Can Dixon push Leftwich for starting job?

Following his performance in the preseason opener, Dennis Dixon is gaining support to get a shot to be the (interim) starter for the Steelers.

We’re just not sure how much Mike Tomlin agrees with that.

“It’s a nice start guys, and that’s what it was,” Tomlin said Monday of Dixon’s performance. “He was productive, [but] half of that production came in the fourth quarter of the game, so we’re not going to get carried away.”

While Dixon made his case against the Lions’ reserves, one reporter asked Tomlin if the third-year quarterback might see some time with the first team.

“You just might,” Tomlin said.

We’ll find out over the next three preseason games if Dixon can truly push Byron Leftwich for the starting job. NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger offered up his take, saying he can’t see Tomlin going with an inexperienced starter while trying to keep the team afloat for at least the first four weeks of the season. 

“I don’t believe that Mike Tomlin believes he has any type of conundrum or controversy,” Baldinger said. “You do not want to develop a quarterback while you’re trying to win games until Ben Roethlisberger comes back.”

At the very least, it will be intriguing to see how Tomlin and OC  Bruce Arians split the work to prepare Leftwich or Dixon to start the season opener while keeping Roethlisberger sharp. Even Tomlin has admitted there’s no blueprint for the Steelers’ current undertaking.

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