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Marvin Lewis praises Troy Polamalu’s knowledge of the opposition

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The Bengals know Steelers safety Troy Polamalu well.

Too well, actually.

Both of Polamalu’s regular-season interception return touchdowns have come against the Bengals, with each in a Pittsburgh victory.

Polamalu’s 11-season Steelers career began in 2003, the same year Marvin Lewis began coaching the Bengals.

Asked about the Steelers’ playmaking safety on Thursday, Lewis shared a perspective rooted in experience.

“He does a great job of studying the opponent,” Lewis said, according to a transcript from the Bengals. “He knows your formation tendencies and personnel tendencies. He does a great job of getting himself in position to make plays. You have to account for him, and you have to understand that if this is something unfolding the way you ran it the last couple weeks, he’s probably going to beat you to that spot if you don’t get there in a hurry.”

The 32-year-old Polamalu played every snap in Pittsburgh’s Week One loss to Tennessee, notching six tackles, including a perfectly timed takedown of Titans quarterback Jake Locker (see 2:25 mark of video). In a dead sprint, Polamalu tackled Locker just as he took the snap.

When Polamalu is healthy, the Steelers’ defense can create a little more mayhem.

As Lewis sees it, that’s a product of preparation.

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57 Responses to “Marvin Lewis praises Troy Polamalu’s knowledge of the opposition”
  1. siggtacular says: Sep 13, 2013 12:03 PM

    Washed up

  2. 00reo says: Sep 13, 2013 12:05 PM

    too much is being made of him jumping the snap vs the titans. they had a play they didn’t want reviewed and were trying to snap it asap. good play. very smart play but it didn’t have anything to do w/ film study or anything.

  3. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 13, 2013 12:07 PM

    Wow! A whole sack against the Titans! Pay that man. What about the 17 first downs? The touchdown and three field goals? Resting, I suppose?

  4. joetoronto says: Sep 13, 2013 12:09 PM

    Marvin is getting the excuse machine warmed up.

    If the Bungals lose against the Steelers, they’ll start the season 0-3 because they’ll lose to the Packers the following week.

  5. t8ertot says: Sep 13, 2013 12:15 PM

    He gets lucky with the jump snaps. All it takes is one good delayed hike to get him offsides

  6. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 13, 2013 12:17 PM

    too much is being made of him jumping the snap vs the titans. they had a play they didn’t want reviewed and were trying to snap it asap. good play. very smart play but it didn’t have anything to do w/ film study or anything.

    Wrong…….he did the same exact thing against the Titans a few years ago when he tackled Kerry Collins at the snap, except in that one he dove over the center to make the tackle. Google it….it is pretty amazing.

  7. damnsureis says: Sep 13, 2013 12:17 PM

    How has Marvin Lewis not gotten fired at some point?

  8. scaredhitless says: Sep 13, 2013 12:18 PM

    …. and his hair is AWESOME!

  9. pitpenguinsrulez says: Sep 13, 2013 12:22 PM

    @joemontanaflacco Baltimore must forget what it’s like to have a too safety in the game thanks to Wacco Flacco

  10. steelcurtainn says: Sep 13, 2013 12:23 PM

    Polamalu, Still one of the best safeties in the game. The steelers D only gave up 16 points unlike the ravens defense getting torched the entire game. Now, if the steelers offense can get it together. It all starts with fixing the running game. The steelers are the underdogs in cincy. I admit this week will be a tough game since both teams are coming off losses. If the steelers can run the ball well, no doubt, they can pull the upset.

  11. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 13, 2013 12:24 PM

    Wow! A whole sack against the Titans! Pay that man. What about the 17 first downs? The touchdown and three field goals? Resting, I suppose?

    Well, the Steelers do not have the talent, depth and experience that the Ravens’ secondary has in giving up 7 touchdown passes and over 500 yards of total offense. Ooooooh……..what’s that sound? Do you hear that? I think that Peyton Manning just threw another touchdown pass against the Ravens’ defefense.

  12. citizenstrange says: Sep 13, 2013 12:26 PM

    I know my fellow Steeler fans think he is some kind of one man wrecking ball or something but the reality is in his 10 seasons (2003-2012) Polamalu has a rather modest 30 interceptions, 10 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, and 2 touchdowns.

    Again, just divide all those stats by 10 to get his yearly average.

