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Polamalu hopes “humbling” season gets Steelers’ attention

Troy Polamalu, Josh Victorian AP

For much of a lost season, the Steelers looked surprised by the fact they were losing.

And for veteran safety Troy Polamalu, he hopes it was a wake-up call for the team, which can no longer roll out of bed and take a winning season for granted.

I hope this is a humbling process for a lot of guys here,” Polamalu said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Hopefully it will make us a better team in the future.”

Of course, one of the problems the Steelers had was the simple absence of Polamalu, who missed more than two months with injuries. He wasn’t the only old hand who spent a lot of time watching, either.

“It‘s amazing to me how much little things really matter, the personnel and the personality of the team, how much all that matters in camp and what you put in in the offseason,” Polamalu said, adding, “(It‘s) how you treat your teammates in the offseason, how you prepare them.”

That’s an obvious call for leadership, something the Steelers never lacked in the past.

“James Farrior was a great leader here for a long time. So was Hines [Ward], Jerome [Bettis]; so was Joey [Porter],” he said. “James was not Joey, and Hines was not Jerome, but they definitely led in their own ways. So I think when you look for a leader, there‘s no need to look for the same cast those guys are built out of. You just look for someone who will step up that someone respects, and some of that is really natural.”

“When I look at the personnel that you lose, and I say, ‘Can we actually win a Super Bowl without them? Could we win a Super Bowl without Hines? Could we win a Super Bowl without James Farrior?‘ I think it‘s obvious that we can. But it took us a while to adjust when we lost Jerome. So I think this is kind of that adjustment period.”

Of course, his being healthy and on the field would be a significant part of that. But watching James Harrison struggle this year (5.0 sacks in 12 games) is another sign that the Steelers need new players to step up, because they can no longer assume the old ones are going to get it done.

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  1. tiggerblood says: Dec 28, 2012 8:36 AM

    Didn’t understand why all those “leaders” were cut in the first place. If anything bring them to camp and let them lose their roster spot to a younger more able player thats how leaders are born. It was a classless move by a “classy” team. Just wanted to let everyone know I hate the steelers and knew they were in for this kind of season when I seen that list of names in the off-season that were cut. They kept Miller though who had a banner year before blowing out his knee for less money which again was a “classy” move by a team that’s the toast of the NFL.
    Hahaha the look on their faces on Sunday, Priceless.

  2. ravenator says: Dec 28, 2012 8:47 AM

    Humbling season? It was an absolute travesty of a season Troy. I’ve never seen such a dramatic decline in such a short period of time. It truly was remarkable how ridiculously bad the Steelers performed down the stretch. I’d be ashamed as a fan. What’s the point of even showing up Sunday?

  3. watchfullhose says: Dec 28, 2012 9:00 AM

    Harrison’s lack of production will no doubt be blamed on the fact that he can no longer intentionally concuss every player on the opposing team.

  4. davidschap says: Dec 28, 2012 9:04 AM

    Tough talk for a guy who is mostly known for head and shoulders commercials now.

  5. ketelwon says: Dec 28, 2012 9:06 AM

    Troy should start by looking in the mirror. He spent more time making hair commercials than on the field this year. Who misses most of the season with a calf injury?
    He is very injury prone and hasn’t been nearly as effective in the last few years.

  6. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Dec 28, 2012 9:13 AM

    This team is total garbage, especially their aging defense. I’ll give them the b.o.d. for a few games because Ben was hurt, but this franchise and especially their fans need a serious reality check. Face it, you need to start rebuilidng the Aboriginal mud and twig tower of irrellevance that is your football team.

  7. 6ball says: Dec 28, 2012 9:13 AM

    .

    The most interesting team to watch on draft day.

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  8. fordmandalay says: Dec 28, 2012 9:25 AM

    Can the Steelers even afford to keep Troy at this point? How can they justify paying all that money, making plans around, and keeping a roster spot open for a guy who plays 6 – 8 games a year?

  9. halusbr33 says: Dec 28, 2012 9:26 AM

    ravenator says:
    Dec 28, 2012 8:47 AM
    Humbling season? It was an absolute travesty of a season Troy. I’ve never seen such a dramatic decline in such a short period of time. It truly was remarkable how ridiculously bad the Steelers performed down the stretch. I’d be ashamed as a fan. What’s the point of even showing up Sunday?

    ________________________________
    What is with all the negative Flacco talk around Baltimore? Driving up 95 and listening to 105.7, sounded like it was 50-50 he gets signed.

