even the Steeler DBs admit they need to play better...
Ike Taylor had a fine 2011 right up until he met Demaryius Thomas in Denver, both at the end of last season and the start of this one. Whether those wounded him or not, overall this season, he’s allowed 16 completions on the 29 times his receiver has been the pass target, according to Pro Football Focus. That ranks 134th out of 164 cornerbacks in the NFL.
Taylor can play much better, and he knows it.
Keenan Lewis, a first-year starter, has allowed 15 completions on 24 targets. That ranks 157th. And his next official pass defensed will be his first.
Unlike Taylor, no one knows if Lewis can play better. There’s no precedent.
No one knows if Curtis Brown can replace him, either. The franchise’s highest draft pick among defensive backs in the past six years — third round, 2011 — still can’t find his way to the field.
Allen has fit in with the rest, allowing 10 completions on 14 targets. That ranks 115th.
At safety, Mundy has allowed nine completions on 12 targets. That ranks 119th.
Mike Tomlin strongly hinted Monday that he’ll spell Mundy with Will Allen, but that’s hardly the cavalry. Allen, 30, is in his ninth NFL season and hasn’t made a start since Oct. 4, 2009.
“With Troy not being there, it’ll be tough, but we strive to pick up our game every week,” Cortez Allen said. “The standard is the standard. We’ll get it done.”
“Even with Troy, we’ve got to get better,” Lewis said.
Lewis is right, of course, as the above numbers illustrate. There’s ample room to improve.