  13. stainlessstill says: Sep 13, 2013 12:34 PM

    LOL at the comments. The Titans did absolutley NOTHING. They beat us with the most conservative game-plan EVER. A few interceptions fell short of the turf. This defense will get there, no question and a healthy Troy is a dominant specimen. Even last year when people marked the demise of the Steelers defense without Ryan Clarkm Woodley, Harrison OR Troy in the lineup, atleast the game went to the wire and didn’t give up 7 TD’s, lmao. AFC NORTH all 0-4. Don’t speak, haters, until you’re on the board!

  14. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 13, 2013 12:39 PM

    citizenstrange says:
    I know my fellow Steeler fans think he is some kind of one man wrecking ball or something but the reality is in his 10 seasons (2003-2012) Polamalu has a rather modest 30 interceptions, 10 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, and 2 touchdowns.

    Again, just divide all those stats by 10 to get his yearly average.

    It is not the glowing stats that define his career, it is the hustle, willingness to sacrifice his body, and his run defense that makes Polamalu so good. Besides, the guy has 650 tackles in his career. Pretty good for a safety.

  15. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 13, 2013 12:40 PM

    The steelers D only gave up 16 points unlike the ravens defense getting torched the entire game.

    Uh. Ravens were up 17-14 at the end of the half. Hardly what I would call “getting torched the entire game.” But since you want to talk about the ENTIRE game, Steelers scored a whopping 2 points on a lucky safety until the whole thing was practically over. Typical Steelers’ fan. Distorting facts.

  16. steel2372 says: Sep 13, 2013 12:41 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 13, 2013 12:07 PM

    Wow! A whole sack against the Titans! Pay that man. What about the 17 first downs? The touchdown and three field goals? Resting, I suppose?

    —————————————————–

    You need to show a little more respect to a future HOFer. Give the man credit, It was a great play

  17. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 13, 2013 12:48 PM

    citizen, there’s more to football than individual stats. You must not have watched many games. Too bad, you would have seen a game-changer wreaking havoc on offenses, always having to account for him.

  18. steelcurtainn says: Sep 13, 2013 12:48 PM

    Citizens, I know Dick Lebeaus defense/players are a big part of why the steelers defense is ranked so high every year. But Beyond Troys stats, he still a very good player for this steelers defense. He makes things happen in this defense that go unrecognized in the stands and on the tv set. Agree.

  19. laserw says: Sep 13, 2013 12:51 PM

    You’d never know that “The Hair” had any brain matter watching him play the last five years – he just runs around the field and rarely makes any plays. He’s coasted on his reputation for many years and is quite fun to watch as his arrives after the play is over.

    Just like most Pittsburgh Steeler dirtbags, they are overrated, washed up, and given far too much credit.

    “The Hair” is simply a shining example of a player who phones it in on 90% of the plays he participates. And then he makes sure he has ONE highlight reel play and then takes the rest of the game off. He’s a scrawny Albert Haynesworth now.

  20. stainlesssteellegends says: Sep 13, 2013 12:56 PM

    Marvin Lewis, 11 years as a HC and not including playoffs, has a record of 79-80-1. Nuff said!

  21. oldirtyman says: Sep 13, 2013 12:57 PM

    I foresee Troy leading the Steelers on the way to a complete dismantling of the weak Bengals team on Monday night. Marvin Lewis will want to retire after the game.

  22. wearethesteelers says: Sep 13, 2013 1:05 PM

    Troy is hands down the best safety of all time. Everyone else is a mere shadow in his statue.

  23. purple28mvp says: Sep 13, 2013 1:13 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 13, 2013 12:40 PM

    The steelers D only gave up 16 points unlike the ravens defense getting torched the entire game.

    Uh. Ravens were up 17-14 at the end of the half. Hardly what I would call “getting torched the entire game.” But since you want to talk about the ENTIRE game, Steelers scored a whopping 2 points on a lucky safety until the whole thing was practically over. Typical Steelers’ fan. Distorting facts.

    Dude I watched the Ravens and Broncos game even Chirstian Ponder would light up that sorry D. I hate Ponder as are QB that should tell ya something

  24. stainlessstill says: Sep 13, 2013 1:16 PM

    Uh. Ravens were up 17-14 at the end of the half. Hardly what I would call “getting torched the entire game.” But since you want to talk about the ENTIRE game, Steelers scored a whopping 2 points on a lucky safety until the whole thing was practically over. Typical Steelers’ fan. Distorting facts.