  10. halusbr33 says: Dec 28, 2012 9:29 AM

    watchfullhose says:
    Dec 28, 2012 9:00 AM
    Harrison’s lack of production will no doubt be blamed on the fact that he can no longer intentionally concuss every player on the opposing team.

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    Harrison will be fine. He played much of the season at about 50% due to the knee that required surgery before camp and caused him to miss much of the prework and preseason. According to the team doctor, he wasn’t near full playing capability until the KC game. And statistically speaking, that seems to be accurate, given from that time frame, his play picked up dramatically.

  11. steel420 says: Dec 28, 2012 9:31 AM

    If Troy spent more time attempting to be a leader instead of capitalizing on his celebrity with those ridiculous hair commercials then maybe the Steelers would be better off.

  12. miketomlinssteelers10 says: Dec 28, 2012 9:32 AM

    To bengal fans out there,same goes for your team also. Win it or sit with us. no excuses.

  13. originalsteelcurtain says: Dec 28, 2012 10:18 AM

    Troy is right, a big slice of humble pie may be what this team needs.

    Young Money Crew WR’s believed the hype but played like Dumb Money Crew.

    The Mendy and Wallace; Ben vs Haley drama. Tomlin making one bad on-field decision after another.

    8-8 is the low point for this team. Steelers will be hungry and will bounce off of this low like always.

    See you in the playoffs next year!

  14. legacybroken says: Dec 28, 2012 10:32 AM

    I think Pittsburgh’s bigger issue was the Rooney’s buying into Todd Haley scam. The guy is the offensive genius he claims to be. That Arizona offense with a Great possibly HOF Qb and two number one receivers one who is a definte Hall of Famer would have been explosive with any coordinator.

  15. ravenator says: Dec 28, 2012 11:19 AM

    Troy looked humbled when Ray Rice burned him time and time again

  16. joewilliesshnoz says: Dec 28, 2012 11:29 AM

    In the words of the great Chuck Noll, maybe it’s time for Troy to get on with his life’s work .

  17. fastwillie39 says: Dec 28, 2012 11:38 AM

    Harrison played fine for when he was healthy, Woodley was pretty bad all year, but the true culprits were the fumblers…brown, Wallace, mendenhall, red man, Dwyer, Rainey.. If they limit the fumbles, they are 9-6 now, not 7-8. That’s 100 reality.

  18. halusbr33 says: Dec 28, 2012 11:42 AM

    ravenator says: Dec 28, 2012 11:19 AM

    Troy looked humbled when Ray Rice burned him time and time again
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    He did? I must have had a different game on.

    What is with all the negative Flacco talk around Baltimore? Driving up 95 and listening to 105.7, sounded like it was 50-50 he gets signed.

  19. cherrybop says: Dec 28, 2012 11:44 AM

    Can someone teach Big Ben to keep his mouth shut instead of whining every time the OC doesn’t call plays that he wants? Seems like the times he openly complained about Haley came right after he threw game-losing INTs.

  20. ccoolahan14 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:01 PM

    “It’s amazing to me how much little things matter, the personnel of the team.”

    Wow, Troy. I know in Pittsburgh the biggest factor are the refs, but I really wasn’t expecting you to basically admit this. Yeah, Troy, believe it or not, who is on your team actually DOES matter to the other 31 teams, you know, the ones whose games are not determined by the guys in stripes.

  21. tiggerblood says: Dec 28, 2012 12:48 PM

    Man I hope it’s time for a good 10 15 year drought for the Steelers

  22. citizenstrange says: Dec 28, 2012 1:14 PM

    He forgot to mention the $110 million dollar elephant in the room. A quarterback who can’t get a win when the defense holds the opponent to 6 POINTS in a home game that is a playoff type win or go home game.

  23. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 28, 2012 1:43 PM

    ccoolahan14 says:
    Dec 28, 2012 12:01 PM
    “It’s amazing to me how much little things matter, the personnel of the team.”

    Wow, Troy. I know in Pittsburgh the biggest factor are the refs, but I really wasn’t expecting you to basically admit this. Yeah, Troy, believe it or not, who is on your team actually DOES matter to the other 31 teams, you know, the ones whose games are not determined by the guys in stripes.

    3 6 Sounds like you have lost to the steelers in the past and can’t face the reality of those games being over. Blaming the ref is the first excuse of a practiced loser….where do you get the basis for such a stupid post..really?

  24. rickt113 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:34 PM

    Troy, STOP Talking about Old Leaders who are gone and STEP UP and get more VOCAL and BE A LEADER !! Talk to the other players like you Play the Game. THEY need this from YOU !

