Originally posted on Steelers Depot  |  Last updated 9/5/13
Having the top-ranked statistical defense last season is something that Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor always likes to bring up when he talks to the media, and he did just that on Wednesday. "We keep trying to go from No. 1 defense to zero," Taylor said, according to Will Graves of the Associated Press. "I don't know if you can go from one to zero, but I guess we're trying to go to zero." While having the top-ranked defense last season is all fine and good, the Steelers still managed to finish with an 8-8 record. Whether or not Taylor wants to hear it, the Steelers defense simply didn't help out the offense enough last year as they only produced 37 sacks and 20 total turnovers. If they don't want to go 8-8 this season, those are the rankings that need to start moving closer to zero. During the preseason, the Steelers defense registered 13 sacks and seven total turnovers, but it is hard to put too much stock into exhibition game stats. The regular season is where it counts. The Steelers offense will begin the regular season without the services of Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth and Le'Veon Bell, so it would be advisable for the defense to provide the offense with a few short fields, which is something that they didn't do enough of last year. The lack of sacks and turnovers from the defense has gone on for two seasons now and there is no way the Steelers will compete for a championship in 2013 if they have another season similar to the last two. Sure, they very well could wind up being the zero ranked defense, but they will likely play in zero playoff games as well if they fail to help the offense more this season. Ike Taylor Might Get The Wrong Zero If Defense Doesn’t Produce More Turnovers is a post from: Steelers Depot
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Rob Gronkowski will go off if Sean Lee can’t play

Roddy White backs off criticism of role in Falcons offense

David Blatt: Kevin Love to fully practice for first time Saturday

Woodson: Manning interception 'has eluded me for 18 years'

Johnny Manziel's grandfather's lake house burns down

Report: CC Sabathia already at Connecticut rehab facility


What’s going on with the Eagles and Chip Kelly?

Jim Caldwell telling Lions to not talk about controversial call

Ronda Rousey will be co-hosting SportsCenter on Wednesday

Report: Prospective St. Louis NFL stadium gets $158 million naming rights deal

Former Gators legend Neal Walk dies at 67

WATCH: Astros give Buster Olney champagne shower

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Greg Hardy: Ready to come out ‘guns blazing’ post-suspension

Report: CC Sabathia already at Connecticut rehab facility

NHL hockey is back and that’s awesome

Jake Arrieta's sweet ... sinker?

10 matchups to watch during NFL Week 5

Top 10 storylines for Week 6 of the college football season

Astros pitch their way to 3-0 win in WC game

Arrieta-Cole, objectively one of best playoff matchups ever

The controversy and numbers behind the 'CONCACAF Cup'

Why the Thunder starters need to stay healthy

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker