The Steelers secondary was improved in 2011, finishing 1st overall and 1st against the pass. William Gay is an unrestricted free agent, and although he did have an improved year he was exposed in key situations as we saw this season. Both he and Keenan Lewis took the next steps in their careers and I’m honestly looking to see Lewis move up the depth chart and challenge for that starting job in 2012. There’s also rumors of Gay being moved to Safety for 2012 but that’s yet to be determined and there’s a lot of offseason ahead of us.
Gay finished with 61 tackles, 2 Interceptions, and 13 passes defensed.
Lewis finished with 37 tackles, 1 Interception, and 6 passes defensed.
Gay of course got more playing time as the starting corner opposite Ike Taylor so his numbers are higher than what Lewis had. Consider too that you have Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen, both of whom played a big role on special teams and Cortez Allen especially was getting significant snaps in the dime defense this year before he was injured. Dick Lebeau said he’s very comfortable with putting him out there. This could be the year where Gay is the odd man out. Just something to think about. Basically you’ve invested 2 significant draft picks in Brown (3rd round) & Allen (4th round), don’t let them just play special teams or see limited action in the dime package. If you’re going to get younger, faster, and stay competitive then lets see what these kids can do.