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Dennis Dixon will finally get first-team reps

After the Steelers’ first preseason game, we argued that quarterback Dennis Dixon deserves a chance to take some reps with the first-team offense, in order to give the team a chance to determine whether Dixon would be a better option than Byron Leftwich as the interim starter during Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension.

And we couldn’t understand why, given the obviously special skills that Dixon has displayed in two preseason game, the Steelers had predetermined that Leftwich would be the interim starter, with no competition whatsoever.  It prompted us to search for an explanation, and (to the chagrin and aggressive disagreement of Stan Savran) we suggested that the Steelers didn’t really want Dixon to become a hot commodity in the third year of a three-year rookie contract.

If it’s true that Roethlisberger is one more ugly off-field incident away from being cut or traded, the Steelers need to have a competent long-term replacement on hand, in the event that Roethlisberger reverts to his pre-suspension lifestyle.  So if the Steelers do with Dixon after the 2010 season what the Falcons did with Matt Schaub after 2006 and if Roethlisberger ends up being unavailable in 2011 like Mike Vick was in 2007, the Steelers would be screwed.

Regardless of whether the Steelers were hoping to keep Dixon on ice long enough to be sure that Roethlisberger can get through a full offseason without being accused of sexual assault, they’re now apparently realizing that the potential gap between Dixon and Leftwich is too big to ignore.  On Wednesday, coach Mike Tomlin said that Dixon will get first-team reps in the third preseason game, entering the action against the Broncos after Ben Roethlisberger and before Byron Leftwich.

“I intend to give Dennis Dixon some looks with the first group against
some good people,” Tomlin said, per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  “I think he’s earned that likewise.  And
that’s what this preseason is all about.”

We agree completely.  And we think it’s overdue.  And to the extent that the Steelers had hoped to keep the rest of the football-following world from realizing that Dixon has the potential to be a very good NFL quarterback, maybe the Steelers have realized that folks already are figuring it out, so they may as well use him while they still have him.

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67 Responses to “Dennis Dixon will finally get first-team reps”
  1. Blackbeard says: Aug 26, 2010 11:36 AM

    Dixon looked better than Leftwich other than the sweet bomb that Leftwich threw in the last game.

  2. bspurloc says: Aug 26, 2010 11:37 AM

    well with 18games u cant do this so stop now!

  3. whoaleckna says: Aug 26, 2010 11:38 AM

    as i commented when you wrote the first story, my guess is tomlin wanted him to earn it….
    Tomlin said, per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I think he’s earned that likewise.”

  4. Bossman says: Aug 26, 2010 11:42 AM

    Dix on has enormous potential. Let the man play to show his stuff.

  5. Wonka 2 says: Aug 26, 2010 11:46 AM

    Wait, so the Steelers are no longer trying to stunt Dixon’s development in order to keep him on the team longer?
    Does anybody else notice the longer the Florio post, the more asinine it is

  6. pat in philly says: Aug 26, 2010 11:48 AM

    no one said it would be after Ben and before Leftwhich
    likely it is Ben for a short period of time, Leftwich longer, and Dixon a short amount to end the half with the 1st team and start the 2nd half with the back ups.
    Highly doubt Dixon goes in before Lefty.

  7. Didier says: Aug 26, 2010 11:57 AM

    Dixon will revert to the same “happy feet” that has plagued similar quarterbacks — first team or not.
    Leftwich will start the first game due to his experience, judgment, and greater ability to take care of the football.
    Dixon can pull off a 20-yard scramble one play, then throw a back pick the next.
    Not the kind of situation you want while you’re waiting on your starter to return.

  8. BasicInstinct says: Aug 26, 2010 11:58 AM

    Honestly guys, Florio is right on. His comments on Joe Webb are just as valid.
    Football is supposed to be about talent first, then politics(contracts) second.

  9. tian says: Aug 26, 2010 12:00 PM

    I would start Dixon. I’ve been totally impressed by his play. He’s accurate. He’s cool under pressure. He’s mobile, but doesn’t have happy feet. To me, he’s a better option.
    Leftwich has a monster arm, though. And he gets the ball out quickly. But Leftwich is a backup. This Dixon kid is a starter.

  10. poonhok says: Aug 26, 2010 12:02 PM

    If Dixon WERE to maximize his potential, at his BEST he would be a Michael Vick clone, in other words, an AVERAGE NFL quarterback at best…

  11. spyboots says: Aug 26, 2010 12:03 PM

    Coaches don’t always tell what their intentions are. Ever thought of that?

