Tomlin says he's open to playing Dixon in regular season

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
better.”

39 responses to “Tomlin says he's open to playing Dixon in regular season

  1. He didn’t look too bad last year against the Ravens, had some bad plays and some flashes. If he ever gets good coaching he is going to be great.

  2. Dixon won’t start, because he’s clearly been the worst QB in camp. The guy can’t read defenses or throw the ball at a high level yet.
    Just because Foolio saw him play well vs Detroit Lions 3rd string scrubs doesn’t mean he should be the starter, or the future of the franchise with Big Ben shipped out for a bag of peanuts.
    Florio = worst media hack in a sea full of media hacks!

  3. if that is true Tomlin is showing maturity as a coach and person because when leftwhich is your starter,you BETTER be open minded about playing ur back up!

  4. He gives you a better chance with his wheels than Byron Bledsoe does getting pounded into the turf.

  5. if i was a Steeler fan(witch im not) i would rather lose with Dixon then win with a low-life piece of $hit Jen rapistburger. Stay classy pittsburg.

  6. # Jack Burton says: August 17, 2010 4:45 PM
    He gives you a better chance with his wheels than Byron Bledsoe does getting pounded into the turf.
    ******************************
    Bledsoe is faster

  7. the reason is with enough playing time Dixon could be a legitimate contender for the starting QB over PigBen – Leftwich could not – and Tomlin doesn’t want to open that can of worms – especially with the year they’ve had.

  8. # 2010_DHB_70rec_900yds_10tds says: August 17, 2010 4:52 PM
    if i was a Steeler fan(witch im not) i would rather lose with Dixon then win with a low-life piece of $hit Jen rapistburger. Stay classy pittsburg.
    _________________________
    Typical Steeler hater post. Can’t spell “which”, can’t capitalize an “I”, can’t spell Pittsburgh, likes to type “rapistburger.”
    Your low IQ jumps off the page assclown!

  9. IF Dixon gets proper coaching, and IF he works out enough with the first team, and IF he figures out how to read a defense so he doesn’t just take off running at the first opportunity, he could be the Steelers’ future? Roethlisberger came off the bench in his rookie season and led the Steelers to a conference championship. Let’s stop kidding ourselves about our future.
    I’d like to see Dixon in some wildcat formations to mix things up a bit during those first four games. With Leftwich’s immobility, we’ll need a few gimmicks. But as Tomlin said, we shouldn’t get overly excited about how Dixon performed against a 3rd-string Lions defense.

  10. Problem here is that once Ben comes back, they will have to designate Dixon as the “emergency QB” and all that entails unless they sacrifice a roster spot.

  11. No, Deb…
    In Pittsburgh it would be called the “Pussycat” formation…in honor of you know who.

  12. @2010_DHB_70rec_900yds_10tds says:
    August 17, 2010 4:52 PM
    if i was a Steeler fan(witch im not) i would rather lose with Dixon then win with a low-life piece of $hit Jen rapistburger. Stay classy pittsburg.
    * * * * *
    Well we all could tell you are not a Pittsburgh fan since you didn’t know how to spell “which” and “I’m”. BTW there is also an “h” at the end of Pittsburgh. Therefore, you don’t have enough brains or education to be a Pittsburgh fan, pal.
    Good thing you aren’t a fan, since you wouldn’t get your wish. You will just have to settle watching Ben club the crap out of your team over and over again while your team suffers losses to the Steelers. Now, while I think Dixon has some nice ability and some potential, playing against Detroit’s scrubs doesn’t make me want to annoint him the second coming. He did run too soon when receivers were wide open, so he has some learning which is normal for someone of his experience. He may convince me over the next 3 games that he should push Leftwich as a starter while Ben is out, but when Ben gets back he is the QB. Like him or not, he is one of the best QB’s in the league when the game is on the line.
    GO STEELERS!!

  13. @2010_DHB_70rec_900yds_10tds
    Really Raider’s fan? You are going to lecture other fans about class? Your screen name is cute by the way.

  14. randall cunningham..maybe??
    i think he’s that good,i saw him play in college,he has the capacity to take a whole team on his back and run with it.
    i hope he gets a fair shot at the big time.

  15. Start Leftwich and use Dixon on short yardage where he can handoff, run or play fake and pass! This will give teams fits!

  16. Either way we are in for a rough season folks…it’s a crap shoot with either one of these guys!
    I support the team no matter who Tomlin plays or does not play and yes I support Big Ben aka DONKEY.
    GO STEELERS!

  17. “You look at him and all you think of is Kordell Stewart,” Ward said of Dixon. = strike 1
    Ward said of Dixon. “It’s still a learning curve for him. When he’s supposed to be looking right, he’s looking left, stuff like that. ” = strike 2
    Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians didn’t love Dixon’s 31 yards running. “No, because we had wide open receivers.” = strike 3

  18. The greatest thing is that my beloved Stillers are playing w/ house money. We aren’t supposed to be good this season.
    Meanwhile, Birdies and Bungles fans are pointing to their offseason acquisitions and clearly prefer to be annointed the “Paper Champs” of this offseason.
    Colts, Ravens and Bengals love having respect at beginning of season, while Steelers and Cheatriots fans prefer to wait until they slip rings on the fingers.

