Optimus Prime Came In A Mental Form In Win Over Lions

After being blistered by Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson for six catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of Sunday’s win, the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary shut out Megatron in the second half. Surely that meant there were adjustments made at halftime, right? Wrong.

“Ain’t nothing really changed,” said cornerback Ike Taylor in the locker room after the game, when asked what was different in the second half. “We just came out more mentally aggressive, if you want to say.”

So there was no extra help at all in the second half?

“No, everything was the same,” said Taylor. “We kept the game plan the same, it’s just mentally, we got more mentally aggressive.”

Head coach Mike Tomlin was asked during his post game press conference what was different in the second half as it relates to shutting down Johnson and his answer was a bit different in nature.

“It might just have been what they didn’t do,” said Tomlin. “That guy [Johnson] is an awesome football player.”

Tomlin also talked about the coverage used in the game.

“In many instances, we allocated two guys towards him [Johnson],” he said. “But like I said at the top of the week, we weren’t reinventing the wheel here. There have been guys allocating him every week this year and his performances have been similar to that. So, we’re like everybody else.”

When the smoke had cleared after the final gun, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was 3-of-16 for 45 yards and an interception in the second half after going 16-of-30 for 327 yards with two touchdowns in the first half.

As for no adjustments being made on the field, it’s evident that there were some made mentally and sometimes that is where they mattered the most. In the end, the Optimus Prime that shut out Megatron in the second half ended up being a state of mind and not in body form.

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m soo happy we didn’t lose to Jim Shwartz!


    I’m so happy we didn’t lose.

  • rizzo29

    Shwartz wasn’t he the little bastard in the Christmas story

  • Jeff

    Agreed.. He blew it with that fake field goal. What a dick move.

  • Riverstko

    Bubblebee beat megatron, I never liked the decepticons LOL!!!

  • Richard Edlin

    I’m not sure which transformer Ike Taylor is but he’s clearly afraid of intercepticons.

  • TheBurgh805

    That’s why he not a WR lol just a great CB

  • TheBurgh805

    What a dick

  • TheBurgh805

    Dissike Jim shartz and harbaugh brothers !!

  • copanut

    Megadrop. 🙂

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Nice. It’s like he’s allergic to the ball. Troy has made more one-handed INT’s than Ike has total INT’s in their careers. Great cover guy, works out like a maniac to stay in shape, but crap, could he not have spent 10 minutes a day on trying to learn to catch just a little bit better.

  • Bob Loblaw

    No, pretty sure that’s Andy Dalton.

  • Kareem Daniels

    Will Allen might have been our best in season pick up.

  • Matt Searls

    Anyone see him swap jerseys with Antonio brown after the game? Showed a lot of respect by both players. He did it once before with A.J Greene

  • Josh Knepshield

    I don’t understand Pro Football Focus’ beef with Ike Taylor. They currently have him as the 91st “best” Cornerback out of 108. He, other than today against CJ and the Patriots, has limited many receivers to bad days. A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall, &Torrey Smith, minus that 1 long pass, have all been shut down. He is not perfect by any standard, but he is solid.

  • Matt Manzo

    I think someone said it had something to do with interceptions?

  • mlc43

    LOL…There were no adjustments made…riiiiight. That’s why Ike was all alone in the first half but there were a cadre around him in the second. Okay. I’m loving the wind but c’mon man. No stupid fans in Steeler Nation.

  • rizzo29

    Dalton was Scut Farkus

  • SteelersDepot

    Really weren’t on film.

  • mlc43

    I guess I was imagining the group of defenders around CJ in the second half. My bad, I’ll have a talk with my Doctor about the hallucination problem.

  • charles

    Jason Worilds torpedo sack knocked Stafford out of sorts. Thus 3/16 for 45.

  • Lizard72

    It’s been documented that he has been trying to improve his catching skills.

  • Lizard72

    Yes, the plan was to have him covered up and they screwed up in the first half big time.

  • mlc43

    Old post. Thank God for mobile alerts. I was at the dr. getting that hallucination problem looked at. He reminded me of something. In my more than few years of playing football, when we screwed up in the 1st half and then “fixed” the problem in the 2nd, we called those fixes adjustments. Also, anyone that says that a pro football team doesn’t make adjustments at every half is categorically wrong, or as my friend from SteelersDepot likes to say, INCORRECT.