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Dennis Dixon deserves some first-team preseason snaps

steelers-dennis-dixon-2jpg-5bde00229dffcded_large.jpgSo we’ve studied every snap taken on Saturday night by Steelers “starting” quarterback Byron Leftwich and every snap taken by his presumed four-week understudy, Dennis Dixon.  While we’re not yet ready to say that Dixon, not Leftwich, should lead the Pittsburgh offense during Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension (but we’re ready to think it), we believe it’s only fair that Dixon at some point get a crack at running with the ones in a preseason game, so that the team can assess whether he’s the better option to serve as Roethlisberger’s short-term replacement.

Part of the problem against the Lions was the inability of the Steelers’ starting offensive line to protect Leftwich, who was hurried by both defensive ends Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril on Leftwich’s second attempt of the night, sacked another time when right tackle Flozell Adams pulled out his red cape, and generally looked hurried and harried and not the kind of guy he needs to be when the real games start.

Leftwich plays best when he makes his drop and instantly commences that windmill windup, releasing the ball quickly and decisively.  If he holds it beyond a couple of seconds, a mid-range-to-deep ball likely will miss the mark, because Leftwich will be cranking the catapult as the pocket collapses.  On a few occasions, he found a crease in the collapsed pocket and nimbly (by his normal standards) stepped up or aside to buy enough time to complete a short pass.

So if the line, which played a bit better once Adams was replaced by Jonathan Scott, can’t protect Leftwich, the starting offense will need a quarterback who can protect himself.

Enter Dixon, who has an impressive, effortless lateral burst, allowing him to escape trouble and buy time, like Roethlisberger does, only possibly more effectively.  And when it’s time to turn on the gas vertically, Dixon arguably is the best running quarterback currently in the league.

All that said, we’ve got a feeling that the Steelers don’t want Dixon to play because they don’t want him to improve and they don’t want to have to put him on the bench once Roethlisberger is cleared to return and they don’t want to have to listen to Dixon’s agent complain that the one-time Heisman candidate could be the best option to help the Steelers win, even with Roethlisberger on the depth chart.

Though Dixon’s departure will be inevitable if the Steelers ultimately decide that Ben remains the long-term answer at the position, the inevitable could come a lot sooner if Dixon plays with the first string in the regular season the way he performed with the backups in the preseason on Saturday night. 

So if Roethlisberger doesn’t play well in the last 12 games of the 2010 season, don’t be shocked if Big Ben gets the bum’s rush, just like the Eagles did when they realized that, if they didn’t find a way to elevate Kevin Kolb, they’d risk losing their chance at ensuring quality quarterback play deep into the current decade.

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  1. theGimp says: Aug 15, 2010 7:23 PM

    I was born and raised in Duck country and would really like to see Dennis get a shot in the NFL. He certainly was exciting to watch at Oregon. Not only is he fast, he throws with fair accuracy. He might just have what it takes to be a quality starting QB. Come on Steelers, give him his chance!

  2. Alvah Goldbook says: Aug 15, 2010 7:24 PM

    Why is the second paragraph made up of just one sentence? Get it together, Florio.

  3. contract says: Aug 15, 2010 7:28 PM

    Dixon isn’t playing with the starters because he can’t read defenses.

  4. WhoDey85 says: Aug 15, 2010 7:31 PM

    typical Mike Florio article: ALL ABOUT THE STEELERS

  5. habibfromnewdehli says: Aug 15, 2010 7:35 PM

    As a Ravens fan, this is what I’ve been saying since Dixon started in Baltimore last season.
    The guy was very composed, and is only going to learn by getting some experience and making some mistakes.
    I said that the Steelers would be fine without Roethlisberger BEFORE they signed Leftwich because I honestly thought Dixon was more than capable of playing in the NFL. That was before they got rid of Santonio Holmes though. He was a huge part of the passing game.

  6. therewasone says: Aug 15, 2010 7:37 PM

    Well Mikey, why don’t you just let the coaches decide how the reps are issued out. I have to believe if you could coach this web site would go away. Glad you can’t love the site.

  7. edgy says: Aug 15, 2010 7:37 PM

    Unless Big Ben does something stupid and brings more embarrassment to the organization, his job is safe.

  8. severs28 says: Aug 15, 2010 7:41 PM

    Dennis Dixon was also playing against 2nd and 3rd string players while Leftwich was playing against the 1st team.

