2008 defense should be remembered, Taylor says

Karl Walter

Often forgotten among the best defenses ever, Ike Taylor reminded the NFL Network panel just how good the unit was.

The 2008 Steelers defense was one of the strongest units in NFL history.

Ike Taylor just wants to make sure you know that.

Speaking on a panel Tuesday on NFL Network as apart of the station's "Dynasty Week" dedicated to the Steelers, Taylor brought up several impressive statistics defending his squad's place as one of the better defenses every to play the game.The panel was discussing the greatest defenses ever, with the '76 Steelers and '00 Ravens garnering consideration.

Taylor reminded the panel just how dominant that 2008 unit was. The group allowed a league low 13.9 points per game and allowed a league low 237.2 yards per outing. The defense also led the NFL passing yards per game allowed, surrendering just 156.9 a contest. The Steelers were second in the league against the rush that season, allowing just over 80 yards a game. No defensive unit has led the league in all four categories since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

The unit made many memorable plays that season, including Deshea Townsend's pick six to seal Pittsburgh's win over the Cowboys during the regular season. Troy Polamalu capped off a sterling season with a remarkable sliding interception in the team's victory over the Chargers and the game-clinching interception return for a score against the Ravens to seal the AFC title.  James Harrison's Defensive Player of the Year award was validated with his 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII. LaMarr Woodley's sack of Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner appropriately sealed the franchise's record sixth Lombardi Trophy.

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