Ike Taylor Would Like The Steelers New Offensive Coordinator To Run The Ball

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor joined John Harris on Trib Live Radio on Tuesday for his weekly “Ike Taylor Show” and Taylor talked on several topics during the almost half hour spot. Taylor specifically was asked about the change at offensive coordinator and how if it were up to him, he would want the offense to run. Taylor gives his reasoning why in the interview from the perspective of a defensive player. You can listen to the full interview here and below are the three questions and answers concerning the running game transcribed below for your convenience.

Harris: The recent changes to the coaching staff?

Taylor: You know I am just as curious as any other fan as far as at least knowing who we are going to get with this offensive coordinator. Its tough losing a guy like B.A., but you know just coming from my perspective, and being in the league a couple of years, it\’s definitely a business. So change does come sometimes. Around this organization it doesn\’t come too often, but it does come. For the most part, guys who have been leaving our organization, they get jobs ASAP, so as far as like being a coach that\’s a good a thing. There\’s is no better pedigree we have as far as we have as kind of coaching staff, if you just look back towards the NFL, just going all the way back, I think we are a blue print to a lot of coaching staffs. From Coach Tony Dungy to Coach T. I mean a lot of things have started in the great city of Pittsburgh.

Harris: What direction do you want the offense to go in regards to run or pass?

Taylor: As long as we score points, it really don\’t matter, but just being a defensive guy, and if Coach LeBeau is going to come into a game, the first thing we are going to try to do is try to stop the run, and the reason you try to stop the run and try to make a team one dimensional, you got to eliminate it. It\’s hard for a defensive coordinator, or it\’s hard for a team in general, to be able to worry about one stopping the run, two stopping the pass. So if we can eliminate the run for sure, it helps the team out and it helps the defense out altogether, because eliminating the run, or neutralizing the run, you stop the clock. So basically if I can run the ball on you pretty much whenever I want to, I\’ve got control of this clock. So we know a lot of things come into consideration when you pass the ball. If you are in shotgun, it can be a bad snap. We can tip a pass off. The quarterback can get sacked. It\’s a lot of scenarios that can go our way when you pass the ball, when you have a team that\’s just going to pass the ball, let alone passing and running. When a guy just hands the ball off and can control the clock, it\’s hard as an individual or player and a defensive coordinator to help, one your defense, and two to help your team on the offensive side. So it goes both ways, but me personally, I would love to run, but just the guys that we have at receivers and the quarterback that we have, I can understand us passing the ball because why waste that talent sitting on the sideline, but at the same time if you can do both or be good at both, it\’s a long season. It\’s a good season for us, its hell for whoever that we are playing.

Harris: More thoughts on running the ball?

Taylor: Man, that run game, if you can\’t stop that run game, its hard on any defense. I don\’t care who you got on your defense. When you can\’t stop that run game it\’s a whole different world and I\’m just saying it coming from the defensive side. I mean we got good running backs, so I am sure whoever come in we\’re going to take a look at it. They are going to sit down with Ben, they are going to look at all the scenarios and figure we can do both. If we need to we can pass and if we need to we can run the ball, but just being a defensive guy I love when my offense is smashing and getting four or five yards a pop, milking that clock. But I know at the same time we can go on and score in a hurry in 5 seconds with Mike Wallace, A.B. and Emmanuel Sanders. So how ever you want to look at it, we can do it, but I just think when you establish yourself as a running type team it just makes it hard on the opponent.

  • Man532

    Excellent comments by IKE, BA never understood this side of the game. Filled Ben’s head with being Brady, Peyton, etc… I’m okay with 52/48 pass/run ration. However, we need to draft and/or sign free agents to improve our line. Let’s stop pretending it isn’t the lines fault plus BA horrible play calling. We run for 8 yards on 1st down, he goes 5 WR on 2nd for an imcomplete pass, sack, or holding and then it’s 3rd down, bubble screen, slant, or out. Way too predictable

  • Kedolin

    yes bring back the run. we need a running back who dont dance around in the backfield. hit the holes fast, mendenhal does not , i do like redman better

  • Pete

    Amen to that! Even Belicheck runs the ball. They had over 140 yds running against Denver. You can’t be one dimensional and expect success. Sometimes it will work out that way if you are a high powered passing team. But over the long haul you have to be able to do both well to be successful. BA never really committed to the run and to be fair the line had a hard time getting push consistently.

    What I think Rooney is talking about is being able to run at will at any time in the game and especially in the 4th and control the clock like we did with Bettis and Parker. The line is weaker now and they can no longer run with authority. I think they want to move in that direction. So first, an OC who understands that, and second, a better O line. That’s all they need.

  • SteelerNationVA

    If the offense runs the ball, then they control the clock, defense stays on the sideline and gets rested, the defense comes on the field well rested and can dominate.

    If the offense passes the ball, we either turnover the ball 3 and out or score quickly, the defense does not rest, and the defense has troublestopping the run and getting pressure on the QB.

  • kevin

    How many times did that actually happen?

  • kevin

    That is absurd. You can have a ball control passing game too. You use all successful outcomes with running the ball even though you can just as easily have a three and out with a running game.

  • kess37

    Defense does need rest in order to be close to 100% effective. But that doesn’t excuse missed assignments, missed tackles, or the fact that teams faced this year simply picked the blitzing up better then they have in the past. Teams have adjusted to the way Pitt blitzes by releasing the ball quicker.

    Ben and the young receiving core can control the clock with the pass. They need to run shorter and more effective routes (please no more bubble screens). To many times it seemed like Pitt was trying to go after 15+ yard completions (exit BA). Take what the defenses give you. Complete 5-7 yard routes and keep moving the chains. The long ball will come if they keep eating away at the defense underneath.

    Sorry to say it but, maybe some of the critics were right. The defense at some positions looked old. Is that why Ike believes the defense needs rest?

  • Pete

    No Ike’s not saying anything new. Polamalu said a number of times in the past that LeBeau has built this defense to put pressure on the opposing QB and get off the field quickly. He then went on to give some examples of defenses that were built to stay longer.

    Because of this style of defense, it helps them when the offense can control the clock effectively and stay on the field longer. A good running game does that. If you have a good running game, it puts more pressure on the defense because they have to respect the run and can’t simply pins their ears back and get after the QB. For the same reasons, a good running game allows you to pass more effectively.