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67 calsteel
05-19-2012, 11:34 AM
Troy is expected to attend OTA next week.While not Manditory,it is a change from his routine.Could the also be some changes that are going to happen on defense?

tanda10506
05-19-2012, 11:45 AM
Maybe but I doubt they would be big changes. I think he had a down year last year, he still played above average because he is that good, but for him it was a pretty down year, maybe he is just starting early and making sure he's back at the top this season.

BLACK_AND_YELLOW
05-19-2012, 12:35 PM
Maybe but I doubt they would be big changes. I think he had a down year last year, he still played above average because he is that good, but for him it was a pretty down year, maybe he is just starting early and making sure he's back at the top this season.

IMO I think he wanted to stay healthy a whole season cause he never played aggressive like he use to...:noidea:

Remember the AJ Green TD that he could have easily intercepted?? the Troy i know would have gotten that ball.

tony hipchest
05-19-2012, 12:37 PM
hopefully it is because aaron smith and farrior wont be there and troy wants to help fill in some of that veteran leadership void.

i am certain youngsters like m. rolle, our young cb's and spence, ta'amu will all appreciate having him there.

Millers the sh!t
05-20-2012, 07:01 PM
IMO I think he wanted to stay healthy a whole season cause he never played aggressive like he use to...:noidea:

Remember the AJ Green TD that he could have easily intercepted?? the Troy i know would have gotten that ball.

Didn't Troy get a few concussions last year?

Also, you know Troy?

steeltheone
05-20-2012, 07:37 PM
Maybe but I doubt they would be big changes. I think he had a down year last year, he still played above average because he is that good, but for him it was a pretty down year, maybe he is just starting early and making sure he's back at the top this season.

Not real sure it was a down year for Troy? The other Safety was medicore in pass coverage but stayed strong on the run.

Galax Steeler
05-20-2012, 08:11 PM
That is good for Troy but I don't think you will see much of a improvement on his play. Troy is at that age he is not going to get better. I hate to say it but you will start to see his play's going down hill. Age gets us all and Troy is no exception.

FrancoLambert
05-20-2012, 10:12 PM
That is good for Troy but I don't think you will see much of a improvement on his play. Troy is at that age he is not going to get better. I hate to say it but you will start to see his play's going down hill. Age gets us all and Troy is no exception.

I'm not ready to write off Troy just yet. My take is that injuries had more to do with his "drop off" than loss of ability. If he stays injury/concussion free I think we'll see more game changing plays from Troy.

Steelersfan87
05-20-2012, 10:32 PM
He can decline in play and still be an All-Pro, so it doesn't really even matter.

Millers the sh!t
05-21-2012, 01:39 AM
With a new corner starting maybe Troy will be dropping back more and picking up the slack for beginner mistakes. Might not make many splash plays but will still be a tremendous help.

tanda10506
05-21-2012, 02:57 AM
IMO I think he wanted to stay healthy a whole season cause he never played aggressive like he use to...:noidea:

Remember the AJ Green TD that he could have easily intercepted?? the Troy i know would have gotten that ball.

I couldn't imagine Polamalu not intercepting that pass to Green because he didn't want to get hurt.

Galax Steeler
05-21-2012, 05:43 AM
I'm not ready to write off Troy just yet. My take is that injuries had more to do with his "drop off" than loss of ability. If he stays injury/concussion free I think we'll see more game changing plays from Troy.

I'm not going to write him off either but I do think we have already seen Troy at his peek and from there that means his play will go down. He is just at that age and we will have to accept it.

BLACK_AND_YELLOW
05-21-2012, 06:24 AM
Didn't Troy get a few concussions last year?

Also, you know Troy?

WTF you didn't know me and Troy go way back we even went to church yesterday. :wink02:

BLACK_AND_YELLOW
05-21-2012, 06:25 AM
I couldn't imagine Polamalu not intercepting that pass to Green because he didn't want to get hurt.

:noidea:

Hawaii 5-0
05-21-2012, 03:48 PM
Can Troy Polamalu Still Be A Game-Changer?

