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mesaSteeler
11-28-2009, 08:53 PM
No Ben equals big trouble
http://community.post-gazette.com/blogs/bobsmizik/default.aspx
By Bob Smizik | Saturday 5:45 p.m.

If Ben Roethlisberger is unable to start Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens -- and there is nothing definitive on his status -- the Steelers will be a distinct underdog but not without a chance to win.

For the moment, Roethlisberger, after acknowledging he had headaches late in the week after suffering the fourth concussion of his career Sunday at Kansas City, is out of the game. If subsequent tests are positive, he might play.

If he doesn’t, Dennis Dixon, with virtually no NFL experience, gets the start. Dixon, who has been the Steelers No. 3 quarterback since making the team in 2008, was elevated to No. 2 when Charlie Batch broke his wrist against Kansas City while playing in relief of Roethlisberger.

Hopefully, the Steelers have a package to take advantage of Dixon’s considerable running skills. If they’re counting on Dixon to win this game with his arm, they could be in trouble.

Former Pitt star Tyler Palko, who was signed to the practice squad on Thursday, would serve as Dixon's backup if Roethlisberger cannot play.

The Steelers running game becomes front and center with Roethlisberger out and not even offensive coordinator Bruce Arians could argue that point. That puts Rashard Mendenhall at the front of the offense and for those who have forgotten, his last appearance against the Ravens did not go well.

Mendenhall started in place of injured Willie Parker in September of last season and on the first play from scrimmage in the second half he was tackled after a 3-yard gain by Ray Lewis and Trevor Pryce The play ended his season. A monumental (and legal) hit by Lewis fractured Mendenhall’s right shoulder.

He carried 9 times for 30 yards in that game. He figures to get considerably more work Sunday, as will Parker.

The fact the Steelers might have to rely on their running game accentuates the absence of starting guard Chris Kemoeatu, the team’s best run blocker, who is out with injury.

The Steelers, 6-4, would make the playoffs if the season ended today. But they cannot afford too many more losses. With Roethlisberger out, the defense -- which is missing Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith -- would be expected to step up and limit the Baltimore offense. But that defense had trouble late against Kansas City, allowing long drives in the fourth quarter and overtime.

It’s a bleak situation but the Steelers are a strong team and capable of beating Baltimore without Roethlisberger. But it looms as a monumental challenge.




Posted: Bob Smizik | with 7 comment(s)

beer72
11-28-2009, 08:57 PM
Its already official he'll be our # 3 QB

TackleMeBen
11-28-2009, 09:01 PM
No Ben equals big trouble
really? what a great title for an article... wonder how long it took him to think it up?

Edman
11-28-2009, 09:11 PM
We won't be without Ben.

He just won't start.

scsteeler
11-28-2009, 10:48 PM
I think Dixon will be fine. This guy has been waiting and while he will not be Ben I do expect him to have a good game after he settles down. Look for Dixon to make Bigger plays with his arm that he will running the Ball as most think. Dixon can play QB as a passer despite the feelings that he is only a Wildcat QB.

stb_steeler
11-28-2009, 11:18 PM
We'll be ok, as long as the rest of the team plays up to their potential.:thumbsup:

devilsdancefloor
11-29-2009, 12:06 AM
He will be fine if he just takes what teh ratbirds give him and feed the ball to rushard

I-Want-Troy's-Hair
11-29-2009, 12:57 AM
We'll be ok, as long as the rest of the team plays up to their potential.:thumbsup:

two words....special teams.

Steelerfreak58
11-29-2009, 01:15 AM
two words....special teams.

No doubt. If special teams doesn't give away free TD's we may actually win the game.

Steeldude
11-29-2009, 03:35 AM
the defense is going to have to come up big to win this game.

steel striker
11-29-2009, 07:40 AM
Defense needs to play lightout and, special teams has to play great for a change.

Eztarget
11-29-2009, 09:11 AM
We won't be without Ben.

He just won't start.

Yes but he's listed as the #3 QB which means if he takes a snap the other two QB's are DONE for the day. He won't be playing.

43Hitman
11-29-2009, 10:29 AM
One positive is our guys will be in man coverage all night. The Ravens are going to make Dixon beat them, so running is going to be tough. I am sure there will be some packages that accentuate his talents, like some roll outs that give him an option to run or pass.

spyboots
11-29-2009, 10:49 AM
Rules for 3rd Quarterbacks:

http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d809f6279&template=with-video&confirm=true

The rule states that if a third quarterback is inserted before the fourth quarter, a team's first two quarterbacks cannot be used in the game at any position.

