Michael Vick Could Have Been a Pittsburgh Steeler and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVOctober 3, 2012

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Steelers could have signed quarterback Michael Vick three years ago if head coach Mike Tomlin had his way (paid link).

At the time, Byron Leftwich was in Tampa Bay as a backup there after being Ben Roethlisberger's No. 2 the year before. Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon were the only other quarterbacks in Pittsburgh and Tomlin had ties to Vick.

What prevented it? First, the Rooney family apparently didn't want Vick and the Steelers had just won the Super Bowl. Second, Roethlisberger was going through legal problems at the time and the higher-ups didn't want to send the wrong message to their starter.

The Steelers face Vick's Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday afternoon.


Baltimore Ravens

Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times gives us the biggest questions facing the Baltimore Ravens as they enter the second quarter of the NFL season.

Bleacher Report's David Cucchiara breaks down the three most difficult games remaining on the Ravens' schedule.


Cincinnati Bengals

Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com wonders if, finally, the Cincinnati Bengals are for real.

Bleacher Report's Michael Schottey and others give their predictions for this week's matchup between the Bengals and the Miami Dolphins.


Cleveland Browns

Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram gives us a preview of tonight's NFL Network "A Football Life" documentary of the 1995 Cleveland Browns and what could have been if they hadn't moved to Baltimore.

Chris Trapasso of Bleacher Report wonders if the Browns simply expected too much from rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden this year.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says that perhaps the issues the Pittsburgh Steelers are having this year have to do with a lack of leadership on their roster.

Bleacher Report's Shane McFarland asks whether Steelers safety Troy Polamalu's best days are in the past.