Monday, May 21st, 2012
By Jeremy Hritz

Troy Polamalu has cemented his legacy with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he will forever be remembered as one of the best to don the black and gold uniform. His knack for game changing plays, none more famous than the interception for a touchdown in the 2008 AFC Championship Game, and his peerless skill set, make him a once in a lifetime player that will sorely be missed one day by the Steelers organization and fans alike.

Soon, Polamalu will be entering his tenth NFL season at 31 years of age, long removed from the young man that was selected 16th overall by the Steelers in the 2003 NFL Draft. As brutal as it is to accept, Polamalu’s time in Pittsburgh is slowly reaching its conclusion.

History says that Hall of Fame safeties, which Polamalu will eventually become, play an average of 15 seasons. The 49ers Ronnie Lott played for 15 seasons; Ken Houston, who played for the Oilers and Redskins, played for 14 seasons; and Brian Dawkins, who played for the Eagles and Broncos, and Paul Krause, who played for the Redskins and Vikings, both played for 16 seasons. If there is any merit to this, fans can expect Polamalu to play for four to five years after the 2012 season.

But just how effective will Polamalu be this coming season, and the final few seasons of his career?

While Polamalu has always been known as a linebacker/defensive back hybrid that makes unrivaled stops in the running game, his abilities in coverage are not commensurate, as the element of his game that makes him great, his aggressiveness and risk-taking, can make him a liability. What’s more is that following his achievement of Defensive Player of the Year, Polamalu seemed to be off of his game, and in the Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers, his performance was quiet, as Aaron Rodgers and company had their way with Steelers’ secondary. In that game, Polamalu recorded only three tackles, and he gave up two touchdown receptions to wide receiver Greg Jennings. After the game, in typical Polamalu fashion, he accepted complete responsibility for his performance. Yet high character or not, the Steelers still lost out on capturing a seventh Lombardi, and had Polamalu made the plays that he had a reputation for making, the outcome of the game could have been completely different.

Polamalu followed up his poor play in the Super Bowl with a decent year in 2011, but one that lacked his signature splash plays. He also appeared a step slower in coverage, specifically against Baltimore in week one when covering Ed Dickson, and when covering A.J. Green in the first matchup against Cincinnati on the road. Unsurprisingly, he still remained effective against the run.

Whether or not these types of performances are now the standard has yet to be seen.

Polamalu’s past injuries are also variables in not only his future performance, but also his longevity. An Achilles issue aggravated him near the end of the season in 2010, and just a year before, he practically missed the entire 2009 season with a knee injury, playing in only five games. What is more of a concern is Polamalu’s concussion history which dates back to his days at USC, and the concussion-like symptoms he experienced against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011. With the stringency the NFL is placing on how teams handle concussions, and with new fears emerging regarding the long-term effects, especially after the suicide of Junior Seau, Polamalu could think twice before stepping back on the field if he experiences another concussion.

Polamalu is by no means washed up, and even if his skills have diminished slightly, he is still better than 90% of safeties in the NFL. He has become one of the most, if not the most, beloved Steeler of the past nine years whose name is not Hines Ward. This coming Tuesday, Polamalu will likely attend OTAs, something that he has passed on in previous years to train at home in California. Hopefully his arrival in Pittsburgh finds him rested and ready to get to work with his teammates for next season. And hopefully in the process, he can rediscover his knack for the big play.

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/05/can-troy-polamalu-still-be-a-game-changer/

tony hipchest
05-22-2012, 12:32 PM
all the wild speculation aside...

Pittsburgh Steelers ‏@steelers
RT @SteelersDigest: Troy says he plans on attending all OTAs. "It's my time to be around the team a little more."

Ed Bouchette ‏@EdBouchette
Polamalu said he will stay for all OTAs. Said with so many vets gone, young players need to see a familiar face.



you heard it here first... :hatsoff:

hopefully it is because aaron smith and farrior wont be there and troy wants to help fill in some of that veteran leadership void.

i am certain youngsters like m. rolle, our young cb's and spence, ta'amu will all appreciate having him there.

troy matters. :helmet:

MACH1
05-22-2012, 01:21 PM
Troy Polamalu who is not always a regular attendee of OTAs, is present for the 1st one of the 2012 offseason.

