I have stated in previous posts and comments that i feel that the Steelers give up big plays and produce less turnovers because of the play style of both of our safeties as a unit.
Pete Prisco a sportswriter for CBS has taken it to another level by calling Polamalu overrated in this article: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/15215764/overratedunderrated-polamalu-cant-cover-packs-williams-can
Its a short read so I urge u to do it.
To call a player overrated is one thing be found it necessary to single Troy Polamalu out and write whole excerpt on why he is overrated. A little extreme and insulting but also not without some good points.
He referenced the Super Bowl loss against the Packers being the same year that he won the Defensive Player of the Year award. Thoughts:
- The award was based on his performance throughout the regular season, not post-season.
- An elite quarterback that Aaron Rodgers showed that he is, will always have the potential to pick apart a defense no matter how many elite players they have.
- Troy Polamalu is amazing against even the best tight ends in coverage, and is almost unstoppable in run stopping.
- Troy is also a player that teams have to game plan against, giving him less opportunities to make plays as teams try and steer clear of him.
- I do believe that when it comes to deep zone coverage he falls off due to his aggressive nature but I can give that up a little bit for the sake of his production everywhere else.
Ultimately the cause of Troy's declining performance is a combination of scheme and FS play by Ryan Clark. Clark has learned a little too much from Troy in the past few years which takes away from the safety factor of hanging over the top of the play. He has become too aggressive IMO the past few years. I would rather have our ILBs stop a run a yard or two past the line of scrimmage than have a FS bite on run play making a tackle for a loss, when the play could have easily been a play action pass that the FS would have been out of position for.
Later in the article you'll notice that Prisco said Lawrence Timmons was underrated league wide. A statement I fully agree with because Timmons could play any LB position we have without delay and can call plays if we needed him to. The guy is amazing.
PS: Troy is getting a little older and with Carnell lake as DB coach don't think he's not getting some valuable tips for coverage this offseason to improve his coverage skills. I was never fully convinced that he only came to OTA's because of the loss of veterans. Troy is smart he knows what will help the team.