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BB2W
02-19-2007, 01:56 AM
Ike Taylor isn't jumping to any conclusions, but what he's seen and heard so far has him jumping for joy.

New Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's first NFL job was coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary. Pro Bowl cornerback Ronde Barber credits Tomlin with his development.

Taylor can't wait to go to work for his new coach.

"I'm very fortunate," he said.

Taylor is a cornerback with Pro Bowl potential entering his fifth season, his third as a starter.

He's looking to bounce back following a disappointing year that resulted in him not starting five games because, quite frankly, former coach Bill Cowher needed a scapegoat for missing the playoffs, and Taylor was it.

Taylor will be the first to admit that 2006 wasn't his best season, but a lot of Steelers could say the same thing.

For the first time since cracking the starting lineup, Taylor gave up some big plays in the passing game. But, truth be told, the Steelers' lack of a consistent pass rush left Taylor -- the team's top cover corner -- alone on an island far too often.

Not starting those five games afforded Taylor plenty of time to analyze what he did wrong, but also to not lose sight of those things he did right.

Following a couple of positive conversations with Tomlin, Taylor said he had never felt better about himself.

"We talked, and it was good. It wasn't really football talk. We were just trying to get to know each other," Taylor said. "I know what I can do. Coach told me he knows what I can do.

"He's been with Ronde Barber; he knows what it takes. I need to just start dominating."

Taylor is in Orlando, Fla., training with conditioning expert and speed coach Tom Shaw at the Wide World of Sports at Disney World. The two have trained together since Taylor was a middle-school student in New Orleans.

Last year, Taylor began training four days after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL. This year, Taylor, who recently made Orlando his offseason home, has been extremely intense in his workouts.

"The feeling I had last year, sitting all those games, I don't ever want to have that feeling again," Taylor said.

Said Shaw, who has developed 80 first-round draft picks and also is working with Steelers cornerbacks Ricardo Colclough and Anthony Madison: "Ike's never complained. He just said he's got to do a better job. He hasn't lost a step. He might have gotten faster. He's a workaholic."

A quiet leader, Taylor's offseason commitment has carried over to several of his defensive teammates. In addition to Colclough and Madison, cornerback Bryant McFadden trains with Taylor, and linebackers Joey Porter and James Farrior (another Orlando regular) also are expected to attend.

Next month, Taylor will participate in the Steelers offseason program, where he will finally meet face-to-face with Tomlin.

Taylor is honing his coverage skills against some of the top college receivers in the upcoming draft -- players such as Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson and Florida's Dallas Baker, who are preparing for the NFL Combine this week in Indianapolis.

Taylor's one-on-one battles with Johnson, a projected top-five pick in the draft, have been the talk of Shaw's camp.

"There's only a few like him," Taylor said. "He reminds me of Plax (former Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress). He's big, but he's fast. He's right up on you before you know it."

Johnson said Taylor had helped him immensely.

"He tells me what I'm doing wrong and to be under control at all times. He's helping me get better as a receiver," Johnson said. "He's so polished. You don't see cornerbacks like him in the college ranks."

A little coaching can go a long way. That's why Taylor is so looking forward to getting acquainted with Tomlin.

link: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_493827.html

Koopa
02-19-2007, 02:03 AM
wonderful article there......i can't wait till next year, i felt bad for ike not getting to play through his mess up's cause cowher was being a hoe bag, but this year it's a fresh new start, and ike will be back to his 2005 form............. hot diggity i can't wait lol

House of Steel
02-19-2007, 02:16 AM
Good Points. I can't wait for the season to start. I feel Taylor best season is ahead of him. This is going to be awesome.

BB2W
02-19-2007, 02:22 AM
wonderful article there......i can't wait till next year, i felt bad for ike not getting to play through his mess up's cause cowher was being a hoe bag, but this year it's a fresh new start, and ike will be back to his 2005 form............. hot diggity i can't wait lol
Yeah, based on his background you would think the defensive backs and receivers will benefit the most from what Tomlin brings to the table in terms of one on one coaching.

I like to hear Ike is still training hard and I hope he takes his game to another level.

BlitzburghRockCity
02-19-2007, 02:36 AM
This is Ike's second chance and maybe his last. He was in BC's doghouse and just couldn't seem to get out.

We're all counting on him to pick up where he left off in 2005 and erase the dismal 2006 campaign !

