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Steelers offense forced to adjust to Michael Vick's abilities

Michael Vick of the Pittsburgh Steelers (2) passes against the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on Sept. 27, 2015 in St. Louis, Mo.
Michael Vick of the Pittsburgh Steelers (2) passes against the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on Sept. 27, 2015 in St. Louis, Mo.(Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images)

The Steelers hired Todd Haley to improve their offense and protect Ben Roethlisberger, and right up until Mark Barron's stumbling act Sunday in St. Louis, he had done a good job of that.

Haley, partly through his own innovations, had a luxury no previous offensive coordinator had while coaching Roethlisberger because he did not miss a game over the past two seasons for the first time in his career.

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Now he will miss 4-6 weeks and Haley must adjust an offense perfectly suited to Roethlisberger's abilities to those of Mike Vick. And has had to do it with just two days of practice before tonight's kickoff against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field.

For those unfamiliar, Vick is no Roethlisberger. At 6 feet, he is five inches shorter and while he has as strong an arm as any quarterback in the league, it has not been among the most accurate. At 35, he still has the ability to get out and run and the Steelers can use at least the threat of that tonight. They also are likely to use what Vick's other teams have done and design rollouts and a moving pocket to take advantage of that mobility and allow him to see the field.

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