  25. laserw says: Dec 28, 2012 2:56 PM

    Nothing funnier than watching the HAIR run around doing nothing on defensive series. He’s everywhere and has no impact on the game at all. The play is over and he arrives.

    Pittsburgh needs to cut this fraud and let him take his hair and girlish good looks to TvLand.

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 28, 2012 3:51 PM

    laserw says:
    Dec 28, 2012 2:56 PM
    Nothing funnier than watching the HAIR run around doing nothing on defensive series. He’s everywhere and has no impact on the game at all. The play is over and he arrives.

    Pittsburgh needs to cut this fraud and let him take his hair and girlish good looks to TvLand.

    0 2 I detect an air of jealousy in your post and a total lack of football knowledge laced with a heavy dose of steeler envy…objectivity is an acquired skill….get some

  27. antibenapalooza says: Dec 28, 2012 5:28 PM

    I hope it leads management to rethink the value of Rottenberger to the team. When he is finally gone, I will be a “Stiller” fan again!

  28. halusbr33 says: Dec 28, 2012 8:54 PM

    jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says:
    Dec 28, 2012 9:13 AM
    This team is total garbage, especially their aging defense. I’ll give them the b.o.d. for a few games because Ben was hurt, but this franchise and especially their fans need a serious reality check. Face it, you need to start rebuilidng the Aboriginal mud and twig tower of irrellevance that is your football team.

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    Total garbage? You better check with Det. Bunk.

    We don’t rebuild. Transition, re-tool, et cetera, but there is never a rebuild with the Steelers.

    The defense, aging or not, was not the issue. It wasn’t the best it has been, but I have seen far worse in the NFL. Getting depth would be what they need…injuries cannot be an excuse…so getting more experienced depth on defense will help. The O is what needs the most work.

  29. halusbr33 says: Dec 28, 2012 9:02 PM

    antibenapalooza says:
    Dec 28, 2012 5:28 PM
    I hope it leads management to rethink the value of Rottenberger to the team. When he is finally gone, I will be a “Stiller” fan again!

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    We have enough fans, if that is what is holding you back, you need to grow up.

  30. whutevr says: Dec 28, 2012 9:09 PM

    A couple posts like this:
    “If Troy spent more time attempting to be a leader instead of capitalizing on his celebrity with those ridiculous hair commercials then maybe the Steelers would be better off.”
    You guys do know he doesn’t perform those commercials live every time they come on the TV…..right? It doesn’t take much to film a 30 second TV commercial.

  31. slammer69 says: Dec 28, 2012 11:53 PM

    Troy is living in a dream world. #43,99,92,5o,34, & 7 (team jinks)are done and the future is bleak if major changes are not made. Oh yeah, Ike taylor can go BYE BYE TOO.

  32. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 29, 2012 6:59 AM

    Troy Polamalu is the best football player I’ve ever watched, going back to the Super Steelers of the 1970s.
    He’s a 7-time Pro-Bowler, a former Defensive Player of the Year and a first-ballot future Hall of Famer.
    I’d say that “missing piece to the puzzle” that everyone likes to talk about was none other than Troy Polamalu.

  33. brazzz01 says: Dec 29, 2012 9:12 AM

    Yup.

    This is what happens when the Steelers don’t have Rydze around to help them cheat.

  34. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 29, 2012 10:55 AM

    brazzz01 says:
    Dec 29, 2012 9:12 AM
    Yup.

    This is what happens when the Steelers don’t have Rydze around to help them cheat.

    0 2 Yup.

    This is what you post when you have nothing intelligent to add….smh.

  35. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 29, 2012 1:22 PM

    halusbr33:
    The Steelers’ defense is no longer good enough to support and/or carry an annually horrific scoring offense.
    A team can only change offensive coordinators for so long before the quarterback has to be held accountable.
    Losing causes accountability.

  36. antibenapalooza says: Dec 29, 2012 2:18 PM

    halusbr33,

    Chances are I was a Steelers fan long before you were even born, bud. Back then Steelers management and especially the fans would not have put up with the likes of Rottenberger.

  37. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 29, 2012 4:14 PM

    antibenapalooza:
    I’m sure you realize that there are two types of football fans: 1.) Those who follow the fortunes objectively of an entire organization and team; and 2.) Those who are giddy, little schoolgirl obsessives of the Justin Bieber-like quarterback.
    Unfortunately, the Steelers’ considerable fanbase is overloaded with the latter, especially within the Pittsburgh sports media.

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