  12. Jack Burton says: Aug 26, 2010 12:04 PM

    I’m anxious to see what he can do, be nice to have a quality mobile backup. Leftwich can still throw the bomb but this team, short of Wallace, isn’t built for that.

  13. jediwrstlr says: Aug 26, 2010 12:10 PM

    I guess all the advertisement from this site finally paid off for Dixson.

  14. cbatchel says: Aug 26, 2010 12:10 PM

    Dixon will be better than the Rapist if they just give him some first team playing time.

  15. The Black Cat says: Aug 26, 2010 12:16 PM

    In unrelated news, the second team was promoted to first team and the second team will start this week’s game.

  16. Jack Acid says: Aug 26, 2010 12:18 PM

    I’ve been saying Dixon looks special for two years.

  17. therewasone says: Aug 26, 2010 12:28 PM

    This just in, Trix are for kids.

  18. Holeinone09 says: Aug 26, 2010 12:34 PM

    This is only a potentially positive situation for the Steelers. First of all, Ben is the starter and one of the top QBs in the league. Neither Leftwich nor Dixon are even close to Ben’s overall talent level right now, so end that discussion. Next, Steelers can watch what happens through the first 4 games, and in fact have the ability to work in either Leftwich or Dixon depending on how the one is playing. They might even mix them both in during a game for a change of pace. I however do not want a Vick-type wild cat thing happening, and when Ben gets back they both can rest on the bench.
    While Dixon clearly has some talent, I would hold my horses before annointing him as the second coming. Remember Kordell Stewart? But I will wait before labeling Dixon another Vick, since it looks like he might have a better arm.

  19. morganstump says: Aug 26, 2010 12:35 PM

    To the guys above that say Dixon will at best be just like Vick….or “get happy feet” once he’s with the starters….you don’t know football. Yes, he is elusive and can run….but the kid has got a cannon arm that is actually accurate. Much more of a pocket passer than Vick EVER was.
    Don’t just look at a players color to determine what kind of player he is…or who he should be compared to. It’s ignorant.

  20. wrekOgnize says: Aug 26, 2010 12:35 PM

    Dennis Dixon looked better than Ben Roethlisberger last year. So I don’t see why this is coming so late. As a Bengals fan, I’d much rather Ben or Leftwich be in there than Dixon.

  21. Tomthebombtracy says: Aug 26, 2010 12:37 PM

    I wish Dixon wouldn’t have asked for No. 10 this year.
    Not just becuz it reminds us that Santonio is gone….
    But becuz Kordell Stewart wore it, too.
    I know it sounds like profiling but a fleet footed black QB also wearing 10 has to remind you of the other guy.
    And the other guy still mystifies me considering he had one of the great years a QB can have before losing the AFC championship game.
    People say mobile QBs don’t win Super Bowls although wouldn’t you want to classify Ben as mobile?
    I think the answer is use….and plan to use…..both of them . With protection Byron can shred secondaries. And that’s an if cloaked in a with.
    Dixon could come in intermittently as make defenses scratch their head.

  22. kevind says: Aug 26, 2010 12:39 PM

    @cbatchel
    Are you insane!Dont get me wrong Dixon has a lot of potiental,but to say that he will be better than Ben is laughable.The tearm “Franchise Quarterback” gets thrown around way too much lately.Alot of starting QB’s get labeled that when they are not.Ben is definitely a Franchise QB.There are only a couple of teams that have one of these guys.A team with a Franchise QB can overcome other flaws in the team.Look at the Recent SB winners-Brees-1,Ben-2,Brady-3,Manning-1 each.So to say that Dixon will be better than a 2x winning SB QB is just a moronic statement.

  23. football junkie says: Aug 26, 2010 12:53 PM

    I think they are going to use Dixon throughout the season with both Lefty and BB like they did with Slash(Kordell Stewart). He will be used for some short distance plays or change of pace and would be a threat to hand off, run, or pass. Defences will have to game plan for Dixon as well as the other quarter backs. Of course, if the offensive line stinks , he might come in to replace lefty sooner.

