Looking at Leftwich vs. Dixon

We’ve devoted a sizeable amount of blog space in recent weeks to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ situation at quarterback, asĀ Mike Tomlin is working out a plan to keep Ben Roethlisberger sharp during the preseason while preparing Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon to play to start the season.

Although Leftwich doesn’t appear to have lost his grip on the starting job, Tomlin said Dixon will continue to get opportunities.

NFL Network analyst Rod Woodson is more in the Dixon camp, and he took an in-depth look at the two quarterbacks (see the video above).

“I think when you’ve given up 227 sacks over the last four years, Mike Tomlin needs to think about the mobility of his quarterback,” Woodson said. “Dennis Dixon, the one thing he’s going to give you — much like Ben Roethlisberger — is that he makes plays happen after he gets out of the pocket. He can make plays and break down a defense with his feet. … This is something that Leftwich will not do for this football team. I think you have to consider the mobility of your quarterback when your offensive line is getting beat.”

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