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Old 09-19-2010, 05:24 PM   #1
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Default The "Polamalu Effect"

Whenever a team has a killer running back on offense, it makes the whole offense better. The passing game benefits from the fact that the opposing defense has to ALWAYS keep that killer running back one their radar screen. Defensive coordinators will plan their games around that killer running back.

Likewise, I look at what the Steelers D does when Troy is in the game and playing well, and see a "Polamalo Effect" in play. Offensive coordinators and quarterbacks worry about him, making it easier for the other very fine Steelers defensive players to have great games.

The Steelers D has some great weapons, but those weapons seem to work better when Troy is in the game. It's one of those "psyche" things.

As an offense, you gotta wonder how to stop this guy from leaping over the line and taking your quarterback down one second after the snap, like what happened today. That has to effect your focus, making it easier for Harrison or Woodley to eat your lunch.

Anyone else see a "Polamalu Effect?"
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Old 09-19-2010, 05:30 PM   #2
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He's the best defensive player in the game today, maybe ever.
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Old 09-19-2010, 05:39 PM   #3
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Default Re: The "Polamalu Effect"

Steelers: 18-3 when Polly gets a pick. Puts things into perspective. Troy, 2 picks in as many games. He's well on his well for defensive player of the year thus far. The dude is a freak and possibly Kryptonian. The best I've ever watched by far.
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Old 09-19-2010, 05:49 PM   #4
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Default Re: The "Polamalu Effect"

i don't think a better safety has ever played. there are some old-timers, and Ravens fans will always say Ed Reed.. but Reed has missed plenty of time over the past couple years and the Ravens really haven't missed a beat. our D goes from weak without Troy to historically dominant with him. i've never seen a player, outside of a QB, make that big of a difference to a team.
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Default Re: The "Polamalu Effect"

Hand-down the best defensive player in the NFL - PERIOD. There's no other player in the NFL that strikes fear in the hearts of opposing Offensive Coordinators and Quarterbacks.
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i don't think a better safety has ever played. there are some old-timers, and Ravens fans will always say Ed Reed.. but Reed has missed plenty of time over the past couple years and the Ravens really haven't missed a beat. our D goes from weak without Troy to historically dominant with him. i've never seen a player, outside of a QB, make that big of a difference to a team.
Reed isn't near the player that troy is against the run. Never was, never will be.
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Reed isn't near the player that troy is against the run. Never was, never will be.
i know. Troy is the best safety ever imo. people don't always like comparing strong safety vs free safety, but when you're talking about who has a bigger impact on games.. it's Polamalu, whether you include free safeties or not.
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His intelligence on the football field is astounding. Combine that with his athletic ability and boom (as Madden would say), you have the best strong safety in the league...maybe ever! Love watching me some Polamalu! Hats off to the D today! And...to the special teams. That return to start the game gave us the momentum and took their crowd out of it from the start. Probably a different game without that. 2-0 without Ben, baby!! Woot woot!
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I thought Troy had a sack today, but according to the official stats he didn't have any?
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I thought Troy had a sack today, but according to the official stats he didn't have any?
wasn't a sack because it was a rushing attempt by collins
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