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August 16th, 2014, 7:30pmET

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View Poll Results: You can only pick ONE player for your new Steelers Expansion team, who is it?
Willie Parker 2 2.67%
LaMarr Woodley 22 29.33%
Hines Ward 7 9.33%
James Harrison 8 10.67%
Troy Polamalu 28 37.33%
Rashard Mendenhall 2 2.67%
Casey Hampton 3 4.00%
Santonio Holmes 3 4.00%
Aaron Smith 0 0%
James Farrior 0 0%
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:38 PM   #31
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I took Harrison because it all starts with D-fense! and He is a dominator...
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:59 PM   #32
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If we are talking about players in their prime, then I'd go with Casey Hampton as a cornerstone to build the rest of the defense around.

If we're talking about players now...holy crap. Your best players are getting up there in years (Ward, Smith, Hampton), have had injury problems (Troy in particular) or may be a product of significant talent around them (Holmes has Ward, Parker, Ben, the LB's have a great 3-4 DL with good LBs around them to draw attention.)

I don't like your poll sir. LOL
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Old 10-20-2008, 01:05 PM   #33
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If they where all rookies this season or last then I would most deffo choose Hines.
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Old 10-20-2008, 01:13 PM   #34
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may be a product of significant talent around them (Holmes has Ward, Parker, Ben, the LB's have a great 3-4 DL with good LBs around them to draw attention.)

That's funny lol - who is benefiting from who? Holmes benefiting from Ward? Other way around? All a product of Ben's greatness? Ben is a product of the skill positions around him? Willie is most definitely not a product of the O line lol... That great 3-4 D-Line you're talking about was two men down a good portion of this season and the LBers still produced therefore that's bogus... I understand what you're saying, but the only situation I could see where possibly this player is a product of the talent around him is Holmes. I don't believe that, but that is the only scenario I see which your theory could have some credit. Ward has been producing long before Ben came, Ben has produced with our #3 and #4 WRs starting before, Parker has had to deal with a bad O-Line... And as I said, even through injury this year to the D-Line the LBers have performed MORE than well. I do agree with you on age and injury. Sorry lol, that was unnecessary but I felt a need to break that down (If only for myself).
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I almost couldn't vote. I went with Troy "Superfly Jimmy Snuka" Polamalu. Arguably the best at his position. The Steelers have always had great pass rushing Linebackers, so that kills Woodley and Harrison. But never have we had a Strong Safety such as Troy, that can line up any where on the entire field and still come into position to make the play. He is the most versatile player on our defensive side of the ball...HANDS DOWN.
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So does the recent injury to Troy cause some people to want to change their vote? Over 5 concussions in his life now...
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That's funny lol - who is benefiting from who? Holmes benefiting from Ward? Other way around? All a product of Ben's greatness? Ben is a product of the skill positions around him? Willie is most definitely not a product of the O line lol... That great 3-4 D-Line you're talking about was two men down a good portion of this season and the LBers still produced therefore that's bogus... I understand what you're saying, but the only situation I could see where possibly this player is a product of the talent around him is Holmes. I don't believe that, but that is the only scenario I see which your theory could have some credit. Ward has been producing long before Ben came, Ben has produced with our #3 and #4 WRs starting before, Parker has had to deal with a bad O-Line... And as I said, even through injury this year to the D-Line the LBers have performed MORE than well. I do agree with you on age and injury. Sorry lol, that was unnecessary but I felt a need to break that down (If only for myself).
Yeah, I'm late getting to this. It happens.

I truly believe (in the case of your Linebackers) that they are good individual linebackers. In this specific case, the total effect is greater than the sum of the individual pieces.

I think that Woodley would be pretty good on any team. Harrison too. Etc...However, having those guys together with a Troy P, Hampton, DE Smith etc...well, I don't need to tell you how good they are.

The fact that there are injuries in the more "key pieces" of your defense (IMO) gives credence to the fact that they are good, but a big part of that is how good the other (healthy) guys around them are as well. Teams still can't key on Harrison, because there are three other guys (and some behind them in the DC) who can make you pay for ignoring them.

It's also a huge tribute to Coach L. because his schemes are excellent and your guys are almost always in the right place in the right time.
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I chose Troy because strong safety is such a tough position to fill with a quality player, and he basically changes the look of a whole defense.

I also considered Woodley and Harrison . . . our offensive skill position players are good but in my opinion you build around lines, quarterback, and defense.
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