    ———————-

    That’s why there’s 2 halfs of football there, captain obvious. Good teams adjust. Bad teams fall apart. You’re seriously going to come in here and talk to us about half-time to pimp your ego even further? Not happening, dude. You’re the Super Bowl champs and got flat out EMBARASSED, lmao.

    Oh, and this isn’t about the Steelers offense. We know there are problems that must be fixed, but this isn’t about that. This is about Troy and the Steelers defense. Go ahead, keep sleeping on this defense. All you have to do, is go look back at the Bengals and Ravens last meeting against the Steelers defense and get back to me. Hint, it was ugly! You’re still going to have your hands full.

    As of right now, the defense’s rank:

    1. Bengals
    2. Steelers
    3. Browns
    4. Ravens.

  25. twpguy1964 says: Sep 13, 2013 1:19 PM

    The lack of football knowledge by people that post, ACTING like they know something is incredible. Like the guy or not, he’s a Hall Of Famer and one of the best ever, shut the he11 up…I’m not even a steelers fan and I know I’d take him on my team ANYTIME

  26. jarhead2215 says: Sep 13, 2013 1:22 PM

    Sounds like ravens fans are practicing those excuses. It’s almost sad to see that defense play so bad against the broncos. U guys were supposed to be the other defense besides ours that struck fear into opponents. 7 TDs. Almost 500 yards given up. Wow. We Steeler fans know we need a running game and better o line production. Well admit our issues. Maybe swallow your pride to was down those excuses. Your defense is in serious trouble

  27. steelcurtainn says: Sep 13, 2013 1:22 PM

    Uh. Ravens were up 17-14 at the end of the half. Hardly what I would call “getting torched the entire game.” But since you want to talk about the ENTIRE game, Steelers scored a whopping 2 points on a lucky safety until the whole thing was practically over. Typical Steelers’ fan. Distorting facts.

    The Ravens Defense giving up 49 points is called getting TORCHED. Maybe you need to look up the meaning to the word. Opening day embarrassment.

  28. sellout1983 says: Sep 13, 2013 1:24 PM

    Bengals are going to crush the Sillers. Who Dey!

  29. stoogy says: Sep 13, 2013 1:33 PM

    so what he will play 4 games this year and be out the rest with injury.

  30. Deb says: Sep 13, 2013 1:37 PM

    citizenstrange …

    I realize this is sacrilege to the Fantasy Football generation, but football is not a game built solely around stats. As with most players, what Troy Polamalu brings to this team is about much more than his number of sacks or interceptions. It’s about how other teams have to plan around his unique talents.

    I expect ignorant babbling from trolls. But for some reason, I always thought you were a Steelers fan who, like bobzilla, had issues with Roethlisberger. Now I realize you’re not a Steelers fan at all. Apparently you’re another antibenapalooza–a Ravens fan who masquerades as a Steelers fan. No Steelers fan could possibly be that clueless about Troy Polamalu. Even non-Steeler fans recognize how gifted a player he is.

  31. ftomasic1961 says: Sep 13, 2013 1:39 PM

    you dont ever recall hearing any coaches talking about getting ready for Ed Reed do you?

    what was to get ready for, ed stands about 40 yards back and hopes to cherry pick a bad pass…hooray…

    i will take troy, at the line, over the line, in coverage, blitzing, tackling behind the LOS, leaping the line to grab the qb on the snap, and oh so much more than Cherry Picker Ed.

  32. scoobies05 says: Sep 13, 2013 2:38 PM

    i dont know of a coach, oc, or qb who didnt gameplan for ed reed. guys like belichick, manning, and brady always talked about finding 20 when they get to the line. and if what he did was so easy, how come everyone didnt do it

  33. jmblosser82 says: Sep 13, 2013 2:42 PM

    Troy isn’t the greatest, but he is 1 of the greats. Hope he stays healthy this year.

  34. ftomasic1961 says: Sep 13, 2013 2:45 PM

    one trick pony ed, or multi tasking Man of Steel Troy?

    hands down, Troy.

  35. ftomasic1961 says: Sep 13, 2013 2:46 PM

    oh yeah, the other teams qb’s have to ‘look for ed when they get to the line’ but thats cause he is 40 yards down field and they didnt realize it…

    now with troy, you know he is EVERYWHERE….that is why they actually look for Troy.

  36. cheffyglenn says: Sep 13, 2013 2:47 PM

    @joemontanaflacco: Once again the loser joemontanaflacco is so jealous of the Steelers that he is the first one on a Steeler site commenting about our team and players. I know it must suck to have to be a Raven fan. Especially since Peyton tore your team a new ass. Great D there! 7 TD’S passes in one game hasn’t happened since the 60’s. I bet your glad to be part of that record.

