Before the start of the 2015 NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers seemed like a team that would waltz into the playoffs with legitimate ease.
Then, Ben Roethlisberger went down hurt during the Steelers game against the Saint Louis Rams, and everything changed. Pittsburgh still find themselves sitting comfortably on a 3-2 record, but when you consider the fact that their AFC North rivals the Cincinnati Bengals are 5-0 and looking dominant, the Steelers have to go on a big run of winning games.
They have just the man to facilitate that in star wide receiver Antonio Brown, but Michael Vick - Big Ben's replacement under center - hasn't been feeding him the ball enough. And this has to change.
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Get Brown the Ball
The Pro Bowl receiver was talking to reporters following the Steelers last-second win over the San Diego Chargers, and said that Vick needs to take a chance on long throws and trust Brown to make the big play.
“He has to take some shots, man. I told him, trust me a little bit, let me make some plays and let’s get a victory,” Brown said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“It doesn’t have to be that hard. … I think he wants to give me the ball. I don’t think he’s not trying to give me the ball, but he’s new out there and hasn’t been here from spring or training camp. So he’s just trying to do what’s right just to put the team in position and make sure he doesn’t mess up.”
Take a Chance
Brown’s presence has helped the Steelers without the ball going his way. For example, he drew extra coverage on the 72-yard touchdown pass to Markus Wheaton, but the wideout said he wants Vick to feel comfortable throwing the ball his way under any circumstances.
When Vick spoke, he mentioned that he knows it’s “very important” to get the ball in Brown’s hands, but that he is going to “let everything happen naturally” rather than veer away from the game plan when the Steelers face the Cardinals this Sunday.