Originally posted by Youngb:
It's the cool thing to bash Dixon now since everyone is doing it. "Oh they all say he sucks, so he must suck." He is not that bad a player. Everyone here screams that they love how Harbaugh is having players play numerous roles. Well Dixon asked to be tried at FB while playing HB and special teams. This offseason, he was at the training facility all year practicing with Kaep and lifting with the Justin Smith and the D linemen. I'll admit, I have disliked Dixon in the past and while he may be annoyingly vocal sometimes, the dude has heart and loves the team and puts in the time and effort. He may not have shown all the talent in the world, but he has drive. That is worth more in my opinion.
These kind of posts make it more emotional than it need to be. Dixon is a fine player compared to most of the general population. I think he cold probably play on other teams as w ell. But for this team he is not a great fit with the other players (assuming they are healthy) available. So when people say he sucks it is because they are looking at these other players and comparing those players to him.
Personally I'm not sure there is a huge differene between Dixon and Cartwright in their value to the team. If they are valued about the same I'd rather have Dixon. Still, he is a bit player that has not shown an ability to perform in his role (short yardage power back). He doesn't hit the hole hard regardless of defensive push, and even though he is a big RB, he doesn't seem to have much power when taking on tacklers. He is just not ideal so people don't like him. His tweets are also really annoying, but I think the criticism that he doesn't work hard is incorrect. From what I saw he seemed to be working really hard this summer.
Still his YPC is 3.4 this pre-season, so he isn't exactly tearing it up out there. Career YPC is 3.0
[ Edited by dtcomposer on Aug 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM ]