Townsend to Start at Safety, Ike Taylor to Shadow Vincent Jackson Against San Diego

Mike Tomlin and Dick LeBeau are not taking the Steelers recent defensive woes lightly.

Sunday night Desha Townsend will take Tyronne Carter’s place at strong safety. Townsend is a veteran corner drafted in 1998 who has started regularly since 2003. Desha Townsend’s move to safety has been discussed for some time.

Steel Curtain Rising first wrote about this potential development during the 2008 off season when the Steelers were unsure if safety Ryan Clark would return at full strength.

By moving Townsend safety, Tomlin is bringing the Steelers four best healthy defensive backs onto the field to confront the Chargers high powered offense, led by quarterback Philip Rivers, tight end Antonio Gates, and wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

Speaking of Vincent Jackson, Tomlin and LeBeau’s game plan calls on Ike Taylor to shadow Jackson throughout the game.

Both of these developments were reported on Friday night by Ed Bouchette in PG Plus.

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