Maybe Mike Tomlin has been reading PFT.
While Dennis Dixon probably doesn’t have a chance to start for the Steelers, the Steelers coach indicated that s Dixon could get some work at training camp this week with the starting unit.
Byron Leftwich will apparently be the team’s starting quarterback while Ben Roethlisberger was gone, but Tomlin says that Dennis Dixon could be used during regular season action.
“That’s why we’ve continually worked on a package [of plays] solely for
him not only here in training camp but back in the spring at our place,”
Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The Steelers could use Dixon as a change of pace quarterback, not unlike a third-down running back. Still, Tomlin said tried to caution reporters into reading too much into practice plans. And the coaching staff tried to tape the brakes on Dixon’s preseason debut.
“He was productive. Half of that production came in the fourth quarter, so we’re not going to get carried away,” Tomlin said.
Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians didn’t love Dixon’s 31 yards running. “No, because we had wide open receivers.”
Wideout Hines Ward pushed for Dixon to play more, but also largely explained why the Steelers aren’t comfortable with Dixon as a starter yet.
“It’s still a learning curve for him,” Ward said. “When he’s supposed to be looking
right, he’s looking left, stuff like that. But with that comes practice.
The more reps he gets with the guys, he’s going to continue to get