Originally Posted by SteelCzar76
I'm with you Knife,......with the exception of two points. The First being Troy's abilty in coverage. I think he's pretty solid if you take into consideration the number of things he expected to do in our system.
The Second point being,...."Our Great Corners". ****locker,...um,... i mean Colclough, is an absolute liabilty in coverage and could not start anywhere in the league. Dshea is a cagey vet,..but athleticly limited,....and like Ike will give up big plays downfield against top tier receivers.
Ike has potential,... but i want to see him play like he truely believes he's an elite Conerback. You'd be suprised how many in the league were suprised (not that we won the Superbowl),....but that we won with these cat's in the secondary.
Outside of Ike,...Bryant McFadden is the only Corner we have that wouldn't be considered a "project" or marginal player by almost every other team in the League.
Bottom line,.....if Coach Lebeau wasn't here,.....you'd think "Chard" Scott, "Da Lame" Washington and "Burnt" Alexander were still starting.
"Hail Caesar,.......Hail the Black and Gold"
What are you talking about?
In 3 games against the Steelers, Chad Johnson (shadowed by Ike Taylor) had 13 catches 207 yards and 0 TDs.
In 2 games, Marvin Harrison had 7 catches 180 yards and 1 TD. Outside of the first play from scrimmage that Ike gave up deep, he had 3 catches 48 yards in the first game and 3 catches 52 yards in the 2nd.
He was pretty much matched up man to man vs every teams best WR. He shut them down.
He also led the LEAGUE in pass defenses and had 10 dropped INTs. If he had better hands, he'd have had 13 INTs for all last season and the most passes defensed.
He's a great CB and he's only going to improve.
Townsend isn't athletically great, but hes solid, and he rarely gives up the big play.
Where you get McFadden not being a project when he can't beat out Deshea is beyond me.
Colclough is nothing special, but hes also not a starter. He's very adequate for a 4th CB.
Back up what you say. Outside of the 1st play from scrimmage against the best WR in the league on a play action pass thrown by the best play action QB in the league, when did he give up big plays?
McFadden, Ike, and Polamalu will be the best Steelers secondary since the Rod Woodson era.