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Ike Taylor, Cornerback
Before people get all up in arms about cornerback Ike Taylor and another poor game, it is important to have some perspective. There is no way that after the previous two weeks, Taylor was being asked to single up any of the Ravens receivers.
No, the breakdowns in the Steelers' secondary were shared, and so the blame will be as well.
Will Allen, Safety
The Steelers are employing Allen as a "big dime" cornerback/safety, and for the most part he's playing pretty well. Nevertheless, on Thursday, Allen was responsible for some overaggressive play and some missed assignments that allowed several big plays. Allen did finish with six total tackles, but his lapses hurt his grade.
Cortez Allen, Cornerback
Allen was pressed into duty, and his performance was up and down. At times, he did utilize his physical stature and athleticism to muscle up the Ravens.
With the Steelers having to play so little base defense, a big corner like Allen helps. He finished with seven tackles and had a pass breakup on the night. He showed some potential.
Troy Polamalu, Safety
As much as I have lobbied for safety Troy Polamalu this season, his play has started to become frustrating.
Thursday, Polamalu was on the field for 68 snaps, largely in the box as an undersized linebacker. However, he rarely found himself anywhere close to the football. All this time in the box is making his coverage suspect, and it almost seems as if there are times where he is being hidden to protect him from opposing offenses.