The Steelers secondary has been well known over the years as one of the best around. last year, there was a lapse in their play due to some injuries, but you can fully bet on a big rebound this upcoming NFL season.
Here are some of the men who anchor the Steelers pass defense.
A very good all-around skill player Ike Taylor has become a very good Cornerback over his career.
He has been fairly durable in recent years and has played to a high level most of his career.
Ike really only has one weakness in his game. I will get to that in a moment, but let's talk about the things he does well first.
1. He is a great tackler. Antoine Winfield and only a handful of other Corners come to mind as good tacklers. Ike is one of them. he loves to hit people and it shows in his game. While he likes going for the hard hit, he has no trouble wrapping up most players.
2. He is a great cover man. He can work in the zone because of his great instincts and he can work in man coverage just because he's gifted at it. He can really become a player's shadow and doesn't get nearly enough respect for it.
3. He is good with the ball in his hands. He is a very quick, fast player. If he can get the ball in his hands, he can get you some yards almost guaranteed. The only problem with this is...
He can not catch. He has never been able to catch much for his entire career. I can forgive him for that due to his cover skills and ability to knock the ball down. The thing about this that bothers many Steeler fans is that he has shown promise in catching. In his only interception last year, he had an amazing out of bounds interception that just blew away Steeler nation. But really....where was that all season? He should have been making those catches all year, but he didn't. Please note that this was literally on the last defensive play of the year.
He will do great this year and have a rebound season. The Steelers' fans are still praying he can make those plays again.
Bryant McFadden was apparently a much bigger part of the Super Bowl season than many had realized. His presence is far better than William Gay's for a number of reasons.
Bryant does not mind tackling. He is a very good all-around player and is just a great example of a tough man to run through.
He has very good hands. When the ball is coming to him, he is reliable with it. He can also be very elusive with the ball in his hands.
He does everything well, from man coverage to zone coverage, from catching to tackling. You can expect a big year from him.
Also....there is a serious lacking in McFadden highlights. I also think it's great that he is doing those Youth Football Camps.
Joe Burnett is the least talked about man on the Steelers cornerback roster. He has shown promise and is an excellent player. The video does a great job explaining his play and how good he is, But I will try on my own.
During his career he was a pick machine and had all of the intangibles you could want in a cornerback. He also was a fantastic kick and punt returner with five special teams touchdowns.
If not for his height, he would have gotten a lot more respect. At 5'9" he may not be tall enough to cover the AJs, Vincent Jacksons, and other tall receivers, but he has the skill. He is also very thick and powerful for his size weighing around 193 pounds.
There's a problem with this picture. A starting cornerback isn't supposed to allow another touchdown. This is a photo from the second Baltimore game.
William Gay. What do I say about this man? He was supposed to be the future of the position and become the number one in a year or two. Oh how things have changed.
He went from second best to fourth or fifth in many people opinion's.
He allowed a very large number of touchdowns and it is really inexcusable. He was constantly abused. HE had no instincts, constantly letting receivers slip by him. I seriously wish they hadn't just let McFadden go last year. He must improve greatly in order to earn everyone's respect back.
He is a player who has great potential. After watching the video I see that he can be great. I juts don't see it at the Cornerback position. He plays a hard game and has good coverage skills, but unlike many, I think that would be better suited at the safety position.
He is good in zone coverages and much better at that than man. He does not have the greatest hands ever, but that is much more forgivable when you are a safety. He hits hard, even when it's a running back coming right at him.
He would make a perfect replacement for Ryan Clark when his career is finished. I seriously look forward to seeing this kid start a year or two down the line.
DeShea Townsend has been with the Steelers his entire 10+ year career.
He has been a hard worker and and probably the most loyal member of the team.
He has the skill-set. Good hands, very good coverage. The thing he is lacking...
A fountain of youth.
He used to be a great cover man and at times shows how good he was. If you look at the Dallas game last year, you will see he ended the game with a perfect pick six.
Other than that, he hasn't done a whole lot in recent years. I don't expect him to do much and think he will probably be the fourth Cornerback. He will most likely retire after next season.
As I have shown you, the Steelers secondary is much better than they get credit for.
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