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Mike Vick more comfortable in Steelers' offense

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Mike Vick's first start as a Pittsburgh Steeler came on a short week, which led to some of the inconsistencies on offense.

Now that the quarterback has gone through a full week's slate of practices, he's becoming more comfortable with the offense heading into the Steelers' Week 5 tilt with the San Diego Chargers.

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"I feel so much better just having more time to practice, more time to build chemistry and learn the offense," Vick said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I don't have anything else to do. The family is back in Florida, and it's just football. I kind of like it like this. It is a chance for me to get everything in order and do everything to help the team and serve my purpose."

Offensive coordinator Todd Haley admitted that the Steelers went into last Thursday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens with a restricted game plan, which hindered the operation.

"Last week was an extreme situation in my opinion," Haley said. "We really had to be smart about what he was comfortable with, with what we liked against what they were doing defensively."

Antonio Brown -- who has never caught an NFL touchdown pass from a quarterback other than Ben Roethlisberger -- said last week's sputtering offense, which saw the receiver's 35-game record streak of 5-plus receptions and 50-plus receiving yards snapped, wasn't all on Vick.

"Last week, it just wasn't (Vick's) fault," Brown said. "There is a lot of blame on me. I left a lot of plays out there. All of us are getting more comfortable, not just him. I am more confident and comfortable this week with him."

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