Ike Taylor thinks of decisive play in wild-card loss “every day”

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The last great play by Tim Tebow as a Bronco has had a lasting impression on the man who was victimized by it.

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, burned by Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard touchdown catch-and-get-out-of-my-way-stiff-arm on the first snap of overtime  in a wild-card playoff game, says that the memories of that moment still linger.

I remember it every day,” Taylor tells Albert Buford of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.  “People remember you for things you do, and I don’t want to have that game be what people remember me for.”

Taylor returned to his home state of Louisiana on Friday to host his annual “Face Me Ike” youth football camp.  In the camp’s ninth year, Taylor finally was able to persuade former Pittsburgh teammate Santonio Holmes to show up.  Taylor also thinks current teammate Mike Wallace will show up for training camp.

“He’s going to be there,” Taylor said.  “They’ll get it done.  When you talk about that kind of money, it’s not an overnight type of deal.  By the end of the day, I think for sure he’s going to get that thing done.  Both sides are working together, so that’s a good thing.”

The Steelers also likely think it’s now a good thing that they held together and voted against the 2011 labor deal, given the ongoing debate regarding the Commissioner’s powers.

“We’re just a ‘ride or die’ team,” Taylor said.  “We’re going to go 100 percent with our guys.  We had a couple of guys who sat down and understood the situation and brought it to the team, and we all made one decision as a team.”

Still, there was no way Roger Goodell was going to give up his power.  So if enough other teams had done what the Steelers did, the bottom line is that there would have been no football in 2011.

Given the way Taylor’s season ended, maybe that would have been a good thing, too.

35 responses to “Ike Taylor thinks of decisive play in wild-card loss “every day”

  1. Dick had them playing cover zero the entire game and when tebow obviously was beating it he refused to change his gameplan. If they had someone over the top to help Taylor maybe the game could have ended differently. Sucks we lost but that was still a very good game to watch.

  2. At the end of the day with all the exotic stuff, you can still only put 11 players out there to defend. Both Ike and Troy can make spectacular plays but they can also get burned. That’s Dick LeBeau for you.

    Without the Ben-Santonio heroics at the end of SB 43, Taylor may have been even a bigger goat when Larry Fitz beat him inside and scored what looked like a winning TD.

  3. Still, there was no way Roger Goodell was going to give up his power. So if enough other teams had done what the Steelers did, the bottom line is that there would have been no football in 2011.

    Maybe. But my guys acted on principle. And I was never prouder to be a Steelers fan than when that vote was taken.

  4. (1) I love Ike Taylor. Raw 4th rounder out of Lousiana-Lafayette – who made himself into a strong and respected corner who embraces run support. Tough. Unlike guys like De’Angelo Hall who point fingers elsewhere, Ike is owning the butt-end of that play in Denver. Guy works his a$$ off in the off-season. Love him. If they made”I like Ike” buttons, like they did for Eisenhower back in the 50’s, I’d be on board!

    (2) Not sure having Santonio Holmes come in and be an influence on Mike Wallace at this period in time is really wise though. Holmes seems to be a me-first guy all about the dollars and self. Get Wallace around guys like Antonio Brown, Lawrence Timmons, Troy Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley – but not Santonio Holmes.

    (3) “… there would have been no football in 2011. Given the way Taylor’s season ended, maybe that would have been a good thing, too.”

    That kind of editorializing is a bit disappointing. Unnecessary. Just a gratuitous shot.

  5. Dont sweat it, Ike. In the end our defense was just too banged up, at 100% Denver never would have been in that game. I would rather us have lost like that in denver then have gotten embarassed by NE.

  6. It was a good game. It shouldn’t of ended the way it did though. Maybe Pittsburgh could of taken out New England, instead of having Denver get embarrassed.

  7. I think about it everyday too, especially when I think what DT is gonna do now with a real QB getting him the ball, September 9th can’t come fast enough! Go Broncos!

  8. If the Steeler defense gives up 20 points — without scoring a defensive touchdown — it’s an automatic, surefire, done deal, written in stone loss.

    Roethlisberger is the kind of elite quarterback that specializes in 13-9 wins.

