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fordfixer
08-25-2010, 01:43 AM
'Double D' stands for difficult decision

By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sport ... ision.html (http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2010/august/23/double-d-stands-for-difficult-decision.html)

Monday August 23, 2010 11:53 PM

PITTSBURGH ó Preseason statistics usually donít mean much. But hereís a stat thatís downright amazing: Dennis Dixon has a 141.0 passer rating after two preseason games.

Thereís not an NFL quarterback playing any better.

Dixon, the Steelersí third-team QB, isnít listed among official NFL leaders. Thatís because he hasnít averaged 14 passes per game.

But his rating is higher than the 124.5 compiled by Jacksonvilleís Luke McCown, the league leader at the halfway point of the exhibition schedule.

And itís much higher than the 105.7 of teammate Byron Leftwich.

By presenting those numbers, I am not saying Double-D should be the starter on Sept. 12 when the regular season opens with Ben Roethlisberger out on suspension.

But if Mike Tomlin does elevate Dixon to No. 1 on the depth chart over Leftwich, the Steelersí odds of winning wouldnít be any lower.

With Roethlisberger under contract through the 2015 season, Dixon may never get a chance to log any significant playing time in Pittsburgh, at least not as long as No. 7 stays healthy.

That means that unless Dixon someday moves on to a different team, we may never find out exactly if he has what it takes to play in the NFL as a starting quarterback.

Based on how heís progressing in his third year with the Steelers, Iíd like to think heíd do well.

Dixon isnít the greatest practice player in the world. At times during the three weeks of training camp at St. Vincent College, Dixonís throws lacked accuracy. There were even a few times when the football slipped out of his hand as he threw.

But I believe Dixon is one of those athletes who is at his best when it matters most, and thatís once a game begins.
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There have been some in the media who say Dixon was a disappointment last year in his first and only NFL appearance. He received his share of criticism for his stats in a 20-17 overtime loss at Baltimore ó 12 of 26 for 145 yards, a 60.6 passer rating and an interception in OT that set up the Ravensí game-winning field goal.

But what a lot of people forget is that Dixon didnít even know he was going to start until Saturday of that week when recurring concussion symptoms sidelined Roethlisberger. Charlie Batch was already out with a broken wrist.

By throwing for a touchdown and running for one, Dixon far exceeded expectations.

At kickoff, who would have imagined the Steelers going into overtime, on the road in a hostile environment, against their most hated rival, with Dixon at QB?

Under those difficult circumstances, Dixon hung tough and gave the Steelers a chance to win.

Because heís so quick on his feet, Dixon gives the Steelers a dimension that Roethlisberger and Leftwich donít.

Heís going to give opposing defensive coordinators something to think about and prepare for while Roethlisberger serves his suspension, whether itís four games or six.

For the record, Dixon has completed 13 of 15 passes in the first two preseason games. Thatís an 86.7 percentage rate.

I know. Heís racking up those stats against second stringers, third stringers and sometimes even fourth stringers.

But heís getting better and better by the day.

Mike Bires can be reached online at mbires@timesonline.com

Crash
08-25-2010, 01:44 AM
But his rating is higher than the 124.5 compiled by Jacksonvilleís Luke McCown, the league leader at the halfway point of the exhibition schedule.

Which says it all.

Captain Lemming
08-25-2010, 04:05 AM
But his rating is higher than the 124.5 compiled by Jacksonvilleís Luke McCown, the league leader at the halfway point of the exhibition schedule.

Which says it all.

LOL that is funny.

Crash
08-25-2010, 04:13 AM
Not being funny at all. McCown is a scrub. And he leads pre-season in QB rating.

Dixon pads his numbers against scrubs and people are claiming that the Steelers are conspiring against him to get A TWO TIME SB WINNING QB on the field in 4 weeks.

Captain Lemming
08-25-2010, 04:41 AM
Not being funny at all. McCown is a scrub. And he leads pre-season in QB rating.

Dixon pads his numbers against scrubs and people are claiming that the Steelers are conspiring against him to get A TWO TIME SB WINNING QB on the field in 4 weeks.

Yes the point that CM is a scrub is why I laughed. I agree Dixons QB rating "against scrubs" doesnt prove much. But I think he should get a chance to compete fairly with BL and play with the first team.

Any comment of a conspiracy is ridiculous, who cares. There is no way on the planet the kid plays ahead of Ben no matter how he looks even if he beats out BL and is undefeated.

