Have We Seen the Last of Troy Polamalu?

Troy Polamalu Undecided Whether to Play Another Year…

It appears that Troy Polomalu is still undecided as to come back to play one more year or not.   There is a lot of talk that the Steelers are actually hoping he retires so they do not have to release him.Troy Polamalu

Polamalu has been one of the the most recognizable Steelers of all time with his diving interceptions, jumping over the offensive line to sack the quarterback seemingly before he even gets the ball, and coming out of nowhere to kill a play that looked like a sure touchdown for the opposing team.   His ability to come up big in big games is what has made him in icon in Pittsburgh and a huge celebrity everywhere else.

But the Steelers organization has been famous for letting go of older players – it IS a business.   Their decisions to let great players go is never popular with fans.   Recently Hines Ward was let go after he announced he wanted to come back for one more season.   Could this be another case of an incredibly popular player being let go?

Read the articles below to get all the latest on Troy’s situation, the Steelers situation, and the reaction of fans worldwide…


Agent: Steelers safety Troy Polamalu undecided on playing next season – Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:24:48 GMT

Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAgent: Steelers safety Troy Polamalu undecided on playing next seasonSI.comAgent: Steelers safety Troy Polamalu undecided on playing next season. Troy Polamalu unsure of future. Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has not …

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Jerome Bettis compares Troy Polamalu’s situation to the end of Hines Ward’s … – Behind the Steel Curtain Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:12:20 GMT

Jerome Bettis compares Troy Polamalu’s situation to the end of Hines Ward’s …Behind the Steel CurtainBettis spoke on ESPN Wednesday, noting he sees similarities between the end of Ward’s career and what appears to be happening with Troy Polamalu’s. …

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5 Reasons Why Parting Ways With Pittsburgh Steelers Will … Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:58:10 -0800

Troy Polamalu will not be a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization as a player in 2015. Here’s why he should take this decision in stride.

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No Surprise Pittsburgh Steelers Want Troy Polamalu to Retire Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:09:42 -0800

Parting ways with a franchise icon is always difficult, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are not enjoying their current predicament with Troy Polamalu. The former superstar safety is still unsure about his future, but reports emerged …

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Bleacher Report

Wed Mar 04 18:26:24 +0000 2015

Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly want to part ways with Troy Polamalu, hoping he will retire

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From Twitter….


Wed Mar 04 16:00:07 +0000 2015

2 SB rings. 5x All-Pro. 8 Pro Bowls. And not in Steelers’ 2015 plans (via @RapSheet):

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Thu Mar 05 01:11:59 +0000 2015

The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping Troy Polamalu retires »

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Thu Mar 05 16:15:27 +0000 2015

#espn #sport Polamalu To Retire?: Adam Caplan and Louis Riddick discuss whether Troy Polamalu will retire or …

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Brad Berreman

Thu Mar 05 16:13:32 +0000 2015

Troy Polamalu Needs To Retire As Soon As Plausible @RantSports #RantNFL

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Thu Mar 05 16:12:59 +0000 2015

Things getting very awkward between Troy Polamalu and Steelers (Shutdown Corner): It’s becoming pretty clear t…

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Owen Wearing

Thu Mar 05 16:15:10 +0000 2015

RT @EdBouchette: Clearer? Troy Polamalu to join “extinguished” group of #Steelers who were shown the door. My blog:

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TERRA Nesbitt

Thu Mar 05 16:13:07 +0000 2015

Steelers hope Polamalu retires, source says: The Pittsburgh Steelers hope Troy Polamalu retires so they are not forced to release him…

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Troy Polamalu To Be Cut From Steelers??

Tough Decisions To Be Made Under Salary Cap

Could the end of an era happen with the most dynamic safety to ever play the game?   Troy Polamalu is one of the most popular Steelers of all time, but will the Steelers be able to keep him with a $10.1 million price tag this year?Troy Polamalu Interception

Every Steeler fan as well as football fans in general would hate to see Polamalu retire.  Worse yet, Steeler fans would become VERY ILL if Polamalu would be forced to play with another team!!

Read the news from around the world as the scenarios unfold.   Let’s hope the Steelers will be able to keep one of the most dynamic players to ever play the game!


