Looks to me like there is a serious need for Tomlin to watch film from Saturday’s pre-season game against the Lions. I’ve been saying for the longest time, that they need to play Dennis Dixon. For some reason Mike Tomlin and company, believed that Byron Leftwich was the answer to the “who will play QB while Ben is on suspension” question. I knew when they brought Byron back; Dennis would see more bench than field time. Even after screaming at my television last season, “why are you playing Batch instead of Dixon,” I held out hope for common sense to prevail.
Yes, Dennis is younger and less experienced, but the boy has talent. On Saturday the former Oregon Ducks completed 6-of-7 passes for 128 passing yards and a TD pass. He also ran for 31 yards during Pittsburgh’s 23-7 victory. Everybody likes the traditional pocket-passing QB, but watching Dennis Dixon play is much more exciting. His skill-set allows him to be on the run and still make the play, which allows for more options offensively. His ability to get outside the pocket will give defenses pause before teeing off on the pass rush.
In Saturday’s game against the Lions, the only moving Byron did was towards the ground – sacked. Don’t get me wrong Byron Leftwich is a good QB. He won the 1st game he started in for Pittsburgh against the Redskins. However, Dennis has earned a chance to show what he can do. I watched the interview Mike Tomlin did on Tuesday’s NFL Access, and he emphasized that Dixon is young and needs more game time experience, and improve at throwing from the pocket. Well let’s see it Mike! If he needs game time experience, why not allow him to start for the remaining pre-season games and in Ben’s absence.
Maybe if Ben feels the pressure from what could be the future QB for Steeltown, we will see more of the Big Ben we fell in love with. (Not that there’s a competition, just maybe Dixon can keep Ben on his toes and focused on his job). Ben is elusive in the pocket; he knows his offensive line and when to move – most of the time.
Ask yourself, who you’d want leading our beloved Steelers in Ben’s absence; a QB that can run like the wind and make passes/ plays at the same time and can run for the touchdown if needed. Or a QB that is limited to being a pocket passer who is unable to move out of the way when the offensive line has failed. There’s the question which QB is your answer.