You knew that this had to be coming at some point. Dennis Dixon is not the happiest guy in the world, as he is clearly behind vet Byron Leftwich on the depth chart, and for really no reason.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich enters training camp as the top backup behind Ben Roethlisberger, and the expected starter while Roethlisberger serves a six-game suspension to begin the 2010 regular season. Dennis Dixon, last year’s top back-up to Roethlisberger, would like more first-team reps, John Harris of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
“I would say yes. Everybody would like to take the first-team reps,” Dixon said. “Once you get your shot, you want to show that you can get it done. I’m pretty sure there will be a point in time when that happens. It hasn’t right now.” Jeffrey Sperbeck, Dixon’s agent, doesn’t know why his client is behind Leftwich on the depth chart.
“I think Dennis should be given an opportunity to start,” Sperbeck said. “He’s been there going on three years. He knows the offense. He’s familiar with his teammates. He’s ready to go. I don’t understand why after Byron’s been gone a year, they would bring him back and start him ahead of Dennis. To me, it should have been Dennis’ job as the No. 1. He was No. 2 last year. Byron was not even in the picture.”
Now of course his agent is going to come out and say that his client should start, that’s a no-brainer. The thing though is why is the team so much more confident in Leftwich? I have been firmly in the corer of letting Dixon start while Ben is on the sidelines for the first four games, but for whatever reason, the team feels better going with Leftwich. We’ll see if it pays off or not.
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