Steel Curtain Rising: Steelers Salary Cap Bubble: Troy Polamalu Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:30:00 GMT

Troy Polamalu is of course not a free agent, but he enters 2014 with a very large salary cap number leading many to speculate about his future with the team. Capsule Profile of Polamalu with the Steelers The Steelers traded

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Steel Sensations…Salary cap decisions must be made | New Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:00:23 GMT

Troy Polamalu, 2014 cap hit 10.8 million dollars. Polamalu is a tricky one. He is overpaid at this point but he’s not a guy the team should release due to his ability to still contribute plus his legendary status. With one year on his

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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert sees variety of options aimed to trim Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:01:03 GMT

His weapons are tactics in which he can reduce the number of total dollars counted against the league’s salary cap. And there is a nice variety of options from which he can choose. There’s restructuring The utility belt will be used often this offseason, with extensions likely being considered for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, outside linebacker Jason Worilds and safety Troy Polamalu. Reductions could be considered and offered to cornerback Ike Taylor and OLB

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Salary cap could force Steelers to make cuts – Pittsburgh Post Gazette Thu, 13 Feb 2014 02:05:25 GMT

Pittsburgh Post GazetteSalary cap could force Steelers to make cutsPittsburgh Post GazetteColbert cited safety Troy Polamalu, who missed all but seven games in 2012 only to play every snap in 2013, as the “perfect example of someone who changed his [ …

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From Twitter……

Steel Curtain Rising

Thu Feb 13 16:04:12 +0000 2014

#Steelers #SalaryCap Bubble: #Pittsburgh and @tpolamalu’s perplexing choice laid out for #SteelersNation.

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Jeff Everette

Wed Feb 12 12:23:03 +0000 2014

RT @SteelCurtainRis: Steelers Salary Cap Bubble: Ike Taylor to Test Team’s Mettle…: Like Troy Polamalu, Ike Ta…

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Steel Curtain Rising

Tue Feb 11 15:35:09 +0000 2014

Troy Polamalu & #Steelers #SalaryCap: @tpolamalu #SteelerNation @steelers #Pittsburgh

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Polamalu Named Most Liked NFL Player

NFL News: Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polumalu is most liked NFL player

October 24, 2012   ·   Polamalu Most Liked Player in NFL

Troy Polumalu is easily one of the most recognizable players in the NFL. The hard-nosed safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers is known for his ferocious hits on the field and flowing locks off the field. Polumalu now can add most liked player in the NFL to his resume,according to Forbes magazine.

The business publication which ranks nearly everything in professional sports recently conducted an E-Poll Market Research survey in order to determine which NFL playerswere the most liked along with which players were the most disliked. Polumalu came in with a 63% appeal rating while Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh came in as the least liked player in the NFL currently.

Quarterbacks came in as the most liked position, with seven of the top-10 liked players play under center. New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees was the most liked signal caller, garnering a 62% appeal rating. Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning and Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers round out the fourth and fifth spots respectively of the most liked NFL players.

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Polamalu Feeling “Better” – Optimistic for The Eagles

Polamalu and Defense Need to “Finish”

Troy Polamalu injured his calf in practice before the season opener against the Broncos.   He now states that he is feeling better and is very optimistic about getting back in the game vs. the Eagles this Sunday.

Here is an article from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that is great reading….


Steelers’ Polamalu feeling better at long last

September 29, 2012 12:29 am

By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The pass sailed over the middle, intended for one of the scout team’s receiver, and, with one flying motion toward the ball, this much became apparent about Troy Polamalu.

“It feels much better,” Polamalu said.

The reference was to the calf Polamalu said he injured in practice the week leading up to the season opener in Denver, an injury that kept the seven-time Pro Bowl safety out of the past two games for the Steelers.

Polamalu, though, returned to practice Tuesday, worked both days with the first-team defense and said he is “optimistic” he will play when the Steelers return from their open week to play the Philadelphia Eagles Oct. 7 at Heinz Field.

Then he added, “As long as coach [Mike] Tomlin is optimistic.”

How could he not be?

