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Breaking News: Dennis Dixon To Start For the Pittsburgh Steelers' Season Opener

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 02:  Dennis Dixon #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass against the Carolina Panthers after Byron Leftwich left with an injury during the preseason game on September 2, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Ahmad RashadAnalyst ISeptember 6, 2010

As expected, Dennis Dixon will be the starting quarterback on Sunday when the Steelers play the Falcons. Mike Tomlin announced this in his press conference today.

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It was only a matter of time before Mike Tomlin chose Dixon as the starter. Dixon has the most upside and he's a dual threat QB who will worry defensive coordinators more.

As a result, the blitzes have to be more controlled, less man to man coverage will be played to keep Dixon in the pocket, and the receivers will have more room to work with.

That special package for him now has a better chance of success since he is starting. Why? Because he can run them at anytime and opposing teams will never know when one is being run. It brings that unpredictability to the offense that was missing last year.

Besides, Dixon starting also helps the running game. Teams now have to prepare for Dixon taking off out of the pocket so they can't exactly stack the box to stop the run. This takes a lot of pressure off of a suspect, yet improving offensive line.

Charlie Batch will be a great veteran to backup Dixon if he shows that he can't handle it. Trust me, it's better to have the veteran backing up the young guy instead of the young guy backing up the veteran.

I'm not saying that Dixon will be perfect and I'm sure some people will not be happy with Dixon starting. As long as he has the best defense in the league and a strong running game to back him up, he should do just fine.

As Steeler fans, we should all stand behind Dixon whether we wanted him to start or not. Let's pray he can get us to 2-2 or better.

 

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