View Full Version : You have to admit... Troy is back!!!

11-23-2008, 10:15 AM
I don't think anyone can argue that Troy is now back to his Pro Bowl status. His pre season training has really helped him come back. He's been quite impressive and I look forward more, I love seeing those end of game surprises!!!! :tt02::tt02:

11-23-2008, 10:33 AM
Yes he certainly is! :) The training and Tomlins influence is paying off big time.

11-23-2008, 10:38 AM
Yeah he is healthy, and the D is playing well. Just like all the positions, the better they play as a team, the better they look as individuals.

The best thing about Troy this season is that he making tackles, the past couple years it seems like he wasn`t finishing tackles. He could get there, but not finish. I`m sure with two healthy shoulders this helps with hanging on! But he is having one of his best seasons ever. This year he actually deserves a Pro Bowl spot

11-23-2008, 10:43 AM
Troy is back for sure, he is having a great season and is staying healthy.

11-23-2008, 11:07 AM
He is healthy and I think that has something to do with it but not everything. I think Troy tried to do too much when our defense wasn't quite as good. Lots of mistakes can be covered up when other players are making big plays. You can miss a coverage assignment when the quarterback is running for his life. Bottom line, great team defense is allowing him to be a wildcard again. :2cents:

11-23-2008, 12:19 PM
Granted the D was good last year without Troy but this year with Troy being back they have taken the D to a whole other level and are completely dominating people.

Not only are they the top overall Defense, but they lead the league in Sacks, Pass Defense, Run Defense and are second for points given up. That is a complete defense right there!

11-23-2008, 08:58 PM
The Defense last year seemed to have deceptive success, we had very little pass rush all year and without Troy our secondary wasn't the same. Plus Clark was out and Anthony Smith was a disaster at the end of the year. This year they have refocused and got back to what they do best and our defense is better for it. The pass rush is back, our sacks are up, secondary is playing well, Arron Smith is back, everything is coming together for this group and Troy is a HUGE part of that. He's back to his dominance and that's always a good thing.

11-23-2008, 09:03 PM
Troy is da man

11-23-2008, 11:39 PM
Troy is back, an when he's healthy like this he's the best safety in the game hands down:imho::tt02::cope::clap:

11-23-2008, 11:43 PM
Not only are they the top overall Defense, but they lead the league in Sacks, Pass Defense, Run Defense and are second for points given up. That is a complete defense right there!

The total package, thats what I'm talking about!!! It helps to have depth, a lot of teams can't overcome that and start to fade. This year has been different for us, like it was talked about in another thread, this year our younger guys are stepping up!!!

11-24-2008, 12:10 AM
We are now #1 in points given up as well.


11-24-2008, 08:52 PM
And plus it's always good to have a better defense than the Ratbirds :bwah:

Really though this defense is as complete a unit as I've seen in a very long time; the super bowl defense was exceptional as well but this team is playing above that in so many ways it's just crazy the potential these guys have. How nice is it to have both Steeler OLB's in double digit sacks and to have one of them at the top 2 in sacks in the entire league.

12-27-2008, 08:52 AM
http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW...wexell2325.htm (http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/NFL/AFC/AFC+North/Pittsburgh/Features/2008/wexell2325.htm)

Better than ever

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu is having his finest season for Pittsburgh’s ferocious defense

By Jim Wexell
Dec. 25, 2008
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — It was just the other day that Steelers ROLB James Harrison was talking about Troy Polamalu.

“Listen here,” Harrison growled. “Troy is amazing. He’s really unbelievable. Things that I’ve seen him do on tape, where he’ll be all the way down in the box, down by the D-linemen, and he’ll have a deep pass and still get there, to have Troy in there disguising the look is really helpful.”

Funny that Harrison would talk about Polamalu standing pre-snap at the line but racing back for deep coverage, because just the other day LILB James Farrior was saying the opposite about Polamalu, something about the 2005 AFC championship game, when the Broncos were pinned deep near their endzone.

“He was 15 to 20 yards back and they threw a little check-down to the running back,” Farrior told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Before (Broncos RB Mike Anderson) even got past the goal line, Troy was hitting him.”

The power of Polamalu: If he’s not up and racing back, he’s back and racing up, or somersaulting for one of his league-leading interceptions, or covering Cowboys WR Terrell Owens man-to-man out of the slot.

Polamalu, the Steelers’ strong safety, was just named to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl. Even though he was one of the key pieces in the Steelers’ 2005 title run, Polamalu’s playing the best football of his life. Even iconic Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau says so.

“Oh, I think he is, yeah,” LeBeau said. “I just couldn’t name the amount of plays that he’s cut off with his range and his diagnostic intuition in just getting to where the ball is. When the ball’s breaking on him, he always shows up. If he doesn’t get the guy on the ground, he sure does slow him up long enough for the posse to get there. He’s invaluable to us back there. He’s done a great job all along, but this probably is his best year.”

Is that what LeBeau likes best about Polamalu? His versatility?

“Absolutely. You can do anything with him.”

The quietest man in the Steelers’ locker room, Polamalu hits big, covers deep and catches the ball like he’s Fred Biletnikoff all lathered up with Stickum. He’d love to leap over a goal-line pile with the ball like his childhood hero Walter Payton, but understands his position — now more than ever.

