OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens will face Michael Vick for the first time since 2012 when they play at the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. But few teams know more about Ben Roethlisberger's replacement than the Ravens.
Ravens quarterbacks coach Marty Mornhinweg was Vick's offensive coordinator for five of the previous six seasons, including last season when both were with the New York Jets. This type of familiarity could prove valuable considering it's a short week.
In Mornhinweg's West Coast offense, Vick was 19-18 as a starter with a 85.9 passer rating. He completed 59.3 percent of his throws for 55 touchdowns and 32 interceptions.
Will the Ravens tap into Mornhinweg's knowledge of Vick this week?
"Oh, absolutely," coach John Harbaugh said. "Yes, of course."
Harbaugh has some knowledge of Vick, too. In the 2004 NFC Championship Game, Harbaugh was part of the coaching staff for the Eagles, who beat Vick and the Falcons 27-10.
"I saw him close up and personal there, running around, making plays," Harbaugh said. "He has been one of the premier players in the league for many years. I have a lot of respect for him. [He is a] fine quarterback. He brings unique talents to the table."
But Harbaugh believes it's about preparing for the Steelers offense and not necessarily Vick. On Sunday, Vick completed 5 of 6 passes for 38 yards after Roethlisberger's exit with a sprained MCL in his left knee.
"Their team is intact, [with] all the things that they do, all the players that they have," Harbaugh said. "That’s what they revolve around, is who they are as a football team, and now he becomes a piece of that team that we have to be aware of.”