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If Ike Taylor leaves, don’t expect Steelers to spend big at cornerback

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Florio thinks the Steelers should let Ike Taylor walk. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the Steelers are thinking otherwise, with Taylor reportedly atop their free agent priority list.

Still, the Steelers will only go so far and Taylor is going to get plenty of interest around the league.  If the Steelers can’t re-sign Taylor, don’t expect them to make a big splash at cornerback.

“If the Steelers can’t sign Taylor to a new contract, it is unlikely they would sign another player from the first tier of free-agent corners, assuming they command comparable dollar figures, because of the comfort level between the Steelers and Taylor and Taylor’s knowledge of the defense,” Ray Fittipaldo writes.

The Steelers defense isn’t about coverage.  It’s about pressure, tackling, and more pressure.  Pittsburgh doesn’t need to overpay at cornerback.

We’ve heard that the secondary was Pittsburgh’s Achilles heel for years, and it hasn’t exactly devastated the defense.

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19 Responses to “If Ike Taylor leaves, don’t expect Steelers to spend big at cornerback”
  1. 78deville says: Jul 6, 2011 1:02 PM

    If Ike Taylor leaves, don’t expect Steelers to spend big at cornerbackbecause they neverEEEEVVVVEEEERRRR spend on free agents. Develop from within – a style that’s helped them contend for years and years.

  2. ac0117 says: Jul 6, 2011 1:14 PM

    @78deville

    we got it, thanks

  3. sonvar says: Jul 6, 2011 1:54 PM

    This would only be surprising if you wrote they had no plans of acquiring any DBs. Their secondary cost them in the SB against Green Bay and almost cost them with the Cardinals before that if not for that drive at the end. While it’s good to develop from the draft it’s clear they have little to no depth at secondary which will cost them again this season.

  4. cfletcher33 says: Jul 6, 2011 2:09 PM

    I like Ike; however we have always lost free agents and where able to bounce back. I would hate to see him go but Tom D. would find the right fit. Go Steelers!

  5. Deb says: Jul 6, 2011 2:16 PM

    As a diehard Steelers fan, the only thing about the organization that’s frustrated me is their unwillingness to dip occasionally into the competitive end of the free agent pool. But then I look at our long-term record versus, say, lil Danny Snyder’s. The Redskins under Snyder are the textbook example on why you can’t buy championships in free agency. The Steelers are consistently in the hunt. I might wish we’d go after an Asomugha, but I can’t argue with success.

  6. laxer37 says: Jul 6, 2011 2:18 PM

    Ike is a solid corner but not worthy of the kind of money some foolish team will probably end up throwing at him.

    The Steelers are never afraid to let a guy walk when his offers outweigh his worth.

    Leave the over-spending to jokers like the Redskins.

  7. joerevs300 says: Jul 6, 2011 2:32 PM

    The secondary definitely gets hurt against teams like Green Bay and New England, but my fear is the way offenses are changing now in the NFL, coupled with the rules about hard hitting, it’s going to make the Steelers style irrelevant.

    If they keep ignoring the CB position it’s at their own peril IMO.

    That being said, it’s not like Ike Taylor made a ton of INT’s. And it’s not like people didn’t throw at him. He’s given Pittsburgh many good years, so if he wants to get paid that’s his right.

  8. sev3n5 says: Jul 6, 2011 2:43 PM

    Maybe its time for the Steelers to start spending some money. Their defense gets torn up by guys like Brady (6-1 all time versus the Steelers) and Rodgers who made them look like fools in the SB.

  9. cincinnasti says: Jul 6, 2011 2:57 PM

    Interesting the Steelers are praised for not “overspending” and others are considered “cheap” for taking the same approach..

  10. ghetr says: Jul 6, 2011 3:03 PM

    “cfletcher33 says:
    Jul 6, 2011 2:09 PM
    I like Ike; however we have always lost free agents and where able to bounce back. I would hate to see him go but Tom D. would find the right fit. Go Steelers!”

    Tom D!?!? Donahoe hasn’t been with the Steelers for 10 years! COLBERT might find a guy, but Tom D ain’t going to help us.

  11. Deb says: Jul 6, 2011 3:26 PM

    @cfletcher33 …

    Tom D. has been gone for a long, long time and his butt-headedness and disrespectful attitude cost us Rod Woodson. I’m much happier with Colbert. We’ve actually been winning Super Bowls again since he joined the family. Didn’t notice Donohoe winning much of anything in Buffalo.

  12. Deb says: Jul 6, 2011 3:39 PM

    @cincinnasti …

    The difference is that some owners obviously don’t care whether their teams succeed as long as they make money, while the Steelers use their resources to advantage to build a winning program.

  13. transam7816 says: Jul 6, 2011 4:58 PM

    “We’ve heard that the secondary was Pittsburgh’s Achilles heel for years, and it hasn’t exactly devastated the defense.”

