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SH-Rock
12-26-2010, 07:32 PM
By Jim Corbett, USA TODAY
When it comes to league MVP candidates, there is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and everybody else.
But when it comes to defensive MVP, there's a compelling debate building among two Pittsburgh Steelers playmakers five-time Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu and linebacker James Harrison, the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year.

Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's zone-blitz unit is allowing 15.2 points per game, covering for a struggling Steelers offense that has scored two touchdowns in its last 30 possessions.

"It's the consistency of their performance that's very noticeable week in, week out," LeBeau said Tuesday, referencing Polamalu and Harrison. "They both have such great football instincts, that's their common characteristic."

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Polamalu's two interceptions in Sunday's 23-7 blowout of Cincinnati ties him for second in the league with six pickoffs.

As punctuated by his game-changing strip sack of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in Pittsburgh's 13-10, Week 13 win that put the Steelers in the AFC North driver's seat, it's not only the plays Polamalu makes, but when he makes them.

"Troy was (AFC) Defensive Player of the Week' last week and it wouldn't surprise me if he's named again because his plays were just outstanding against Cincinnati," LeBeau said.

Then, there is the pro-Harrison debate.

Steelers radio analyst Tunch Ilkin finds it remarkable that despite paying a player-high $125,000 in fines as part of the league's enforcement against dangerous hits, Harrison has put up eye-popping numbers.

"James Harrison has 10 sacks, 22 quarterback pressures, he's caused six fumbles and has two interceptions," Ilkin said. "The real unfortunate part of all this fining stuff, it's overshadowing the fact he's having a monster year.

"Not only is James Harrison the best defensive player in the game today. He's the most feared."

LeBeau also praises Harrison's unseen impact such as changing blocking schemes.

"He's always near the top in sacks, in caused fumbles and pressures in the league," LeBeau said. "What more can you do?"

There are several other deserving candidates led by Green Bay Packers disruptive force Clay Matthews, Jr., second in the league with 121/2 sacks.

There is also Miami Dolphins league sack-leader Cameron Wake, the former CFL standout with 14 sacks and three forced fumbles, Atlanta's John Abraham, Kansas City's Tamba Hali (11 sacks each) and Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants with 10 sacks and a league-high eight forced fumbles.

Would it be poetic justice if it wound up that Polamalu and Harrison were named co-defensive MVPs when the Associated Press balloting among a panel of 50 sportswriters and league analysts is held at season's end?

"It absolutely would be fitting," LeBeau said. "I love them both.

"I love them all. But these two have really produced."

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/steelers/2010-12-14-insider-steelers_N.htm

TRH
12-26-2010, 07:46 PM
In a perfect world they would be #1 and #2 this year. Harrison, if not for the headlines of brutal hits, is quietly having a helluva year, the guy is everywhere.
Polamalu is godly. He should get the award.
But there are 2 huge strikes against it happening.
1. Polamalu has been out a lot. Yes, that will influence voting.
2. The league and Goodell's office does not want a Pittsburgh player winning. That will go against almost everything they've been pushing on everyone. Yes, Goodell has power and will influence voting as well. Sad but true.

OX1947
12-26-2010, 09:25 PM
If Troy had finished up the last 3 games, it looked like he was a lock. Harrison wont get it because of you know why. Look for Clay Mathews Jr to take it....

TRH
12-27-2010, 12:54 PM
If Troy had finished up the last 3 games, it looked like he was a lock. Harrison wont get it because of you know why. Look for Clay Mathews Jr to take it....

Troy really is the one who deserves it. MVP of a team. I think they've forgotten the meaning of that term. They give the award almost always on stats anymore. Thats why Brady will get it on offense this year and why Manning has won it.
It's clearly Troy....no question about it......but i think you're right...due to media and playing a full schedule, Mathews Jr will get it.

pete74
12-27-2010, 07:34 PM
troy wont win it because he dosnt come close to havingthe best stats for his position. harrison is doing great as usual but i dont see them letting him win it

MDSteel15
12-28-2010, 11:07 AM
troy wont win it because he dosnt come close to havingthe best stats for his position. harrison is doing great as usual but i dont see them letting him win it

That's why every week that he is healthy you hear everyone saying "Troy should be in this conversation of MVPs with what he does to change the game for the Steelers defense!" :coffee:

pete74
12-28-2010, 11:59 AM
if troy played a full season he would take it hands down. he is the best saftey ever. its tough missing games every season though but thats what happens when you play his position the way he does.

caseyviator
12-28-2010, 12:58 PM
NO STEELER WILL GET THIS..IT WILL BE CLAY MATH

TRH
12-28-2010, 01:19 PM
"best stats" shouldn't have anything to do with this award. Offensive MVP either......

SH-Rock
12-28-2010, 01:53 PM
"best stats" shouldn't have anything to do with this award. Offensive MVP either......

I think Defensive MVP should be looked without stats while Offensive MVP should be through stats and a bit more. Like Mike Vick and Brady. Brady has better stats, but Vick is more explosive and brings a lot more to his team.

pete74
12-28-2010, 06:37 PM
NO STEELER WILL GET THIS..IT WILL BE CLAY MATH

there is no way the NFL can justify giving it to Mathews over Harrison. there isnt a player with as many sacks as Harrison that also has that many tackles.. they have either alot of tackles or alot of sacks, Harrison has them both along with 2 interceptions

wootawnee
12-28-2010, 06:52 PM
Clay Mathews is America's sweetheart at the moment..............He would not start in front of either of our 2 guys.........

lionslicer
12-28-2010, 07:30 PM
Clay Mathews will get it... He's had some games mid season where he disapeared, but he's had some interceptions in key situations to help win games. Though I wouldn't be surprised to see Troy get it, even injured the last 3 games.

Fire Arians
12-28-2010, 08:00 PM
harrison won't get it because goodell won't let it happen

TRH
12-28-2010, 09:52 PM
there is no way the NFL can justify giving it to Mathews over Harrison. there isnt a player with as many sacks as Harrison that also has that many tackles.. they have either alot of tackles or alot of sacks, Harrison has them both along with 2 interceptions


Even though i think Harrison should get it, or Troy if he had played all or most games, no way they get it. Especially Harrison. You can take that to the bank.
Mathews will get it.