Polamalu’s return — both to the lineup and to health — should help a defense that has not made many significant plays and also surrendered game-changing plays in losses in Denver and Oakland.

Against the Raiders, all Polamalu could do was watch from the sideline as his former college housemate, Carson Palmer, brought his team back from deficits of 24-14 and 31-21 in the second half.

“I think if you kind of individually watched a player in the game, you can say everybody [on the defense] played pretty good,” Polamalu said. “But everybody was messing up on the wrong play, one play consistently. Eleven guys weren’t doing their job together on every play. And the way we play defense, whether you get one breakdown in the front [seven] or the secondary, it’s pretty obvious.”


Polamalu said it’s because the Steelers play so much man defense.

“We play so much more man-to-man than anybody else,” Polamalu said. “All those fire zones [blitzes], those are man-to-man. Those aren’t zone coverages.”

The Steelers got caught in one of those fire-zone blitzes in Oakland when Palmer checked out of a pass play on Darren McFadden’s 64-yard touchdown run — the longest run against the Steelers in the Tomlin era.

It was the second long touchdown against the Steelers this season. In the 31-19 loss in Denver, the Broncos scored on a 71-yard catch-and-run by wide receiver Demaryius Thomas that turned the game around.

“Any of those close games, a play here, a play there, make a difference,” defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said. “We got to be the ones making those plays, which, in the two losses, we weren’t.”

Granted, Ryan Clark’s interception on the first offensive play led to the first touchdown and a 7-0 lead against the Raiders.

But it not only was the only takeaway in the game, it also was the Steelers’ only interception so far this season.

What’s more, LeBeau is also bothered by the defense’s decline in the second half of the losses against the Broncos and Raiders.

In Denver, the Broncos scored 24 of their 31 points, gained 208 of their 334 yards and had 11 of their 20 first downs in the second half. In Oakland, the Raiders scored 20 of their 34 points, gained 216 of their 321 yards and had 16 of their 21 first downs in the second half. What’s more, Palmer converted 7 of 8 third-down chances in the second half.

“I wish I knew the answer to that because that’s something we got to address,” LeBeau said.

“We finished the [New York] Jets game, and it’s our only win. If we finish the other two, we probably would have three wins. We’re all aware of the problem and we’re working on the corrections.”

Having Polamalu back should help.

Gerry Dulac: and Twitter @gerrydulac.
First Published September 29, 2012 12:10 am

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Bad News for Steelers – Polamalu and Harrison Out

Polamalu and Harrison Likely to Miss Jets

What’s bad news for one is great news for someone else.   In this case, it’s bad news for Steeler fans, but great news for Jets fans.   The Jets will Troy Polamalu injuryalso be without star cornerbark, Darelle Rivas.   While the Steelers defense is solid with their system, this could actually be good news for the Steelers elite receiving corp!

Read more about the injuries for Sunday’s game against the Jets below.


James Harrison, Troy Polamalu Not Expected To Play Week 2

James Harrison and Troy Polamalu are not expected to play in Sunday’s showdown with the New York Jets, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac. Both players missed practice on Friday,…


James Harrison out vs the Jets

James Harrison and Troy Polamalu likely to miss Steelers game vs. Jets – (blog)

Bleacher ReportJames Harrison and Troy Polamalu likely to miss Steelers game vs. (blog)Outside linebacker James Harrison admitted Friday that there are no guarantees in life — although the Grim Reaper and IRS would beg to differ — …



Jets Vs. Steelers, Key Matchups: Injuries to Darrelle Revis, Troy Polamalu … – SB Nation New York

Globe and MailJets Vs. Steelers, Key Matchups: Injuries to Darrelle Revis, Troy Polamalu …SB Nation New YorkAnd while Troy Polamalu isn’t what he used to be and is getting up there in age, the Steelers are a better defense with him. Polamalu has no …




Steelers may be without Harrison and Polamalu vs. Jets –

Steelers may be without Harrison and Polamalu vs. JetsTimesonline.comAnd now Troy Polamalu’s status is questionable after he sat out the past two days of workouts with a strained calf muscle. Can the Steelers contain the Jets’ offense if their All-Pr …



No Harrison, Polamalu for Steelers? – ESPN (blog)

No Harrison, Polamalu for Steelers?ESPN (blog)The Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac also said “don’t be surprised” if safety Troy Polamalu also doesn’t play after sitting out Thursday’s practice. He is dealing with a calf injury. Recent history says the Ste …


From Twitter…



James Harrison AND Troy Polamalu listed as quest, but they will not play vs Jets.

