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Dennis Dixon draws RG3 duties in practice for the Ravens

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As the Ravens prepare for their first dose of RG3, they benefit from several years of chasing around a mobile quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger.  They’ve now turned to a former Steelers quarterback to get ready for the specific offense that the Redskins now run.

According to the Ravens’ official website, Dennis Dixon lobbied defensive coordinator Dean Pees for the ability to serve as the scout-team quarterback.  Pees had planned to give the duties to Tyrod Taylor.

Pees is happy with the decision to have Dixon run the scout team offense.

“[Dixon] gets in there yesterday and started riding [the play] down, and I am going, ‘Holy Smokes!  You’re doing a great job for us!  Tyrod, move over, Dennis is up,’” Pees said.

Dixon drew upon his experience running the option at Oregon, where he was a Heisman candidate before tearing an ACL.

“It’s like second nature to me,” Dixon said.  “It’s taking me back to my Oregon days.  I love it.  I’m giving the defense a good look, showing them the things that I’ve known as far as reading the zone read and who I’m reading and all that.  I’m just trying to give them the best advice.”

Dixon also may be giving himself the best chance to get back on to an active roster.  As the Redskins go all-in with a contact-prone quarterback like Robert Griffin III, they need a game-day replacement in the event he gets hurt.

That’s definitely not Kirk Cousins.  Why couldn’t it be Dixon?

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42 Responses to “Dennis Dixon draws RG3 duties in practice for the Ravens”
  1. champ1118 says: Dec 7, 2012 5:30 PM

    “Dixon also may be giving himself the best chance to get back on to an active roster. As the Redskins go all-in with a contact-prone quarterback like Robert Griffin III, they need a game-day replacement in the event he gets hurt.”

    Uhmm because RG III can actually throw the ball and Dixon can’t. Look what people are missing is the unique combination of talent that RG III has. People have tried to run this offense before, but the QB was strictly a runner and it never worked. RG III is a skilled passer and is getting better at reading defenses. That is what makes this think so effective. Without RG III, it’s just the wildcat…how’s that working out?

  2. boyshole25 says: Dec 7, 2012 5:32 PM

    Why is not Kirk cousins that kids gonna be a very serviceable backup for four years

  3. skinsrock says: Dec 7, 2012 5:36 PM

    So, we used Rex Grossman to be our Joe Flacco… He threw a bunch of interceptions & kept forgetting to hand the ball off to the franchise RB… We’re hoping for more of the same on Sunday.

  4. stillers1229 says: Dec 7, 2012 5:39 PM

    Because Dixon is on the Ravens?

  5. stillers1229 says: Dec 7, 2012 5:40 PM

    That’s me being confused.

  6. rudy5618 says: Dec 7, 2012 5:42 PM

    The Redskins run the spread option with success. Am I crazy or is this not the perfect place for Tebow? Redskins should pick Tebow up to back up RGIII and maybe teach him how to play another position as well. There are so few NFL QBs that can play that kind of offense it just seems like a perfect fit.

  7. challer9 says: Dec 7, 2012 5:51 PM

    stillers1229 says: Dec 7, 2012 5:39 PM

    Because Dixon is on the Ravens?

    stillers1229 says: Dec 7, 2012 5:40 PM

    That’s me being confused.

    Well you don’t know NFL rules then (shocking, you’re a Steelers fan) because another team can sign players off other teams practice squad as long as they go on the active roster. Whether its a good idea or not is another questions, but it is possible.

  8. clw1906 says: Dec 7, 2012 5:56 PM

    Rudy5618 absolutely not! Tebow can not throw the ball and the Skins actually run a hybrid of Shanahans old offense and the spread option. Tebow is a horrible throwing QB and despite the media attention RGIII gets for his running ability he’s a deadly accurate QB.

