Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers

An important history lesson for you TRUE Steelers fans!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-26-2010, 07:32 PM   #1
SH-Rock
Living Legend
 

Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 4,695
Member Number: 15497
Thanks: 1,002
Thanked 2,889 Times in 1,128 Posts
Default James Harrison, Troy Polamalu both could be defensive MVP

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."

POWER RANKINGS: Steelers lurking in the top five
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/footb...steelers_N.htm
SH-Rock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2010, 07:46 PM   #2
TRH
Living Legend
 
TRH's Avatar
 

Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Bath, Ohio
Posts: 4,849
Gender: Male
Member Number: 17206
Thanks: 124
Thanked 313 Times in 217 Posts
Default Re: James Harrison, Troy Polamalu both could be defensive MVP

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.
TRH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2010, 09:25 PM   #3
OX1947
Living Legend
 
OX1947's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 3,999
Member Number: 723
Thanks: 249
Thanked 1,291 Times in 652 Posts
Default Re: James Harrison, Troy Polamalu both could be defensive MVP

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....
OX1947 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2010, 12:54 PM   #4
TRH
Living Legend
 
TRH's Avatar
 

Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Bath, Ohio
Posts: 4,849
Gender: Male
Member Number: 17206
Thanks: 124
Thanked 313 Times in 217 Posts
Default Re: James Harrison, Troy Polamalu both could be defensive MVP

Quote:
Originally Posted by OX1947 View Post
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.
TRH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2010, 07:34 PM   #5
pete74
Super Moderator
Supporter
 
pete74's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: pittsburgh
Posts: 3,302
Member Number: 15921
Thanks: 101
Thanked 453 Times in 239 Posts
Default Re: James Harrison, Troy Polamalu both could be defensive MVP

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
__________________
pete74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2010, 11:07 AM   #6
MDSteel15
Team President
 
MDSteel15's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Like a nomad, I live where I park at night...
Posts: 2,286
Gender: Male
Member Number: 8170
Thanks: 1,058
Thanked 333 Times in 222 Posts
My Mood: Blah
Default Re: James Harrison, Troy Polamalu both could be defensive MVP

Quote:
Originally Posted by pete74 View Post
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!"
MDSteel15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2010, 11:59 AM   #7
pete74
Super Moderator
Supporter
 
pete74's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: pittsburgh
Posts: 3,302
Member Number: 15921
Thanks: 101
Thanked 453 Times in 239 Posts
Default Re: James Harrison, Troy Polamalu both could be defensive MVP

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.
__________________
pete74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2010, 12:58 PM   #8
caseyviator
Draft Prospect
 

Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 113
Member Number: 17468
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: James Harrison, Troy Polamalu both could be defensive MVP

NO STEELER WILL GET THIS..IT WILL BE CLAY MATH
caseyviator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2010, 01:19 PM   #9
TRH
Living Legend
 
TRH's Avatar
 

Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Bath, Ohio
Posts: 4,849
Gender: Male
Member Number: 17206
Thanks: 124
Thanked 313 Times in 217 Posts
Default Re: James Harrison, Troy Polamalu both could be defensive MVP

"best stats" shouldn't have anything to do with this award. Offensive MVP either......
TRH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2010, 01:53 PM   #10
SH-Rock
Living Legend
 

Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 4,695
Member Number: 15497
Thanks: 1,002
Thanked 2,889 Times in 1,128 Posts
Default Re: James Harrison, Troy Polamalu both could be defensive MVP

Quote:
Originally Posted by TRH View Post
"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.
SH-Rock is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:00 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts