Cortez Allen Remains Slot Nickel Corner While Ike Taylor Is Out

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is now out for at least two weeks and maybe longer with a fractured right ankle so that now means that Cortez Allen will start and play in his place until he returns. Curtis Brown now becomes the third corner moving forward, and while most are writing that he will play the nickel slot position, that is simply not the truth.

When Brown enters the game he will play outside predominantly in the nickel defense and Allen will slide inside to his customary slot position. This was exactly what we saw for 15 plays Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens and what we will see moving forward.

Allen has the most experience in the slot and it makes sense to allow him to resume that role. So when you are looking at potential matchups this week against the San Diego Chargers, Allen will face whoever lines up in the slot for them when they use three or more wides.

Looking at the Chargers game against the Cincinnati Bengals from this past Sunday they used Danario Alexander, Malcom Floyd, and Seyi Ajirotutu at different times in the slot, so it is hard to key in one matchup in particular. All three are big boys, though, so Allen, Brown, and Keenan Lewis will have their work cut out for them if the Steelers can\’t get pressure on quarterback Philip Rivers.

  • steeltown

    One thing all Steelers corners can do is tackle, its a must, most have to prove themselves on special teams before seeing the field on Defense.. Curtis Brown has the slightest build of the three CB’s, but he is a tackling machine!

  • Henry

    They will get pressure though. Aren’t the Chargers down 3 Olineman starters and are being forced to plug in a rookie and a practice squader?

  • Ahmad

    Same thing William Gay did for Lewis last year. Nothing different.

  • Buccos9

    I wonder if they want Allen inside as a bigger body against TE Antonio Gates.

  • dudek km

    Rivers will target Brown and Allen early, it will be important for them to set the tempo early. It would be great for Lewis / Allen / Brown to get an int this year. All have played great, but need a signature play.