Ike Taylor tries to improve on a “so-so” 2013 season

AP

At 34, and in the final year of his contract, Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor enters his 12th season in the Pittsburgh secondary. For the last nine of those seasons, Taylor has been a starter.

As he sees it, 2013 — a season in which he ranked 97th among qualifying cornerbacks, according to Pro Football Focus’ ratings — wasn’t one of his best campaigns.

“It was a so-so year,” Taylor told reporters Tuesday, according to a transcript from the club. “But when you play long enough, you are going to have a so-so year or two. But I didn’t like that. I understood that. I had to be honest with myself. Regardless of what it is in life, you have to get better.”

Taylor has been a regular on the Steelers’ last three Super Bowl entrants; of the Steelers’ current players, only safety Troy Polamalu, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, tight end Heath Miller and long-snapper Greg Warren share that distinction. The club hasn’t won a postseason game since 2010, and it hasn’t made the playoffs since 2011.

To that end, Taylor believes his big-game experience can help him set an example for some of the club’s younger players.

“I have to have the image and mindset to at least lead the young guys, because they don’t know what it takes to make the playoffs,” Taylor said. “They don’t know what it takes to win Super Bowls. But I do, and we have a few guys left who know how to win. All we can do is be leaders and let the chips fall.”

On the field, Taylor still could figure as one of the Steelers’ top three cornerbacks, with Cortez Allen and William Gay also again likely to play major roles. For Taylor — perhaps underappreciated in his prime — it’s a chance to improve on a 2013 season below his standard.

31 responses to “Ike Taylor tries to improve on a “so-so” 2013 season

  1. Ike ‘Toast’ Taylor looking to get back to a normal season of getting beaten badly in critical situations again.

  2. Thats alright, Ike knows his time is short and a replacement will be on the way probably by next year. All it takes is one good bounce back year to collect ANOTHER ring. He definitely has the work ethic to do it.

  3. If Ike could catch the ball, he’d be considered one of the best corners of the last 10 years. Wasn’t great last year, but everyone has to remember that he goes head to head with the opposing team #1 every week. That’s two weeks a year against Torrey Smith, AJ Green and Josh Gordon. That also meant Megatron and Marshall last year. I expect him to have a nice year this year. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him line up at safety on occasion as well, similar to what the Woodson’s (Rod and Charles) have done at the end of their careers.

  4. how we all forget
    ok,he had a bad year last year
    but before that except for his lack of ability
    to intercept passes ,he was a shut down corner
    in this league,always assigned to the teams
    best receiver unlike that idiot from Seattle
    how many corners could do that ,not many

  5. After being the best shutdown corner in the NFL for about 1/2 a decade, and the best pure corner the Steelers have ever seen, your down year is forgiven, Ike.

  6. I love Ike, and he was an excellent corner for a long time, but I’ve seen better hands on a grandfather clock. Lack of interceptions is what kept him from being known as one of the best corners in the game. Just one last year, Ike. Give ’em hell.

  7. Look at all the NFL experts voicing their opinions. Hey guys, thanks for coming here and sharing your expertise with us.

    So tell us, how much do you get paid to provide your insight to the league or do you work for the scouting companies or the media?

    (HA HA everyone has an opinion especially when sitting in front of the computer or on the couch).

  8. briscocountyjr says:
    Jun 3, 2014 8:44 PM
    Very similar to Champ Bailey.. only not as talented.

    Ike has 2 Superbowl rings while Champ has none.

  9. Ike is the weak link in the Steelers D and has been for years. His lapses have caused many, many big gains over the years and no doubt will be a problem again this year.
    Somehow, he has become a local media darling and I take it that it is all because they have a difficult time understanding just what he is talking about. Reminds me of the old ‘Airplane’ movie. Needs someone to push reporters aside and say, ‘It’s ok. I speak jive.’

  10. Sorry Ike. You’re in the “hang on for a year or two” phase of your career.

  11. Guess there are so-called “Steelers fans” on this board who never heard of Mel Blount. Taylor, the best pure corner the Steelers have ever seen? I think not…

  12. Just a few more weeks before you haters nightmare begins.

    Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 AFCN champions

  13. Pukesberg will want him back……. Just wait for it. They LOVE old & slow defensive players! Look @ their roster!

    Time for you to go wash your AFCN champ t-shirt for the first time skippy. It’s ok to take it off for an hour or so it’s not disloyal .

  14. Steeler corners take way too much blame, especially Ike. Let’s talk about what the real problem has been for Ike the last couple of seasons….
    1. Ike always lines up against the #1 receiver
    2. He had a slow Ryan Clark providing help behind him. Let’s face it, Ryan was known for his hitting and not his cover ability.
    3. Dick’s defense is predicated on getting to the QB with various blitzes and stunts and that was not happening much until Worilds replaced Woodley.
    It’s no coincidence that the pass D drastically improved when Worilds, Heyward, and company starting getting to the QB.

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