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    Re: Ravens looking at Dennis Dixon?



    I would love to see JB back in Baltimore, but that's just me. I also think Dixon would easily beat out Taylor for the backup role, and I would love to have him here, but that's just me. I just think he will want more $ than the Ravens can pay a backup QB.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrall View Post
    I would love to see JB back in Baltimore, but that's just me. I also think Dixon would easily beat out Taylor for the backup role, and I would love to have him here, but that's just me. I just think he will want more $ than the Ravens can pay a backup QB.
    I agree with both your statements. (1) J. Brown could play LG this year, then slide over to Center in 2013. That could save us a draft pick in 2012 too.
    (2) Last season the Ravens went without a veteran back-up QB, so I think they might go the same route now. Yes, I can see a late round QB being drafted, but not a "high priced" vet with our salary cap situation... Bc




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    Re: Ravens looking at Dennis Dixon?

    Tyrod Taylor is a vet back up QB now. He's been with the team for a year and has worked in Cam's offense for a year. He'd have a significant leg up on Dixon anyway.
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    Re: Ravens looking at Dennis Dixon?

    Dixon was ok with the Steelers. His biggest issue is he didn't really get enough playing time.

    The Steelers naturally preferred veteran backups to Roethlisberger because they have been in a "win-now" mode. And both Batch and Leftwich outplayed Dixon when they drew in.

    Dixon might be decent, but given his inexperience why not just sign someone who will cost less? Dixon isn't really suited for anything more than 3rd string at this point.




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    Re: Ravens looking at Dennis Dixon?

    A year ago I'd have been all for Dennis Dixon coming here. Now, I'm not so sure. He's seen such limited playing time the last two years that I really wonder if the Steelers felt he just wasn't good enough for even a backup role. The Ravens may want a 3rd QB-- for preseason at least -- and there may be some benefit in having a backup QB with Dixon's experience, limited though it is. But there are probably cheaper options for that. Plus, I think Tyrod Taylor could use all the preseason snaps the Ravens can give him this year. If he doesn't get enough work and enough playing time, Tyrod himself may end up in similar position to where Dixon is now. At this point, I say let's go with the guy we drafted ourselves and see what he can do.




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    Re: Ravens looking at Dennis Dixon?

    Quote Originally Posted by madmikey View Post
    Dixon was ok with the Steelers. His biggest issue is he didn't really get enough playing time.

    The Steelers naturally preferred veteran backups to Roethlisberger because they have been in a "win-now" mode. And both Batch and Leftwich outplayed Dixon when they drew in.

    Dixon might be decent, but given his inexperience why not just sign someone who will cost less? Dixon isn't really suited for anything more than 3rd string at this point.
    I sure hope this doesn't mean that the Ravens are anticipating that Joe won't get through the season injury free. They really need to beef up the O-line to protect Joe. First round Konz, second round Zeitler.Love those Badger linemen.




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    Re: Ravens looking at Dennis Dixon?

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    I'd be ok with them bringing in another QB for a pre-season QB.
    I'd be happier yet with bringing in 3rd QB to add to the roster. How much longer can Flacco go without missing games due to injury? Although he would not likely be affordable, I'd rather see a guy with more experience, e.g. Garard.
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    Re: Ravens looking at Dennis Dixon?

    Garrard signed with the Dolphins last month.
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    Re: Ravens looking at Dennis Dixon?

    Quote Originally Posted by don raven View Post
    I sure hope this doesn't mean that the Ravens are anticipating that Joe won't get through the season injury free. They really need to beef up the O-line to protect Joe. First round Konz, second round Zeitler.Love those Badger linemen.
    In my opinion they should have a veteran backup - just in case. It has paid off the the Steelers in past years. The vet backup won't win you a SB, but they could help get you 1-2 important wins in the regular season.

    I really would not trust Dixon as a backup - he just hasn't played enough.




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    Re: Ravens looking at Dennis Dixon?

    I thought Dixon was hella talented coming out of college. He looked like a potential player in that game against us, couple years ago.

    Lots of QBs fail to develop, I guess most QBs fail to develop. On the other hand, there has not been a ton of playing time available behind Big Ben -- the Steelers went with the veteran when Ben had that 4-game suspension, which makes sense.