  24. fc1_87 says: Aug 26, 2010 12:54 PM

    Mike Florio has been predicting that Roethlisberger will be sent packing for 4 years. I guess when Roethlisberger retires then Florio will claim that he was right all along.
    Dixon is another Kordel in the making. Great athlete but poor QB. The Steelers have been concerned about Dixon’s decision making in the passing game. That’s why he is not the easy choice to start.

  25. Nosredna says: Aug 26, 2010 12:54 PM

    with Florio, everything comes down to money……doesn’t matter the talent of the player(s), money is always the deciding factor.
    I guess I can understand that, at one time, Florio stood a chance to make decent money as an atty, but then he turned 6 and lost all chance of that. Now is obsessed with the fact that others make it and not him (least not until he screwed NBC over and got them to buy this silly thing)

  26. Freamon says: Aug 26, 2010 12:56 PM

    The ‘idea’ of keeping Dixon on the bench so the team won’t have reason to give him a huge raise is borderline insane.
    It’s a nice conspiracy, but terrible journalism. Especially considering Pitt is a team built on developing young talent.
    Is it possible? Sure, anything is possible. Is it plausible? No.
    Putting 4-6 wins/losses at risk and stunting the development of a young talent, there is just no logic to that. Where is the logic?

  27. Holeinone09 says: Aug 26, 2010 12:58 PM

    @wrekOgnize says:
    August 26, 2010 12:35 PM
    Dennis Dixon looked better than Ben Roethlisberger last year. So I don’t see why this is coming so late. As a Bengals fan, I’d much rather Ben or Leftwich be in there than Dixon.
    * * * *
    Hey wrek, thanks for admitting why you would make such an insanely ludicrous comment about Dixon being better than Ben last year. You said you were a Bengals fan. That explains your lack of rational thinking.
    (wink and apology to other Bengals fans but I couldn’t pass that up LOL)
    GO STEELERS!!

  28. Steel Dahn Sahth says: Aug 26, 2010 12:59 PM

    Great, now DTF will falsely accuse Dixon of a crime.

  29. thepittsburghkid says: Aug 26, 2010 1:09 PM

    Wow, what a surprise. Dixon earned first team playing time by earning it. With forward out of the box thinking like that no wonder why we have 6 SB. Savran made you sound like a complete jag and you deserved it with a “story” like that. Speculating is not journalism, its an pathetic attempt at website hits and radio air time. You got NBC in your pocket, you can stop with the over the top rumour mill BS.
    A coach in the NFL that needs to win while his starter is out would NEVER try to keep a player from reaching his and the teams potential. Having 2 highly talented QBs is every coaches wet dream not nightmare. The only “controversy” or “story” is who will be 2nd and 3rd string after Ben gets back.

  30. Doomkov says: Aug 26, 2010 1:10 PM

    This is some very convoluted speculation that I doubt has any truth behind it. Much more likely is that Dixon hasn’t received playing time as the starter because he’s not a good quarterback. Dixon performed well… against second and third team defenses. Every time his first two reads were covered, he tucked and ran. He ran well… against backups. Local radio hosts and lawyers were impressed but not true analysts who are former scouts, players and coaches (e.g. Pat Kirwan and Ross Tucker). NFL starters must be able to read defenses, and Dixon can’t

  31. pghguyy33 says: Aug 26, 2010 1:13 PM

    dixon pulls the ball down and runs when he has recivers open down the field. thats not happy feet its poor desicon makeing. yes he can run but they want the recivers getting the ball first. this is probably why he hasnt started.

  32. wrekOgnize says: Aug 26, 2010 1:24 PM

    @wrekOgnize says:
    August 26, 2010 12:35 PM
    Dennis Dixon looked better than Ben Roethlisberger last year. So I don’t see why this is coming so late. As a Bengals fan, I’d much rather Ben or Leftwich be in there than Dixon.
    * * * *
    Hey wrek, thanks for admitting why you would make such an insanely ludicrous comment about Dixon being better than Ben last year. You said you were a Bengals fan. That explains your lack of rational thinking.
    (wink and apology to other Bengals fans but I couldn’t pass that up LOL)
    GO STEELERS!!
    —————————–
    You, being a Stealers fan, probably don’t even remember Dixon winning his only game last year. You were probably too busy drinking and talking to your friends at the bar instead of…watching the game.