  9. jayhit says: Dec 7, 2012 6:06 PM

    Ravens need all the help they can get their season is about to go down the toilet…

  10. rtant2013 says: Dec 7, 2012 6:11 PM

    @Rudy5618

    That would be a horrible idea. Tebow can’t run like RG3 and he definitely can’t throw the ball like RG3. Plus Tebow is way to much of a distraction, Shanahan has made it a clear, he doesn’t want anyone on the team like that. As far as Dixon goes, the only way he can play like RG3 is if he’s playing Madden. This offense is so complex that its crazy Rag3 can run it so early in his career. Shanahan’s offense that he’s ran for years, just in a pistol formation because you can do so much out of that set. And as far as RG3 being contact prone, aren’t all football players? He’s been doing a really good job of not taking hard hits, but a qb is going to get hit whether he runs or not. Until RG3 actually gets hurt and misses a game, I think everyone should stop talking like he’s Mike Vick.

  11. stopdk12 says: Dec 7, 2012 6:15 PM

    Love RG3…Love what the Shannarats are doing with him, but…

    this guy really is a future great QB and this offense is probably a 2-3 year bridge until he gets comfortable just throwing the ball.

    i don’t like the Vick comparisons either, he is mike vick fast, but he is a way, way better QB. he’s much more like John Elway when he was young- if anyone remembers what he was like in the early days, except faster…much faster.

    good leader…quick decisions…fast release…strong arm.

  12. watermelon1 says: Dec 7, 2012 6:23 PM

    “‘Holy Smokes! You’re doing a great job for us! Tyrod, move over, Dennis is up,’””

    ———————————-

    That’s hilarious to me, because I thought they should be saying that to Joe Flacco about Tyrod Taylor all season.

    This team’s stubborness to prove they “picked the right guy” was bad enough with Boller. But the fact they are still playing “wait and see” 5 years in with Flacco has really taken much hope or fun out of watching this team. I could get up and get a drink during offensive series, make it back for the defense. But with all the injuries to key players this year, even that’s not fun to watch. I have a feeling the ownership/management is starting to get like the Orioles. Refusing to admit there is a problem, and continuing to do that same thing over and over hoping for a different result.

  13. bechillin says: Dec 7, 2012 6:23 PM

    RG3 is one of the most perfect prospects to come out. he’s gonna eat the ravens

  14. riggo08 says: Dec 7, 2012 6:24 PM

    RGIII is awesome, but the Skins as a team are overrated. Ravens 30-27.

  15. gettingpwned says: Dec 7, 2012 6:34 PM

    wow… i mean, if this doesn’t tell you to put some $$$ on the ‘Skins I don’t know what will.

    dixon barely has an arm. and his speed is nothing compared to rg3.

    good luck baltimore.

  16. brianjoates says: Dec 7, 2012 6:36 PM

    The Landover,MD Redskins are having a nice ride with RGIII and Morris, they have a potentially bright future, but this is the push for the playoffs time. The MD Redskins are not ready. Its going to feel like a home game for the Ravens with so many Ravens fans buying up tickets.

    Ravens are going to let loose on the MD Redskins secondary. Ravens 44- Landover,MD Redskins 27.

  17. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 7, 2012 6:53 PM

    I’d laugh like heck if Washington goes west coast and throws 40 passes on Sunday…. And i think bobby could be great that way too!!

  18. blackngold4life says: Dec 7, 2012 7:06 PM

    LOL they barely got their hands on old man Charlie Batch..No Lewis No Suggs or a 1 arm Suggs..those Ratbird DBs better be ready. Don’t 4get the Skins have a nice RB too. Good luck with that

  19. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 7, 2012 7:16 PM

    A new cottage industry is emerging for “mobile and athletic” types who can do a reasonable impersonation of Griffin, Newton, and Wilson on the practice field.

  20. wethog66 says: Dec 7, 2012 7:21 PM

    Griffin is contact prone? What QB isn’t? So tired of reading that. The kid ran the option 3 times last week against the Giants. Heck I read somewhere Luck has been knocked down, not including sacks, 60 times already this year. He sounds contact prone to me.

    The NFL is a contact sport. Everyone that plays in the NFL is prone to be contacted by someone.

