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DIESELMAN
12-14-2007, 08:43 PM
Troy Polamalu's lack of weight training has led many fans to believe it's the cause of his injury-plagued 2007 season. The Pittsburgh Steelers' strong safety returns to the lineup and hopes to prove otherwise.

PITTSBURGH – Every week, Troy Polamalu (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=2982004) talks to his uncle and the primary topic of conversation is Troy’s health.
Routine? Sure, but with Troy and his Uncle Kennedy Pola, it’s never just small talk.

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“He checks on me every week to make sure I’m healthy and doing well,” said Polamalu. “He gives advice to me about how to take care of my body, because he knows the other side of dealing with injuries.”

Troy’s uncle is the running backs coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars (http://jac.scout.com/) and few can argue with his knowledge. Kennedy Pola came to the Jaguars from the Cleveland Browns (http://cle.scout.com/) in 2005, and in 2006 coached Fred Taylor (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=2981740) and Maurice Jones-Drew (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=2981730) to a franchise record for most rushing yards (2,087) by two players. The total was second in the NFL last season.

This season, the 31-year-old Taylor is once again running like a youngster. He’s on a three-game streak of 100-yard games as he (944, 4.9 avg.) and Jones-Drew (655, 4.5) have combined for 1,599 yards through 13 games. The Jacksonville combo ranks second in the league to Minnesota’s combo (1,916) of Adrian Peterson (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=3120585) and Chester Taylor (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=2981117).

And this means exactly what to Polamalu?

Well, his mother’s brother knows athletes, and he cares about this one in particular. “He knows the other side,” Polamalu said. “He knows how coaches push, how management pushes, and how they treat injured players. So it’s nice to have somebody who sees the other side.

“That’s not to say [players and teams] are not on the same side,” Polamalu added, “but their focus is on winning and not really for the welfare of the players.”

Polamalu, of course, is in the midst of an injury-plagued season. He’s missed four games with, first, a rib injury and, second, a sprained knee. He’s returning to the lineup this week against the Jaguars after missing three consecutive games with the latter injury, and he’s looking for his first sack and/or interception.

By those numbers, it’s been an unproductive season for Polamalu, who’d averaged 3.3 interceptions, 2.3 sacks and 93 tackles per season since becoming a starter in 2004. This season, his numbers are 0-0-59.

Not that he’s complaining. When asked to grade his performance this season, Polamalu said: “I don’t know. When I grade myself, I’ve got to grade myself on how good our team is. Physically, probably not very well, but as a team defense we’re doing okay.”

It’s become commonplace to blame Polamalu’s injuries and relative lack of production on his fading physique. Polamalu is listed at 207 pounds, which seems a bit high. He entered the league at 210 and admits he’s lost a lot of bulk.

“Yeah, looking back on film, I definitely have. My first two years I was bigger,” he said.

How is it affecting him?

“I think good,” he said. “I think it helps me out. It gives me a little more agility.”

But, what about the injuries?

“The injuries I’ve sustained this year are kind of freak injuries: Being at the wrong place at the wrong time, people hitting me low. It has nothing to do with the athletic state that I’m in. To be quite honest, if I had the bulk, the injuries might’ve been worse because I’m more focused on flexibility. If I have that, like rubber, it’s easier to bend. But if it’s a wooden stick, it’d snap.”
In spite of appearances, Polamalu said he still lifts weights. “I just do it in a different type of way,” he said.

And what does Uncle Kennedy think of his program? “He’s all for things like that,” Polamalu said. “He actually trained with my trainer.” It’s hard to argue with your mother’s brother, particularly when he’s your trainer’s trainee. Or the guy who coaches Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew.

