Ike Taylor Says \”Old Defense\” Is Tough To Beat When They All Are On The Same Page

Every time a Pittsburgh Steelers defensive player does an interview it seems that inevitably the question is asked about the defense being too old. NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp makes sure to say it whenever he talks about the Steelers defense and it seems that several others in the media try to make it a talking point as well.

Veteran cornerback Ike Taylor was on NFL AM Wednesday morning and was asked by host Eric Davis if he is tired yet of hearing the “old” term thrown around so much.

“We don\’t pay no mind,” said Taylor. “We look at it as a kind of motivation. Yeah, they say we\’re old, but age, does it really matter to some people? Yeah. You can say that some guy is losing a step and I can understand that because age comes with the territory, especially playing in the NFL. But we\’ve got some prideful men in this group. We all know that when everybody is on the same page we\’re tough to beat.”

While the media continues to bang the “old” drum, they fail to recognize that the Steelers are actually younger this year on defense as Keenan Lewis is now starting opposite Taylor and Larry Foote has replaced the retired James Farrior. Ryan Mundy has also started both of the Steelers first two games this year, but that is not recognized at all. When you throw in the fact that defensive end Aaron Smith is also retired and veteran linebacker James Harrison has yet to play a down of football so far, and you can see just how “old” the media act has become.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I’m not worried about our age…at least not yet. In fact, I worry more about our lack of age. Guys like Lewis and Allen and Heyward and Hood. Guys like Ta’amu and Spence. Decastro and Adams. Yep, we are getting OLD! Whatever. I have been through this a number of times. Here are the guys 31 years of age and older:

    43Polamalu, TroySS5-102073110USC25Clark, RyanFS5-112053211Louisiana State50Foote, LarryLB6-12393211Michigan4Leftwich, ByronQB6-52503210Marshall24Taylor, IkeCB6-21953210Louisiana-Lafayette92Harrison, JamesOLB6-0242349Kent State99Keisel, BrettDE6-52853411Brigham Young98Hampton, CaseyNT6-13253512Texas16Batch, CharlieQB6-22163715Eastern Michigan
    That is 9 guys total, 2 of which are on offense.

    The other guys at the moment haven’t seen their games slip. Troy is an All Pro. Clark was an All Pro last year. That being said, they are the ones I worry about because I don’t like our depth there.

    Foote I do not think will be back…see Sylvester and Spence. He could have a great year and be brought back, but I bet he gets a vet deal.

    Ike will be back, no reason to cut him.

    Hampton is in his last year….Ta’amu and McLendon can hold the fort here.

    Keisel’s play has done nothing but get better over the last few years. It isn’t like he is some schlub. Didn’t he make the Pro Bowl last year or year before?

    Harrison I worry about, but we have played without him so far this year. Carter and Worilds are getting needed experience.

    I don’t worry about our age. Get over it Warren!

  • Terribletoweler

    I think we’ve seen Troy’s game slip. He is still elite, but Clark seems to shore up the pass defense better. Troy is phenomenal, but he doesn’t help us when he is not on the field. And he’s been off the field a lot. Even at the end of last year he was injured. I just hope that for his sake the head injuries don’t have lasting effect.