  21. dontstabmeray says: Dec 7, 2012 7:23 PM

    dixon should start for the ravens….hes a lot better than that bum flacco who got outplayed by a 38 year old 3rd string quarterback last week

  22. wethog66 says: Dec 7, 2012 7:28 PM

    @brianjoates

    Nice try. The Ravens are called the Baltimore not Maryland Ravens for a reason. That’s cause most of us that have called Maryland home our entire lives would trade Washington DC for Baltimore in a heartbeat. So don’t pretend this is some battle for Maryland.

    This is a battle between the Redskins and a 10 year old team named after a poem written by a drunk that married his underage cousin. Win or lose the Skins come out on top.

  23. clw1906 says: Dec 7, 2012 7:29 PM

    brianjoates says:
    Dec 7, 2012 6:36 PM
    The Landover,MD Redskins are having a nice ride with RGIII and Morris, they have a potentially bright future, but this is the push for the playoffs time. The MD Redskins are not ready. Its going to feel like a home game for the Ravens with so many Ravens fans buying up tickets.

    Ravens are going to let loose on the MD Redskins secondary. Ravens 44- Landover,MD Redskins 27.

    Yeah we can’t wait for you punks to come to our stadium lol. As for the original Cleveland Browns good luck stopping the run. Please please leave your crack pipes on the set of the wire too please.

  24. theageofquarrel says: Dec 7, 2012 7:32 PM

    I heard Dixon then showed everyone in the Ratbirds locker room what a Superbowl ring looks like too!!!!

  25. jm91rs says: Dec 7, 2012 7:36 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Dec 7, 2012 7:16 PM
    A new cottage industry is emerging for “mobile and athletic” types who can do a reasonable impersonation of Griffin, Newton, and Wilson on the practice field.
    ———————————-

    If the ravens have both Tyrod Taylor and Dennis Dixon it seems like they might have all of the mobile athletic types that made it to the nfl

  26. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 7, 2012 8:20 PM

    As a life long Redskins fan, I’m just thrilled we’re favored in a game against a 9-3 team for the first time since about 1992…..no exaggeration, 1992…..somebody look that up, when was the last time the Redskins were the favorite against a team at 9-3 or better?……and what’s more, I believe they CAN beat the Ravens…

  27. peytonsneck18 says: Dec 7, 2012 8:24 PM

    skins will lose then make excuses like they always do, ravens played rg3 dirty and hit him late, blah blah blah, u skins fans sure do alot of talking for a very mediocre team

  28. captainloaded says: Dec 7, 2012 8:48 PM

    Dennis Dixon is not RG3. Dennis Dixon does not have the accuracy nor the intelligence of RG3.

  29. skinsgal4life says: Dec 7, 2012 9:01 PM

    Wethog66—great post. Thanks! I grew up in NOVA and never considered Baltimore to be the least bit civilized….RG3 and the rest of the players have made the ‘Skins fun to watch again, even if they don’t make the playoffs. I don’t think there’s a doubt in anyone’s mind that the ‘Skins will only get better with Robert at the helm.

  30. blackngold4life says: Dec 7, 2012 9:35 PM

    Lol @ 44 points? ill buy a Ratbird Jersey and ware it for a week if that happens..and retire my Terrible Towel for the year! Lmmfaoooo 44 points

  31. abninf says: Dec 7, 2012 10:21 PM

    Change the name of all these comments from Griffin to Newton and you have 2011. Can’t wait till next year.

  32. Deb says: Dec 7, 2012 10:49 PM

    The difference between Dennis and RGIII is that RGIII runs to pass. He’s a quarterback–in every sense of the word. Dixon is a guy with legs who slung the ball around in college. He’d take one read and run. People–particularly NFL scouts–need to learn the difference between a mobile quarterback and a runner who can throw. The first is the guy you want under center. The second is no good to anyone playing the QB position in the NFL.

