John Harbaugh: We’re preparing for Steelers, not Michael Vick

AP

The Steelers and Ravens will renew their rivalry on Thursday night without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at the helm for Pittsburgh.

Roethlisberger is out with a knee injury, which leaves Michael Vick to run the Steelers offense against the winless Ravens. In past years, that might have meant preparing for Vick’s particular set of skills but Ravens coach John Harbaugh says that won’t be the case in the next few days. The Ravens will be focused on the Steelers as a whole, rather than on just the abilities of the guy playing quarterback.

“We have a lot of respect for him — a fine quarterback. He brings unique talents to the table, and those are things we’ve got to prepare for, but really the preparation is for the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun. “Their team is intact — all the things that they do, all the players that they have, that’s what they revolve around, is who they are a football team. And now he becomes a piece of that team that we have to be aware of.”

If the Ravens do want some deeper insight into Vick, quarterbacks coach Marty Mornhinweg could provide it after working with Vick on the Eagles and Jets in recent years. That work went so well that Mornhinweg lost both jobs and moved from offensive coordinator to position coach, although the Steelers have a bit more to work with offensively than the Jets did when Vick was pressed into action last season.

21 responses to “John Harbaugh: We’re preparing for Steelers, not Michael Vick

  1. Here’s an idea for the Ravens after watching the game vs. CIN on Sunday.

    DOUBLE COVER ANTONIO BROWN.

    Can’t remember watching a team with such high aspirations with a chance to win 3 games and blowing each and every chance. You could have a pee-wee QB back there throwing daggers against this secondary. It’s some of the worst accountability I’ve ever seen on the field in 20 years of watching football.

    This should be an eye opener out there for those fans that have huge but aging leadership on their team(s).

    Looking at you Steelers (Rothlisberger), and you Patriots (Brady), and you Broncos (Manning). You just don’t replace guys like Suggs, Reed, and Lewis. Baltimore will be fine in a couple of seasons, but it obviously plays much more of a factor than we give it credit for.

  2. so harbaugh isn’t going to have a special game plan for a back up QB? crazy times, crazy times

  3. It won’t matter how much he prepares, the team is undisciplined and can’t finish. Too many penalties, the defense lacks the killer instinct to finish games, and the offense can’t run the ball and have one option at receiver. If they don’t figure out a way to turn this around, this could get ugly really fast.

  4. Sports writers have a lot of face to lose if vick lights it up because they all said he was done and would never start again. The same for all those other teams who passed on him who now have qbs that should be out of the league.

  5. Vick will be the downfall of the Steelers, yet here I am hoping he does well Thursday and gets the win..

  6. 2since96 says:
    Sep 29, 2015 8:30 AM

    It won’t matter how much he prepares, the team is undisciplined and can’t finish. Too many penalties, the defense lacks the killer instinct to finish games, and the offense can’t run the ball and have one option at receiver. If they don’t figure out a way to turn this around, this could get ugly really fast.
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    You ARE talking about the Vick-led Stealers here, right?

  7. the vick led steelers will win the game and vick will make 2-3 critical plays that help them get the win. the defense will rise up and bell will get 130 total yards from scrimmage but vick will show why hes still a viable option in this league

  8. Ravens will beat the Steelers Thursday. They will stop the run game and make Vic feed him with his arm but I don’t believe he can. Ravens may want to stop blitzing so much as they did against Dalton Sunday. It exposes their secondary too much it exposes their secondary too much

  9. This is just a smoke screen. Vick and Ben are very different qb’s with very different skill sets. If the Ravens are not specifically scheming to stop Vick so as to make the Steelers one dimensional, then they will be 0-4 on Friday morning.

    Come on John – just shut up and coach !!

  10. I honestly don’t know what Vick is capable of anymore. As rough as the ratbirds have looked so far this season, I’m still quite worried.

    Here’s to hoping Vick’s got a few more decent games left in him, and the defense gets to Flacco often.

  11. Historically, Bell is a non-factor in Steelers/Ravens games. The Ravens, as bad as their defense has been, are still #8 against the run and will stop him dead as usual. That being said, unless someone’s finally put sights on Vick’s ‘cannon’ of an arm, it will actually be a test of the Steeler receiver corps’ talent to see if they can find a way to receive his errant throws. His completion % of < 50% speaks loads. A cannon's only good if you can hit the target. Ask Billick about Kyle Boller if you question that. Yes, he could throw it through the goalposts from his knees 60 yds, but that's quite a big target vs hitting a receiver's target area.

  12. Everyone quoting those throwing stats on Vick. You realize those are products of playing on a very bad Jets team for quite a while. Antonio Brown is much better than anything the Jests have seen in years. Vick will get him the ball!

    Prediction – (as well as what EVERY Ravens fans is secretly thinking) – The Ravens lose another one and start out 0-4 for the first time in franchise history. Steve Smith sr. gets upset, runs is mouth in the locker room and nearly drowns when he’s tossed into the cold tub by the entire team without a life jacket! As if the beating that the Steelers just handed to him wasn’t enough!

    Ravens = Last in AFCN

  13. ravenbiker says:
    Sep 29, 2015 11:45 AM
    Historically, Bell is a non-factor in Steelers/Ravens games. The Ravens, as bad as their defense has been, are still #8 against the run and will stop him dead as usual. That being said, unless someone’s finally put sights on Vick’s ‘cannon’ of an arm, it will actually be a test of the Steeler receiver corps’ talent to see if they can find a way to receive his errant throws. His completion % of < 50% speaks loads. A cannon's only good if you can hit the target. Ask Billick about Kyle Boller if you question that. Yes, he could throw it through the goalposts from his knees 60 yds, but that's quite a big target vs hitting a receiver's target area.

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    You do realize that ever since he entered the league Bell has more yards on the Ravens then any other player does right?

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