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Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Posted on: July 25, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: July 25, 2011 10:11 am
PolamaluPosted by Josh Katzowitz

In this column from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Dejan Kovacevic, the author discusses whether the Steelers should lock up S Troy Polamalu for life.

As Kovacevic points out, there really isn’t a clear-cut answer. A Steelers fan’s heart will say yes, for sure. But when you break it down with your brain, maybe giving Polamalu a long-term and expensive extension on his contract, which will expire at the end of 2012, isn’t the best idea for Pittsburgh.

Here’s one reason Polamalu should be rewarded: He’s still an incredible player. Despite injuries that have limited him to 19 games in the past two seasons, he makes plays few others in the league could make. He tied his career high with seven interceptions last season, and he’s such a popular figure among Steelers fans that it makes sense to keep him in the city’s embrace forever.

But lest you forget,’s own Pete Prisco called Polamalu the most overrated player in the game.

Prisco’s reasoning?

He was a spinning top in the Super Bowl, trying to cover Packers receivers and instead watched them rip off big gains and two touchdowns on his watch.

The Packers exposed the reason I think Polamalu is overrated. He isn't great in coverage and the NFL is now a cover game.
He's a good player. He's just not great.

I've always believed he was a gambler in the back end, and good teams and smart quarterbacks could take advantage of his aggressive style, which the Packers and Aaron Rodgers did. He gets away with it against bad quarterbacks, but good ones can use his aggressive style to their advantage (See Tom Brady).

Besides, Polamalu is going to be expensive. As the Trib Review points out, the highest-paid safety in the league is Kansas City’s Eric Berry, who signed a six-year, $60 million deal after he was drafted in 2010. I imagine Polamalu will want more than that.

Which might make it extremely hard for the Steelers to keep him.

“There's been no discussion yet (of a new deal), but I'd say it's highly likely that was because of the lockout,” his agent, Marvin Demoff, told the paper. "We'd be open to it, sure. Troy's played there eight years and wants to finish his career in Pittsburgh."

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Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:10 am

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Not that good, huh?  Learn a little about football you idiots.

If this was intended towards me, i would hope you have the sense of humor to realize that i was kidding.. I'm sure brodney pool is better than polamalu dude, its a joke for cryin out loud

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:01 am

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Of course NOT, don't be inane...if you think they should, your vote on whether or not the Pirates should extend Clemente and Stargell; whether the Pens should extend Mario or whether Pitt should extend Jamie Dixon would also be favorable.

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:49 am

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

I agree with steeelfan troy was hurt and that Super Bowl would have been won if Troy was healthy. So quit asking Steeler fans stupid questions. Cool

Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:35 am

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Prisco should do his homework, instead of trying to get hits on his article.

Polamaulu sat out most of December with an achilles injury.  He was
hurt the entire playoffs, including the Super Bowl.  Anyone with an ounce of
common sense and/or football knowledge realizes how long achilles injuries
take to heal and how they restrict movement.

Polamalu is a game changer.  If he is healthy, the Steelers one (if Mendenhall does not fumble,
the Steelers still win).   James Harrison had 2 back surgeries after the Super Bowl.  That is why
he had one tackle and was not that effective.

Prisco bases his article on the 1 Super Bowl game.  Prisco is a drama queen.  Polamalu will re-sign
with Pittsburgh, and if he is healthy, the Steelers will be in the playoffs.  Again.

He is fantastic.  Maybe Prisco should look at the Steelers record with Polamalu in the lineup, and
their record without him in the lineup.  Stupid article, stupid author.

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:22 am

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

You are correct.  Steeler fans can't imagine letting him go.  Why?  Rod Woodson.  The situation is very similar.  Injuries happen, and often with great players, there's a bad patch but they get past it.  I suspect the same thing will happen here.  I know Troy missed a bunch of games last year, but the achilles injury occured on a season changing play.  The Bengals were handling the Steelers before he took that Palmer interception for a TD.  It's my feeling they would have lost that game, forcing them to finish second in the division and never making it to the Super Bowl.  Unfortunately, he wasn't playing at full strength in the Super Bowl, and that hurt.  The guy is the biggest defensive game changer in the league.  I've seen him make way too many impossible plays for them to let him go.

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:21 am

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

The guy is Over Rated....doesn't mean he isn't a hell of a football player...just doubt about it

If I were drafting a team from scratch....I wouldn't even take a safety in the top 12 picks for my team....

The position is just not as critical as they want to make it out to be....sure if your corners suck..that's different...But he isn't even a cover safety...he is a run support SS...and before I start hearing comparisons to Cover Free Safety Ed Reed who dodges tackles all day...they aren't the same type player....don't embarrass yourself with a comparison...unless you want to point out how many games they both miss.....

He is top 3 at his position....that's about it....oh and he has a lot of hair.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 8:05 am

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Is this the same Ed Reed who missed most of last season and also has what is best described as a lingering leg issue that could cut short his career?

Polamalu changes games, period.  there are only 2-3 DB/S that can do that. ( I agree Reed is on that list)  The Steelers need to sign Ike Taylor back and develop another decent cover corner. that will not be easy. 

All the guys you list are very good and all will get big contracts and the new deal just makes that even more evident.

don't foget that the ability to get pressure on the QB, makes DB's better.  The Steelers were not able to get to Rodgers in the SB, that was the difference, not bad DB play.  The Packers are loaded with talent catching the ball. The Steelers have the same trouble with the Pats when Brady lets is fly fast.  the rest of the league has troubles with the Steelers pressure.

Match-ups are very important.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 7:24 am

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Hands down Polamalu is one of the best safeties in the game ! I'd take him playing half a season versus some guys playing a full season because he's that good ! Polamalu has the intangibles that you cannot teach ! His man on man coverage skills aren't the best but then again not too many safties can play man coverage and be successful at the NFL level !

I also like Ed Reed and Bob Sanders but Sanders has had his share of injuries as well ! 

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 6:02 am

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

Benedictrick- I guess I should have made myself more clear. I really wasn't commenting on whether they should extend his contract as much as I was commenting on Prisco's take on Polamalu as a player.  I've been a Steeler fan for over 40 years and I've seen the Rooneys make very few bad choices when it comes to players(Johnny Unitas comes to mind). I have every confidence that they are on top of the situation and will do what is best for the team. But to blame Polamalu's aggressive play for losing the SB is crazy, since he was unable to be aggressive due to the injury.

Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 2:30 am

Should the Steelers extend Polamalu?

People saying he's the best safety in football don't watch the same game I do. First off, over the past 5 years he's played only 1 full season while averaging just shy of 12 games a season. I mean sure, the steeles are great the 3/4 of the games he plays each year, but still, that doesn't mean he's the best or that they should sign him for an extension at over 10 million a year. I'm not saying he's not good, but you gotta be healthy to make a difference. Sure, he's among the best, but that list also has to include Ed Reed (my pick), Nick Collins, Michael Griffin, and Adrian Wilson.

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