TEEMONT
02-19-2007, 03:17 AM
wonderful article there......i can't wait till next year, i felt bad for ike not getting to play through his mess up's cause cowher was being a hoe bag, but this year it's a fresh new start, and ike will be back to his 2005 form............. hot diggity i can't wait lol

He got plenty of chances last year...I like Ike, but he should feel lucky to be able to get another chance, especially in a "what have you done for me lately" league.

And lol....dont ever say hot diggity again...lol

Stairwayto7
02-19-2007, 09:40 AM
If he get his head out of his girdle pad, and plays ;ike 05 great, if not? Then this is all just talk

Ambridge
02-19-2007, 09:48 AM
I think Ike will come back strong in 07.
Sure he had a poor season last year but that can be said for almost the entire team with the exception of Willie Parker.
Unfortunately if a person plays mediocre or poor at Cornerback/DB their performance usually sticks out like a sore thumb more so than any other member on the defense.

BlitzburghRockCity
02-19-2007, 09:57 AM
The way Ike was so down on himself last year, and from what we read about his teammates saying he just wasn't the same guy; this is refreshing to hear him atleast appear to be bouncing back with a positive attitude. He's got a new leash on his NFL life so it's time to take advantage of it. We have the potential to be with 2 top notch CB's for a long time if they both continue to improve.

kgreen
02-19-2007, 10:03 AM
Ike needs this. He needs to shut up all the critics who say the Steelers obviously "need" a CB. He is still good and like I have said before, he can bounce back. He is just like Ben without the concussions. He just needs a coach who can give him confidence back. I think Tomlin along with Dick LeBeau with give it back to him. I love the fact that Ike is working hard to get it back. That is exactly the kind of player we have been missing at CB! Chad Scott wasn't it, niether was Dewyane "Can't cover grass" Washington. I hope Ike gets back into his form of shutting down top recievers like Ocho Cinco or "that player" or Starvin Marvin.

BBG7
02-19-2007, 11:07 AM
maybe last year was the best thing for Ike. He needs to refocus and get back to the Ike we all know. I'm not sure what happened to him last year, but it seems as though he is focused for next year and very excited....and that make me excited!!!

BB2W
02-19-2007, 11:09 AM
By Teresa Varley
Steelers.com

Football season doesn't officially start for almost seven more months, but cornerback Ike Taylor is preparing as if the opener were tomorrow.

Taylor began his off-season program at the start of February, working with Tom Shaw, a conditioning coach based out of Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.

"I felt like coming off of last year as a team we didn't have a good season and this year I want to help my team out as much as possible," said Taylor.

"I am not looking back. This is my fifth year and I know expectations are high for me. I have high expectations myself.

"I am just getting back into it. I took a good month off. That is something I never did in my whole life. Everyone was telling me I was training for so long without taking a break that it would be good for me to take a break and come back and give it all you've got. I always give it all I've got."

Taylor is working out several days a week, spending time on cardio and speed as well as drills that are designed specifically for his position.

"Whatever position you play you have a drill for it," said Taylor. "We do a couple of resistance drills. We do lot of metabolic stuff, a lot of cardio. You get two days of metabolic and cardio and two days of speed and conditioning. At the same time every day you are working on your position. The defensive backs are working on breaks and catching the ball. We are working with resistance. Coming out of your breaks you should have resistance."

Taylor will stay in Florida working out until about a week before the team comes back for voluntary workouts in Pittsburgh. He plans to get in a little early as he is looking forward to meeting new head coach Mike Tomlin.

"I am going to come and talk to the new coach," said Taylor. "I have talked to him a couple of times over the phone. He seems like a great guy. Coach Tomlin is young, he is hungry and I have heard great things about him from people he coached and people who know him."

And Taylor is hoping to come back to a fresh start. Last season was disappointing for him, seeing the team go from Super Bowl champs to missing the playoffs.

"It was hard," said Taylor. "Our expectations were higher than what we had coming off the Super Bowl year."

It wasn't just the team's struggles that made 2006 hard for Taylor; it was the tough time he went through on the field personally. Taylor was benched during the season for five games because of his disappointing play, replaced in the lineup by Bryant McFadden.

"It was hard; it was real hard on me," said Taylor. "I didn't like it. Me being a professional and coming off the year I had in 2005, it was so hard on me. I was so hard on myself. I didn't want to do anything. I didn't want to talk to anybody. I just couldn't wait to get back on the field.

"It's all about playing football. I wanted to be on the field with the guys. That's what I really missed, not being on the field with the guys play in and play out. I got back in the last game and enjoyed it."

And Taylor is thinking about that time now, keeping it in his mind so he doesn't have a repeat of it in the future.

