Don’t rush to judgment.
Dennis Dixon, who will be making his first NFL start, is a mobile quarterback who also happens to have a big arm. Dixon can escape pressure, which is key against the Ravens, but he can also make throws from the pocket. When he was at Oregon, he was considered a potential first-round pick until he tore up a knee his senior season.
The Ravens corners are definitely beatable, so I look for Dixon to attack them like any other quarterback. The one thing the Steelers can't do is put him in obvious passing situations. They have to let him throw on first down. Let him play up-tempo. The worst thing a coach can do to a young quarterback is put him in third-and-long situations all day and then ask him to make a play.
Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians usually doesn't play things conservatively, so we’ll see.
The Ravens should be careful here. Dixon can certainly beat them.