  9. WingT says: Aug 15, 2010 7:42 PM

    Wow Florio, you guys at PFT are amazing.
    You are able to study one game tape and decide that a player needs to be moved up.
    The hell with practice and meetings and all that other garbage right? All you need to determine a players’ potential is to watch a single PRESEASON game tape to make your decision.
    I’ll be shocked if many NFL teams aren’t lining up for your evaluation skills.
    Wow, just Wow

  10. mos says: Aug 15, 2010 7:44 PM

    You are stirring s*@t, Florio. If you think for one second the Steelers would put Leftwich on the field if they believe Dixon is the better option just to keep Dixon’s agent from gaining ammo, you are crazy.
    This franchise is about winning – they will put the best product they can on the field.
    Bottom dollar isn’t the end all – it isn’t Mike Brown running this franchise afterall…..

  11. VoxVagina says: Aug 15, 2010 7:45 PM

    Yeah… uh Dixon isn’t as good as you say he is. He has good speed but even then he is not the best running QB in the game. You are completely overstating Dixon’s importance to the team. He is a solid backup but this is nothing like the McNabb situation. The Eagles had 33 year old, inconsistent McNabb set to hit free agency next year at the same time as their potential franchise QB of the future. Meanwhile the rest of the team was getting younger at every position except QB. It’s obvious that they were just trying to get what they could for him and turn the page. Ben is a bum who could have screwed up his career, but he is still young. He has time to get back. Don’t forget that he is still a very productive QB. Dixon was a late round developmental prospect. He is not pushing Ben in the near future. Don’t turn this into a potential QB controversy, because it’s not. I’m sure anyone would rather have Ben be their QB over Dixon anyday, strictly from a football standpoint.

  12. downwithdansnyder says: Aug 15, 2010 7:46 PM

    “All that said, we’ve got a feeling that the Steelers don’t want Dixon to play because they don’t want him to improve and they don’t want to have to put him on the bench once Roethlisberger is cleared to return and they don’t want to have to listen to Dixon’s agent complain that the one-time Heisman candidate could be the best option to help the Steelers win, even with Roethlisberger on the depth chart.”
    So they want to tank it so they don’t play as well and don’t want to have a real competition? That’s stupid. Why not just scrap individual contracts and do position by position salary slots. You start at QB and you make a certain game check. I bet the competition and practice habits would go through the rough and the over all play would get way better. It also would allow a coach to play whoever truly gave the team the best chance instead of, in many cases, playing the guy that’s getting paid vs. the guy that could get it done better. It wouldn’t even happen, but it would be sweet if it did.

  13. DixonNotLeftwich says: Aug 15, 2010 7:49 PM

    Amen.

  14. blitzburgh1 says: Aug 15, 2010 7:50 PM

    “All that said, we’ve got a feeling that the Steelers don’t want Dixon to play because they don’t want him to improve and they don’t want to have to put him on the bench once Roethlisberger is cleared to return and they don’t want to have to listen to Dixon’s agent complain that the one-time Heisman candidate could be the best option to help the Steelers win, even with Roethlisberger on the depth chart.”
    That has got to be the dumbest thing you’ve ever posted. And that’s saying alot.

  15. Tinbender says: Aug 15, 2010 7:57 PM

    All that said, we’ve got a feeling that the Steelers don’t want Dixon to play because they don’t want him to improve and they don’t want to have to put him on the bench once Roethlisberger is cleared to return and they don’t want to have to listen to Dixon’s agent complain that the one-time Heisman candidate could be the best option to help the Steelers win, even with Roethlisberger on the depth chart.—————
    I pretty much said the same thing in a post about a month ago, half jokingly. But the kid should get a chance with the first team. For someone without a lot of playing time he gets the ball out fast with some zip, and is surprisingly quick on his reads. That and he’s not a statue, makes you wonder how long he’ll be number three on the chart.
    See Steeler fans, I’m not a hater of your team, just the dumbass clown you have on the bench for the first 4-6 games.

  16. CYGNUS X-1 says: Aug 15, 2010 7:58 PM

    wow this story just points out why you are an internet hack and don’t work for a nfl team. how is this the same situation as the eagles?roethisberger is what 28?mcnabb is 35 and had shown the eagles all he was going to so they made the switch to kolb.big ben has 2 rings with plenty of time to get more but you think they should dump him for a guy who has proven nothing? I am pretty sure there are alot of teams who would love to have him but the steelers are not as stupid as you are and won’t be sending him anywhere unless somebody gives them a bunch of number 1 picks for him,despite your personal crusade against him.

