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Ike Taylor sorry for 'worst game at worst time'

Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:55 pm
D. Thomas gives a hellacious stiff-arm to I. Taylor (Getty).By Josh Katzowitz

After Denver’s upset win of the Steelers on Sunday was complete, Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor -- who got smoked by Demaryius Thomas on the game-winning 80-yard touchdown pass and had a bad day in general -- didn’t talk to reporters.

Instead, he sat in front of the locker he apparently destroyed and stared at the ground.

"On defense, we felt like we let the team down," Steelers linebacker James Farrior said after the game, via ESPN. "We felt like we had a good grasp of what they were going to do to us or try to do us. They came out and made way more plays that we thought they were capable of making." 

Either way, Taylor felt bad about his role in making Tim Tebow and Thomas, who gave a hellacious stiff-arm to Taylor as he ran to the end zone, the heroes of the game. So, he apologized on Twitter today.

“First off congrats too (sic) tebow and the Broncos … Second I apologize for playing the worst game at the wrong time apologize to my teammates steelernation and family. Luv y'all to def.”

Of course, Taylor shouldn’t bear the brunt of the blame. He wasn’t the only man who allowed Tebow to throw for 316 yards and two touchdowns and to allow Thomas to catch 204 yards worth of receptions. Also, as ESPN’s Jamison Hensley notes, “The Steelers put him in a precarious position by putting him on an island against Thomas, because they were more committed to stopping the run than the pass.”

In fact, as Tebow snapped the ball on that final play, all Pittsburgh defenders were within five yards of the line of scrimmage, because safety Ryan Mundy moved up to defend a possible rush attempt. In effect, the Steelers sold out for the run, and when Thomas made his move, Taylor -- who was on the outside of him -- had no help from his safety.

But yeah, Taylor was the face of the inept Steelers defense on that final play as we saw replay after replay of the game-ender. And while he shouldn’t have to apologize, it’s not hard to recognize how badly Taylor must feel about the whole scenario. That must hurt much worse than the stiff-arm.

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Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:53 am

Ike Taylor sorry for 'worst game at worst time'

What gave me the most satisfaction was seeing Harrison getting sucked in on Tebow fake handoffs and Troy bouncing around in the secondary like a lost pinball.  Steeler arrogance lost this game.  They thought they could show up and simply intimidate the Broncs by their mere presence.  We are all used to seeing the Steelers make the plays the Broncos did.  But this was Tebow's day. He and his RECs embarrassed the vaunted Pitt D.  Strategy? I thought the Steelers were better off letting the Broncs run and defending the pass...especially with the injuries to their secondary. 

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:48 am

Ike Taylor sorry for 'worst game at worst time'

The virgin beat the rapist.  It was god's will.

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:46 am

Ike Taylor sorry for 'worst game at worst time'

Steelfannatticc what the hell is the "inverse cover 2"?

No team in their right mind plays only 2 deep on the outside lanes of the field. Clearly you don't even understand the conceptual design of cover 2. In a normal cover 2 the corners play short and the safties start on the hash marks and are responsible for half of the width of the field each from sideline to sideline. The caveat in the cover 2 is that the inside (or middle) linebacker(s) drop deep also to fill the interior void and pick up the crossing patterns to support the safties underneath as clearly they can't do both things.

In your fantastical "inverse cover 2" how does that work? Do the OLB's play corner and the corners drop to safety? who is supposed to take away the short middle? the safeties now at the line or the ILB's? Dick Lebeau and you understand this?

Further if this was the defense why is Taylor chasing Thomas across the field? Why wouldn't he pass him off to the next zone defender? Why was Mundy deeper than that?

Fact the steelers sold out for the run on first down. Denver knew they would and played for the 1 on 1 coverage. On an island a CB has to decide what he will and won't take away. Taylor took outside and DT went inside. Mundy took a bad angle and it appeared instead of hustling the Steelers just stood and watched. The rest was pure athleticism.