  9. cooklynn17 says:

    So does every Steelers fan.
    I don’t think of that play every day. The junior high kids posting “Tebowed” every five minutes would never believe this, but that play doesn’t even make my list of gut-wrenching Steeler moments. I give a lot of credit to Fox for putting together a great game plan that suited his talent and to Tebow for executing it. Ike should ease up on himself. Like SteelyMcBeam6 said, that was more LeBeau’s failure than his. With the injuries we suffered that day, I don’t think we’d have made it past New England, so I’m just as happy it ended when it did. Can’t make the Super Bowl every year.

  10. Deb,

    Had we got past Denver, we’d have NEVER gotten DeCastro … and the rest of the sweet-a$$ draft we scored would have never lined up like it did. Adams, Spence, Ta’amu, Rainey, etc.

    Our QB was hobbled and our OL was trash – we were going nowhere. The Denver disappointment was a blessing in disguise.

    If you doubt me, take a deep breathe and exhale deeeeeply and hold it for a sec — contemplate our ’12 rookie draft — and suck in that sweet sweeeeet oxygen. Oooooooooooh baby!!!

    Sounds crazy – I know. But we took 1 step backward to go 10 giant steps forward. We lost to Oakland in the ’73 playoffs, and boy, that sure as hell came back to haunt Al Davis, didn’t it???

  11. Ike Taylor gets burned enough that he should be used to dealing with blown coverage. The only time he doesn’t give up the big play is because he commits holding or pass interference.

  12. Every corner gets beat on a play, it’s how you bounce back from it that matters the most.

  13. Roethlisberger is the kind of elite quarterback that specializes in 13-9 wins.

    Now if he could just win the 17-10 games they would not lose to the Texans either.

  14. First of all, you can’t pin that loss on Taylor. The entire secondary played a poor game against possibly the most Vanilla offense in existence. There are elite HS teams that probably could have stopped what they were trying to do.

    I think in the end, Dick Lebeau simply wasn’t believing what he was seeing. And it’s probably one of the very rare times since he’s been the Steelers DC that he simply failed to make proper adjustments.

    Look, the Steelers looked terrible against the 49ers just a few weeks earlier and lost to the Ravens twice and the Texans. Injuries were just too much for them to overcome, and I am sure NE would have smacked us down had we been fortunate to get by Denver.

    In the end, we got a potentially GREAT OL to go with Pouncey at center, and while the Hampton injury is troubling, we’ve got a healthy offense and our main rival (Baltimore) going through an entire offseason of disarray they haven’t seen in a decade.

    I would still stay the Steelers have an excellent chance of winning the AFC North at this point, and maybe a #2 seed. New England all but looks to have the #1 seed locked as long as Tom Brady doesn’t get “Pollarded” again.

  15. @ialwayswantedtobeabanker …

    Great point! Hadn’t even thought about our excellent draft this year. At the time, I was just relieved we weren’t going to have to hobble through another playoff game. But that’s yet another reason to be thankful our season ended when it did. If we’d gotten past Denver, we might have missed DeCastro. And as someone who’s been begging for help on that o-line, this was my dream draft.

  16. If you know anything about football and have watched that play numerous times, you’d know that Taylor was playing outside technique.


    Because a certain safety, who loves to gamble at the LOS, took a chance and crapped his pants.

    If that safety is there, it’s either incomplete, or an INT.

  17. It’s a good thing you don’t have to wait long to get revenge, or at least try. The broncos are gonna be so hyped up for the new season with a complete turnaround roster, I doubt they’ll lose their first game at home

  18. Still folks out there blaming injuries…look at the Bronco injuries from that game before you claim thats the only reason Steelers lost. I know the Bronco players hurt could never be as good as their Steeler counterparts (of course nobody else could possibly be as good as the Steelers) but nevertheless they had just as significant a list of injuries…one of which even came from a James Harrison cheap shot in that game.

  19. Ike Taylor is simply terrible.

    I’m hard pressed to think of a worse man corner in the league. I’ve been shocked the last 3-4 years that the Steelers haven’t done something to replace him. He’s slow, takes horrible angles and doesn’t have a nose for the ball.

