league at your most important position. Yes I understand Dixon has not either but we haven’t seen all of his potential, with Leftwich we have and he is not getting better.

  22. tb2010 says: Jul 23, 2010 11:10 AM

    Maybe if the Steelers franchise QB wasn’t such a deplorable human being they wouldn’t be in this situation to begin with! You would think with all that money Big Ben could have just paid for some action. Made everyone’s life easier.

  23. jbruder02 says: Jul 23, 2010 11:13 AM

    Wait, I thought according to this site that Dixon was the man in line to get the Steelers head coaching job and that Tomlin wanted Dixon to be the starter since drafted him… jackasses

  24. bigstorm says: Jul 23, 2010 11:16 AM

    @ Jack Burton….
    Yeah, those 2 SBs in four years have been tough to take.
    Go back to sleep.
    More importantly, Dixon doesn’t need an agent to ruin his career and pay 5% on top of it.

  25. i'm president charlie! says: Jul 23, 2010 11:22 AM

    Maybe they are anointing Leftwich to light a fire under Dixon.
    Steelers should have went after Jake Delhomme LOL-a-copter!

  26. darrius_heyward-bey-butterfingers says: Jul 23, 2010 11:24 AM

    I just don’t understand how the Bucs got better after benching Big Byron and going with a young QB. Byron started and lost the first three, went 58-107, 5.6/att, 3 int, 2 fumbles. Oh ok, I think I get it now.

  27. Ollie says: Jul 23, 2010 11:25 AM

    Leftwich is not the QB of the future for the Steelers. So it makes since to me that while Ben is out for four games this is a perfect opportunity to get Dixon some experience and see if he is the real deal, where he otherwise would not get that chance. The Steelers are notorious for keeping a clip board QB for years without ever letting him see action. They can be 40 points ahead or 40 behind with 2:00 to go and they still won’t put in a back up.

  28. Nevisyakker says: Jul 23, 2010 11:26 AM

    In that Leftwich has the same mobility as the Lincoln Memorial, and the Steeler offensive line is a sieve, Byron should be history by about the 3rd preseason game leaving the path for your boy Dennis wide open. THE BEST ADVICE FOR ALL AGENTS: SHUT UP!!!

  29. D.R.Universal says: Jul 23, 2010 11:27 AM

    Leftwich is still good??? In WHAT league??
    I guess being a Panthers fan I got to see him more than the rest of the country…WHY THE HELL u think he got benched for the kid Freeman? BECAUSE HE SUCKS!!!
    Ppl are still living off the fact B.Left was a high draft pick and is a veteran…SO?? So is Vinny Testaverde! LOL….I and always support Black QBs but Left is WRONG!! LMAO!

  30. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Jul 23, 2010 11:40 AM

    @Citizen Strange
    “IMO Dixon could lead the Steelers to four wins.”
    You don’t get to play the Browns four times, sorry.

  31. plt2006 says: Jul 23, 2010 11:41 AM

    The Steelers have seen what Dixon can do day in and day out since he was drafted and don’t think he can get it done. They think Leftwich can give them a better chance to win than Dixon and his pop-gun arm. It’s just that simple. The conspiracy theorists out there need to go back to watching the Zapruder film in their Mother’s attic.

  32. ThePitts says: Jul 23, 2010 11:42 AM

    Sign-ability My Friends, If they play Dixon and he plays well, they won’t be able to afford him next contract. Play Leftwich, get thru the first 4 games, you effectively hide Dixon for another year…..and his agent knows this !!!!

  33. steelerfan9598 says: Jul 23, 2010 11:44 AM

    It was mini camp, not training camp. Check back in three weeks. My bet is Dixon starts the season.

  34. Kaz says: Jul 23, 2010 11:46 AM

    Maybe Baltimore and the Steelers should have a unstable, cancerous, and bad character team like the Bengals. That way they won’t have headline after headline of drama and in-fighting.
    Say what you want about the players who get arrested for the Bengals, we support one another and the organization. No drama coming from our lockerroom. On any level.
    And Lefty couldn’t even start for the Bucs. With Dixon, Steelers 2-2. With Lefty, Steelers 1-3, 0-4…

  35. Ollie says: Jul 23, 2010 11:46 AM

    Just great! We have a suspended QB. We have lost our best WR. Our OL is a makeshift below average unit. We have an unhappy LB (Woodley). Our secondary is questionable. We have brought back older players that we let go before because they were not good enough. Now we have a temporary QB contraversity. I am a big Steeler fan, and I hope I am wrong, But I can see a 8-8 season.

  36. Caldon says: Jul 23, 2010 11:51 AM

    Quick, someone call the union, I smell collusion!

  37. Ollie says: Jul 23, 2010 11:54 AM

    They have not seen Dixon in enough real games. Practicing with the second or third team is not the same.

  38. Wet Paper Bag says: Jul 23, 2010 11:55 AM

    When you have your agent issuing comments in publications seemingly on his own, then it is time to fire your agent. The agent is supposed to work for the player. Or the opposite is true; the player is having his agent make statements FOR him, but claiming that the agent is saying this on his own.
    In any case, this is NOT a good look for Dixon AND the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  39. poonhok says: Jul 23, 2010 12:17 PM

    Because Dixon sucks?

