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    The Dennis Dixon Era has Begun

    After weeks of uncertainty, head coach Mike Tomlin finally put the question surrounding the starting quarterback position to rest. On Monday, Dennis Dixon was named the starter for the team’s Week One matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. This will be the opportunity of a lifetime for the quarterback, who now has the unenviable task of stepping in for Ben Roethlisberger. For the next four weeks, Dixon’s play will be under a microscope and how the quarterback handles the pressure, will make all the difference in the level of success the Steelers have during Roethlisberger’s absence.

    Throughout training camp and much of the preseason, it was believed that Byron Leftwich was the leading candidate for the starting job. Leftwich was the Steelers’ backup quarterback back in 2008. Following the 2008 season, Leftwich decided to leave the Steelers and declare for free agency. Upon hearing of Roethlisberger’s suspension back in April, the Steelers traded for Leftwich, who spent the 2009 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Steelers’ plan was in place to have Byron as the starting quarterback when the 2010 season kickoffs on September 12th, but that plan took a disastrous turn when the quarterback sprained his MCL in the team’s final preseason game. He is expected to miss two to four weeks.

    Enter Dennis Dixon. The young quarterback had an impressive camp and preseason. Even before Leftwich went down with injury, Dixon was making quite a case for himself to be the starter. What Dixon brings to the table is his speed and mobility. He has the ability to throw on the run, and can extend the play once the pocket breaks down by using his feet. Dixon’s agility allows him to bring an element of surprise and unpredictability to the quarterback position. While Dixon’s speed and agility are undoubtedly his strengths, his weakness would have to lie in his decision making. At times, Dixon appears to try and extend the play for too long and instead of throwing the ball away, he will try and force a poor throw to a receiver. He must realize that the big play will not be there every time he drops back to pass.

    There will be many eyes on Dennis Dixon this Sunday when he takes the first snap from the center. Fans need to realize that these first four games are going to be extremely difficult. There is no replacing a quarterback of the caliber of a Ben Roethlisberger. It would be irrational to expect Dennis Dixon to play like Ben Roethlisberger over these next four weeks, because it is just not going to happen. While it is true that much of the attention will center on Dixon, the truth is that it will have to be a complete team effort, if this team hopes to have success.

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    Good read and all of it true. I hope Dennis is ready and has the best 4 games of his career.

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    I don't know about this being the beginning of the Dennis Dixon "era", but yes this is a huge opportunity for him and we need him to step up, play smart, and avoid turnovers. The D should be in top form this year, and we have a solid group of RBs, so Dixon just has to hang in there, be patient, and not cause turnovers. If he can do that we should be 3-1 when Roethlisberger returns to play the Stains.
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    Four games make an era??. I think we'll see Charlie in to relieve him at least once if he stinks the joint out.

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    This is an audition for Dennis for the rest of his playing carreer. If he plays heads up enough he may end up in a Matt Cassle type situation where other teams are looking for him to lead their team. He may play himself into a starting role with another team if he keeps his act together.
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    Wouldnt surprise me one bit once Leftwhich is healthy they stick him back in there as the starter. I dont know how long Leftwhich will be out if that means all of the games when Ben is out or one or two. I dont think this coaching staff has confidence in Dixon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.C. Smith View Post
    After weeks of uncertainty, head coach Mike Tomlin finally put the question surrounding the starting quarterback position to rest. On Monday, Dennis Dixon was named the starter for the team’s Week One matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. This will be the opportunity of a lifetime for the quarterback, who now has the unenviable task of stepping in for Ben Roethlisberger. For the next four weeks, Dixon’s play will be under a microscope and how the quarterback handles the pressure, will make all the difference in the level of success the Steelers have during Roethlisberger’s absence.

    Throughout training camp and much of the preseason, it was believed that Byron Leftwich was the leading candidate for the starting job. Leftwich was the Steelers’ backup quarterback back in 2008. Following the 2008 season, Leftwich decided to leave the Steelers and declare for free agency. Upon hearing of Roethlisberger’s suspension back in April, the Steelers traded for Leftwich, who spent the 2009 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Steelers’ plan was in place to have Byron as the starting quarterback when the 2010 season kickoffs on September 12th, but that plan took a disastrous turn when the quarterback sprained his MCL in the team’s final preseason game. He is expected to miss two to four weeks.

    Enter Dennis Dixon. The young quarterback had an impressive camp and preseason. Even before Leftwich went down with injury, Dixon was making quite a case for himself to be the starter. What Dixon brings to the table is his speed and mobility. He has the ability to throw on the run, and can extend the play once the pocket breaks down by using his feet. Dixon’s agility allows him to bring an element of surprise and unpredictability to the quarterback position. While Dixon’s speed and agility are undoubtedly his strengths, his weakness would have to lie in his decision making. At times, Dixon appears to try and extend the play for too long and instead of throwing the ball away, he will try and force a poor throw to a receiver. He must realize that the big play will not be there every time he drops back to pass.

    There will be many eyes on Dennis Dixon this Sunday when he takes the first snap from the center. Fans need to realize that these first four games are going to be extremely difficult. There is no replacing a quarterback of the caliber of a Ben Roethlisberger. It would be irrational to expect Dennis Dixon to play like Ben Roethlisberger over these next four weeks, because it is just not going to happen. While it is true that much of the attention will center on Dixon, the truth is that it will have to be a complete team effort, if this team hopes to have success.

    M.C. Smith
    SteelerAddicts.com
    That's the one area of Dixon's game that concerns me.

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