Not exactly earth-shattering news, shoul dhave done a long time ago!
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Coach Bill Cowher cautioned against "reading too many things" into the status of cornerback Ike Taylor, who appears to have lost his starting job to Bryant McFadden after a poor performance against the Denver Broncos.
Taylor, who was beaten for a pair of touchdown passes and catches of 38 and 61 yards by Denver's Javon Walker, said he was told he might not start Sunday against the New Orleans Saints at Heinz Field.
When asked about Taylor yesterday, Cowher said, "At this point, no concrete decision has been made." He said he might not decide which player will start at cornerback until pre-game warmups.
"Like with any player, when you go through periods of coming off a tough game or a tough series of games, you have to work through it, fight through it," Cowher said. "I'm going to make decisions that I feel give us the best chance of winning and do that on a week-to-week basis."
Taylor generally is considered the team's best cornerback. He often is assigned to shadow the other team's top receiver. He has done that successfully, on almost every occasion, until Sunday.
"Those things are going to happen from time to time; every corner goes through it," Cowher said. "One thing I don't want to see is where we get to the point we're afraid to make a play. There's a fine line between trying to do too much and trying to play too careful. I've talked to players about that.
"You have to be able to challenge guys, and other times where you have to look at down-and-distance, and play it accordingly. I want players to be able to walk that line."
I thought this might be a bit premature of the press to release something saying Ike was benched. We'll see what happens come gameday but don't be surprised to see Ike in the game.
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