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Old 08-07-2009, 01:03 PM   #1
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Default No. 2 QB job is Batch's to lose

Steelers QB Batch serves as mentor to Dixon

Batch has proven to be as resilient as he is reliable, and with training camp less than a week old, it is clear that the No. 2 spot at quarterback behind starter Ben Roethlisberger is his to lose.

Or, as offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said earlier this week when asked if Batch is in competition with second-year man Dennis Dixon, "It's Charlie's, and Dennis is growing."

The two got their share of work Wednesday afternoon — coach Mike Tomlin opted to rest Roethlisberger — for different reasons.

Batch is still knocking the rust off after missing the 2008 season, while Dixon needs all of the repetitions he can get after attempting just one pass his rookie season.

In addition to re-establishing himself as the Steelers' No. 2 quarterback, Batch continues to mentor Dixon — and essentially prepare the former Oregon star to one day take his job.

Dixon is still very much a work-in-progress as the first week of camp has shown. But the 6-3, 209-pounder said he has gotten much more comfortable in the Steelers' offense.

"I have a lot to learn, but what a difference a year makes," said Dixon, who appeared in just one game last season. "Things are starting to slow down for me."

Dixon, a running as well as a passing threat in college, said he is open to taking snaps as a "Wildcat" quarterback. Arians, however, said earlier this week that he has no plans to add the subpackage to the Steelers' offense in part because "Dennis would get broken in half."

That means Dixon, barring injury or a dismal preseason by Batch, will spend at least another year learning.



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Old 08-07-2009, 01:22 PM   #2
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thats about the lamest excuse i've ever heard. being a "running " qb in college, i'd venture to say he took more hits than ben, or parker did in college... yet he's still in one piece ... if i was dixon, i'd be all over arians for making me sound like a wuss..
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College hits (especially in the Pac-10 where defense isn't always a priority) differ greatly from professional hits.
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College hits (especially in the Pac-10 where defense isn't always a priority) differ greatly from professional hits.
the guy is 209 lbs ,not 179. the guy is a freakin football player for gods sakes.!!! have you ever heard another coach say they're holding a non injured player back for fear of them getting hurt ?
if they don't feel the guy is tough enough to be on the field, he shouldn't be on the team...
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At 6'3, he needs to bulk up about 10-15 more lbs to really take the beating that an NFL/Wildcat QB would take.
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I'd rather him learn how to be an actual quaterback instead of a sideshow.

Call me crazy that way.
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I've always thought Chuck Batch was a great back-up and if he would have started more games in 2006, the Steelers would have made the playoffs!!
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You know, if they technically named Dixon the No. 2, or listed him at some other position, at least he'd be allowed on the field.

I can't think of any reason we'd want Batch on the field unless Ben really IS hurt bad. In which case, being the No. 3 technically serves us just fine.
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I'd rather him learn how to be an actual quaterback instead of a sideshow.

Call me crazy that way.
I'm with you on that 100%. I'd much rather him learn to be a prolific passer than a scatcat. That's what we have RB's for.

I'm hoping he beats Charlie out for the #2 spot. As I've said many times, though Charlie is a great guy and would make a good assistant coach, I've never been impressed with him as a QB either in Detroit or here in the Burgh.
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thats about the lamest excuse i've ever heard. ... if i was dixon, i'd be all over arians for making me sound like a wuss..
C'mon - Dixon is skinny as a rail - eat some cheeseburgers dude! Bulk up.
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