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12-18-2010, 07:37 AM
Steelers Notebook: Mundy is student of Polamalu
Saturday, December 18, 2010
By Bill Brink, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ryan Mundy has taken a fan's approach to learning from Troy Polamalu.

Mundy, who will likely replace Polamalu if Polamalu cannot play Sunday, said he watches Polamalu's plays, then questions him about them afterward.

"You see what he does and then ask him, 'Troy why'd you do this,' or 'Troy why'd you do that,' " Mundy said.

Polamalu has not practiced Wednesday and Thursday in the past few weeks since injuring his ankle, so Mundy worked with the first-team defense. Polamalu did not practice Wednesday, Thursday or Friday this week. The most important thing he gained from this extra practice time, Mundy said, was smoother communication with the rest of the back seven.

"Knowing, you know, where James Farrior's going to set the defense, what Ryan Clark like to do, me and Ike Taylor communicating and me and Bryant McFadden communicating," he said.

Mundy knows the difficulty he faces in replacing Polamalu, who has made big plays in each of the previous three games, but has confidence he can play well enough.

"There's obviously only one Troy Polamalu," Mundy said. "But we do have a standard here at playing safety and I just have to be the best Ryan Mundy I can be and meet the standard for playing safety here at the Steelers."

Mundy has tried to learn Polamalu's instinct for when to make plays near the line of scrimmage.

"It may not be what I'm supposed to do but he goes and makes that play," he said. "The one thing that I learned about Troy is that he knows situations.

"A lot of times he'll be called to play underneath the defense but he'll just blitz because he feels like it's a run. And that's what I'm talking about knowing situations. If it's like second-and-3, maybe even first-and-10, if he feels it's a run he's going to go get it. And that's how he ends up with so many tackles for losses."
Taylor's new spokesperson

When cameras surrounded his locker Thursday, Ike Taylor turned to Mike Wallace, whose locker is nearby, for help. Wallace, he said, would answer his questions for him.

"How do you plan on going up against your former teammate, Santonio Holmes?" someone asked Wallace to ask Taylor.

The two conferred in whispers in Taylor's locker.

"My client feels like it's going to be a really good matchup," Wallace replied. "He knows what he's trying to do, they've played together for years. He knows what Ike does, Ike knows what he does, so we feel like it's going to be a really good matchup."

"What does your client think of Mike Wallace?"

More hushed discussion.

"Can't nobody check him."


"Hey," Wallace said, "I'm just relaying a message."

"That's all they want to hear," Wallace said later of questions about Holmes returning to Pittsburgh. "From here on out I'm probably going to do all his interviews."

The speedy Wallace will face a Jets secondary missing both of its starting safeties. Jim Leonhard broke his leg and was placed on injured reserve, and Eric Smith has a concussion and is out for Sunday's game.

"I don't care if one guy plays and one guy doesn't," he said. "I feel like at 4:15 on Sunday we're still going to have to play no matter who's out there."
Injury report

Tackle Flozell Adams (ankle), cornerback Bryant McFadden (hamstring) and tight end Heath Miller (concussion) all practiced fully Friday.
Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com.

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12-18-2010, 08:46 AM
Good to hear that Heath practiced yesterday, hopefully there aren't any setbacks.