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James Harrison and Troy Polamalu didn’t practice Friday. I don’t think they will play Sunday even though they are listed as questionable.

Friday, September 14, 2012 2:28:14 PM



Jets not only ones missing key def players RT @gerrydulac James Harrison AND Troy Polamalu listed as quest, but they will not play vs Jets

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RT @WPXI: No practice today for James Harrison and Troy Polamalu — a strong signal that the duo won’t play on Sunday….

Friday, September 14, 2012 3:41:12 PM

Polamalu Among Steelers Injured

Polamalu Has “Strained Calf Muscle”

Troy Polamalu is no stranger to injury.   He is listed on the injured list as a “strained calf muscle”, and did not practice yesterday.   He is expected to be in the game vs the Jets, however.

Other notables – James Harrison may be able to play, and Jonathan Dwyer was also banged up, but will probably play as well.troy polamalu

Read more about Troy’s injuries and his history of injuries from articles below….

Steelers Injury Report: James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Jonathan

The Steelers had a surprise addition to the injury list Wednesday, but it doesn’t appear to be anything significant right now.


Steelers Injury Report: James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Jonathan Dwyer Among … – Behind the Steel Curtain

SB Nation PittsburghSteelers Injury Report: James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Jonathan Dwyer Among …Behind the Steel CurtainStrong safety Troy Polamalu is nursing a heel injury, and was kept out of action as well. He isn’t expected to miss Sunday’s ga …


Better Know the Enemy: Pittsburgh Steelers – NBC New York

NewsdayBetter Know the Enemy: Pittsburgh SteelersNBC New YorkTroy Polamalu – The dandruff shampoo pitchman has been banged up as much as any player in the league over the last few years. It’s done very little to hurt his game and he remains a lurking …



Polamalu embracing increased leadership –

TheChronicleHerald.caPolamalu embracing increased leadershipFOXSports.comThe most famous hair in football is now flecked with more than a few strands of gray, and Troy Polamalu knows it. Entering his 10th season, the perennial All-Pro Pittsburgh Stee …

Troy Polamalu Thinks of Retirement Constantly

Steelers Safety Thinks of Retirement Every Day

The good news is that Troy takes “one day at a time”.

Here’s an article from ESPN that tells how Troy Polamalu thinks of retirement every day.Troy Polamalu Thinks About Retirement Daily

Unlike the other all-time great safety in the division, the Steelers’ Troy Polamalu is committed to playing this season. But Polamalu did acknowledge to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he thinks of the end of his career “all the time.”

“People have asked me how many years do you think you can play? My reaction is always, when you live day to day, it’s hard to talk years,” he said. “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.”

It’s fair to say that Polamalu, who turned 31, has fewer years ahead in his playing career than behind him. But that won’t impact this season. The fact that Polamalu was there for voluntary workouts will.

Polamalu usually skips these practices because he prefers working out with his trainer in Los Angeles. He said he chose to come this year “for obvious reasons.”

“We had a lot of our major leadership leave, people that we count on,” he said. “I think it’s nice for the younger guys to see a familiar face, and, honestly, to get myself better.”

This older Polamalu might think of retirement more, but he is also more mature and responsible. He understands the effect of losing the likes of James Farrior, Aaron Smith and Chris Hoke on defense. He understands that the Steelers need him in Pittsburgh and not on the West Coast.

General manager Kevin Colbert said at the NFL owners meetings that he couldn’t identify who would become the new leaders on this team. “We’re looking for that right now,” he said.

Well, the Steelers looked at one when they saw Polamalu entering team headquarters for a workout in May.

