Pittsburgh’s quarterback position has been one of the hottest topics of discussion during the off-season. Starter and two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger was dealing with rape accusations and recently had his league-induced suspension reduced from six to four games. In the meantime, backup Byron Leftwich hurt his knee, taking himself out of the running to start the first few games in Big Ben’s absence. That left second year QB Dennis Dixon from Oregon and veteran Charlie Batch as the remaining options.
Head coach Mike Tomlin announced over the weekend that Dennis Dixon would be the team’s starter and added that it’s not a 100% guarantee that Roethlisberger gets his starting job back. Tomlin wasn’t knocking Roethlisberger as much as he was allowing for the possibility that Dixon plays lights out and becomes the top quarterback on the team. In the case that happens, he could remain the starter even when Roethlisberger returns. Now that we know Tomlin is equal opportunity, let’s examine this one: is it possible for Dixon to become the best quarterback on the team?