  33. Cup says: Aug 26, 2010 1:34 PM

    I am glad to see that Dixon will get some time against REAL competition. I do not see him ever being the full-time starter for the Steelers unless Ben starts to screw up more off the field, begins to struggle on the field or gets severely injured.
    As for the first 4-6 games, honestly I think the 2 QBs will split time. I am thinking it will be a 75/25 split Leftwich/Dixon unless Leftwich struggles. Either way, both QBs will have a very short leash.
    I will reiterate what other posters have said… Remember Kordell Stewart, you need to ease a project QB into starting, if you throw them in it may blow up in your face. They are usually highly talented and are used to being a superstar and when things go bad they fall apart (i.e. Kordell Stewart crying on the sidelines). You need to ease them into the fact that they are not always going to play great.

  34. Wonka 2 says: Aug 26, 2010 1:38 PM

    # wrekOgnize says: August 26, 2010 1:24 PM
    You, being a Stealers fan, probably don’t even remember Dixon winning his only game last year. You were probably too busy drinking and talking to your friends at the bar instead of…watching the game.
    ===============================
    Uhh, except Dixon LOST that game with a 60.6 Qb rating and a 46.2 completion %. Obviously way better than Roethlisberger’s 100.5 Qb rating, 4328 yards, 26 TD’s, and 66.6 completion %.
    Bengals fans confirm their idiocy yet again!

  35. Rhapsody says: Aug 26, 2010 1:38 PM

    ” We agree completely.”
    Just who is “we”? Mike Florio and Mike Florio Jr.? What does it matter whether you agree with the Steelers – or any other team – coaching decisions?

  36. kevind says: Aug 26, 2010 1:40 PM

    @ wrekOgnize
    I think you better gets your facts straight,my friend.The Steelers lost that game 20-17 in OT.Dixon threrw a int. to set the Ravens up for a game-winning FG.Your giving your fellow Bungles..uh I mean Bengals fans a bad name…OH Snap!!!!lol

  37. Steeler-lady says: Aug 26, 2010 1:43 PM

    I cant wait to see Dixon up against the 1st team..im curious to see if he is that good or just that good against 2nd n 3rd stringers…I agree he has earned that chance.
    Lol Wrek…Ben had his best to date last year… its obvious you dont watch the games. Dixon isnt Ben.. not even close.. But he is in the making of a good qb..He still struggles reading a defense but that will come with time .. i hope.
    Tian.. Leftwhich has the SLOWEST release in the NFL… lol I almost choked when i read what you said. LOL

  38. MitchBergerSaysKissTheRingBitch says: Aug 26, 2010 1:43 PM

    The reason Dixon hasn’t played with the first team is because he has consistently missed open receivers down field; not because Big Ben can’t keep it in his pants.

  39. DrunkPudge says: Aug 26, 2010 1:52 PM

    You mean the 20-17 LOSS that Pittsburgh had to Baltimore?

  40. football junkie says: Aug 26, 2010 1:52 PM

    Steelers lost that game against Baltimore with Dixon. He through an interception in overtime. Other than running for a touchdown, he did not look very good in the pocket. He has yet to win a game in the big leagues and people are comparing him to a two time super bowl champion. Tomlin is giving him some reps against the first teamers on Sunday.. we will see.. So much hype!!!

  41. Holeinone09 says: Aug 26, 2010 1:54 PM

    @wrekOgnize says:
    You, being a Stealers fan, probably don’t even remember Dixon winning his only game last year. You were probably too busy drinking and talking to your friends at the bar instead of…watching the game.
    * * * *
    OMG!! WOW!! Hey pal, I suggest you shut your computer off and call it day before even your fellow Bengals fans start to make fun of you!! LMAO! Go back and check the final score on 11/29/09 when Dixon started (HIS ONLY START LAST YEAR) against the Ravens because Ben had a concussion. The Steelers lost that game 20-17. Sheesh, but thanks for proving my initial comment about you:
    “Hey wrek, thanks for admitting why you would make such an insanely ludicrous comment about Dixon being better than Ben last year. You said you were a Bengals fan. That explains your lack of rational thinking.”
    (ANOTHER wink and ANOTHER apology to other Bengals fans but I REALLY couldn’t pass that one up LOL!!! This guy is priceless!!)
    GO STEELERS!!

