Big Ben Out- Mike Vick In

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick (2) passes against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of a preseason NFL football game on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick (2) passes against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of a preseason NFL football game on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Jarrett Bailey, Sports Writer

In the third quarter of the Steelers Week 3 matchup in St. Louis with the Rams, QB Ben Roethlisberger was sacked for the second time in as many plays, but as he was hit, he immediately fell and grabbed his knee. After getting tests done, it has been made known that Roethlisberger suffered a sprained MCL and will be out 4-6 weeks, news that put the Steelers in a little bit of trouble. It is now up to Michael Vick to lead this team in Ben’s absence. Now, this may not be the Michael Vick of a decade ago who was tearing up the NFL by running and passing all over defenses and arguably the most dominant player in the game, but he still has the speed and the arm to get the job done. Even at age 35, Michael Vick can still run and gun, it just depends on a few factors, one being the play calls. Todd Haley (Steelers offensive coordinator) needs to realize that Vick and Ben are two completely different QBs. Ben is a guy who does work in the pocket and isn’t very quick. Not to say Ben can’t move around, but with Vick, he’s a guy who is known for being able to run all over defenses if given the chance. If the Steelers were smart, they would throw in some read option plays with Vick and Le’Veon Bell to open more options for both players. The passing game may damper just a bit because Vick doesn’t have the same chemistry with the receivers that Ben does. But, as time goes on, I think Vick will get his feet under him and adapt very well and the Steelers will be just fine until Ben his heeled and back at the helm.

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