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Fire Arians
05-22-2012, 01:36 PM
how tha hell can troy make his teammates better by practicing? practice?

TheVet
05-22-2012, 05:22 PM
Thanks for that great picture Mach1. We're so lucky to have him - I don't even want to think about life after Troy.

Now is the time to put it all together! Lets get this man to the SB!

bac151rum
05-22-2012, 06:37 PM
After reading the article, I think Troy realizes that with all of the players lost after last season, there is going to be a leadership gap. Just sounds like he's ready to step into it.

Fire Arians
05-22-2012, 06:42 PM
I couldn't imagine Polamalu not intercepting that pass to Green because he didn't want to get hurt.

it looked to me like he thought ryan clark had a play on the ball, so he didn't jump it

bac151rum
05-22-2012, 06:43 PM
After reading the article, I think Troy realizes that with all of the players lost after last season, there is going to be a leadership gap. Just sounds like he's ready to step into it.

Buddha Bus
05-22-2012, 06:44 PM
This is what I was hoping for once we heard Farrior was let go. This defense needs someone to step up and fill the leadership void that Farrior's departure has left and who better equipped with the knowledge, instincts, skills, and reputation than Troy Polamalu? He's the perfect guy to step into the role of "defensive quarterback" and I'm excited that he's chosen to do so. There's nobody better for the job!

Hawaii 5-0
05-23-2012, 02:41 AM
Steelers veteran safety Polamalu graces OTAs

By Mark Kaboly - Tribune-Review
Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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Larry Foote had to look twice to see if it was really Troy Polamalu out there for the start of Steelers’ organized team activities Tuesday.

During Foote’s nearly 10 years with the team, Polamalu has been rarely seen at any nonmandatory offseason workouts.

“Normally during OTAs he is out surfing in the ocean,” Foote said.

Instead, Polamalu was at his first nonmandatory offseason practice in years, and for good reason.

With the loss of a number of key veterans on defense, Mike Tomlin suggested to Polamalu that attending offseason practices might be a good idea this year.

Polamalu obliged.

“It’s important for as many people as possible to be here because we acknowledge that we’re building chemistry and, to a degree, you can’t measure it, and it’s a significant part of team building,” Tomlin said.

The last time Polamalu took part in OTAs was April 2010, when the Steelers held a short two-day session before the draft. Polamalu did not attend the final 12 sessions spanning May 18 to June 10.

Polamalu pointed toward the loss of James Farrior, Aaron Smith and Chris Hoke and their combined 36 years of experience as one reason he decided to forgo his typical offseason regimen in Southern California with workout guru Marv Marinovich.

“For obvious reasons, we had some major leadership leave, people who we can count on, and I think it is nice for the young guys to see a familiar face,” Polamalu said. “It is nice to be around the team and nice to get out and play some football. I am here to support all my teammates.”

It wasn’t limited to the young guys. Veterans were also happy to see Polamalu on the field during this time of year.

“I was very surprised and excited to have him here,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “Troy just needs to be Troy.”

But that might not be good enough this year.

The Steelers desperately want Polamalu to take over more of a vocal leadership role on defense. However, Polamalu said don’t expect that to happen.

“I really don’t think anybody really steps into those types of roles and gets out of character that’s within their own character,” Polamalu said. “Yeah, I am definitely not a vocal leader, if a leader at all.”

Foote disagrees.

“He’s always been a vocal leader,” Foote said. “Especially since he’s been here this long, everybody is a leader. He talks out there on the field. He is just not loud and you can’t see him, but he’s talking.”

And for the first time in a couple years, Polamalu is feeling good.

Aside from a couple of nagging day-to-day injuries last year that limited some practice time, Polamalu was healthy.

The 31-year-old played in all 16 regular-season games for only the second time since 2005. He finished the year with 91 tackles but wasn’t happy with his overall performance.

“To be honest, every year I ever had was below my standards,” Polamalu said. “I have expectations from myself. I have a lot to improve on … from pass coverage-wise to tackling and run defense. You name it. You spend the entire offseason breaking yourself down and see where you can improve. There is a lot for me to improve.”

