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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Taylor gives advice to demoted teammates

By Scott Brown

PITTSBURGH -- Here are some quick hits from the Steelers’ first open locker room of the week:

-- Ike Taylor has talked to left tackle Mike Adams and defensive Ziggy Hood, each of whom has been replaced in the starting lineup. Taylor lost his starting job for a five-game stretch during the second half of the 2006 season, and he said he turned out to be a better player from the benching. His advice to the demoted: “Act the same. Stay the same. Have the same approach,” Taylor said. “Take it personal and once you take it personal everything else will settle in.”

-- Hood said he took it hard when defensive line coach John Mitchell told him at the beginning of the week that he would be replaced in the starting lineup by Cameron Heyward. But the fifth-year veteran said he won’t let the demotion adversely affect him or his friendship with Heyward. “I’d be a horrible teammate if I allowed this to eat me up inside and turn away from him because he’s starting and I’m not because that’s not the type of guy I am,” Hood said.

-- Ryan Clark said during his ESPN visit last week that he thought quarterback Ben Roethlisberger needed to reign himself in at times since his propensity for extending plays also resulted in too many turnovers and sacks. Roethlisberger said Wednesday he hadn’t heard Clark’s comments but that he didn’t take offense to them either. “That’s the great thing about this country we live in," Roethlisberger said. "Everyone is entitled to their opinion. If Ryan feels that way that’s fine.”

-- Le’Veon Bell didn’t hear the praise that Roethlisberger lavished on the rookie running back during his weekly radio show. He allowed only a small grin when Roethlisberger said Bell had done some things reminiscent of Adrian Peterson in his NFL debut. “I don’t want to buy into too much of the praise,” Bell said. “I don’t want to buy into too much of the criticism. I just want to say level-headed and keep going out there and make plays. The fact that I’m getting compliments like that from my teammates is good for me. I’ve got to continue to do the right things and hopefully more will come.”

-- Jets coach Rex Ryan said during a conference call with Pittsburgh reporters that it doesn’t look good for wide receiver Santonio Holmes playing Sunday against his former team. Taylor isn’t buying it. “I think he is [playing],” Taylor said. “That’s just my mentality.” Holmes had been out after injuring his hamstring in the Jets’ fourth game of the season. He won’t practice today, Ryan said.