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Old 08-26-2010, 06:55 PM   #1
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Default Steelers QB Dennis Dixon to work with first team

In something of a surprise, No. 3 quarterback Dennis Dixon(notes) will get most of the snaps in Sundayís preseason game in Denver (8 p.m. ET, FOX).


Ben Roethlisberger(notes) is expected to start for the second straight week after appearing for 20 plays against the Giants. But the plan is to replace him with Dixon, not Byron Leftwich(notes), who is expected to be the starter for the season opener.


Coach Mike Tomlin wants to take a longer look at Dixon with the first-team offense, a further indication the team plans to use Dixon in certain packages when the regular season begins.


"I intend to give Dennis Dixon some looks with the first group against some good people," Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I think he's earned that likewise. And that's what this preseason is all about."


Also, Maurkice Pouncey(notes), the Steelersí No. 1 draft pick, has been inserted as the full-time center over Justin Hartwig(notes), a move that has been in the works since the first week of training camp. Pouncey has been so impressive in practice and in two preseason games the coaches didnít want to wait any longer to make the change.
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Default Re: Steelers QB Dennis Dixon to work with first team

looks like this is Dixon's chance. he plays well he may start week 1, he plays poorley or even mediocre and the job belongs to leftwich
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Default Re: Steelers QB Dennis Dixon to work with first team

being that he's going to be the # 2 at least the first 4 games its a wise move. he's only one injury away from being the starter. even if lefty is the starter, they should still get dixon on the field. make the defense prepare for 2 totaly different qb's and styles.
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Default Re: Steelers QB Dennis Dixon to work with first team

Finally! Though they'll probably go with Leftwich (less risk)
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Default Re: Steelers QB Dennis Dixon to work with first team

I love Byron. His arm strength and Wallace's speed for the first 4 games could be big weapons until Ben gets back. However, if they play Dixon and he goes 4-0 and looks like Vince Young, maybe the Steelers could get a 2nd rounder like the Chargers did when they sent Whitehurst to Seattle....
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Default Re: Steelers QB Dennis Dixon to work with first team

I'm so glad to hear Tomlin's giving the young man at least a partially fair chance. I hope he wins the job. I like Dixon a lot better than Leftwich.
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However, if they play Dixon and he goes 4-0 and looks like Vince Young, maybe the Steelers could get a 2nd rounder like the Chargers did when they sent Whitehurst to Seattle....
Or, on second thought, I wonder what we could get for Ben.......
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I love Byron. His arm strength and Wallace's speed for the first 4 games could be big weapons until Ben gets back. However, if they play Dixon and he goes 4-0 and looks like Vince Young, maybe the Steelers could get a 2nd rounder like the Chargers did when they sent Whitehurst to Seattle....
Or maybe he will remain the starter and the Steelers get some 1st rounders for Ben. Who would have thought that young inexperienced Favre would replace Don Majikowski. Or Young inexperienced Tom Brady unseating Drew Bledsoe. I know this is blaphemy to most of you but again, anything can happen in this league. Dixon is the kind of electirc player that can attract fans and ignite teammates. All of you that want Dixon in.......Be careful what you wish for.
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Default Re: Steelers QB Dennis Dixon to work with first team

The ideal trade would be R-burger to the Colts for Peyton Manning, although I wouldn't say no to former P-Mann backup and current E-Mann backup Jim Sorgi.
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