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11-27-2009, 07:45 PM
Batch's Injury Is a Big Chance for Dixon
Posted Nov 25, 2009 10:10PM By JJ Cooper (RSS feed)

Filed Under: Steelers, NFL Quarterbacks

Dennis DixonCharlie Batch's 2009 season isn't over yet, but it's fair to wonder if his Steelers' career is almost over. Hopefully for Steelers fans, his replacement Dennis Dixon's career is just beginning.

When Batch somehow broke his wrist during his four-play, no-sack stint against the Chiefs it marked the second time in two seasons that he's suffered a serious injury -- he missed all of the 2008 season with a broken collarbone he suffered in the preseason. As a 34-year-old quarterback who's starting to break down, there have to be questions about whether Batch has much left.

The Steelers aren't putting Batch on injured reserve yet because there's a hope that he could be back in a month or so after surgery to fix a plate to his broken wrist. In the meantime, the Steelers are showing enough faith in Dixon to not sign a veteran backup. If something happens to Ben Roethlisberger this week (and he is coming off of a concussion), Dixon will be getting his first real game action.

The Steelers aren't going out to sign a veteran QB, which is a good sign that they believe in Dixon. And unlike most of the late-round QBs the Steelers have drafted over the past decade, Dixon has given them a lot of reasons to feel confident in him. In the preseason he's shown some running ability, a solid and relatively accurate arm and the leadership ability that stood out when he was starring at Oregon.

Obviously the Steelers are in much worse shape if Dixon has to play this week. But moving up to the backup quarterback role is important for Dixon even if he doesn't get into a game. It means that Dixon will get some reps with the regular offense in practice, something that's rarely happens for a third-string quarterback.

Dixon won't get much experience in Pittsburgh unless Roethlisberger is hurt. But going forward, he does have the potential to be a solid backup for the next several years, which fills a pretty serious need for Pittsburgh, especially with Batch proving to be brittle.

11-28-2009, 12:11 PM
Good for Dennis Dixon. I have high hopes for Dixon as our backup QB. IMO after this season is done Charlie Batch needs to seriously think about his 2nd career (NFL coaching)! I think Dixon could be a very solid backup for a long time.