  17. i'm president charlie! says: Aug 15, 2010 8:00 PM

    Agree that Dixon deserves some time with the #1’s. But, implying that Dixon is as good as Ben is moronic.
    How can you compare this situation to the McNabb/Kolb situation? McNabb is 33 (going to be 34 before the season is over) and Ben is 28 until March. McNabb consistently choked for the Eagles and (not sure if anyone knows or has heard this) Ben has 2 Super Bowls.

  18. comment_submission_error says: Aug 15, 2010 8:01 PM

    Roethlisberger is under 30 and has two rings. McNabb is almost 35 and tends to puke in big games. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see those situations being anywhere near comparable.

  19. Joe Williams says: Aug 15, 2010 8:09 PM

    Who’s to say Dixon would have looked as good playing against KVB, Cliff Avril, Corey Williams and Ndamukong Suh? The Lions starting defense was looking very good and Leftwich didn’t have any time to think about running or throwing. The Steelers starting O line doesn’t give much hope they will be any better than last year and they might be worse without Colon.
    Dixon had all day and chose to run instead of making a throw when the Lions’ backup secondary were giving him gigantic holes to throw into. I agree that Dixon does look like the second coming of Mike Vick in the wheels dept. and looks to have a better arm and the Steelers should give him a chance since he played OK when given a chance last year. But don’t act like Dixon would have fared better when he was playing against the backups on a very thin roster.

  20. smo05d says: Aug 15, 2010 8:16 PM

    Don’t you think it’s a little hasty to get rid of a two-time winning quarterback for a guy who currently has only started one regular season NFL game? I agree that Dixon could be pretty good, but I can’t see the Steelers jettisoning Roethlisberger after 12 crappy games, even with all the offseason drama. He’d get one more year in that case. And if we’re only speaking on football actions and nothing else, then I think he’s earned an extra year to turn it around even if he does play crappy this year.

  21. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Aug 15, 2010 8:26 PM

    Dixon certainly has more upside than Leftwich, so I agree with the basics of the article. The money angle is an extraordinary reach.

  22. masssquarred says: Aug 15, 2010 8:27 PM

    Florio has some interesting points. Let’s take a look:
    Dennis had some great passing last night. He had good foot work and had a rushing TD taken away. The steelers have the ability to mix the play book up a little bit with dixon. That is more than they can say with Leftwich.
    Leftwich is fit and well in his “prime” in terms of age – weight – health (not skill – skill was early as a jag) He throws the ball too fast. Does not have “touch” on the ball. He should go be a AA minor league pitcher. The problem is the steelers signed him to two years for some millions.
    Dixon is could be Ben’s replacement very soon. The steelers and the rooney’s (owners) like to have a clean image. They trade Ben and remainder of his 100 million dollar contract for a young, mobile, versatile QB in Denis Dixon. You re-sign dixon for small to low medium pay range and worry about spreading the money else were like in Troy Polly.
    Bottom line the steelers will play Ben when he is ready and allowed because of how much they pay him, not to mention he is the right choice. 2 Super Bowl’s says something.
    Dixon deserves at least “THE SHOT” to be 1st string for the next 4-6 games. The roony’s need to swollow the fact they over paid on leftwich over the next two years and just go with Dixon.

  23. JimmyY says: Aug 15, 2010 8:43 PM

    Florio, you are so full of yourself and BS. This from the guy who picked the ‘Skins to go to the Super Bowl last year. Teams play to win, period and they put the best players on the field from their rosters. Not that BS statement about not wanting him to improve, that’s why you’re a blogger and not a coach or GM or some other capacity. Just a plain dumbass statement by a wannabe. This is one of the dumbest paragraphs I’ve ever read on this site.

  24. CD_Ridge says: Aug 15, 2010 8:43 PM

    While DD looked decent against the second/third teamers, the problem with him (and most young NFL QBs) is that he does not anticipate the receiver breaking open. Rather, he throws to the open man, the DBs can react to the pass and knock it away or intercept it.
    Sure he can run with the first teamers during preseason, but he will not bump Leftwich out of the starting position for first 4 to 6 games this season.

  25. steelerfan9598 says: Aug 15, 2010 8:44 PM

    We already know that Leftwich is an average quarterback. Let’s find out what Dixon can do if given a chance.

