Pittsburgh Steelers 2009 Season Review, Part One: Defense

January 7, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In Miami last weekend, the Pittsburgh Steelers 2009 season came to a fitting conclusion in the waning moments of the final regular season game—Ike Taylor intercepted a pass.
It was his first interception since December 7, 2008, and, amazingly, the first pick of 2009 from a Steelers starting cornerback.  (I’m not counting Deshea Townsend’s earlier pick, because he wasn’t a regular starter.)  Sure, there were only 36 seconds left in the season, but they finally got one. 
It was a proper microcosm for the 2009 season; someone made a play when it ultimately didn’t matter.  It was too little, too late.
But it was something else about Taylor that struck me, something I noticed a few weeks ago, before he shaved his hair into whatever pattern that was.  During the Baltimore game, the camera gave a wide shot of the Steelers sideline, and Taylor was standing facing the field with his helmet off.
On the middle of the back of his h...

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