  19. I say all ya Yinzers take Ben out to the woodshed and slather him in Heinz Ketchup, for interupting you’re pathetic lives like this……

  20. Lol everyone is saying Dixon is having troubles reading the defenses but yet yall still try n pretend you know how great he is cus he had a few good plays against the hapless Lions 3rd string…..Not that I dont like Dixon but he still needs time… and with our o line he isnt gonna learn shit but RUN! Im not a Leftwhich fan by no means but i think he will be okay,alittle more time for people to shake off some offseason rust n things will begin to gel.If he cant get it done then im all for Dixon coming in… I think its very apparent that this is Batchs last training camp… perhaps his last few times in the blk n gold..so why not see how our backup Dixon will be if Leftwhich cant get it done.
    The O line needs more work too tho ,,any qb is gonna be in trouble if that dont straighten out.
    GO STEELERS!!!!

  21. There are only TWO fuking ways to look. If he can’t get that right at this point, maybe he’s two “dense”. No doubt he has the physical tools, but is this a bigger signal with trouble reading defenses etc?

  22. Dennis did run for 31 yards, but his prtection broke down. Not only am I glad he ran, I’m glad he got out of bounds because he’s been hurt twice in the pre-season during his pro career. I’d rather him run than force a pass and turn it over…or worse take a Eli Manning type hit. Dennis has potential but he is injury prone. Just win baby….and stay healthy. Arians ain’t behind that O-line,…let him get mad.

  23. Poor, Burning River. No wonder your jealous of our embarrassment of riches at QB. Jake’s a good guy, but if he gets hurt then what do you have? Cart McCoy, the glass backup?

  24. What I get from this is that if Leftwich is ineffective then Dixon will be playing.
    Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians didn’t love Dixon’s 31 yards running. “No, because we had wide open receivers.”
    Arians always thinks receivers are open all the time. In Arians’ world, the only important people on the offense are the quarterback and the wide receivers. That’s why the team blew 5 leads last year because Arians the Genius abandoned the run in the second half and the Steelers offense was 3 and out.
    Example: Third & 1 with an empty backfield. Gee, are the Steelers going to throw the ball? I wonder if the opposing team’s defense knows?
    GO STEELERS!

  25. And the coaching staff tried to tape the brakes on Dixon’s preseason debut.
    “Tape the brakes” … I heard of taping ankles and had a coach tape someone’s helmet who was complaining of headaches. Maybe this could be Toyota’s new slogan. We “tape the brakes” on every new Toyota, so you won’t have to.

  26. What is this world coming to?
    Steeler fans getting called out by Raider fan and Browns fan.
    Stay in your lane Raider fan, the most interesting thing about a Raider game is seeing an accountant in his 40’s dressed up like he’s the road warrior.
    Browns fan, don’t you have anything better to do, like burning your LeBron jersey or watching the Indians get their doors blown off on a nightly basis?

  27. You guys wouldn’t have this problem if you didn’t have a sexual deviant for a qb

  28. problem is tony he could have steped upin the pocket and made a better play the just running. thats exactly what they are talking about. a experinced quaterback would have seen the open man steped and gotten it to him. that being said he deserves some snaps with the first team.

  29. Sounds like Kordell all over again. However, Dixon was clearly the best QB vs. the Loins. Also, if Hines is throwing in his 2 cents then I am in agreement with Hines. Plus, I thought he did a OK job vs. the Ravens last year. Byron is a joke, I’d rather them cut him and keep Charlie.

  30. @laxer37
    This is the BEST line on this entire site
    “Stay in your lane Raider fan, the most interesting thing about a Raider game is seeing an accountant in his 40’s dressed up like he’s the road warrior.
    Awesome on so many levels

  31. I hope he doesn’t have Kordell Stewertitis.
    Can’t read a pass D and is easy to plan for.
    Once that gimmick SLASH went away after Kordell signed that QB deal, his carrer was never the same.
    Jim Harbaugh had to Love it as it extended his career a few years until the well ran dry.

  32. TryTheVeal …
    He hasn’t interrupted our lives, but he’s clearly an obsession in yours. Guess if I were an Eagle’s fan, I’d obsess over someone else’s team, too.

  33. Foolio continues to believe Big Ben is going to be sent packing and that Dixon could be the starter. Newsflash! Not. Going. To. Happen. Repeat. Not. Going. To. Happen. Big Ben is a top five QB. Dixon is barely top 50.
    Comparing this situation to McNabb’s is ridiculous. McNabb was sent packing because he is at the end of a decent career during which he didn’t deliver the ultimate prize. Big Ben is in his prime and likely to get better given his recent dedication to his profession.
    What Dixon will get are enough plays to become the new Slash, keeping teams off balance during the 4 games Big Ben is out. Nothing more, nothing less.
    And Ward did not call for more practice time for Dixon. Read the quote. He says he will get better with more snaps. That does not mean “he needs to get more snaps” or “he needs to practice more, now”. It just as likely means “in the next five years, as he accumulates enough snaps during that time, he may be good enough to play regularly”.

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