  40. Suitcasehead Golic says: Jul 23, 2010 12:34 PM

    6 LOMBARDI’S —-Suck it haters!!

  41. robert ethen says: Jul 23, 2010 12:44 PM

    Bummer having to get by on 5% of a third string quarterback’s salary.

  42. STEELCHUCK says: Jul 23, 2010 1:16 PM

    I am pulling for Dennis Dixon personally… Byron Leftwich is too slow and predictable, and with a suspect offensive line, and with Rashard “Let Me Spin So I Don’t Get Hit” Mendenhall running the ball, … you better have a mobile QB back there…

  43. RebaT. says: Jul 23, 2010 2:21 PM

    Tomlin is an idiot. This is probably why the Steelers didn’t give him a longer contract than two years. Now they are seeing it too! Tomlin SUCKS and he needs to keep his nose out of the defense. LeBeau is a HOF and let him do his job.
    Go Dixon!! Take the job from that IDIOT Roethlisberger!

  44. TheWien says: Jul 23, 2010 2:50 PM

    Byron Leftwich is a mediocre QB, but has quite a few years of journeyman experience. Dennis Dixon is largely unproven, but looked pretty good when he did play.
    Let Leftwich play while you’re still getting Dixon acclimated. Eventually, Leftwich will be in some other teams uniform come 2011, and Dixon will be in a better position to step up next time Ben Roth decides to rape someone.

  45. whoaleckna says: Jul 23, 2010 2:53 PM

    Answer: they want him to earn it!

  46. AllThat says: Jul 23, 2010 2:56 PM

    at least he doesn’t look like Omar Epss…………..

  47. IronCityChampions says: Jul 23, 2010 6:21 PM

    Dennis is still a stare down one receiver with a slow release qb … although he does throw a good deep ball. Big Byron Sandwich is similar but his experience gives us a better chance to win in a four game stretch. Dennis won’t be a starter for the Steelers even if Ben is gone … he’s not a starter in the NFL … except maybe in Buffalo or Cleveland.
    Have to run the ball well on 1st down with either qb.

  48. gotsix? says: Jul 23, 2010 8:30 PM

    but what about his danger as a runner…He reminds me of Vic before he became a retard. The guy ran from 30 yrds out into the end zone last year. There are not many QB’s that can do this.

  49. FumbleNuts says: Jul 24, 2010 1:14 AM

    People in friggin’ The Pitts are AFRAID of the power of Dixon!

  50. Deb says: Jul 24, 2010 1:22 AM

    Agree with IronCityChampions. Don’t think Dixon has the potential to be a major QB in the NFL. It was evident when the Steelers brought back Leftwich that he would be the #2 QB and the starter until Roethlisberger returned.
    All these conspiracy theories are juvenile and idiotic. This is a mulitibillion-dollar business. The Raiders just cut a first-round draft pic and wrote off the money he’s already cost them. The Steelers are making decisions based on who’s got the best shot of winning the first four games, not on who will or won’t bruise #7′s ego. If Dixon outplayed #7, they’d trade him and keep Dixon even if Ben were a choirboy. That’s how the businesss works.
    As for the agent, his job is to keep his client under contract and no piss off his client’s already overstressed employers. My advice is for him to shut up. But I’m also an SEC fan, so if he doesn’t shut up, y’all can just ship him south and we’ll BBQ him. No great loss.

  51. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jul 25, 2010 11:10 PM

    Deb says:
    Agree with IronCityChampions. Don’t think Dixon has the potential to be a major QB in the NFL.
    The Steelers are making decisions based on who’s got the best shot of winning the first four games, not on who will or won’t bruise #7′s ego. If Dixon outplayed #7, they’d trade him and keep Dixon even if Ben were a choirboy. That’s how the businesss works.
    As for the agent, his job is to keep his client under contract and no piss off his client’s already overstressed employers. My advice is for him to shut up. But I’m also an SEC fan, so if he doesn’t shut up, y’all can just ship him south and we’ll BBQ him. No great loss.
    __________________________________
    F*** the SEC.
    You base your judgment of Dixon on what, one game?? That hardly seems fair.. Give the man a chance.
    Mark this down: Dennis Dixon will be a very good QB in this league. Probably not for the Steelers, not for a couple of years, and he certainly won’t be outplaying Roethlisberger this season if ever, but he will be a star at some point.
    While I was most definitely not watching the SEC, I watched Dixon play at the O, and I’m not the only one saying that if he doesn’t get hurt and replaced by Ryan Leaf’s brother, he’s a first round pick.
    Calling it a conspiracy is quite a stretch, but without a doubt Tomlin is making a mistake in not taking advantage of an opportunity and giving him some reps. At very least, the extra exposure and chance to shine would make another team consider trading for him. Dixon has the potential to be a franchise quarterback. You already know what you have in Leftwich.

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