  42. Rogue says: Aug 26, 2010 1:59 PM

    there is one thing wrong with Dixon that is when his primary receiver is covered he doesn’t look for open receiver and decides to run.
    The run that leftwich did last game was trying to say I can run too

  43. Pistol0928 says: Aug 26, 2010 2:01 PM

    Pretty sure Dixon took the Ravens to OT and all he has gained is experience and confidence in the system. –> START HIM

  44. hemry27 says: Aug 26, 2010 2:03 PM

    Tian…Leftwich gets the ball out quickly? He winds up slower than the Japanese pitchers in baseball!
    Tomlin is just keeping the Falcons game-planning process in turmoil. I wouldn’t be surprised if Batch gets 1st team looks in the last pre-season game, if 1st team plays. Way to go, Mike! Keep ‘em guessing.

  45. Katmanduu says: Aug 26, 2010 2:04 PM

    Finally….the coaches have seen the light. Dixon can beat you in many ways. Leftwich can’t. Gotta go with Dixon. As for the retards out there who think Dixon is better than Ben, you guys are just jealous that Ben is 1,000 times the QB your team’s QB will ever be. You don’t have the stats and two Lombardis to your credit (in only 6 years) if you’re not bette rthan Dennis Dixon.
    Grow up already, and go get a brain.

  46. Bdrunk says: Aug 26, 2010 2:09 PM

    wrekOgnize says:
    August 26, 2010 1:24 PM
    @wrekOgnize says:
    August 26, 2010 12:35 PM
    Dennis Dixon looked better than Ben Roethlisberger last year. So I don’t see why this is coming so late. As a Bengals fan, I’d much rather Ben or Leftwich be in there than Dixon.
    * * * *
    Hey wrek, thanks for admitting why you would make such an insanely ludicrous comment about Dixon being better than Ben last year. You said you were a Bengals fan. That explains your lack of rational thinking.
    (wink and apology to other Bengals fans but I couldn’t pass that up LOL)
    GO STEELERS!!
    —————– ————
    You, being a Stealers fan, probably don’t even remember Dixon winning his only game last year. You were probably too busy drinking and talking to your friends at the bar instead of…watching the game.
    ————–
    LOL!
    Any Bengal fans want to claim this kid as one of their own? Anyone??

  47. davoider says: Aug 26, 2010 2:12 PM

    @kevind
    Its funny that you mention that because Bens first super bowl was a great example of how the opposite can also be true. Despite him turning in the lowest QB rating in super bowl history his defense and run game was still able to overcome his mistakes and bring home the lombardi.

  48. STEELCHUCK says: Aug 26, 2010 2:22 PM

    To Tian:
    “and he gets the ball out quickly”… ??? Really… who are YOU watching at QB. Leftwich has a bigger windup than a pitcher with nobody on base… his arm may be strong, but the big windup gives EVERY player on defense time to react and the defensive line, time to extend their arms… Time to get off drugs…

  49. kevind says: Aug 26, 2010 2:23 PM

    @davoider
    I agree that Ben had a very bad performance in SB 40,but a lot of people forget how great he played throughout the playoffs.If the Steelers stuck to the plan of run first,play defense and dont take any chances throwing the football then we would have never beaten the Colts.In fact,we might have also lost to the Bronco’s the week after in the AFC championship game.Not to mention that it was only Ben’s 2nd year in the league.

  50. steeelfann says: Aug 26, 2010 2:24 PM

    Retarded.
    Dixon started one game. He was in a protected offense based on his skills against Baltimore. He proved to be very inaccurate during the game and did not read the defense well in his limited role. He did run for a touchdown, waking the gallows of Kordell Stewart. He finalized the Ravens victory with a poor decision and poor throw.
    Dixon has been admonished by his O-Coordinator of not being able to pick up the defenses well yet (very vanilla in pre-season by the way) and running too early, not going through progressions well.
    So, in 8 total quarters you are pushing him like he is Joe Namath. He has been going up largely against 3rd and 4th and NO-teamers. Most of his throws have been of the short variety and his receivers have made the runs after the catch.
    Let’s try to take a drink of common sense and back off the sensationalism just yet. Get back to the old school reporting with the glib comments, knock off the overhype.

  51. Moist Towelette says: Aug 26, 2010 2:56 PM

    Florio, It was more than to the chagrin and aggressive disagreement of Stan Savran.
    It was also every caller for the next two hours, commenting on how bone-headed your theory is of the Steelers being afraid he will play well and create contraversy.