  26. R O N says: Aug 15, 2010 8:55 PM

    As a Steelers fan, I think Dixon should play those 4 games to be showcased to the league. At the minimum, he’s as good as Leftwich. If he shows he’s better, he could be used as a bargaining chip for a QB hungry team ala Matt Cassel, Matt Hasslebeck, or Rob Johnson. They could deal him for a pick or a quality OL candidate. They need the help up front more than they need an athletic 3rd string QB. Ben isn’t going anywhere. Not now, and not ever. Give Dixon a chance to show what he can do, and a chance at becoming a starter. He’s not going to do it in Pittsburgh….

  27. Helfman cometh says: Aug 15, 2010 9:00 PM

    Although I agree that Dixon deserves a shot with the first team, but to say that the Steelers don’t want him to improve because they are afraid of a quarterback controversy is CRAZY! This is Big Ben’s team until he does something stupid again, or retires. Not, by getting forced out by Dixon.

  28. Wonka says: Aug 15, 2010 9:05 PM

    Florio is trying to convince himself that the Steelers might ship a 28 year old, 2 time SB winning, future HOF QB out of town because a 3rd string QB played well against DETROIT LIONS back-ups in a preseason game…..
    Don’t do meth kids!!!!!

  29. Wonka says: Aug 15, 2010 9:14 PM

    Ben is 5 years younger than Mcnabb. Also, Ben is 28, Dixon is 25. Not like we have a mid 30’s QB and a young 20’s guy here. Finally, Kolb was essentially a 1st round pick, Dixon was a late 5th rounder.
    What kind of f’ing moron would forgo the opportunity win multiple titles over the next 10 years in order to keep a back-up (currently 3rd stringer) happy?
    Jesus H. Christ Florio is the dumbest person on the internet!

  30. Wonka says: Aug 15, 2010 9:14 PM

    I should also add the guy posting as R O N is a racist hairdresser!!!

  31. Rogue says: Aug 15, 2010 9:22 PM

    Dixon played well, he read the defense OK, but he missed alot of plays because he was not happy about his receivers and he depends on his legs too much. He has to get more confidence in his players. He is still inmature

  32. Michael says: Aug 15, 2010 9:28 PM

    All that said, we’ve got a feeling that the Steelers don’t want Dixon to play because they don’t want him to improve
    ————————–
    Dude, stop it, you made me spit beer all over my keyboard… Creative ‘writing’ at its finest…

  33. Michael says: Aug 15, 2010 9:29 PM

    All that said, we’ve got a feeling that the Steelers don’t want Dixon to play because they don’t want him to improve
    ————————–
    Dude, stop it, you made me spit beer all over my keyboard… Creative ‘writing’ at its finest…

  34. dabbflappy says: Aug 15, 2010 9:45 PM

    “All that said, we’ve got a feeling that the Steelers don’t want Dixon to play because they don’t want him to improve …”
    Did you *really* write that?
    Unbelievable.
    How can anyone take your football opinions seriously when you write tripe like this?

  35. andyprough says: Aug 15, 2010 9:48 PM

    shades of Kordell

  36. Deb says: Aug 15, 2010 9:56 PM

    You made a better case for elevating Jonathan Scott than Dixon. Yes, Dennis made an excellent showing against the third-team defense of the Detroit Lions. But let’s see him against the first-team defense of the Giants before we get giddy.
    Dixon starting and shining in Roethlisberger’s absence would be a win-win for the Steelers. As long as both are securely under contract, having TWO talented young QBs is a gift because one–in all probability Dixon–would become a valuable trade asset.

  37. FinFan68 says: Aug 15, 2010 9:59 PM

    Leftwich is immobile and takes longer to deliver the ball than Tebow did before he started changing his delivery. Dixon is green but he has raw talent. I think Dixon would be the better option overall…he was great (heismann frontrunner) before he blew out his knee…give him a chance with the first team and see what the kid can do

  38. SouthernMuse says: Aug 15, 2010 10:05 PM

    “All that said, we’ve got a feeling that the Steelers don’t want Dixon to play because they don’t want him to improve and they don’t want to have to put him on the bench once Roethlisberger is cleared to return…”
    This statement is as bad as the run-on paragraph in which it appears. Sure, that’s what teams do all the time, right? Sign on guys they don’t really want to play just to waste a roster slot on them, and not play the guys they think give them the best chance of winning.
    If you want to be taken seriously, things like this are not going to help.