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Troy Polamalu and Maurkice Pouncey Out for the 2012 Pro Bowl

Injuries Prevent Both Polamalu and Pouncey from Joining Their Teammates

Many Steeler fans have been asking “Where is Troy?”   “He’s not in any of the pictures of the players in Hawaii

Troy is healing from injuries and stated that he would not play.   Pouncey is also recovering from his high ankle sprain that kept him from playing in the last few games.

Here are some articles that better describe Polamalu’s injuries and reason for not playing in today’s game.troy polamalu not playing in pro bowl


Troy Polamalu Will Not Play In Pro Bowl, Replaced By Broncos S

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will not play in the 2012 Pro Bowl in Hawaii due to an injury according to the Denver Broncos website. Polamalu will be.


Broncos’ Brian Dawkins Joins Pro Bowl Squad – BroncoTalk

Broncos’ veteran safety Brian Dawkins was named to the 2012 Pro Bowl on Thursday, replacing Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu for the AFC squad. Originally named a.


Broncos’ Brian Dawkins Joins Pro Bowl Squad – BroncoTalk

BroncoTalkBroncos’ Brian Dawkins Joins Pro Bowl SquadBroncoTalkBroncos’ veteran safety Brian Dawkins was named to the 2012 Pro Bowl on Thursday, replacing Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu for the AFC squad. Originally named a first alternate in December, D …

Troy Polamalu – the Polamalu Effect

Here’s a Great Article about Troy Polamalu


Troy Polamalu is soft sp0ken and never likes to talk about himself.   Could that be why he is so popular?   His modesty along with his fantastic play has made him one of sports all time popular players.

Read the article below – Johnette Howard did a great job!

Investigating ‘The Polamalu Effect’

Howard By Johnette Howard

Six-time Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu dislikes personal praise so intensely, it was no surprise to anyone who follows the Pittsburgh Steelers that the loudest critic of his fellow players’ recent decision to vote him their team MVP was Polamalu himself. Polamalu is such a genuinely humble and spiritual man, he could also do without any more talk about what’s come to be known as “The Polamalu Effect.” In fact, “I’d rather not talk at all,” he recently told an interviewer.troy polamalu

We’re here to help. With all the Steelers — not just Polamalu — about to be staring down the barrel of more over-the-top attention when they arrive in Dallas on Monday for Super Bowl XLV, their third trip to the title game in six years, we decided to marshal a team of stat geeks, NFL insiders, game-tape decoders and testimony from other NFL players in the three days since Pittsburgh beat the Jets on Sunday for the AFC title. Their mission: See if there isn’t indeed a way to leave the poor guy alone already, and prove the Polamalu Effect is breathless hooey.

Isn’t that right, Trent Dilfer, victorious quarterback in Super Bowl XXXV, now a crackerjack ESPN TV analyst who still goes bleary-eyed dissecting game film (for fun!). Dilfer constantly mines the brains of coaches and players around the league. So what does Dilfer think of the Polamalu Effect?

“Well, I’m from the [no-nonsense] Bill Parcells mode,” Dilfer began.


“And I really, really try not to just throw around words like ‘great’ and ‘the best!’ and ‘fantastic’ and ‘unstoppable’ as much as other people,” Dilfer added. “I just don’t believe in it.”

Just the kind of guy Polamalu and I are looking for!

“But I have to tell you, I’ve played against Troy, I’ve studied him, and I can’t find any flaws that jump out,” Dilfer said. “I have yet to find something in Troy that you can [use to] neutralize him. … So, to me, no — it is not possible to overstate his greatness.”

Perhaps I wasn’t clear.

Not. What. We’re. Looking. For.

The statistic that’s most often thrown out to support the Polamalu Effect is the Steelers’ record. They are 6-7 in games Polamalu has missed over the past two seasons, but an eye-popping 16-4 in games he has played. That seems like a crazy impact for a non-quarterback to have, right?

Surely an examination of the Steelers’ win-loss record without Ben Roethlisberger, who will tie the great Tom Brady’s total of three Super Bowl rings if Pittsburgh beats Green Bay, will show that — why, um … Huh. The Steelers actually have a winning record (3-2) without Roethlisberger the past two seasons but they were minus-one without Polamalu. That’s a two-game swing. And the pattern is the same if you look at Big Ben’s entire career: Pittsburgh is plus-two (7-5) without him.

