Originally Posted by tony hipchest
Q1- anything is possible down the line, but according to this thread it is ike taylor that needs replaced, not lewis. either way, it took both ike and lewis several years to learn the defense and begin starting (hell it took polamalu an entire year) so expect it to take just as long for allen.
Q2- right now? absolutely not. mundy cant replace troy, will allen still hasnt proven capable or replacing mundy and allen certainly cant replace all three. what you are suggesting, even on a temporary basis, would pretty much be a completely different package, altogether. (think of some variation of nickel, dime, or penny.
it is very important for steelerfans to understand that todays players arent interchangable parts and they are trained to be very task specific. hardly anybody knows every position. marshall faulk is a HOFer because he knew every position on offense.
troy and clark are so dynamic together because each knows the others roles in ANY defensive scheme lebeau calls.
it is rare. on offense, we are just now getting to where all three wr's know all three positions.
there was a play last week or the week before where e. sanders was the lone WR in 13 personnel. (1rb/3te).
at this point, allen is the nickel (almost a starting position in and of itself) and learning primary back up roles of ike and lewis.
1. Good response.
2. My questions about the questions.
Q1: Cortez came in, against INDY last year, and played really well (covering Reggie Wayne) in Ike's place. I'm not too sure that he can't eclipse Lewis by the end of the year. I understand that it usually takes time, but the kid seems to have it... and he's Carnell Lake's "project" (which mens that Lake is working with him a lot, which could speed up the learning curve).
Q2: Oh I agree... allow me to clarify.
I am not saying Cortez over Troy. I am saying Cortez over Mundy.
Against TENN, I saw Cortez Allen come in for Mundy (who was benched for a few plays)... and Mundy had come in for Will Allen (who was hurt). It might have been a different package, but I know that I saw Cortez lined up as the SS... and he played well.
Since Allen is limited, and Mundy has played poorly... well... Cortez couldn't be any worse... right?
That said, you are correct: Cortez needs to focus on CB. I agree.
Then again, if they already had him in as the SS, then possibly more of him at SS could be a good thing. Or, better yet, if it was a package (the "penny"), then maybe more of that pakcage is needed... Just an idea.