    Really? The secondary is what caused them to come in 2nd

  14. Deb says: Jul 6, 2011 6:24 PM

    transam7816 says:

    “We’ve heard that the secondary was Pittsburgh’s Achilles heel for years, and it hasn’t exactly devastated the defense.”

    Really? The secondary is what caused them to come in 2nd
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    Are you referring to Super Bowl XLV? I don’t know what game you were watching, but in the game I watched, the Packer defense forced three turnovers that led to 21 points. The secondary wasn’t on the field during those plays.

  15. walkinginthewasteland says: Jul 6, 2011 11:35 PM

    Deb says: Jul 6, 2011 6:24 PM

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    Are you referring to Super Bowl XLV? I don’t know what game you were watching, but in the game I watched, the Packer defense forced three turnovers that led to 21 points. The secondary wasn’t on the field during those plays.

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    No, they were on the field when the Packer offense scored 3 TDs, with the passing game. What game were you watching, Deb? Only an idiot doesn’t realize the Steeler secondary is the weakest link on the D. It will be more so if we lose our shutdown corner. Our CB development has been atrocious the last 5+ years with the exception of Ike Taylor.
    You know how bad our secondary is when Troy is out? Well imagine it without Troy when he has his annula injury and Ike, with Willie Gay and Mcfadden as the #1 & #2 CBs. That secondary would have no chance against Payton, Brees, Brady, etc. There is a serious amount of denial in people who don’t realize how critical Ike is.

  16. lawboy2000 says: Jul 7, 2011 2:14 AM

    Hey, walkinginthewasteland -

    Go watch the game again. The Steelers defense gave up 24 points while the Steelers offense scored 25. The defense did it’s job on the field.

    The difference was Roethlisberger’s pick-6 while the defense was on on the sideline.

    As far as Payton, Brees and Brady go, the Steelers have proven that they can beat Payton Manning. Turnovers and bad penalties cost them the game against the Saints. And Brady and Belichick are just in the Steelers’ heads – they will never beat them.

  17. walkinginthewasteland says: Jul 7, 2011 10:10 AM

    In 2010, Brady and the Pats put up 350 yards and 3 passing TD and defeated the Steelers.

    In 2009 Rodger through for almost 400 yards and had 3 pass TD against the Steelers. The defense did their job so well, we needed a last second drive to win the game.

    In the 2008 SB, Kurt Warner got 375 yards passing and 2 passing TDs in the 2nd half to take the lead with under 5 minutes left. The defense did their job so well it took Ben’s drive to get us a winning score in the last minute of the game.

    That isn’t the defense doing their job, that is barely hanging on and winning on last minute heroics.
    And as we saw, those last minute heroics dont always materialize.

    The Steelers have been traditionally weak for the last 10 years against top rate passing QBs who attack our secondary. That hasn’t changed since NE (294Y/3TD) and Oakland (403/1TD) did it to open the 2002 season.

    Those are facts. You can post your interpretations of what happened in February until your face turns blue, but that wont change it.

    That is exactly the threat the Steelers need to defeat in the playoffs to get to, and win the SB. That is the threat we face in SD, NE, Indy. We failed this last season in the SB, when we couldn’t stop the GB passing game.

    And now we might lose the only CB in our secondary who can take away one of the opponents top receiving threats.

    The CB depth chart looks like this.

    RCB
    Ike Taylor
    William Gay
    Crezdon Butler

    LCB
    Bryant McFadden
    Anthony Madison
    Keenan Lewis

    The only one currently capable of playing semi decent CB there is McFadden. McFadden is so good the Cardinals traded him and a 6th round pick for a 5th round pick. Without Ike, these CBs are worse possibly the worst in the division. Definitely worse then the Bengals, probably worse then the Ravens. Probably worse than the Browns, who have Joe Haden.

    Without Ike, and some incredible development and or signing, the Steelers will get abused in the air by legitimate franchise QBs who have the proper tools. If/when Troy goes down, the Steelers will get ripped apart by said QBs.

  18. Deb says: Jul 7, 2011 12:05 PM

    @walkinginthewasteland …

    I was checking a smart-ass Packers fan, who was mouthing off about the Super Bowl. Priorities, son. Do we have to spell out everything to our own people?

    I’m well aware that corner is our weak link and have been posting that ad nauseum for months. You must be new. :roll:

  19. blitzburghgator says: Jul 8, 2011 10:06 PM

    Walking, get off the ledge man.

    Yes, it is obvious that the secondary has been the weakest part of our defense. Yet the defense as a whole has finished in the top 3 in overall defense just about every year since those games you brought up from 2002.

    Oh, and in case you forgot, we have been to 3 superbowls, and won 2 in that time.

    You act like some passing yards is the end of the world, and use superbowl 43 as an example, when the truth is that our D gave up a net of 16 freaking points that day!!!

    Points matter, yards dont.

    Sure, losing Ike would hurt….but for you to act like its the end of the damn world is completely ridiculous.

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