from the pittsburgh tribune after a game against the redskins:

... Batch gave way in the second quarter to third-team quarterback Dennis Dixon, who has improved so much the past couple of weeks that he looks like a completely different player.

Early in training camp, Batch was the clear favorite as Roethlisberger's backup. Batch has far more experience than Dixon, and he has the offense down cold.

Nothing changed in that regard. Batch is still the backup, and Dixon remains No. 3. But Dixon's play of late has at least given the coaching staff something to think about.

Batch completed 5-of-14 passes for 63 yards against the Redskins. He completed a 24-yard pass to Hines Ward and the 16-yarder to Holmes. He made the plays he needed to make and didn't turn the ball over.

Dixon was 6-of-9 for 41 yards in the first half. However, he made two plays that distinguished him from Batch - one with his arm, the other with his feet.

On 3rd-and-9 from the Washington 48, Dixon rolled to his right before throwing back across his body to complete a 17-yard pass to Limas Sweed. The pass was delivered low and out of harm's way - so low that the Redskins challenged the completion (the play was upheld).

On the next snap, Dixon made a play that he was noted for in college when he scrambled for 17 yards and another first down.

A week ago against Arizona, Dixon was reluctant to run and stayed in the pocket. Last night, Dixon played to his strength - a big play with his feet.

That drive resulted in a field goal and a 10-3 Steelers' lead. Late in the third quarter, Dixon guided the Steelers to another field goal and a 13-10 lead right after Washington had tied the score.

and this after the game against the cardinals.

damn, and then there's this bit of nugget after the redskins game [talk about a buzzkill]:

Roethlisberger's absence allowed the Steelers to get Charlie Batch work with the first team and Dennis Dixon extended work in a game. It ended poorly when Dixon's right shoulder was separated.

With Dixon out possibly for several weeks, depending on the degree of separation, Tomlin was asked if he needed to do anything because he had two quarterbacks injured.

"I'm not ready to say we got two quarterbacks injured," Tomlin said. "We'll see on Monday."

Last Edited By: oogaloot Aug 24 09 3:16 PM. Edited 2 times.