"I can't let that ever happen again, ever," said Taylor. "I feel like at this point in time going into my fifth year everything has happened to me. I want to try to help the team out and get us back to the Super Bowl. That's all I can do, 100% help the team out.

"I have always been driven. That's the way I always have been. I know how I am going to respond."

link: http://news.steelers.com/article/74066/

BlitzburghRockCity
02-19-2007, 12:19 PM
That is awesome news ! Ike definitely is on the right track here, Im looking forward to seeing him kick some *** in 2007 !

Black@Gold Forever32
02-19-2007, 02:25 PM
Ok yes Ike had an off year. But the Steelers pass rush was inconsistent. If you get consistent pressure on the QB that makes the secondary better. As for Ike when Tomlin was named HC I said he was going to help Ike alot and the rest of the secondary. I think the Steelers needed a breath of fresh air. I like Bill Cowher but 15 years is a long time with one team.....especially in today's NFL. So to me even a year removed from a Super Bowl title a change was needed.

BBG7
02-19-2007, 02:37 PM
Ok yes Ike had an off year. But the Steelers pass rush was inconsistent. If you get consistent pressure on the QB that makes the secondary better. As for Ike when Tomlin was named HC I said he was going to help Ike alot and the rest of the secondary. I think the Steelers needed a breath of fresh air. I like Bill Cowher but 15 years is a long time with one team.....especially in today's NFL. So to me even a year removed from a Super Bowl title a change was needed.

:plus1: I completely agree!!!

Koopa
02-19-2007, 02:52 PM
He got plenty of chances last year...I like Ike, but he should feel lucky to be able to get another chance, especially in a "what have you done for me lately" league.

And lol....dont ever say hot diggity again...lol

smh, and ppl talk **** to me.......you get down on someone cause they have one bad year, the hell with the, what have you done for me lately bullshit, (you say that, but you ride on mannings dick all season, yet this was the first year he's ever done something) it's not his fault he had a coach that didn't give a **** about this team..........ben ****s up one season you want him gone, ike has one bad season and you think he's lucky to get another chance, wtf???? not everyone can play great every year, players are allowed to have one done year every now and then, the dude is still young..........and this is a new coach, new era, all that happened from the cowher era no longer matters, everyone is starting on a clean slate

and i got hot diggity from the king of queens

TampaSteelGirl
02-19-2007, 02:53 PM
I think it's great to see Ike so motivated, you could tell he was struggling so much last year. I think Tomlin has alot of positiveness to add to this team. I hope everyone shares this feeling with Tomlin on board!! I'm so excited for this year!:tt02:

Koopa
02-19-2007, 02:55 PM
The way Ike was so down on himself last year, and from what we read about his teammates saying he just wasn't the same guy; this is refreshing to hear him atleast appear to be bouncing back with a positive attitude. He's got a new leash on his NFL life so it's time to take advantage of it. We have the potential to be with 2 top notch CB's for a long time if they both continue to improve.

that's because he had a coach that didn't give a **** about him last year, cowher just sat him down and didn't even try to motivate him to get better, he just gave up on him like he gave up on the rest of the team cause he wanted to "retire" and go "spend" time with his family

K Train
02-19-2007, 08:16 PM
Ike will be fine, im forever remebering last season as the dark season we wish not to speak of....hes a good CB and will be fine, he didnt play THAT bad last year, besides getting raped by javon walker of course lol.

BlitzburghRockCity
02-19-2007, 11:04 PM
Taylor and McFadden will be a duo to be wreckoned with for years to come. When you add Troy and Anthony Smith into that mix and we have the makings of a potentially deadly secondary !

DIESELMAN
02-20-2007, 12:00 AM
Ike had a bad year after getting his contract done up. Ok I'll play along with that, he didn't just have a few bad games..He had a total bad season. Ike needs to stop talking about what he's going to do and just come out, not talk to anyone and prove hes the player we thought he was. Talk the talk...Walk the walk.

BlitzburghRockCity
02-20-2007, 12:06 AM
Ike had a bad year after getting his contract done up. Ok I'll play along with that, he didn't just have a few bad games..He had a total bad season. Ike needs to stop talking about what he's going to do and just come out, not talk to anyone and prove hes the player we thought he was. Talk the talk...Walk the walk.


Man that's all we're going to hear this offseason from every player. "I need to go out and get better" " I need to spend this offseason with my teammates" "We need to work harder than last year" ...after the season we had in 2006, every player is going to tell the media how much work they are going to do.