JTP53609
08-25-2010, 07:27 AM
curt warner was also a scrub, and cade mcnown was supposed to be the bears quarterback of the future....just because a player is not well known does not mean they suck though, who knows maybe this kid could be plugged into the jax lineup and lead them to the playoffs.....just because experts say that somebody is a nobody does not mean they are right....

but i get what your saying

Oviedo
08-25-2010, 07:45 AM
Double-D = "Done Decision"

Leftwich is the QB and Dixon is the back up.

frankthetank1
08-25-2010, 08:02 AM
no matter what dixon does will matter. if he plays lights out and dominates he is only playing well because of his competition. if he plays like crap then he is a scrub. the situation is pretty humorous to me.

frankthetank1
08-25-2010, 08:04 AM
Not being funny at all. McCown is a scrub. And he leads pre-season in QB rating.

Dixon pads his numbers against scrubs and people are claiming that the Steelers are conspiring against him to get A TWO TIME SB WINNING QB on the field in 4 weeks.

who exactly wants either dixon or lefty to play instead of ben? your obsession scares me :lol: :lol:

rpmpit
08-25-2010, 09:20 AM
Our o-line is not good. Leftwich's ability to run makes Big Snack look like Barry Sanders.

If we are going to do the two qb, wild cat, whatever you want to call it - and Dixon is in there as much as possible, then let Byron be the starter. But please don't let Dixon sit on the bench. He needs to be in the game.

JPbucco
08-25-2010, 01:24 PM
Fortunately that's not all "double D" stands for.

: )

ikestops85
08-25-2010, 01:28 PM
Fortunately that's not all "double D" stands for.

: )

Whatever are you talking about?

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Northern_Blitz
08-25-2010, 02:33 PM
Not being funny at all. McCown is a scrub. And he leads pre-season in QB rating.

Dixon pads his numbers against scrubs and people are claiming that the Steelers are conspiring against him to get A TWO TIME SB WINNING QB on the field in 4 weeks.

I think that Dixon deserves a chance to play against some good competition. Give him a start in the PS and see how he does. I think having a real competition between Lefty and Dixon would be good for the team.

Who cares if you hurt some egos...they both have to know that they're riding pine after week 4.

feltdizz
08-25-2010, 04:23 PM
Geez Crash, you sound really paranoid. No one is suggesting Dixon will challenge Ben... it's about Dixon vs. Lefty and who has a better chance to get us 4 wins.

Dixon is playing lights out against 2nd and 3rd stringers... what is so bad about that? Good players are supposed to outplay lesser competition. You act like Dixon prefers playing against the back ups and refuses to start.

Pouncey started with the 2nd string at center and now he is getting reps. Is he also a bum because he showed he had talent against scrubs?

RuthlessBurgher
08-25-2010, 04:40 PM
cade mcnown was supposed to be the bears quarterback of the future

This is not Cade McNown, former 1st round pick on the Bears in 1999. He's been out of the league since 2002. I doubt that he is dating Playboy Playmates anymore.

This is Luke McCown, former 4th round pick of the Browns in 2004. He's been in Tampa from 05-08, and in Jacksonville since last season.

cruzer8
08-25-2010, 06:17 PM
Geez Crash, you sound really paranoid. No one is suggesting Dixon will challenge Ben... it's about Dixon vs. Lefty and who has a better chance to get us 4 wins.

Dixon is playing lights out against 2nd and 3rd stringers... what is so bad about that? Good players are supposed to outplay lesser competition. You act like Dixon prefers playing against the back ups and refuses to start.

Pouncey started with the 2nd string at center and now he is getting reps. Is he also a bum because he showed he had talent against scrubs?

He's referring to Florio's idiotic conspiracy theory and the people who buy into it.

A real man would have figured that out.

feltdizz
08-25-2010, 07:02 PM
Geez Crash, you sound really paranoid. No one is suggesting Dixon will challenge Ben... it's about Dixon vs. Lefty and who has a better chance to get us 4 wins.

Dixon is playing lights out against 2nd and 3rd stringers... what is so bad about that? Good players are supposed to outplay lesser competition. You act like Dixon prefers playing against the back ups and refuses to start.

Pouncey started with the 2nd string at center and now he is getting reps. Is he also a bum because he showed he had talent against scrubs?

He's referring to Florio's idiotic conspiracy theory and the people who buy into it.

A real man would have figured that out.

So who told you little boy?