By Jim Wexell (http://javascript<b></b>:location.href='http://search.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=4&c=1&search=1&sskey=%22' + escape('Jim Wexell') + '%22&sssiteid=68';)
SteelCityInsider.com
Posted Dec 13, 2007


Talk about his training practices and his play this year have come into question here at SA. Figured I would post this and see what happens. :lol:

Black@Gold Forever32
12-14-2007, 09:07 PM
Troy gets stranger and stranger by the minute...I really don't care what his Uncle thinks.....lol All I know he isn't the same player.....Never said I wanted him to bulk up to be huge...But he should have stayed at his playing weight when he entered the NFL.....He was a beast then...Now he is just another player...lol

Iron City South
12-14-2007, 09:39 PM
Dudes, I told you his weight was an issue .... some of you screamed BLASPHEMY for my even mentioning such.

I'm glad to see he and those who get access to him to ask him questions read my posts! He's finally seeing that's he's a toothpick who is out of place most of the time and can't wrap-up defenders.

Black@Gold Forever32
12-14-2007, 09:41 PM
Dudes, I told you his weight was an issue .... some of you screamed BLASPHEMY for my even mentioning such.

I'm glad to see he and those who get access to him to ask him questions read my posts! He's finally seeing that's he's a toothpick who is out of place most of the time and can't wrap-up defenders.

Wasn't me that screamed blasphemy....I have been ripping Troy all season....:lol:

BlitzburghRockCity
12-15-2007, 12:34 AM
Now it's time for Troy to earn that paycheck and make some plays for us because we'll need him to help with run support especially so hopefully he'll get back on his game and help us out and next year we'll see the more solid, stronger, Troy. Once he's healthy hopefully he'll get back to that size and level of play.

Koopa
12-15-2007, 01:05 AM
troy's a bum (as i type this, i am wearing my polamalu jersey lol) i've been saying it for 3 years, he's the most overrated safety in the league, his style of play is what makes him a bum, he's not a true safety, he leaves our db's on an island cause he is best suited playing at the line of scrimmage, and he plays so undisiplined that whatever his weight was it wouldn't make a difference........ biggest waste of a contract ever........ teams have caught on to his style and have found a way to stop it so his career is pretty much over as a feared player, now he just gets to collect a fat check

BlitzburghRockCity
12-15-2007, 01:26 AM
troy's a bum (as i type this, i am wearing my polamalu jersey lol) i've been saying it for 3 years, he's the most overrated safety in the league, his style of play is what makes him a bum, he's not a true safety, he leaves our db's on an island cause he is best suited playing at the line of scrimmage, and he plays so undisiplined that whatever his weight was it wouldn't make a difference........ biggest waste of a contract ever........ teams have caught on to his style and have found a way to stop it so his career is pretty much over as a feared player, now he just gets to collect a fat check

Hypocrite !!! :lol:

Troy's wild abandon style of play is a good thing as long as he actually makes the tackle like he did up until this year. During 2007 he was flying around but missing tackles, over running the play, out thinking himself and just generally confusing everybody and leaving the DB's and LB's stuck trying to recover. If he's going to run around and confuse the offense that's fine but make the play because it's a big gamble.

yinzer
12-15-2007, 06:25 AM
troy a bum? i think there is only one other safety in the entire league that offenses build their scheme around. maybe ed reed.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-16-2007, 06:34 PM
Troy made some plays today and actually showed signs of the Troy we're used to seeing so that was an encouragement. He did miss some plays but considering he was out for what 3 weeks, he showed he is still the guy that we need at Safety to lead the secondary.

SteelerFan87
12-16-2007, 07:56 PM
Who is our RB coach? Anyone else think we should hire Troy's uncle? :lol:

K Train
12-16-2007, 08:00 PM
yeah i saw some plays, but i saw some missed plays by our secondary that we didnt see with carter in there. he was at the line entirely to much and that made wilford and williams both by themselves in the endzones for those TDs...he needs to play saftey more and mini linebacker less

BlitzburghRockCity
12-17-2007, 09:25 AM
I think on obvious running plays we should keep him up there because he's good in run support but damn when it's 3rd and long and you know they are going to pass bring the pressure from somebody else and let Troy stay back there to help out, this not getting off the field on 3rd down is just a complete back breaker. I know they want to blitz and all but with Troy just coming back don't put him in a position to have the other DB's out of position.