Even though LeBeau has given his 27-year-old strong safety a free run in his complex defense the past five seasons, Polamalu frequently sits back this year and lets the game come to him. And the ball, too.

“I’ve been more of a safety,” Polamalu said. “It’s working so far, and I think it’s because of the guys up front. I play back and we’ve been sitting and waiting for balls to fall in our lap.”

Does Polamalu prefer that style of play?

“I prefer winning,” he said.

“He’s very unselfish and he’s not blitzing as much as he has in the past,” LeBeau explained. “He can make a lot of sacks and a lot of things happen, and we blitz him some, but you look at the number of big plays that have gotten in there on this defense and a great part of the credit goes to our safeties and where they’ve been back there to keep those plays from hitting us deep, and Troy and (FS) Ryan (Clark) together have been tremendous.

“Troy’s range, it just hits me whenever a play’s breaking. He always shows up, it seems like, and keeps it from going for a real big play.”

Going into Sunday’s game at Tennessee, the AFC North Division-champion Steelers boasted the No. 1 defense in the NFL. The driving force has been a pass rush that has racked up 48 sacks, a secondary that has allowed only one pass of more than 50 yards and a ballhawk who has notched seven interceptions. And two of Polamalu’s seven interceptions have already become part of Steelers lore. His somersaulting interception Sept. 21 against the Eagles off a deflected pass drew raves, but his miraculous scoop off the top of the Heinz Field lawn against the Chargers Nov. 16 will be remembered forever.

“That’s the best one I’ve ever seen,” said LeBeau, he of the 62 career interceptions and 50 years in the NFL. “That one he got off the ground, our guys up in the booth were saying he got it, and I said, ‘No, I was right here and he didn’t get that ball.’ But he did get it. That was the greatest. Now, the one in Indianapolis that they didn’t give us (2005 playoffs), that might’ve been the second-best one I’ve ever seen.

“You know,” LeBeau continued, “we see him do it on the practice field on a fairly regular basis, so I know he can do it, but that catch that he made on the ball he picked off the ground, I don’t think we’ll ever see that play duplicated.”

Is Polamalu the best safety in the game today?

“He is to me,” LeBeau said. “Now, I’m not sure that you’re getting an unbiased opinion on that, but I would pick him above all of them.”

Polamalu takes such compliments as you might imagine Jesus Christ taking them: He lowers his head and smiles in modesty, even embarrassment, and he replies as softly and sweetly as would Payton.

But those words can fire across the bow. He slipped what seemed at the time to be an innocuous comment on the evolution of the NFL into a running dialogue, calling it “kind of a pansy game.” It brought the NFL executives out en masse. They held an embarrassing dog-and-pony show for reporters at the Steelers’ South Side facility, only because one of the quietest players in the league had challenged the league’s collective manhood.

Polamalu’s reaction the next day?

“I’m done talking,” he said. “I don’t enjoy the spotlight.”

After a brief respite, Polamalu returned to the realm of public speaking — much to the delight of an expanding cult following that hangs on every one of his softly spoken words. Here’s a sampling of some of his remarks:

On standing behind CB Deshea Townsend when Townsend made his game-winning interception return for a touchdown against Dallas: “I probably would’ve dropped it.”

On his success: “I think Coach LeBeau’s doing a good job putting us in situations.”

On leading the league in interceptions: “When you’ve got guys like (CB) Ike (Taylor) pretty much locking down the best receivers, and you’ve got the front seven putting pressure on the quarterback, it gives you an opportunity to make plays.”

On whether his fantastic season is due more to good health or experience: “I couldn’t really say. Sometimes the ball just bounces your way.”

On his new muscular look: “More fat. But, yeah, I’m bigger than I had been in the past. This year I’m probably about 215. I like being lighter because I’m quicker, but I’ve stayed healthy.”

On the team’s success: “We’re really hungry right now.”

On the team’s identity: “We play kind of ugly, rough and physical, and we win, thank God. But the personality of the city matches the personality of the team. It’s so blue collar, and none of that New York-Los Angeles-Hollywood mentality within us, and we like that. We like to get all the attention at the 1ʍoq ɹǝdns.”

At this point, the 1ʍoq ɹǝdns may be the Steelers’ destiny. And the quietest of them all is leading them.

12-27-2008, 09:54 AM
:clap::clap: Glad he prefers to win...I think we do to :yellowthumb:

12-27-2008, 02:19 PM
We're going to need every bit of Troy's play making abilities in the post season, he's been awesome this year. Troy needs to keep doing all that unorthordox training stuff that he started getting back into this past offseason and stick with it which Im sure he will. With Troy and Ryan Clark back there at Safety we've done excellent this year, way better than most of us probably thought coming into the season.

12-27-2008, 03:06 PM
nice article...thanks for posting

12-27-2008, 06:30 PM
When healthy Troy is the best in the league period.:tt02::yellowthumb:

12-27-2008, 10:45 PM
I agree! Troy is the MAN! All those that say Ed Reed is better can make that arguement but Troy is a better tackler, mare awareness, covers more ground and has more intagibles. I'm SO glad we drafted him instead of Larry Johnson (who we were supposed to draft)