Never mind.

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The evidence we were able to collect (games missed with injuries) suggests Troy Polamalu is not a robot and this is just a fan with time on his hands.

Time to get more sophisticated and go to what our stat geniuses call “The Next Level.”

The other oft-used numbers to support the Polamalu Effect: Over the past two seasons the Steelers have given up an average of 21.5 points in games without Polamalu versus only 14.5 ppg — a full touchdown less! — in games he has played.

But all those numbers could just be a quirk screaming for more context, right?

To find out, our KC Joyner, aka “The Football Scientist,” stayed up all night Tuesday crunching the numbers because, well, he stays up all night anyway, if you must know — he says he gets more work done that way (which may sound heroic to our unsuspecting bosses back at headquarters, but perhaps not to a confessed late-night Shopping Network addict like myself who suspects … never mind; perhaps I’ve already said too much).

When KC said he’d review the Steelers’ 2008 and 2009 seasons from the perspective of what level of quarterback competition they were facing — “This oftentimes explains a spike or decrease in a player or team performance,” he explained — it felt like a Eureka moment. The Polamalu Effect seemed about to go down when bright and early Wednesday morning, the e-mail I got back from KC began, “Hey there, got something that actually wasn’t what might be expected …”

KC wrote: “The 2009 Steelers defense should feasibly have been able to post similar numbers even if Polamalu’s backup was only a step or so worse. Now here’s the odd part. The Steelers’ opposing passers in 2008 had an overall passer rating of 84.7 with Polamalu in the lineup. The Steelers opposing passer rating without him in 2009 — you guessed it — 84.7, exactly the same as the year before.” Meaning? “Pittsburgh’s competition in those years was such that the Steelers’ defense should have been able to post similar numbers even without Polamalu,” KC said.

But the Steelers’ defense got worse. In 2009, Polamalu missed 11 games, and the Steelers surrendered 4.66 yards per play with him, 5.39 without him; they gave up 3.40 yards per rush with him, 4.31 per rush without him. Turnovers? Two per game with Polamalu, only one per game without him. (In a word: Eek!)

The bottom line? “This says a ton about his true value,” Joyner concluded, “and goes further than the W/L column in explaining his [enormous] impact.”

Oh dear.

So what does all this mean for disproving the Polamalu Effect? We haven’t even gotten to the anecdotal evidence of Polamalu’s greatness: The four straight weeks this season when his big plays propelled the Steelers to wins. His strip sack of Joe Flacco in the December nail-biter that won Pittsburgh the AFC North title, which ensconced the team at home for its entire playoff run once New England lost. How about his swan dive over the Tennessee offensive line to tackle Kerry Collins at the goal line in Pittsburgh’s season opener? Dilfer mentions Polamalu’s uncanny intuition, his lighting speed and decision-making, his reckless, self-sacrificing style, and how Polamalu is a master at disguising his intentions before each snap. This season, Polamalu was second in the NFL with seven interceptions despite missing two games with an Achilles injury.


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Pouncey and Polamalu Named to All-NFL Team for 2011

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and center Maurkice Pouncey named to All-NFL Team

Troy Polamalu and Maurkice Pouncey were both honored by the Pro Football Writers as they both made the All-NFL team for 2011.   troy polamalu named to all - NFL team

Polamalu was third on the Steelers in tackles during the regular season with 90, adding a sack, interception and fumble recovery for a touchdown. He was selected to his seventh Pro Bowl this year, his sixth as a starter.

Pouncey was also voted a Pro Bowl starter this season, his second straight year making it to the game, first as a starter. The team’s 2010 first-round pick started every game last season, but only 14 games this season because of an ankle injury. He also missed the Steelers wild card loss to the Broncos.Maurkice Pouncey named to all-NFL team

Polamalu was selected to the Pro Football Writers All-NFL team in 2010 and Pouncey was named to their All-Rookie team last year.

Both players were also named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team this year.

The Steelers, of course, feel short of their goal of returning to the superbowl, but considering the injuries that they were plagued with all season long, they had a great year.