  33. brianjoates says: Dec 7, 2012 10:57 PM

    wethog66 ,

    You do know that the Redskins stadium is in Maryland, correct? And the practice facility is in VA? And the Ravens began play in 1996?

    This is the Battle of the Beltway. These two cities will always be tied together, with Baltimore always feeling like the ugly sister to DC. Its fun for the two fan bases because there are so many friends,family, etc in the area that are either or. Makes for a great Sunday. Too bad the league can’t just drop the second division game and allow for more rivalry games each season on the schedule, since the division record is pointless and only comes into affect in tiebreakers.

  34. 3octaveFart says: Dec 7, 2012 11:00 PM

    RGIII will carve up the Ravens.
    ..and so will Peyton the week after that.
    ..and so will Eli the week after that.
    By the final week, even Andy Dalton will be able to crush what remains of their spirit, and their shattered hopes…

    ..and the Ravens will end up losing the AFCN.

    The End.

  35. tomtravis76 says: Dec 7, 2012 11:08 PM

    clw1906 ,

    The Ravens were once a franchise in Cleveland, just as the Boston Braves became the Boston Redskins before moving to DC. Then eventually not even playing a single down in practice or game in the District. So, are they really the Washington Redskins when they practice in VA and play home games in Maryland?

  36. ottograham says: Dec 8, 2012 1:32 AM

    I am interested to see if Baltimore’s D is up to the task of containing Griffin III and Morris the way Pittsburgh’s defense did. Also will Baltimore offensive gameplan be centered on the big play notion vs. Ray Rice getting majority of playcalls.

    Baltimore is not a championship caliber team. Period. In my opinion.

  37. clw1906 says: Dec 8, 2012 7:25 AM

    abninf says:
    Dec 7, 2012 10:21 PM
    Change the name of all these comments from Griffin to Newton and you have 2011. Can’t wait till next year.

    The post of a football IQ that’s extremely low.

  38. tomtravis76 says: Dec 8, 2012 7:49 AM

    Week 1 : Ravens 44 v Cincy 13
    Week 10 Ravens 55 v Oakland 20

    Doesn’t seem too unrealistic for them to put 44 on the board vs a terrible Skins D with an awful secondary.

  39. ravensfan410 says: Dec 8, 2012 5:38 PM

    It’s amazing these Redskins ready have the game wrapped up before playing a down. The Redskins haven’t been relevant in 20 yrs.

  40. boyshole25 says: Dec 8, 2012 5:53 PM

    Rg3 is a way better smarter more accurate faster better leader than cam ever will be. Peytoneck shut your sissy ass up and troll your own posts honey

  41. steelernator says: Dec 8, 2012 7:57 PM

    Dixon couldn’t beat out Batch and Leftwich, but probably could beat out Elite Joe Flacco. Flacco defines the meaning of inconsistent and has an overvalued opinion of himself. He was outplayed by Batch last week and stifled by the Steelers defense both games.

  42. jwreck says: Dec 8, 2012 11:04 PM

    ottograham says: Dec 8, 2012 1:32 AM

    I am interested to see if Baltimore’s D is up to the task of containing Griffin III and Morris the way Pittsburgh’s defense did. Also will Baltimore offensive gameplan be centered on the big play notion vs. Ray Rice getting majority of playcalls.

    Baltimore is not a championship caliber team. Period. In my opinion.
    _________
    I don’t any particular interest in talking trash or speculating on the game right now, but I will say that Pittsburgh, who, you are correct, is the only team that has effectively contained Griffin this year (although his receivers did rack up 12 drops, an al-time NFL record) has the #5 rush defense in the league, giving up 93.1 yards/game, while Baltimore ranks 23rd, giving up 125.8 yds/gm on the ground. Pittsburgh also ranks number one in pass defense, allowing 166 yards/game, while Baltimore again ranks 23rd, allowing 246 yards/game.

    Again, not going to make any predictions, but if there’s any player in the league who can showcase those differences between the Steeler defense and the Raven defense; as well as highlight the injuries on Baltimore’s roster, it’s Robert Griffin.

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