Pittsburgh Steelers' Dennis Dixon Utilizies Feet Rather Than Scheme

Omar BrownCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2010

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 14: Dennis Dixon #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball against the Detroit Lions during the preseason game on August 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Dennis Dixon could be found running out of pocket after pocket during the Steelers first preseason game.

Even with receivers wide open right in front of him, Dixon, like a stallion doing the high step dance, trotted out of bounds instead of looking down the field while rolling out of the pocket.

To see Dixon run instead of being composed in a perfectly good pocket does not lend itself to opening up the competition any further than it has.

It is up to Dixon to step up to the plate and hit a home run.

Dixon thinking he can run around all the bases without having to launch the ball out of the park is laughable. He is competing for the quarterback position, not running back.

Mike Tomlin leaving the window of competition open for Dixon to step up to the plate as a legit QB in this league has to stop, contrary to what a lot of fans or his agent think.

Coaches spend entirely way too much passion and energy developing a game plan. How many thousands of hours are spent designing a coach’s playbook, not to mention the evolutionary tree that develops as one coach's methods are passed on to another.

Think of all the players on offense and how much time and energy they spend studying the game plan and practicing the execution of the playbook. Or the owners who spend millions of dollars to assist their team's preparation.

Video Play Button
Videos you might like

The resources spent go on and on.

To see all this effort and money flushed down the drain because your QB cannot get past his first read before scrambling out of a perfectly good pocket...well, the frustrations for the head coach have got to be off the Richter.

This, of course, is only exacerbated further by the frustrations of players and owners alike. Those who put this thing together, only to watch a mobile quarterback play his one man band card.

When you see a quarterback scramble out of a perfectly good pocket, it is generally the reflection of their brains being scrambled by the heat and pressure signal in their head going into the red long before it ought to be. As if their orange signal traffic light is blown.

Seeing the lights in Dixon head go from green to red with no orange signal to speak of has me thinking this is the main reason he is playing second fiddle to Byron Leftwich.

You need a quarterback who can reach deep into the playbook on any given play. A quarterback who is dialed not only into reading what the defense does, but being composed in the pocket long enough to be able to check down to as many receivers as possible. All of this while knowing not only when and where the receivers will be, but who to check down to first, and so forth based on what the defensive read was.

Its like playing a guitar and having your receivers be the fret board. You want a quarterback, such as Leftwich, who can slay it when it comes to stroking board up and down the neck of the fretboard. Not a guy going to the beat of his own drum.