Not once, but twice he dropped on me: “I’m not going to comment on it” when asked about the blindside and dirty hit Cleveland defensive lineman Phil Taylor put on him during the second half of last year’s season finale.
It was a hit that resulted in a concussion to Beachum and warranted a $7,875 fine by the league even though Taylor said the Steelers were the dirty team following the 24-10 Week 17 loss.
It was the second consecutive year that Taylor was fined for a hit on a Steeler. Taylor was docked $15,000 in 2011 due to a helmet hit to Ben Roethlisberger.
When pressed about Taylor’s hit on him last year, Beachum only had to offer: “We will handle it between the lines and that’s how it has to be done this week.”
Tackle Marcus Gilbert, who did not play in last year’s season finale against the Browns with an ankle injury, was a little more forthcoming with what appears to be the mindset of the offensive line heading into Sunday’s game.
“It is no motivation once he gets on the field,” Gilbert said, who had an incident with Taylor himself. “He knows what it is and it is business. It is smash mouth football and there’s no talking. It is what it is. We are aware of it, but football is football, and I am pretty sure he is going to get his. It was a dirty play and he put it on film. Once it is on film it is out there.”
The hit by Taylor on Beachum came a play after James Harrison was called for a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty on Cleveland quarterback Thad Lewis. It was reported that Taylor apologized to Beachum the next day.
Incidentally, when the two teams play Sunday, three of the five offensive linemen for the Steelers didn’t play in last year’s game – Doug Legursky, Maurkice Pouncey and Max Starks.