  52. cause you are the same says: Aug 26, 2010 2:58 PM

    # wrekOgnize says: August 26, 2010 1:24 PM
    @wrekOgnize says:
    August 26, 2010 12:35 PM
    Dennis Dixon looked better than Ben Roethlisberger last year. So I don’t see why this is coming so late. As a Bengals fan, I’d much rather Ben or Leftwich be in there than Dixon.
    * * * *
    Hey wrek, thanks for admitting why you would make such an insanely ludicrous comment about Dixon being better than Ben last year. You said you were a Bengals fan. That explains your lack of rational thinking.
    (wink and apology to other Bengals fans but I couldn’t pass that up LOL)
    GO STEELERS!!
    —————– ————
    You, being a Stealers fan, probably don’t even remember Dixon winning his only game last year. You were probably too busy drinking and talking to your friends at the bar instead of…watching the game.
    ——————————————-
    Don’t know if you are being a) Sarcastic or b) uninformed but…
    Week 12: at Baltimore Ravens
    Steelers 0 7 3 7 0 17
    Ravens 7 7 0 3 3 20
    That would be an overtime loss…

  53. cause you are the same says: Aug 26, 2010 3:04 PM

    # Steeler-lady says: August 26, 2010 1:43 PM
    I cant wait to see Dixon up against the 1st team..im curious to see if he is that good or just that good against 2nd n 3rd stringers…I agree he has earned that chance.
    Lol Wrek…Ben had his best to date last year… its obvious you dont watch the games. Dixon isnt Ben.. not even close.. But he is in the making of a good qb..He still struggles reading a defense but that will come with time .. i hope.
    Tian.. Leftwhich has the SLOWEST release in the NFL… lol I almost choked when i read what you said. LOL
    ——————————————-
    NOT ANY MORE!!!!
    There is a certain Broncos’ QB who reverts to type under pressure and looks like he crosses himself before releasing the ball.
    But he…has happy feet!!!

  54. n0hopeleft says: Aug 26, 2010 3:07 PM

    Sing along!
    Pittsburgh aint goin’ to the Superbowl.
    HERE WE GO!

  55. FrankoBollo says: Aug 26, 2010 3:08 PM

    Dixon starting is as ridiculous as Scalaid’s comment that Brees and Favre are “elite” QBs while Ben is not. It just doesn’t make any sense.
    Dixon has looked great against guys who’ll be delivering for UPS soon. His big achievement so far has been a couple of dumps the WRs have turned into big YAC bonanzas. He’s been admonished by his O-coordinator for missing wide open receivers, when he’s taken off running instead.
    The Steelers need to survive at 2-2 until Ben comes back. You don’t take chances on an unproven. Leftwich IS proven. Case closed.

  56. Bdrunk says: Aug 26, 2010 3:32 PM

    Moist Towelette says:
    August 26, 2010 2:56 PM
    Florio, It was more than to the chagrin and aggressive disagreement of Stan Savran.
    It was also every caller for the next two hours, commenting on how bone-headed your theory is of the Steelers being afraid he will play well and create contraversy
    ——————-
    I didn’t hear it, but I hope Savran made him sit there and listen to each and every caller.

  57. madmike77 says: Aug 26, 2010 3:56 PM

    I’d take a Leftwich-Dixon battle over an Anderson-Leinert battle.
    Actually I’d take Batch over Anderson or Leinert.
    At least the Steelers only need to worry about the QB position for 4 games. Arizona has a whole season of painful QB-ing to look forward to.

  58. Bradenton Buc says: Aug 26, 2010 3:58 PM

    I could do a better job than Leftwich. Outside of the one long pass he has done nothing. Dixon deserves the chance, if not, it will be 4 losses for the Steelers to start the year.

  59. Steel Dahn Sahth says: Aug 26, 2010 4:23 PM

    Leftwhich has a 104 QB rating filling in for Ben. Don’t assume he stinks just because he stunk for the Bucs (who wouldn’t?).

  60. Spoonthis says: Aug 26, 2010 5:04 PM

    Hey Bradenton Buc,
    How can you say the Steelers will be 0-4? Please check their week 3 opponent. Or should I say weak 3 opponent?
    Leftwich didn’t do wellfor your team last year because your team sucked. He had no one to throw to and had no run support.

