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Watch out for Dixon

Posted on: November 28, 2009 11:15 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2009 11:15 pm

Most will say the Pittsburgh Steelers have little chance to win at Baltimore Sunday without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is out with a concussion.

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.


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Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2009 5:12 pm

Watch out for Dixon

Well he wasn't eaten alive...

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2009 7:24 pm

Watch out for Dixon

The Ravens are going to eat Dixon alive.  How do you even know that Dixon can beat the Ravens?  He hasn't even played in an NFL game yet, let alone beat a great defensive team like Baltimore.  I think that Big Ben is the reason the Steelers are successful.  He is hard to sack because of his size, and his offensive lineman also give him 5 to 10 seconds to throw.  Dixon on the other hand is small and won't be patient enough to wait to find an open receiver like Roethlisberger would.  Dixon can try to scramble on the Ravens, but he better remember that this isn't the Pac 10.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2009 6:59 pm

Watch out for Dixon

what QB have they  "wrecked"  this year.  Orton maybe? 

Seems to me Flacco is the one that needs to avid a wrecking.  He is good, but has been sloppy lately.

this should be a normal close game with the edge to the Ravens

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2009 6:57 pm

Watch out for Dixon

you don't have a lot of logic, how can they NOT sit back and let him pass while also not allowing hm to run??

if you send everyone, you are susceptiple to the screen and a TE.  if you spy him with a linebacker, that takes one guy out of rush or coverage.

exactly what about the Ravens D is scary?  the stuff the run well and Ed Reed is solid, other than that, they are OK and the games this year prove that.  they have given up a lot of yards and 4th qtr points.  same with the Steelers

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2009 6:31 pm

Watch out for Dixon

are they activating Tyler Palko to back up Dixon this week? With Ben down, Dixon is the only qb on roster. He does have the potential to succeed. I mean with a solid running game, and 3 good recievers and a good tight end he has weapons at his disposal and 2 years of experience in this offense. I honestly think he could be a solid qb, but his start coming against the Ravens isn't favorable for him.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2009 5:38 pm

Watch out for Dixon

hey dbagmaker...Dixon seemed to do okay whoopin' up on Michigan and USC while at Oregon.  Last time I checked those schools produce alot of NFL players.  By the way...your coach at Georgia is a duechebag...let's cry while my players pour gatorade on my head...what a tool!

Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2009 5:08 pm

Watch out for Dixon

Totally rediculous to think that Dixon can beat the Ravens. That's pure media hype for the fan. They will wreck him in this game or any other QB they put in this one.

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2009 4:48 pm

Watch out for Dixon

I know it was just Preseason, but Dixon looked pretty good in all the preseason games that I saw.  Of course, I know that the regular season and Ed Reed is a bit more intense than the preseason but he does have potential.  I think if the D holds the Ravens on in check and Mendenhall can make some plays that the Steelers may be ok.  He can most certainly run which could extend some drives and put some field goals on the board. These two teams usually don't score too many TDs anyway.  Lets just hope the Steelers' special team unit doesn't screw everything up. 

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2009 1:58 pm

Watch out for Dixon

A big problem though could be Ramon Foster at LG. Foster has shown great potiental, but he is an undrafted rookie.

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2009 1:56 pm

Watch out for Dixon

prisco calm down, dixon's mobility is overrated

I think Ben is a great QB and I'm a Ben guy, but I can't wait to see Dixon play tonight.

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