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06-24-2012, 09:38 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers Cornerback Ike Taylor is Still Haunted by the Loss to Denver in the Playoffs
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Even with the excitement building for the 2012 season many Pittsburgh Steelers fans have the disappointing overtime loss to the Denver Broncos etched into their psyche. Like those fans, cornerback Ike Taylor still has the memory fresh in his head, going as far to tell the media during his annual football camp at Arden Cahill Academy in Gretna, Louisiana, that he will do everything in his power to make up for that final play.The Steelers will need another big season from Taylor as the make-up of the cornerback position looks to be a lot younger in 2012. In fact, the team will definitely look for him to provide leadership to a group of cornerbacks who lack starter experience. For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, that group of players will not only need to play hard, but they must be effective.

During this press session with Albert Burford of The Times-Picayune, Taylor also believes that teammate Mike Wallace and the Steelers will reach an agreement allowing the Pro Bowl wide receiver to enter camp on time. There is no denying that Wallace deserves a hefty raise from his rookie contract and the Steelers have likely offered him what they believe is fair market value for his services, the big question is if that is enough for Wallace.

At this point, he is looking at a battle he just cannot win. As soon as the draft was over, his advantage started dwindling, and now, the advantage has shifted to the Steelers. Yes, he could continue to hold out, but while league sources are saying the team will not lower his $2.7 million tender things could change. It is a known fact that while they are saying the right things, the Rooney family is not happy with this hold out and could decide to move that money elsewhere for 2012.

With two young and talented receivers besides Wallace already in the stable, it is clear that the Steelers will not break the bank for his services. In fact, it may be a case where the more Wallace upsets the front office and ownership, the worse it could be for him. According to the new CBA, the Steelers could potential own his rights until 2015 without hashing out a new deal by use of the franchise tag. By going that route, the team could own his services for roughly $26 27 million over that two-year span, ironically, still less than he is reportedly looking for.

06-24-2012, 10:30 AM
I still can't blame Ike for that loss. As much as I hate to say it, the Steelers got out coached. Lots of other key guys had chances to make plays and whiffed on them too. On that last play Ike was on an island and the other guy earned his paycheck.

But if it motivates Ike, then by all means... :tt03:

06-24-2012, 03:44 PM
Both Taylor and Gay had a very ugly game. While its true that it can't be Taylor that shoulders the blame if you watch the final play in OT Taylor doesn't even appear to attempt the tackle after the catch and that kind blunder will haunt any player.

06-24-2012, 04:01 PM
I do blame him for it mostly. Tebow beat everybody slipping out of the backfield and running, not passing, so it makes sense that the game plan was to contain him and make him throw against our CB's who had been playing well all season. If Ike played how he had played all year then we win that game even with half our team injured. A few non Steeler fans I know still think he threw the game. I'm confident he will have a great year this year, like last, but another playoff performance like that would probably be his last performance in a Steelers uniform.

06-24-2012, 05:34 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback and Gretna native Ike Taylor eager for season to begin
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2012, 5:15 AM
Albert Burford, The Times-Picayune By Albert Burford, The Times-Picayune

It's been more than five months since Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor was targeted again and again by Tim Tebow in the Steelers' wild-card playoff loss at Denver in January. Taylor gave up four big plays, including one from Tebow to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime, which went for 80 yards and sent the Steelers home.

After the game, a defeated Taylor sat at his locker with his head slumped, not speaking to anyone. Taylor has since apologized for playing what he called the "worst game at the wrong time."

This season, Taylor is out to prove he's learned from his past.

"I remember it every day," Taylor said. "People remember you for things you do, and I don't want to have that game be what people remember me for."

Taylor was back in Louisiana on Friday, hosting his ninth annual "Face Me Ike" football camp at Arden Cahill Academy in Gretna, where he grew up.

The camp had a turnout of nearly 200 children who went through numerous drills after listening to Taylor speak.

Kids sprinted and side-stepped through rungs on ladder drills, and other groups of children practiced resistance training by running with parachutes tied around their waists.

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman D'Anthony Batiste and former New England Patriots strength and conditioning coach Tom Shaw were all in attendance to help Taylor guide camp attendees through the drills.

"(Taylor has) been asking me for years to come and do his camp," Holmes said. "It's just always around the time I'm either with my kids, with my family, or I have a camp of my own, so it's been strenuous when I couldn't make it. This year, the opportunity presented itself, so I showed up."

Batiste, a Marksville native who played with Taylor at Louisiana-Lafayette, had to leave the camp after a couple of hours to catch a flight.

"The more the offseason gets closer to the season, it's kind of tough to get guys to come out," Taylor said. "But everybody's enjoying themselves. I know my guys out here are enjoying hanging with the kids. It's all a good time."

While at the camp, Taylor discussed why the Steelers were the only NFL team not to sign the league's new collective bargaining agreement last year.

"(Steelers teammates) Charlie Batch and Ryan Clark really sit us down and let us know what's really going on and not just rely on hearsay or word of mouth, or this is what other teams are doing," Taylor said. "I like to say we have our own mind over there, and it shows."

For Taylor, the decision not to ratify the CBA was more about sticking with his team than about NFL politics.

"We're just a 'ride or die' team," he 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."

Clark, a former LSU player, said he felt the new CBA gave NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell too much power over players.

Taylor also said he believes fellow New Orleans native and Steelers teammate Mike Wallace will solve his contract dispute soon. Wallace, a restricted free agent, still hasn't signed his $2.7 million tender as he holds out for a longer deal.

"He's going to be there (training camp)," 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."