Former Pittsburgh Steelers CB Ike Taylor runs through a DB’s pre-snap thoughts
Just three years ago, former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor was a current Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback, playing out the last year of his career.
On Tuesday, he was an NFL analyst breaking down what makes life on the field so difficult as a rookie defensive back. This was shortly after he praised Sean Davis and Artie Burns. And while he told PennLive’s Daniel Gallen that, yes, the game is faster.
“The pace of the game. Just when you come in there from college, then being a rookie, everybody’s running fast,” Taylor said. “But staying on that corner or being a safety you got to dissect everything in a matter of two seconds.”
We’ve more or less heard this before, but he also took us through a fairly revealing rattling-off of what needs to go through a player’s mind in the fleeting moments before a play begins.
You can watch him do so below, but we’ll let his words take it from here until then:
“Two seconds in the league is long, let alone playing a receiver who’s coming up on your toes, breaking your cushion. You don’t know whether to stop or go left, go right. So it’s the speed, the dissecting, also knowing what you have to do first.”
“So first I got to know what I’m doing. So what’s the defense? I got to get into the defense. OK, what formation is the offense in? OK, now I got a formation.
“OK, what tips and tendencies throughout the course of the week have we talked about in this formation? OK, well it’s this formation. OK, what’s the down and distance? OK, down and distance.