If you haven’t seen it yet, this all stems from a player who was a part of the foundation of the Ravens and Steelers bloody rivalry.
None other than Bart Scott.
Scott joined the Bleacher Report Gridiron recently and gave his opinion of Troy Polamalu being compared to Ed Reed. He labeled it as ‘disrespectful’, but there is far more to this than meets the eye.
Check it out for yourself below:
I hate saying this, but in Scott’s defense his stance on the debate which has been raging for years is valid. Comparing players at different positions is difficult, and not really fair. He isn’t the only one who thought the exercise was silly, Vince Williams took to Twitter to give his thoughts on Scott’s comments.
He doesn’t hold back...
Troy and Ed didn’t play the same position. You wouldn’t compare an Inside Linebacker with an Outside Linebacker just because they both have “Linebacker” in their name.— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) August 2, 2020
How can you knock Troy for being the free man or low hole player in cover one, then praise Ed for doing the same thing just 20 from the LOS.— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) August 2, 2020
Why would you take a player that’s so disruptive in the blitz and run game and put him in the post? Pretty sure Dick knew this the numbers speak for themselves.— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) August 2, 2020
And if you don’t think Troy had the ball skills to be a deep half or strictly just a post player then your just an ass.— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) August 2, 2020
The only knock on Troy that’s even worth mentioning is his durability, but it’s really just a microcosm of his play. If he primarily played in the post this would be irrelevant.— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) August 2, 2020
Troy was the most intuitive football player I’ve ever been on the field with. I really believe God occasionally whispered the play to him pre snap.— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) August 2, 2020
On the surface, Scott’s comments will cause Steelers fans’ blood to boil.
“How dare someone speak poorly of Polamalu!”
But at the end of the short clip with Scott is when the true difference of safeties is made clear. When Scott suggests you compare Polamalu to Brian Dawkins and Reed to Charles Woodson it makes sense.
What was very obvious during the segment is the disdain Scott still has for the Steelers, and rightfully so. There was something special about those games when Reed was worried about Hines Ward coming across the middle, and Rashard Mendenhall was having his shoulder broken by Ray Lewis. In comparison, the current Steelers vs. Ravens rivalry does seem a bit watered down.
Nonetheless, leave it to the former, mouthy linebacker Scott to stir up the Ravens vs. Steelers rivalry just as training camp is ramping up.