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QB Charlie Batch did not compete for the job in training camp, which is why Dennis Dixon was named the starter. "Lack of reps and Charlie's durability -- or lack of durability -- are the reasons he was third in the pecking order," coach Mike Tomlin said. Steelers RapidReports

Over an hour ago - Coach Mike Tomlin on the Atlanta defense: "(The Falcons) run to the football and are extremely disruptive. They have all the characteristics of penetrating 4-3 defense." Steelers RapidReports

Over an hour ago - Coach Mike Tomlin when asked if the playbook has been reduced for QB Dennis Dixon: "We have not pared down our playbook for Dennis. He'll have a complete package of plays to work with." Steelers RapidReports

Over an hour ago - Coach Mike Tomlin on the difference in QB Dennis Dixon between this year and last: "In general, his overall mastery of our offense and understanding his protections. It's a maturation process every young player goes through." Steelers RapidReports

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QB Charlie Batch did not compete for the job in training camp, which is why Dennis Dixon was named the starter. "Lack of reps and Charlie's durability -- or lack of durability -- are the reasons he was third in the pecking order," coach Mike Tomlin said. Steelers RapidReports
Ouch. "Lack of durability". They tell it like it I.S. is up there. Wow. Edited by FalconFanSince1970
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offensive coordinator of the Steelers, Bruce Arians. He is still easily the most hated man in Pittsburgh as he once again showed that he has not changed from last year and still makes stupid calls.

Just look at his preseason performance. Our third down percentage was a whopping 36% and our red zone percentage was 27%. That is just terrible and is exactly why play calling is the number one concern for the season.

Those numbers have to improve this season because our offense is just too talented to be settling for field goals 73% of the time.

Not only are the numbers bad, the big question that remains is how will Arians use Dennis Dixon? We all saw what happened when he called a bootleg on 4th and 1. It's great to move him around, but not on 4th and 1. We now have three power backs that can slam up the middle for that one yard so use them.

Worst case scenario is that he will force Dixon to be a pocket passer. I hope that doesn't happen and he lets Dixon use his special package to get him out of the pocket and keep defenses on their heels.

The final point is that Arians just has to do a better job play calling this year. If not, it might mean no playoffs and no job for him.

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It's no doubt that the offensive line is the weakest link of the team. Last year, they allowed Big Ben to get sacked a painful 50 times.

This year, the team has taken steps to fix the line. They started by firing former line coach Larry Zierlein and hiring Sean Kugler from Buffalo. In the draft the Steelers picked up their center for the future Maurkice Pouncey in the first round.

The original plan was to let Pouncey start out at guard and work his way up to center. That never worked out as Pouncey quickly learned the position, preceded to dominate the preseason, forced Justin Hartwig out of a job.

Besides Pouncey, there has been no other good news from the line, just more of the same. If you know anything about the Steelers, I don't think I need to explain what more of the same means.

This is a serious problem heading into the 2010 season and it's one that needs to get fixed ASAP. We need our quarterbacks upright and running lanes for the running backs if we ever want a chance to go to the Super Bowl.

Sounds like a real problem with D-line

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If you haven't heard yet, Dennis Dixon will be our starting quarterback for the season opener against the Falcons. I've been an avid supporter of Dixon since day one and I'm so happy to hear Mike Tomlin chose to start him.

My concern however is not with Dixon, it's with the stability of the position and how Dixon will be used. Since Byron Leftwich is out 2-4 weeks with a sprained MCL, that only leaves Dixon and Batch as our quarterbacks for the first four weeks of the season.

It's absolutely crucial that Dixon performs well and avoids injury because however capable he may be, Batch is definitely not durable. Plus I don't think Leftwich will be healthy enough if this does happen.

I for one hope Dixon is encouraged to rollout and move around instead of forced to be a pocket passer. This is Dixon's last year with the Steelers, so why not let him make the most of it by doing what he does best and is more comfortable with.

Besides, the better he performs, the higher the draft pick we get next year.

:D:D

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