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    Jon Gruden: Dennis Dixon should start

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    Former Super Bowl-winning-coach-turned ESPN analyst Jon Gruden has a suggestion for Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin in choosing his replacement quarterback during Ben Roethlsiberger's suspension.

    Go with Little Ben.

    That would be Dennis Dixon, the third-year, two-way threat who can replicate some of Roethlisberger's free-wheeling, play-making when the pocket disintegrates.

    Veterans Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch are also in the mix.

    The Steelers confirmed that commissioner Roger Goodell will sit down with Roethlisberger on Friday to determine the extent of his suspension for violating the league's personal-conduct policy. Goodell is originally set the ban at 4-6 games, with latitude to change it based on how well he feels Roethlisberger responded to behavioral counseling and other guidelines orginally.

    "The Steelers are a team that really relies on Ben Roethlisberger's improvisation,'' Gruden said Wednesday during a Monday Night Football conference call. "I've never seen a guy create more offense on his own. He gets out of some of the most incredible situations where he makes plays where they have him sacked twice and he still completes a pass.

    "The guy who fits them the best right now, the guy I would go with is Dixon.''

    Why is that?

    The third-year quarterback out of Oregon who has been developing in Bruce Arians' system has the skill set that gives the Steelers the chance to stay with the same offensive style.

    Despite his two-interception hiccup in Pittsburgh's preseason loss to Denver, Gruden thinks the Steelers can tailor a gameplan around Dixon to survive what he calls, "a winnable" stretch of opening games. Gruden pointed to the way the team relied on the run game and its defensive bedrock when Roethlisberger was forced to step in as a rookie and start 13 games in 2004 following Tommy Maddox's elbow injury.

    "Dixon has mobility, he's been there in that system,'' Gruden said. "I realize he threw a couple of interceptions against Denver ... I just think his escapability, his ability to run for two first downs, create another two first downs scrambling out of trouble, checking it down, or finding a big play down the field gives him the edge over these other two quarterbacks.

    The Steelers host Atlanta, play at Tennessee and Tampa Bay and the host Baltimore in their first four games. After a bye week, they host Cleveland and then travel to Miami before potentially getting Roethlisberger back.

    "All they have to do is win like they won in Ben's rookie year, run the ball, play good defense -- don't turn it over and make some timely plays in the passing game," Gruden says."

    "Dennis Dixon can do that.''

    One thing Jaworski's MNF colleague Ron Jaworski says is critical for Roethisberger being ready upon his return is that he find a group of receivers who can run and replicate the Steelers' route tree since he will be banned from working out with the Steelers during his suspension absence.

    "Keeping himself in shape is absolutely critical,'' Jaworski says.

    -- Jim Corbett
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    Re: Jon Gruden: Dennis Dixon should start

    Gruden put money on the Ravens to win the division, that's all...

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    Re: Jon Gruden: Dennis Dixon should start

    "All they have to do is win like they won in Ben's rookie year"
    I'm not sure Dixon can do that. Because Gruden isn't correct in the way he describes it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash
    "All they have to do is win like they won in Ben's rookie year"
    I'm not sure Dixon can do that. Because Gruden isn't correct in the way he describes it.
    Gotta agree, a scorching (for a rookie) 98 QB rating had a little something to do with Bens early success.

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    Re: Jon Gruden: Dennis Dixon should start

    IMO Gruden is a terrible coach. he single handedly destroyed the Bucs. only won in oakland because he got a good team when he got there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by birtikidis
    IMO Gruden is a terrible coach. he single handedly destroyed the Bucs. only won in oakland because he got a good team when he got there.
    But he's entertaining as a commentator. I like him in the MNF booth.

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    Re: Jon Gruden: Dennis Dixon should start

    Quote Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser
    Quote Originally Posted by birtikidis
    IMO Gruden is a terrible coach. he single handedly destroyed the Bucs. only won in oakland because he got a good team when he got there.
    But he's entertaining as a commentator. I like him in the MNF booth.
    oh absolutely. i love how he talks to jaws like he's an idiot.
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    Re: Jon Gruden: Dennis Dixon should start

    Quote Originally Posted by birtikidis
    IMO Gruden is a terrible coach. he single handedly destroyed the Bucs. only won in oakland because he got a good team when he got there.
    I never realized how much his players hated him. They ripped him a new one when the Bucs left him go.

    I do think he is entertaining in the broadcast booth.
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    Re: Jon Gruden: Dennis Dixon should start

    I'll be fine with either (Lefty or Dixon), but I think I prefer Dixon. Just because I can't really recall Lefty doing anything that makes me prefer him.

    In other words, before his epic decline that one year, Tommy Maddox really played well. The offense really was efficient as a result of a lot of stuff he was doing out there. I never get that sense with Leftwich. It's like he plays just good enough to not be the reason to get blamed.

    Like I said though: Dixon, Leftwich, Batch... either one, I'm fine with. I think though, that Dixon's the best choice (just no stupid decisions, like that one in DEN in the redzone!)
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