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    Could the Pittsburgh Steelers Make the Playoffs With Dennis Dixon?


    ďDo you think that if Ben Roethlisberger gets a suspension from the NFL Dennis Dixon will be able to step in and keep the team in playoff contention?Ē

    Let me preface this by saying that I donít believe that Roethlisberger is going to receive a suspension from the NFL as no charges have yet been filed and even if they are itís highly doubtful that they are substantiated. The only thing the quarterback is guilty of, in my eyes, is putting himself in questionable situations.

    But, onto the question.

    I wonít lie, no one wants to see Dennis Dixon in the game. And thatís not to discredit Dixon, heís a phenomenal athlete. But he simply canít put up the numbers on a consistent basis like Roethlisberger. If he has to start more than two or three games, this team is more than likely packing it in and playing for next season.

    As Steelers fans, weíve really only had one glimpse at Dixon, that of course was the game against the Baltimore Rats where he not only threw a touchdown but also ran for one before throwing the game-ending interception in overtime.

    Though, to be completely fair to Dixon, I chalk that up to the coaching staff not utilizing his abilities to the put him in the best position possible.

    So, I suppose that, depending on the amount of games that Dixon is asked to win, he could possibly get us in, but I wouldnít bet on it.

    If the team puts him behind center in, letís say, games one to four, then I donít see them getting off to the start the fans want. Because like it or not, Roethlisberger is going to get the majority of the snaps in training camp and offseason drills.

    If, however, heís asked to come in for the last few games, Iíd hope that we were well in the playoff hunt and it wouldnít hurt the position to get him some snaps. When his abilities are used right he can be a game-changing player.

    If it were up to me, weíd use him in a Joshua Cribbs type role with the offenseóput both him and Roethlisberger on the field and let them make plays. Or if itís just Dixon in the game, then play him the way heís used to.

    That means playing him in a spread offense, like the one he played in at Oregon. Let him use his speed and agility to win the battle. Donít force him to throw it deep every chance that he has, let him get comfortable with the short patterns and, most importantly, get him out of the pocket. Letís see what heís really got when the game's on the line.

    So Steve, if Roethlisberger is suspended for any substantial amount of time, no I donít foresee Dixon being able to lead the Steelers to the promised land. If he comes in and plays for an injured Roethlisberger, then yes. I think he can get it done in that sort of situation.

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    Default Re: Could Steelers Make Playoffs w/ Dennis Dixon?

    Doubt many thought we would be 15-1 with a rookie QB under center either.

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    No !

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    Default Re: Could Steelers Make Playoffs w/ Dennis Dixon?

    I'd rather not find out. But, if it comes down to that I would hope that if the team doesn't think Dixon is a full time player that we get somebody in quickly who is.

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    Default Re: Could Steelers Make Playoffs w/ Dennis Dixon?

    As long as Polamalu is healthy.

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    Dixon is not a championship quarterback...he's just not.
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    Default Re: Could Steelers Make Playoffs w/ Dennis Dixon?

    I feel confident we could make the playoffs with Dixon. However, I don't feel comfortable in the playoffs with Dixon.

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    Dixon to me is not enough of a "QB" to lead this team to a championship...or even playoff success. Sorry, but the NFL has changed...you need a passer to win...and that's just not what I see with Dixon. I see him as a decent #2 guy who can run and provide some stuff if he had to for a couple games...that's about it.
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    I feel confident we could make the playoffs with Dixon. However, I don't feel comfortable in the playoffs with Dixon.

    That's a bold statement considering we didn't make the playoffs with Ben last year.

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    I don't think Dennis Dixon would even start. My guess is the old man would start.

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    But to answer the question I would say no to Dixon leading us to the playoffs..

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    Default Re: Could Steelers Make Playoffs w/ Dennis Dixon?

    I'd like to think we can but I ain't sold.

    He did show some things againts Baltiwhore last year. Of course, if i remember correctly he ran it in. Everyhting aside from that was quite suspect. He had some nice throws but I think if we give a defense worth a **** a week to prepare, we're dead in the water. jmo
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    Default Re: Could Steelers Make Playoffs w/ Dennis Dixon?

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    I don't think Dennis Dixon would even start. My guess is the old man would start.
    I think you are correct about that.
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    Default Re: Could Steelers Make Playoffs w/ Dennis Dixon?

    I don't think so. Ravens better with Boldin, Cincy is at least the same and we unfortunately are worse. With Ben facing a suspension, no Holmes all year, no changes (yet) on an offensive line that can't run the ball, one terrible cornerback (Gay) and one (Taylor) that didn't show up in certain games. This year will show us if Tomlin is a great coach or not. Dare say Rumors of Cowher back to the Steelers next year if this team fails to make playoffs? I will say it first. I see Smizik found the Marvel Smith comments yesterday from his Sirius radio interview. Those comments are very telling and damming to Coach Tomlin. see below for the full comments I posted yesterday.



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    I think you are correct about that.
    Unless we get a total rebuilding year this upcoming season thats the only way I see Dixon qbing 2010-2011...but if Ben is gone and Batch is the starting qb, give it two weeks and Batch will get hurt and Dixon will be the qb anyway.

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