Ike Taylor On Steelers: It's A New Era

Without the Killer B's – Ben, Bell and Brown – the road looks rocky in Pittsburgh

Tiki and Tierney
September 23, 2019 - 6:19 pm

Ben Roethlisberger is hurt, Le’Veon Bell is a New York Jet, Antonio Brown is out of the league, and the Steelers are 0-3. In Pittsburgh, it feels like a lost season.

Is it?

“It’s a new era,” former Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor said on Tiki & Tierney. “But don’t forget: they really wasn’t going too deep in the playoffs with the Big Three. We’re acting like they were going deep in the playoffs with AB, Le’Veon and Big Ben. . . . Sometimes it’s just time for a new era.”

Some analysts believe that Mike Tomlin is on the hot seat, even though the Steelers have had just three head coaches since 1969. 

But perhaps there are two sides of the Tomlin coin.

“He didn’t draft Big Ben,” Taylor said. “He got (grandfathered) in with Big Ben. It just so happened we had a good defense, had a nice little running game and had some weapons outside. But at the same time, his argument can be, ‘I didn’t draft Big Ben. I like Mason Rudolph. Mason Rudolph is under my watch. He can now be my guy.’”

Rudolph finished 14-of-27 for 174 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a 24-20 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Daniel Jones, meanwhile, was electric in leading the Giants to a 32-31 win over Tampa Bay. Jones threw for 336 yards and accounted for four touchdowns (two pass, two rush).

“They just bring a different kind of energy to the team,” Taylor said of young quarterbacks. “You can just look at it on tape. . . . All you got to do is look at the sideline and see the energy. That’s all you got to do. Instead of us keep looking at these interviews, let’s start paying more attention to the sideline.”

The Steelers (0-3) host the Bengals (0-3) on Monday Night Football on Sept. 30. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. ET.