    I think Dixon is likely better than Tyrod Taylor right now. I don't think the fact that we went with Tyrod as the only backup last year is a valid argument against signing Dixon, because what we did last year was weird. I'm inclined to believe we really did have a handshake agreement with Marc Bulger; otherwise the Ravens took a helluva risk with a potential conference championship season.

    Be curious to know what Jim Caldwell thinks of Dixon.




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    Re: Ravens looking at Dennis Dixon?

    I'm a huge fan of Dixon's talent. No reason not to take a look. Whether he can beat out TT, who knows?

    That said, even if they sign him, it would be him OR TT. Dixon by himself would not be a "veteran backup" in the same way as a guy who's actually had some playing time would be.

    In effect, Dixon and TT are two of the same type of player in that neither has much playing time in the NFL. That would also be true of any late round flyer they take in the draft or whatever.

    So I'd say if they want a true vet backup, they'll need to go shopping. If they want to have TT and Dixon battle it out in camp as the 2nd or 3rd QB, fine. But I can't see it being Flacco > Dixon > TT or whatever. That would not be the 3-deep at that position going into the season under any circumstance.

    IMHO Dixon will try to go where he can at least be a clear #2 with a shot at unseating a crappy/old/beat-up starter. Not sure who fits that profile right now (Cleveland? Seattle? Miami? Oakland?)




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    Re: Ravens looking at Dennis Dixon?

    At the end of the day, I couldn't knock Jason Brown for the decision he made, if he were willing to come back and, essentially, admit it was a mistake. I would think that many players would be too stubborn to come back.

    As for Dennis Dixon, perhaps this has been touched on already, but I don't think it ended well for him in Pittsburgh. Dixon wanted a legitimate chance at playing time, if anything were to happen to Roethlisberger. He didn't get the playing time, but whether or not he got the chance is up for debate. I've heard that Dixon wasn't getting the playbook. Then again, the Steelers could have simply felt more comfortable with Batch. You KNOW that Batch is not going to LOSE a game for you.
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    Re: Ravens looking at Dennis Dixon?

    Meh I don't see the fit, especially if he is looking for more playing time. That being said I really wish we had the cap room to bring in a Vet to help with Flacco and also give us an option. I have ZERO faith in TT getting us throug the playoffs if something goes wrong.

    McCown, Clemmens, Brunell and I believe Henne are all still avialable, not that I have any more faith in any of them but they've all at least started in the NFL. Luckily Flacco is a resiliant SOB and we prob don't have to worry all that much.

    As for JB, I've wanted him back since he was first released months ago. You just filled Grubbs hole and Birk's next year. Look in the draft for your next LG and let them groom under JB this year. Next year will be the big year of transitions on the line, unless Reid can beat out Mcinnie and than you have a pretty solid and contious line for the next 4 years or so. Maybe you even bring back Oher at a cheap price and than you even extend that position also. Or you draft a couple guys next year to compete and see what happens.




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    Re: Ravens looking at Dennis Dixon?

    Quote Originally Posted by JustaslowZ06 View Post
    Meh I don't see the fit, especially if he is looking for more playing time. That being said I really wish we had the cap room to bring in a Vet to help with Flacco and also give us an option. I have ZERO faith in TT getting us throug the playoffs if something goes wrong.
    Dude, there's not even 32 STARTING Qbs in the NFL that could "get us thru the playoffs."

    You do realize the only function of a backup QB is damage control, right? There's no such thing as a realistic "let's make sure our backup QB is good enough to win us the Super Bowl" scenario. Not for us, and not for anybody else. If the guy is good enough to win somebody a Super Bowl, he's gonna know it, and so is his agent, and he'll be starting somewhere for starter money.

    As somebody said above the best you can hope for is to survive 2-3 games in the regular season till the starter gets back.

    But in the playoffs, the opponents are too good. Tebow lucked into a playoff win, and the Texans put up a good fight, but they all hit the end of the line soon enough. Playoff teams are buzz-saws, and you don't get past them with a clipboard jockey.




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    Isn't ol Billy Volek out there?




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