Pittsburgh lost that game in their preparation, in the press box and on the sidelines. They should have looked at the tapes of Denvers previous losses and wins and learned that if you leave Tebow hanging around long enough he will find a way unless you can play outstanding defense from beginning to end. The Steelers didn't put them away and their defense couldn't hold up. They lost the game, maybe even more so than Denver won it.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:54 am

Ike Taylor sorry for 'worst game at worst time'

Don't sweat it Ike...Stealernation has plenty of excuses for losing. Before the game they all ran their mouths about the Broncos having no chance and after they lost, despite the refs trying to hand them the game, it's nothing but a bunch of excuses about being injured.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:46 am

Ike Taylor sorry for 'worst game at worst time'

Taylor wasn't the reason why they lost. Pittsburgh came in expecting to roll Denver which ended up outplaying them. 

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:22 am

Ike Taylor sorry for 'worst game at worst time'

Ike should know that the Steelers win and lose as a team. The team put him in a bad place and as a team they paid for it. The media needs to learn that sometimes when players don't want to talk after a bad day they should just leave the person alone. We all know that when we a very upset with ourselves the best move is to just shut up and calm down. I just hope this bad day makes Ike Taylor and the rest of the Steelers a better team in the long run. It's games like this that as a part of the true Steeler Nation I know we have to quit playing to the level of the oppenants. This game shouldn't have been close but, with the injuries we had it just become more than we could handle.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:21 am

Ike Taylor sorry for 'worst game at worst time'

Ike was out of position, he was supposed to play zone coverage, and he played man. In the reverse cover 2, the safties are up at the lines and the CBs are deep, apparently the only person that understood that play was Dick LeBeau. 

In addition, what trash has Ike spoke about all year? Im a die hard fan, and yet the guy is pretty silent, he may talk on the field but he doesnt leak crap out of his  mouth.

Overall, I can say i am very happy, this means we may never see Bruce Arians again, and that would be worth a shot at the super bowl this year to me.

Goodbye B.A       

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:52 am

Ike Taylor sorry for 'worst game at worst time'

would love ESPN to weigh in and say, "you've got two super bowl rings but you have one bad day and trash your locker and ignore the media." first, grow up. second, C'MON MAN!

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:28 am

Ike Taylor sorry for 'worst game at worst time'

I just watched the play again, and by far the most egregious part is that Polomalu could easily have caught Thomas, but just inexplicably slows down.  Even Mundy isn't runnning at full speed until Taylor misses the tackle, but it is too late to catch him at that point.  Either they have such faith in Ike that they didn't feel the need to finish the play, or they just gave up.  Either way, to not put forth your best effort in overtime in a playoff game is inexcusable.

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:22 am

Ike Taylor sorry for 'worst game at worst time'

Why doesn't any football reporter know anything about football???!!!!  Watch the final play.  Mundy is not blitzing, and Taylor is not on an island.  Sure Mundy is approaching the line of scrimmage, but he still had deep middle coverage responsibility on the play.  It is obvious because Taylor uses outside coverage technique, opening up the middle of the field where he thinks Mundy will be.  Mundy obviously doesn't blitz, and after he sees the run action was a fake, he immediately turns to run desperately to the deep middle of the field, where he was supposed to be.  The Broncos only passed once on first down all game, and he simply got fooled by the fake.  Taylor feels bad because he missed the tackle, and gave up a couple other key completions in the game, but he is in no way responsible for the loss. 

People who are criticizing Lebeau are even more stupid.  First, based on his career numbers it is easy to understand he is the best D Coordinator in the game right now, and probably ever.  Second, by disguising the deep middle coverage on a play where the primary receiver is running a post, I would assume that Lebeau actually expected this play.  If Mundy executes his assignment properly, there is a good chance it fools Tebow, and if he throws the pass he did with Mundy in the correct spot, it is an easy interception. 

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