Old-School Offseason Training Paid Off For Steelers CB Ike Taylor

As players get older, they usually lose their speed and ups. In the case of veteran Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Thanks to a levee-like structure that Taylor and his trainer Tom Shaw built in Florida at the Wide World of Sports Complex, the 12th year cornerback has been able to better his vertical jump.

“He gained that half-inch back,” Shaw said Friday from Taylor’s 11th annual “Face Me Ike” youth football camp in Gretna, LA, according to Christopher Dabe of The Times-Picayune.

Not only has Taylor increased his ups, he’s also bettered his speed.

“He is running as fast as he did when he first came into the NFL,” Shaw added. “That’s big for him.”

At Louisiana-Lafayette’s 2003 Pro Day, Taylor reportedly ran 4.18 in the 40. I doubt very seriously that he’s still that fast, but it wouldn’t shock me if he could still run a 4.4 after all of these years.

As for using the levee-like structure, Shaw said it’s an old method they decided to use this offseason and one that Taylor is familiar with.

“We went back to the things we were doing on the levee,” Shaw said. “We built a hill in the woods of Disney’s Wide World of Sports. Now we have our own little levee out there and we do backpedaling drills out there that we used to do. We’ve gone back to the old-school method.”

Taylor keeps himself in incredible shape and while 2014 is the final year of his current contract with the Steelers, it doesn’t sound like he’s ready to have a farewell tour during the season.

“Everybody wants to put a timeline on when your career should end,” Taylor said. “But that’s on you. That’s why I try to keep myself in shape all the time.”

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I think the fans might just have to start a prove it fund. I wonder how much it would take to get them to race.

    Or you could get a sponsor to come up with the prize and televise it.

  • ApexSteel

    Hope he’s successful in his first year as a no 2 corner. We need him to pull through.

  • “first year as a No. 2 corner” sounds more like your opinion. Don’t let a bad pash rush and sub-par hands fool you. He’s still number 1 (imo) 😉

  • That’s why I love me some Ike. Though some of his comments in the media are mind-boggling, along with his hands, the only person on this team who I believe rivals his work ethic is Antonio Brown. He gets a bad rap to the point that so many fans are blatantly disrespectful towards him. Take this season and remind everyone why you were the number 1 CB on three superbowl squads Ike! GO GET IT!!

  • Milliken Steeler

    He was rated as the worst starting cornerback statistically last year. You are aware of that right?

    I’m not saying he absolutely can’t have a better year, but he is not the number one corner anymore.

  • FeelTheSteel

    Well said.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Amen. I love Ike.

  • steelster

    and how much of that is because of ryan clark not doing his job.

  • Aric Brown

    and the other safety playing MLB

  • johnhoien

    Love Ike , got to with a heart like that!

  • johnhoien

    True… Having Clark gone will help

  • johnhoien

    True .

  • Steve

    Shaw does not tell the truth in saying “

  • 804Stiller

    Man, I think Ike gets a bad rap. Megatron worked him last year and he dropped a big pick in that game (nothing new.) But, those numbers killed him and Josh Gordon worked him. A good deal of Gordon’s numbers were when we were totally in control of the game. Not to say he didn’t have a down year but this isn’t a first for Ike. His career has had “ebbs and flows” with him even being benched at a point. He has always bounced back from down years and maintained his confidence. I think he will have a solid year. Especially, with us not asking him to do as much. Dude is very underrated. Pretty much never misses a game and give you his all. With that said, Ike is what he is and can’t catch a lick but I think if we can get back to pressuring the QB, he won’t be a concern.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    4 Superbowl squads 😉

  • Toddy Bravo

    I agree. Ike hasn’t exactly had a lot of safety help lately, what with 43 playing LB 80% of the time and Ryan Clark’s play dropping off the Earth.

  • ApexSteel

    If you look back at the last few games on last season he was lined up over the No.2 wideout and Cortez took the No.1. This isn’t my opinion this is fact.

  • Caleb

    Am I the only one that kinda feels like a sucker when I read stuff like this? I don’t doubt his work ethic at all. I just feel like PEDs are probably so rampant in professional sports they must be playing a role. And I don’t even judge or care. I love the product. I want these guys healthy and at their best. I just sometimes feel like I’m getting a sold.

  • IckyD

    I still recall how Steelers fan called Cowher an “idiot for wasting a pick on a nobody DB from a nowhere school..” and labeling him a bust b/c he couldn’t catch.

    14 years later he is a potential HOFer who’d be a lock for the Hall if he could catch INTs….

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  • IckyD

    He has shut all the best WRs in the game for years.

    Ike is nobody’s #2.

  • IckyD

    Which stats are being used?

  • IckyD

    That was a few games late in one season of a 14yr career.

    I wouldn’t count Ike out just yet.

  • IckyD

    If the poor guy had caught half the INTs he’s dropped he’d be a HOF lock.

    As it is i still think he gets a jacket eventually.

  • IckyD

    *One stolen….

  • Milliken Steeler

    PFF. IM not talking about his entire body of work or his whole career. I’M TALKING about last year and if you didn’t see the drop in performance or are trying to blame it ALL on our former safety, that’s not being honest about what happened on the field.

    What is wrong with you people. lol Why can’t someone state a plain fact, without people freaking out. I like Ike, and have nothing against him however, last year, Gay played better. If you don’t see that, there is something terribly wrong.

    I hope he bounces back this year like most of us do, but he isnt a number one corner anymore. I hope he settles at number two and has a good year for us. 🙂 Again, Im not counting Ike out, I just think time and a few other things caught up a little last year.

  • Aric Brown

    Being the #1 corner for so many years on a few historically great defenses definitely helps his case… but I think he needs at least 1 more ring to get in

  • ApexSteel

    I don’t get your point. He lost his job to Cortez late last season so that makes it Cortez’s job to lose and there’s no reason to believe he will. I didn’t count him out I stated a fact. He is now the second corner.

  • ApexSteel

    I wouldn’t say he’s top ten, but he’s not as awful as advertised. My only statement is that he is the NO 2 corner. Which he is. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing because we need a player like Roddy White shut down just as much as we need Julio Jones to be stopped.

  • Aric Brown

    I know most people don’t think of Ike as a top 10 talent (especially at his age) but sit down and really think and see how many CBs you can come up with that are actually better than him

  • ApexSteel

    Richard Sherman
    Darelle Revis
    Patrick Peterson
    Joe Haden
    Charles Tillman
    Alterraun Verner
    Aqib Talib
    Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie
    Chris Harris
    Keenan Lewis
    Ladarius Webb
    Byron Maxwell