    I’m a Chiefs fan, and I’d guess that theres 4-5 CB on our team that would beat out Ike on any given day.

    Not hating on the Steel. Just stating my observations of piss poor play by one average guy on an elite defense.

  20. joetoronto

    Yeah I know. Ryan Mundy, as the free safety, should have been in single high coverage.

    Instead, Lebeau was playing cover zero.

    So, it actually wasn’t the safety’s fault.

    Unless Mundy moved up to the line on his own accord, the whole play was Lebeau’s fault.

    Don’t try to pretend like A) You’ve even watched the play or B) you know what you’re talking about.

    Troy was in his position on that play. It just so happens that his position was on the wrong part of the field.

    He didn’t gamble at all on the play.

  21. cardmagnet

    He gives up big plays all of the time?

    Explain to me why the Steelers gave up fewer big plays than any team in the league last year (and in 2008 and 2007).

    The guy is solid. If he could catch, he would have made 4 pro-bowls already.

    He also gets called for PI when he DOESN’T touch the guy. Just watch him match T.O stride for stride in 2010 and get flagged simply because T.O. stomped his feet.

    The difference between Taylor and Revis is that Revis talks more and gets away with PI. Taylor just plays the game and rarely allows receptions (Don’t get me wrong; he’ll bite on the occasional double move, but so does Champ Bailey).

  22. Steelers came from behind on the road in the 4th qtr without Ryan Clark and tied the game with a hobbling QB and the home crowd fell silent.
    Tebow found out what a playoff game is on the road and got his doors blown off 45-10 completely dominated by a defense that ranked in the bottom of the entire league. Tebow got Tebow’d on the road.

  23. OMG did someone really call Harrisons hit on Decker dirty?? You cant hit him high and now you can’t hit him low either…

    The guy saying Ike is the worst man corner in the league, please stop. Look at his stats over the past few years when manned up against the leagues best. Or is that too much work and you would rather make things up? Hes great at breaking up passes, he just cant catch them which is why hes not a perennial pro bowler.

    And lastly, it wasnt Polamalu who was out of positon on that play. It was backup safety Ryan Mundy substituting for Ryan Clark who was out because he cant play in Denver. And what a surprise Steelers are back in Denver again this year for the 3rd time in a row.

    That game is a thing of the past. Steelers will pickup where they left off week 1 and will make Peyton pay for Tebows game winner. Cant wait!

  24. Ike has proven to be one of the best CB’s in the game…capable of shadowing and limiting every team’s #1WR. His poor hands have kept him from numerous Pro Bowls. Unlike the Chief (im) – poster her, I actually watch ALL Steeler games…to say Ike sucks is purely uninformed opinion.

    That said, Ike Screwed the Pooch in Denver…worst game of his career by far.

    The reality is the Steelers were SB contenders until Ben got his leg smashed by Browns scrub Scott Paxson. A hobbled Ben, injured Woodley, Harrison, Hampton, Keisel, Starks, Mendenhall, and Hines…Clark out. The Steelers were a shell of the contending team they were going into December. They had no chance to win it all.

    The Steelers will contend again in 2012…the Chefs…prolly not.

  25. I said it before and I’ll say it again – on that day in Denver, the plan was to stop the run and force Tebow to beat us through the air. He did. Although his stats were largely unimpressive, he made just enough big plays to win the game. No one player lost that game, it was a defensive failure to force turnovers and 3-and-outs.

    We were beat by a team with a better game plan, period. No excuses.

  26. even with all the injuries we almost won that gm in the end had Ben not had the ball pulled out they were in field goal range. say what you want but this team doesnt give up even after being down 2 td’s in the 3rd quarter. I fully expect this team to contend this yr for another ring.

  27. Bronco fan here. I was at the game, and it was probably the most exciting game I have ever been to. Taylor was (as one other commenter mentioned) playing outside technique – you gotta believe that it’s what LeBeau told him to do. As to the stiff arm, that was huge and my favorite part of the play. But Taylor is a pretty darned good CB most of the time. I think that LeBeau playing cover zero was the reason for the win. And I will bet anyone here a six pack that he won’t be repeating that mistake on opening day this year!

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