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It's time for Bruce Arians to get his pink slip!


Bruce Arians, what are you doing? Last week against Kansas City, we turn into Texas Tech and completely abandoned the running game when we needed it, and tonight, with maybe the fastest and most athletic QB in the NFL, Arians asks Dennis Dixon to execute a dropback passing game on the road in Baltimore? Really?? Look, Dixon shouldn't have made some of the throws he made tonight. He was extremely fortunate that Ledarious Webb didn't pick him off late in regulation, and we all know he wishes he had the INT in OT back. But to ask this young QB, whose strength is his legs, to drop back and read a zone defense as complicated as Baltimore's is was just idiotic. Why in the world is Arians not putting Dixon in a position to be most successful? Where were the rollouts? The bootlegs? Arians called one designed running play for Dixon off the Mike Wallace motion and guess what happened? You guessed it. Baltimore came with an all-out blitz, and Dixon outran the Ravens' D to the corner and turned it up for a TD scamper. Where were more plays like that? Roll Dixon out, get him on the edge and give the guy a run/pass option. The guy isn't Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Dree Brees or Ben Roethlisberger for that matter. Right now (not saying that he can't be), he's not a dropback passer and Arians expected him to be just that - in the first start of his young career on the road against Baltimore's defense. Good luck, youngster. That's tough for the most veteran of quarterbacks in this league. I just felt like Arians threw Dixon to the wolves with this gameplan. And it wasn't just this game. I haven't been crazy about Arians for a while now. He just doesn't seem to have a clue sometimes. And tonight's game was just another example of Arians' ineffectiveness. Not getting Dixon on the perimeter on more rollouts and bootlegs and giving him a better chance to be successful is terrible. Not only did I feel bad for Dixon tonight, but I have felt bad for the defense for a couple of games now. They have gotten no help from the offense. Tomlin needs to get rid of this guy ASAP!

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