Steelerlyn
02-20-2007, 09:04 PM
He's looking to bounce back following a disappointing year that resulted in him not starting five games because, quite frankly, former coach Bill Cowher needed a scapegoat for missing the playoffs, and Taylor was it.


As a coach, you have to be able to depend on your players executing according to what they are taught. There's no question that Taylor was not only sloppy in his technique last year, but he wasn't handling his assignments very well either. I was upset that Cowher benched Taylor too, but to say that Cowher used Taylor as a scapegoat for the season is ridiculous--considering we were in the playoff hunt long after Taylor was benched.

:bigthumb:

BlitzburghRockCity
02-20-2007, 09:34 PM
The good thing about Ike is that he's the only one we've seen so far, that's actually out working and getting better. Others like Ben have talked about what they're doing this offseason but we haven't see that yet.

Steelerlyn
02-20-2007, 09:40 PM
The good thing about Ike is that he's the only one we've seen so far, that's actually out working and getting better. Others like Ben have talked about what they're doing this offseason but we haven't see that yet.

Ben was doing some tv stuff, they all need some me time :)

BlitzburghRockCity
02-20-2007, 10:49 PM
Ben needs to balance the TV stuff and me time and start thinking about getting into an offseason program of workouts and film study. Im not saying he should go full bore 80 hours a week on it, but in the early stages of the offseason atleast a couple times a week or so and then increases little by little till minicamps and such start up.

Steelersfan
02-21-2007, 12:38 AM
He's looking to bounce back following a disappointing year that resulted in him not starting five games because, quite frankly, former coach Bill Cowher needed a scapegoat for missing the playoffs, and Taylor was it.


As a coach, you have to be able to depend on your players executing according to what they are taught. There's no question that Taylor was not only sloppy in his technique last year, but he wasn't handling his assignments very well either. I was upset that Cowher benched Taylor too, but to say that Cowher used Taylor as a scapegoat for the season is ridiculous--considering we were in the playoff hunt long after Taylor was benched.

:bigthumb:

I agree with most of your post Lyn but there were other players that could have been benched just as easily as Ike. It was almost as if BC was singling him out, thus the scapegoat talk. As far as I'm concerned BC lost as many games for us as any one player if not more.

DIESELMAN
02-21-2007, 12:59 AM
Man that's all we're going to hear this offseason from every player. "I need to go out and get better" " I need to spend this offseason with my teammates" "We need to work harder than last year" ...after the season we had in 2006, every player is going to tell the media how much work they are going to do.
Yeah I know and don't get me wrong its good to hear but I prefer walkin to talkin. I just believe in the more someone talks about doing something the less likely its going to happen. I guess we'll find out come gametime.


I agree with most of your post Lyn but there were other players that could have been benched just as easily as Ike. It was almost as if BC was singling him out, thus the scapegoat talk. As far as I'm concerned BC lost as many games for us as any one player if not more.
Benching Ike didn't do a whole helluva lot for his confidence. He could've benched Ben also but he let him play through it. I guess some people look at it as a motivational tool :dunno:

Steelersfan
02-21-2007, 01:04 AM
Well I always thought he brought Ben back to early. I was hoping we'd sit him the 2nd game against a good Jags team. Let him play the 2rd game against the Bungholes and then have the bye week.
BC was the one who left Holmes in there to drop all the returns that cost us the 1st Cincy game.

SteelersfaninPhilly
02-21-2007, 01:19 AM
Ben needs to balance the TV stuff and me time and start thinking about getting into an offseason program of workouts and film study. Im not saying he should go full bore 80 hours a week on it, but in the early stages of the offseason atleast a couple times a week or so and then increases little by little till minicamps and such start up.



That just goes along with all the last in and first out crap. You been hearing about Ben.

BlitzburghRockCity
02-21-2007, 08:26 AM
IMO Ben should never have played till after the bye week, and he shouldn't have played the week after his concussion. Ike should have been benched long before, Coc shouldn't have been back there returning kicks, there's tons of players that weren't up to snuff all year long.

Ike's confidence was defininately shot and I do think he was made a scapegoat because so many other players just stunk up the joint too. Tomlin will be a new hope for many players, but now it's up to them to take advantage of it.

That whole last in, first out crap with Ben better stop because this team cant afford for him to have a sub par year again regardless of the reason. If he puts in the work, he can be the best QB in the league, I believe that truely, but it's up to him and this team to go out and show it.

steelcurtaingal
02-21-2007, 09:10 AM
I am looking forward to this year, and to taylors developement. this is gonna be a good year for us, and i cant wait to start it
only 6 months and nine days till september