  39. JeffersonStJoe says: Aug 15, 2010 10:16 PM

    Mike- That was written like someone on drugs. If you are on drugs, please get help. You’d really be missed.

  40. Blackn'Gold says: Aug 15, 2010 10:52 PM

    The article was pretty good until you started with your feelings and Steelers conspiracy theories. Dixon may start the first game of the year or Leftwich may be on a short leash because Dixon is on the sidelines.
    The only reason that Dixon may not play is because the Steelers place lots of importance on regular season experience. Leftwich has lots of that. As a Steelers fan, I would be happy with either one though you do bring up a good point about quarterback survivability with the play of Steelers offensive line.
    GO STEELERS!

  41. nflqb says: Aug 15, 2010 11:03 PM

    If you want Charlie Batch part 2, then Dixon is your guy.
    It was painful watching him against the ravens last yr, looked like a poor mans Charlie Batch which is ummmm…… not something I am looking forward to ever watching again.

  42. SayItAin'tSoFlorio says: Aug 15, 2010 11:07 PM

    “All that said, we’ve got a feeling that the Steelers don’t want Dixon to play because they don’t want him to improve and they don’t want to have to put him on the bench once Roethlisberger is cleared to return and they don’t want to have to listen to Dixon’s agent complain that the one-time Heisman candidate could be the best option to help the Steelers win, even with Roethlisberger on the depth chart.”
    Now I know why you always use the term “we” in your posts, Mike. You have a dual personality, Dumb and Dumber.

  43. BennyBoy says: Aug 15, 2010 11:26 PM

    “All that said, we’ve got a feeling that the Steelers don’t want Dixon to play because they don’t want him to improve and they don’t want to have to put him on the bench once Roethlisberger is cleared to return and they don’t want to have to listen to Dixon’s agent complain that the one-time Heisman candidate could be the best option to help the Steelers win, even with Roethlisberger on the depth chart.”
    Florio, you’ve come up with some stupid conspiracy theories before but this one is so bad that I doubt you honestly believe your own B.S. this time. You put it out here to generate controversy and hence comments.

  44. BigMFBen says: Aug 16, 2010 12:04 AM

    “All that said, we’ve got a feeling that the Steelers don’t want Dixon to play because they don’t want him to improve”
    My God… What planet are guys like Florio and Harris on?
    The Steelers would prefer to play the lesser of two QB’s so that Ben can can resume his career as the starting QB more easily?
    The Steelers have two reasons to put Ben right back in there when God says he’s allowed to play… 2005 & s008. Period.
    How can ANYONE consider Florio a legitimate NFL source? He is an absolute moron.

  45. odds75to1 says: Aug 16, 2010 12:50 AM

    Double-team Suh bitches and you will get a face full of either KVB or Avril, take your pick! Lions = done being last in NFL in Defense!!!

  46. Jack Burton says: Aug 16, 2010 9:14 AM

    With that putrid O-line you might as well have someone that can do something while on the run, similair to Ben.

  47. runtheball says: Aug 16, 2010 9:41 AM

    He takes off running at the first sign of pressure, even with receivers open down field. You can’t win in the NFL doing that. Eventualy teams will put a spy on the QB and completely take away the run.

  48. thepittsburghkid says: Aug 16, 2010 11:47 AM

    Dixon will get first team reps the remaining preseason. It was one game and it was against the lions whos first team secondary is horrible let alone 3rd/4th string guys.
    I doubt the Steelers are afraid of Dixon’s agent saying anything, and they def. want Dixon to get better and succeed as a QB. That one paragraph is absolute garbage and makes no sense.
    The real story should be about Isaac Redmond playing well enough to take Mendenhall’s job. I personally don’t trust Mendenhall and his spinning off contact every down. He’s talented but makes to many mistakes. He is NOT the future RB of the Steelers.

  49. Steeler fans are tools says: Aug 16, 2010 12:23 PM

    Wonka says:
    August 15, 2010 9:05 PM
    Florio is trying to convince himself that the Steelers might ship a 28 year old, 2 time SB winning, future HOF QB out of town because a 3rd string QB played well against DETROIT LIONS back-ups in a preseason game…..
    Don’t do meth kids!!!!!
    ———————————
    Florio is saying that Dixon should get some reps in the pre-season and be the sexual deviant’s short-term replacement
    shittsburgh fans are methheads kids!!!