The active quarterbacks do not have to be injured for a team to use its third quarterback.

markymarc
11-29-2009, 11:45 AM
I keep hearing and reading on why Dennis Dixon is going to fail tonight. I just have to ask why can't Dennis Dixon lead us to victory tonight?

stillers4me
11-29-2009, 11:58 AM
I keep hearing and reading on why Dennis Dixon is going to fail tonight. I just have to ask why can't Dennis Dixon lead us to victory tonight?

I believe he can. But he is going to need alot of help which means everybody, including special teams, have tp bring their A game and play a full 60 minutes of badass Steelers football.

It can happen. :tt03:

lamberts-lost-tooth
11-29-2009, 12:08 PM
I keep hearing and reading on why Dennis Dixon is going to fail tonight. I just have to ask why can't Dennis Dixon lead us to victory tonight?

The reality is that Dixon has only thrown one NFL pass. Nothing against him but as true fans we HAVE to allow for mistakes. In a game like tonights,against a rival, mistakes could be the difference between a win and a loss... so we need to be realistic about how much this hurts our chances for a win.

Okay...now that I have said that...I have every faith that:

1) Our Coaches will game plan to allow Dixon to mange the game and not have to win it.
2) The Vets on the line and the Vets at the skilled positions KNOW they have to perform at a level to compensate for Bens loss and to give Dixon every chance to manage the game compentantly.
3) The Steelers Defense will attempt to take the game out of the Offense's hands, and not have to rely on an untried QB.

:tt03:

solardave
11-29-2009, 12:12 PM
I think Dixon will be fine. This guy has been waiting and while he will not be Ben I do expect him to have a good game after he settles down. Look for Dixon to make Bigger plays with his arm that he will running the Ball as most think. Dixon can play QB as a passer despite the feelings that he is only a Wildcat QB.

I agree. i was impressed during the preseason watching him in the pocket throwing the ball. Strong arm but still Balt. can't discount his running ability. This could be a blessing in disguise.

Shellshock
11-29-2009, 12:13 PM
Tonight will show the O line is the cause of the sacks and not the QB holding the ball to long. I am hoping for a little beginners luck tonight.

stillers4me
11-29-2009, 12:14 PM
After listening to Merrill Hoge on ESPN a little bit ago, I am grateful that they are not playing Ben. Merrill was cleared to play and then flatlined after being hit again.

One game or even a season is not worth man's life. The right decision was made today. Players are not out of the woods even weeks after a head trauma.

In the locker room following the concussion, Hoge actually stopped breathing at one point. Here is his story:

"Here's what people don't know and never see. They take me to the training room where I died. I flat-lined. My heart stopped. As a process of trying to resuscitate me, I started to breathe again.

"They rushed me to the emergency room. I was in ICU for two days. It was after that I was basically trapped in my home for six weeks.

"You could not take me around the block because I could not find my way home because I did not have the cognitive skills. I had to learn how to read again. In fact, months later, if you woulld have sat me down to take an inventory of the day, i would not be able to recite that to you.

"There was a lot of cognitive issues that I dealt with that took over two years to overcome those issues."

http://www.arrowheadpride.com/2009/11/29/1177823/hoge-shares-chilling-story-on-post

Preacher
11-29-2009, 12:24 PM
After listening to Merrill Hoge on ESPN a little bit ago, I am grateful that they are not playing Ben. Merrill was cleared to play and then flatlined after being hit again.

One game or even a season is not worth man's life. The right decision was made today. Players are not out of the woods even weeks after a head trauma.



http://www.arrowheadpride.com/2009/11/29/1177823/hoge-shares-chilling-story-on-post


Naa, just sweep all that under a rug.

Ben is just weak... afraid to play the Ravens :rolleyes:

I can't BELIEVE people actually think that. 20 years ago I can understand that thought, as concussions still weren't fully understood. But now? Sheer ignorance.


Great find..thanks for the read. Maybe it will enlighten some people as to the seriousness of Ben's injury.

MACH1
11-29-2009, 01:06 PM
After listening to Merrill Hoge on ESPN a little bit ago, I am grateful that they are not playing Ben. Merrill was cleared to play and then flatlined after being hit again.

One game or even a season is not worth man's life. The right decision was made today. Players are not out of the woods even weeks after a head trauma.



http://www.arrowheadpride.com/2009/11/29/1177823/hoge-shares-chilling-story-on-post

Yes its true, he was in bad shape for a long time. Theres nothing worth taking the chance ending up like that on a permanent basis.

hindes204
11-29-2009, 01:27 PM
Im glad he is sitting out, concussions are no joke, he could really mess himself up if he gets hit again so soon. I have faith in Dixon, i for one think hes gonna suprise everyone and have a hell of a game...i even picked him up on my fantasy team, and started him (i was already forcasted to lose by 50 points anyway, so figured what the hell)