A coupla years back, John Feinstein wrote a pretty good book titled "Next Man Up
" in which he spent a season with the Baltimore Ravens
. The premise of the title was that the NFL is a cold business and that when one player goes out because of injury or can't play well any longer, it's time for the "next man up" to take his place.
And today, that concept leaps to mind in NFL-less Oregon because of the league's six-game suspension
of Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. That creates a "next man up" situation for ex-Ducks quarterback Dennis Dixon
, which in this offseason of brutal news
for Ducks fans passes as at least a hopeful note for the day.
Dixon started one game last season for Pittsburgh when Roethlisberger had a concussion. Dixon did OK until he threw a fourth-quarter interception
against the Ravens. I'd be curious to see what Dixon could do in a six-game stretch, but I'm guessing the thought doesn't exactly fill Steelers fans with confidence.