  50. FrankoBollo says: Aug 16, 2010 3:15 PM

    By the way, how about all those “we want Ben!” chants going up at the stadium Saturday? So much for all those “Steeler fans” polluting the boards claiming there were onlookers badmouthing Ben up at camp.

  51. ravens suck says: Aug 16, 2010 10:03 PM

    I got to admit Florio, I thought the same thing as far as Dixon’s agent and the near future with his contract after the Baltimore game last year..He is clearly a Kordell type, and definately can win more games than Leftwich…but after 7-8 games of teams watching film on him, he would be predictable…but he is capable of starting the first 4-6 games and having the Steelers D refreshed..

  52. Antoine from Charlotte says: Aug 17, 2010 11:27 AM

    Florio am I missing something. for over 20 years we struggled watching great defensive performances, only to watch our offense fall short. We suffered through the likes of Bubby, Cordel, Neil, Tommy, Mike, Todd, Steve, Mark, Cliff, Kent, and David. Now we have a franchise quarterback, that’s won 2 Super Bowls for us. You’re ready to replace him with a guy that’s started one regular season game and looked pretty good in a preseason game. I like Dennis Dixon a lot, but as history has shown us, you don’t come across a franchise quarterback every day.

  53. Beer Cheese Soup says: Aug 17, 2010 4:00 PM

    R O N says:
    As a Steelers fan, I think Dixon should play those 4 games to be showcased to the league. At the minimum, he’s as good as Leftwich. If he shows he’s better, he could be used as a bargaining chip for a QB hungry team ala Matt Cassel, Matt Hasslebeck, or Rob Johnson. They could deal him for a pick or a quality OL candidate. They need the help up front more than they need an athletic 3rd string QB. Ben isn’t going anywhere. Not now, and not ever. Give Dixon a chance to show what he can do, and a chance at becoming a starter. He’s not going to do it in Pittsburgh….
    __________________________________
    That’s precisely what I said last month. Dixon is hands down the best third-string QB in the country.
    A lot of teams, like Tampa, Minnesota, Buffalo, and the entire NFC West would be happy to have him. So, let him prove what he can do. If he sucks (and he won’t) he can always go back to riding the bench. If he tears it up, there’s an extra pick to use on a respectable OL next season.
    You already know what you have in Leftwich, so why not play Dixon?


    BigMFBen says:
    The Steelers have two reasons to put Ben right back in there when God says he’s allowed to play… 2005 & 2008. Period.
    _________________________________
    You mean 2005, when Ben set a record for the worst passer rating ever in a Super Bowl, but still got a ring because Bill Leavy played well enough to win it for them, and 2008, where Ben managed to lead ONE respectable scoring drive, but still got a ring because of the play of James Harrison and Troy Polamalu?
    Roethlisberger is the best QB they have, but certainly not for the reasons you mentioned. There’s a reason he was never Super Bowl MVP when the QB almost always is. He’s just another right place, right time player like McMahon, Dilfer and Brad Johnson. A very far cry from the legend you paint him as.

  54. Steeler6Pack says: Aug 17, 2010 9:00 PM

    Florio , everyone on this board just got dumber after reading that . Your smear campaign is sad and transparent . Fortunately , you failed miserably in your desire to see Roethlisberger leave Pittsburgh .
    Roethlisberger is one of the top QBs in the game . He has already won two Super Bowls . He led one of the 3 most clutch drives in Super Bowl & NFL history , & has the most 4th quarter / OT winning drives in the league since 2004 .
    Dixon is a good guy , but he is not in the same stratosphere with Roethlisberger as a QB . Dixon is a run first QB & those style of quarterbacks simply do not win championships . Roethlisberger will help the Steelers win several more Super Bowl Championships before he is done .

  55. Jake says: Aug 20, 2010 12:10 PM

    Living in central florida i saw what Leftwich did last year. He was the started on game 1 for the Bucs and played well in game 1 and the after games 2 or 3 games he was replaced by a guy that had never started a game in the NFL before. The Steelers ultimately want to win games and make money. If Dixon has potential to start in the NFL someday and your paying him backup money you keep him. He is insurance against the QB thats been sacked more time then any QB in the league the last 3 years. Look at the Cardinals who with Warner won games. What are they porjected to do this year. Almost on one think Leniart can win . I but if he doesn’t the Cards would give the Steeelers a 5th rounder for Dixon.

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