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John Harbaugh Gets Testy When Asked About Decision To Bring Back Dennis Dixon


Yesterday I passed along the news that the Baltimore Ravens had signed back quarterback Dennis Dixon to their practice squad and wondered if the move had a bit paranoia or gamesmanship involved in it. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was asked about the move Wednesday during his conference call with the media and appears to have taken a little issue with the veiled accusation.

The Ravens coach was asked point blank if the decision to re-sign Dixon was made so that the Pittsburgh Steelers couldn\’t sign him to their practice squad instead.

“Was Pittsburgh going to bring him back? I wasn’t aware of that,” said Harbaugh.

Harbaugh was pushed a little further when informed that with Ben Roethlisberger hurt that Dixon might be brought back to Pittsburgh to the practice squad.

“Have you heard that? If there’s some information along those lines then it’s probably a question to address,” said the Ravens coach. “But if you haven’t heard that and it’s a rumor or speculation then it’s probably not worth addressing as a question.”

Sure, it was speculation that Dixon would indeed be a candidate to be brought back, but Steelers head coach did say on Tuesday that there was a chance that a practice squad eligible quarterback could be signed this week as an extra practice squad arm.

Dixon certainly would have fit that bill, as would Jerrod Johnson. All Harbaugh needed to say was, no. He could of also just said that the reason Dixon had to be released last week from the practice squad was because they needed another body at a different position due to injury, and that bringing back Dixon was the plan the whole time.

The way that Harbaugh took offense to the question leads one to believe that bringing back Dixon was a defensive move on the part of the Ravens so that the former Steelers quarterback couldn\’t reveal anything to Pittsburgh about the Ravens offense if signed.

It will be interesting to see if Dixon is jettisoned by the Ravens once again after the second meeting between the two teams. I am willing to bet that he is.

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  • Keith Freeman

    Good job, Harbaugh-ichick.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    The blowout last year has always led me to believe that Harbaugh has a serious inferiority complex about the Steelers. Since he has been the coach of the Ravens, he hasn’t been to a Super Bowl, we have been twice. In addition, while being .500 against the Steelers at 5-5 during the regular season,when it mattered, in the playoffs he has lost to Pittsburgh twice in years when Pittsburgh went to the Super Bowl.

  • Ahmad

    If he had signed Dixon back under innocent purposes, he would not have gotten so defensive.

  • JohnnyV1

    Dennis Dixon isn’t good, he’s been in the league 5 yrs now, Steelers didn’t want him, none of the other 31 teams wanted to sign him as an UFA and all he could get is some time on a practice squad. If I were Harbaugh, I’d be annoyed at that question, because it’s stupid, Dixon doesn’t even know the new offense.

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    Nothing this petulant crybaby says or does would surprise me. When things don’t go his way he stomps his feet and pouts. Just like his brother.

  • Brendon Glad

    To reference a song….”if we don’t know them by now…we will never ever ever know them”. Whatever Harbaugh!

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Gosh, it’s great that those Harbaugh boys are so cool headed. Makin’ mom and dad proud…..musta been some kinda fun at THAT household when those two were younger! While it might not be fair, going to go out on a limb and say that dad was either a complete pushover or wasn’t around much judging from how crappy their attitudes are.

  • Dominic Johns

    Does anyone really care about Dennis Dixon anymore? I would rather have Byron than Dixon any day of the week. Even if we did pick up Dennis Dixon, how in the hell could be use him at QB when he doesn’t even know the playbook?

  • Cletus

    This does not surprise me a bit–ever since the Browns start calling themselves Ravens, they’ve invented this “rivalry” as way to crown themselves with credibility, but the reality is that they are a top-to-bottom collection of ugly, obnoxious animals who have yet to evolve any higher concepts, such as honor and respect. The truth is that they are basically an unavoidable annoyance as is the weather this time of year. That they think they evoke fear in us is darling–one needs simply to light a match and watch them flee to shiver behind boulders and shrubs at the frightening sight of this bewildering source of light and heat. What does surprise me is Harbaugh not throwing rocks and sticks at the media. Yes, Baltimore, I hate you, but unlike Tom-in-Boots and his band of thieves, I do not respect you.

  • georgia_teacher

    Why do you care? It seems evident that Dixon was not wanted in Pitt. I see far more petulance from the posters on this board than Harbaugh displayed. It amuses me when fans say “we did this” or “we are over .500,” etc. No, you are sitting on your couch or in the stands. This all sounds like sour grapes anyway, since once again, the Ravens are leading the division.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Ravens figured Steelers wanted Ravens playbook & learn checkoff methods, not Dixon’s ability to play. Teams commonly sign players just to pick their brain about a good opponent on their schedule so I think thats the only thing Ravens were afraid of. U are right Dixon wouldnt know Haley’s playbook, so I dont know why someone didnt like yur post. Dixon would QB our scout team to mimic Ravens though. No coaches admit that & thats why they all get mad when any reporter catches them at it.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    I agree. I think Harbaugh did not want to take the chance of Steelers signing Dixon temporarilly just to get Ravens checkoff codes & playbook & to just QB our scout team which mimics Ravens in practice, then Steelers could dump Dixon after those 2 games or then still keep Dixon to do that again in playoffs if looks like Steelers & Ravens will both be in playoffs.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Only to pick Dixons brain about Ravens checkoff system & Ravens playbook & to run our scout team which mimics Ravens. Thats how we would use him. That be our 3rd QB & thats what 3rd QBs do. Then after the 2nd game against Ravens, we would cut Dixon & go with only 2 QBs Batch & Byran.

  • JohnnyV1

    I suppose that might have some value. It is the same Ravens offense since Harbaugh arrived, so I don’t think it would be too helpful.

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