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/1836205-85/polamalu-steelers-troy-foote-offseason-team-leader-otas-defense-improve

Hawaii 5-0
05-23-2012, 04:24 PM
SS Troy Polamalu Attending OTAs Shows Commitment to Leadership

by Neal Coolong on May 23, 2012

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There have been many accolades given to Steelers SS Troy Polamalu in regards to his athletic ability.

With the presence of outstanding leaders on the defensive side of the ball, though, he's never had to assume a strong leadership role.

Starting with OTA Phase One, which began in Pittsburgh Tuesday, that is changing.

Polamalu typically works out in Los Angeles with Marv Marinovich, his trainer, during OTAs, but his presence, he said, is inspired by the obvious; many of the Steelers' leaders are gone.

"For obvious reasons, we had some major leadership leave, people who we can count on, and I think it is nice for the young guys to see a familiar face," Polamalu told the Tribune-Review.

It's not that Polamalu's work ethic or knowledge of the game doesn't befit anyone who plays professional football. It's that vocal leadership isn't exactly his thing. He's played his entire career with guys like former OLB Joey Porter, ILB James Farrior and ILB Larry Foote. He's played most of his career alongside FS Ryan Clark. These guys have been the defensive vocal leaders.

Will that change now? Polamalu insinuated to the Tribune-Review it isn't something that will change overnight, and may not consider himself a leader at all.

Guys like Polamalu, though, are always looked up to, whether they feel they embody leadership traits or not. Clearly, Polamalu recognizes that, which is part of his motivation for attending the three-day voluntary workout sessions.

Leaders are people who make waves with very little motion, and if Polamalu simply spending time with the team, getting to know people and running around a bit is seen as leadership, that's exactly what he's providing, whether he feels it is or not.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/5/23/3038233/ss-troy-polamalu-attending-otas-shows-commitment-to-leadership#storyjump

Riddle_Of_Steel
05-23-2012, 04:47 PM
I think I read somewhere that Polamalu has been mentoring Ta'amu (when possible), but probably he is just doing his part to help fill in the leadership gap that was opened this offseason.

Hawaii 5-0
05-23-2012, 11:47 PM
I think I read somewhere that Polamalu has been mentoring Ta'amu (when possible), but probably he is just doing his part to help fill in the leadership gap that was opened this offseason.


Troy hasn't been able to mentor him yet since Ta’amu cannot attend these OTAs until classes end at the University of Washington.

Hawaii 5-0
05-24-2012, 09:47 PM
it's refreshing how humbleTroy truly is:


MarkKaboly_Trib via twitter: Polamalu on what he need to improve: "Oh geez, I don't know where to start."

MarkKaboly_Trib “via twitter: To be honest, every year I ever had was below my standards,” Polamalu said. “I have expectations from myself. I have a lot to improve on"

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/

Hawaii 5-0
05-28-2012, 02:03 PM
Troy Polamalu thinks about end of career 'all the time'

By Brian McIntyre NFL.com
Published: May 28, 2012

During his surprise appearance at this week's OTAs, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu acknowledged that he thinks about the end of his career "all the time", Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Thursday.

"People have asked me how many years do you think you can play?," Polamalu said. "My reaction is always, when you live day to day, it's hard to talk years. It's always been my mantra in life, whether it was my first year as a rookie or year 10, I just live day to day."

Polamalu usually works out on his own during the offseason, but has committed to participating in the voluntary portion of the Steelers' workout program after the team released or lost several veterans to retirement. The soft-spoken Polamalu prefers to lead by example, with inside linebacker Larry Foote taking the vocal role once occupied by James Farrior, who is contemplating retirement following his release for salary cap purposes.

"You hate to put that kind of load on Larry," Polamalu said last week. "You can't say that even James Farrior was going to be exactly the same kind of leader Joey (Porter) was. And he wasn't. I'm sure Larry can be a leader on this defense, but he won't be the exact leader that James Farrior was, for sure."

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82964380/article/steve-mclendon-could-start-at-dt-for-steelers