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IKE TAYLOR NEEDS TO LEARN TO CATCH

HE SHOULD USE A FOOTBALL FAST BALL MACHINE UNTIL HE LEARNS HOW!

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

SIX TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS

 

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Ike Taylor is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, consistently shutting down great receivers while being the Steelers' number one defender to shadow the offense' number one receiver.  He knows how to play football, no doubt about it.  There is no reason to insult anyone but playing corner requires or should require the ability to catch.  Consistently Ike Taylor does not catch potential interceptions; he drops more than he catches by far.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS IKE TAYLOR HAS HAD OVER TEN YEARS TO LEARN HOW TO CATCH A FOOTBALL AS A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER AND HAS STILL NEVER LEARNED

I love ALL the Steelers including Ike Taylor as much as anyone could but come on, man! Ike Taylor, LEARN TO CATCH!

Ike Taylor will not be leaving the Steelers just yet.  He is agreeing to restructure his contract for 2014 and beyond.  The Steelers take the good and the bad, gladly, when it comes to Ike Taylor.   Being paid well for playing in the NFL has been a privilege enjoyed by Ike Taylor for over a decade.  Bill Cowher loved Ike so much, he famously was quoted as saying "I like Ike," a la the slogan made famous by Dwight Eisenhower's Election Team, in just Ike Taylor's second season.  Steeler Nation loves Taylor, rightfully so.  He has been steady, reliable and up to the task more often than not.  His tenure has outlasted many, and he has played in all three of the recent Steelers Super Bowls.  He even made an interception in Super Bowl XL, on the greatest stage, and arguably made the play to put away the Seattle Seahawks that day. 

Many times, however, as it has become the standard regretfully accepted by Steelers coaches, and Ike Taylor himself, heartache and headache rear their ugly heads in the form of another pass drop.  There must have been 50 potential pass interceptions so far in his career that he has dropped!  That's not conservative.  He has made 14 interceptions in his career, so it's not impossible for him to make the plays required when the ball hits him in the hands or the bread basket.  I remember games when he had multiple drops however.  If he would learn to catch, for as many passes defensed as he has had he would the most interceptions in the NFL.

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Don't the teams add up interceptions made and pay players according to interceptions made?  Would it not behoove Ike Taylor to go the extra mile and learn to craft his ability to catch?  If he is in his final years of his career wouldn't it make sense to learn to catch well and make the case that he got BETTER as his career wound down?  If interception totals vastly improve and Ike were to maybe lead the AFC in interceptions his last two seasons he would be remembered for improving his game late in his career, just as Rod Woodson and Carnell Lake are revered for versatile play, while playing corner and safety, late in their careers.

The football throwing machines can LAUNCH footballs at anyone and anyone can learn to catch, especially if they play in the NFL.  You can see Robert De Niro's character using one at Pitt's Practice field in Grudge Match.  They have them at UPMC!  Ike knows this, the Steelers coaches know this.  Do the Steelers use them? 

One can only consider the years and Ike Taylor's futility at catching the football so long before resolving that Ike Taylor might be a selfish player. Continually getting paid top dollar, Ike Taylor should have taken it upon himself to learn to catch a long time ago.  Is he selfish?  I remember a couple plays involving a lot of laterals this past year.  One was Antonio Brown's hairline step out of bounds en route to snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against the Dolphins, but the other one, Ike Taylor was last to hold the ball and was tackled.  I thought at the moment it happened it was selfish of Ike to not lateral like a few other Steelers before him did and he went down, I thought Ike Taylor selfishly wanted to be the hero, costing the team a scoring chance.

Am I too scathing by saying what I say about the possibility of Ike Taylor being a selfish player?  I would like to be.  To Ike Taylor I would say, "Ike, take my challenge; improve your catching ability and improve your stats in your final years by defending as many passes and intercepting several times as many as you have had done in a normal year." 

Currently Ike averages 1.5 interceptions per year or 3 every 2 years.  What if Ike had a dozen interceptions over 2014 and 2015?  It has been done.  He has been extended and will be around for a while, to the delight of most in Steeler Nation.  Ike Taylor needs to learn to catch.  Everybody would be happier in the Steelers organization, and Steeler Nation would love Ike more than ever if he learned to catch.  The point not lost on me is that the one who would benefit most from this is none other than himself, Mr. Ike Taylor.

 

 

 

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