  61. Deb says: Aug 26, 2010 6:50 PM

    Mike, Mike, Mike …
    Your talents are wasted here. You should be writing about grassy knolls and Area 51.
    Roethlisberger has been an ass to a lot of reporters and probably to you. But you’re not one of these dimwitted bozos. You’re a big boy w/a law degree and know as well as I do that
    the guy had a motorcycle accident in which the other driver was at fault. And a couple of groupies made conflicting false allegations not supported by physical evidence or independent eye witnesses. Nothing warrants comparisons to Michael Vick or suggestions that he’ll be unavailable in 2011.
    As for Dixon, he’s never demonstrated franchise potential. Roethlisberger came off the bench his rookie season without any special prep and led the team to the conference championship. Dixon is still struggling to learn the playbook. It ALWAYS seems impressive when a scrambling QB scrambles because it’s exciting and unpredictable. But his JOB is to make multiple reads and find open receivers, not to glance in one direction, then panic and run when receivers are available. If that’s what he’s doing against third-string defenses, what will he do against first string defenses? Finally, I guess we’re going to find out.
    I’m all for using Dixon and Leftwich in tandem to keep defenses off balance until Ben returns. But to suggest that he’s capable of leading the team or challenging Roethlisberger for the starting job is either idiotic football commentary … or genius pot-stirring.

  62. Blackn'Gold says: Aug 26, 2010 10:16 PM

    Coach Tomlin has a tough decision to make so he’s attempting to gather as many facts as possible before making that decision. This may not be an either or situation. If one struggles then the other is ready to step in. I hate to break everyone’s bubble here but the Steelers can win without Ben. You will be witnesses.
    GO STEELERS!

  63. FloriosHairHat says: Aug 26, 2010 10:54 PM

    # DrunkPudge says: August 26, 2010 1:52 PM
    “You mean the 20-17 LOSS that Pittsburgh had to Baltimore?”
    Yeah… that game where your starters couldn’t beat our third string QB without going into OT and kicking a FG? Is that the one you mean?

  64. queenie says: Aug 26, 2010 11:03 PM

    Blackn’Gold says:
    August 26, 2010 10:16 PM
    Coach Tomlin has a tough decision to make so he’s attempting to gather as many facts as possible before making that decision. This may not be an either or situation. If one struggles then the other is ready to step in. I hate to break everyone’s bubble here but the Steelers can win without Ben. You will be witnesses.
    GO STEELERS!
    _________________________
    I so hope you are right!
    Go Steelers!

  65. Jack Burton says: Aug 26, 2010 11:43 PM

    FloriosHairHat says:
    August 26, 2010 10:54 PM
    Yeah… that game where your starters couldn’t beat our third string QB without going into OT and kicking a FG? Is that the one you mean?
    Set and match.

  66. runtheball says: Aug 27, 2010 3:05 PM

    Deb you said it perfectly. People do not seem to understand the difference between exciting and good. To add one point The unpredictability of the running QB is mitigated when teams actually game plan to stop it. When teams see film on Dixon and see that he is looking at one receiver and either throwing or taking off running. They will use less deep help, use a spy to stop the run and blitz more.

  67. NateD says: Aug 28, 2010 2:45 AM

    @wrekOgnize
    You have been bent over, choked, and beaten bad enough that I don’t even need to say anything….(spit on your unconscious body while walking away).
    @Deb — Always good work. You said it best.
    The reason Dixon WILL NOT be the starter Week 1 is because hes too dumb to spell his own name. The coaching staff doesn’t trust him. I like his ability as hes a good enough athlete to stay in the league for awhile, BUT he is not ready to lead the first team offense on a consistent basis. Byron is no Peyton Manning, but hes a vet who still has a strong arm, knows the system, and how to game plan opposing defenses. Kordell 2.0 looks right, and then takes off. Anyone want to bet who the starter is Week 1? Ill save you some $ as its a fact Byron is starting.
    This is why coaches HATE dealing with pencil neck dorks like Florio — aka the media. They speculate about NOTHING just to benefit their own name. “If Ben gets drunk again in 3 years and if Dixon becomes the next Michael Vick then the Steelers ownership sells the team and wants to move it to LA because a part owner is from there and hes black so he wants Dixon to start…then they will have a QB controversy!” Shut the hell up. You think management wastes their time with that bull crap Florio? Would you put a guy that CANT READ in charge of your website for 4 weeks? Actually, dont answer that as Rosenthal makes more errors than Chuck Knoblauch did for the Yankees in 2000.

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