  37. steelerben says: Sep 13, 2013 2:49 PM

    @laserw: In your attempt to hate on him you have unwittingly stumbled upon something that I’ve been watching develop for the past few season, although you’ve attributed it to the wrong things. Polamalu’s game has slowed down since his achilles injury. Before that injury he was flying around and relying on his instincts after prepping for the games. After the injury he was forced to try and out think opponents when he wasn’t full speed. Now that he’s once again back to full speed, that moment of hesitation where he is trying to out think the play is still happening and he is being beat to the point of attack.

    @ftomasic1961: Ed Reed is a Free Safety. And one of the all time greats at that position. Troy is a Strong Safety. Apples and oranges.

    @everyone else: Name a better strong safety, active or retired. I’ll wait.

  38. ftomasic1961 says: Sep 13, 2013 2:57 PM

    doesnt matter if they play two different safety positions…..Troy is in and about the line and making things happen…..Ed is back so far so he doesnt have to actually bother to make a tackle, or do run support, or anything physical other than wait for a bad deep pass

  39. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 13, 2013 3:06 PM

    “guys like belichick, manning, and brady always talked about finding 20 when they get to the line.”

    Much in the same way a track & field athlete locates his first hurdle.

  40. rottenbellybutton says: Sep 13, 2013 3:53 PM

    I’m sure Pittsburgh would have went into Denver and shut down manning for a win week 1. Didn’t they try that last season? 49 pts. or not, a loss is a loss. If the ravens opened at home against the mighty titans I’m sure they would have walked away with a victory. Defense is important but you have to be able to score points, something the elite ben and company can’t seem to do. I wish the steelers were playing the broncos this week to see how they would fare against the great manning led offense. Oh well, I have no doubt the bengals will take care of this sub-par team.

  41. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 13, 2013 3:55 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Sep 13, 2013 3:06 PM
    “guys like belichick, manning, and brady always talked about finding 20 when they get to the line.”

    Much in the same way a track & field athlete locates his first hurdle.

    1 0
    Report comment. You are welcome crown. Another creative post I love unlike the cowardly raven troll JFM whose posts are very childish at best. He views things in a different reality than most semi sane people. I stand by my classification of him as a commodian circling the bowl like the turd that won’t flush.

  42. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 13, 2013 3:58 PM

    cheffyglenn says:
    Sep 13, 2013 2:47 PM
    @joemontanaflacco: Once again the loser joemontanaflacco is so jealous of the Steelers that he is the first one on a Steeler site commenting about our team and players.

    The first? Really? Doesn’t say much for the two guys who commented ahead of me. By the way, I bet you breathed a sigh of relief when your fake friend Dwyer got re-signed. How’d he like the Hilton, big shot?

  43. thinkarez says: Sep 13, 2013 4:02 PM

    tomlin is going to take you guy’s straight down the toilet almost out of cowhers boys ha! then you’ll be .500 at best enjoy the slums Steelers!

    who dey baby!!!!!

  44. z06vision says: Sep 13, 2013 4:03 PM

    Joemontanaflacco wannabe a steeler fan,,,,
    You must be SO proud THIS year as your team already made the record books for the WORST EVER OPENING LOSS by a previous super bowl winner. Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. jmblosser82 says: Sep 13, 2013 4:09 PM

    Raven fans, your offense did look better, but the steelers defense as always looked better. Remember a few weeks ago when the ravens blew out the Bucs in preseason and you all proclaimed the most awesome defense and repeat as champs? What happened? Oh yea the ravens got put into their place.

  46. scoobies05 says: Sep 13, 2013 4:31 PM

    nice crown..but you know i am right. dude is hof, like troy…two of the best ever
    jm…you got put in your place by the titans. bottom line is, in today’s nfl you need to score. steelers cant. and as crown and i have wagered, ravens d will finish better than steelers 0

  47. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 13, 2013 4:39 PM

    Joemontanaflacco | Sep 13, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT
    cheffyglenn says:
    Sep 13, 2013 2:47 PM
    @joemontanaflacco: Once again the loser joemontanaflacco is so jealous of the Steelers that he is the first one on a Steeler site commenting about our team and players.

    The first? Really? Doesn’t say much for the two guys who commented ahead of me. By the way, I bet you breathed a sigh of relief when your fake friend Dwyer got re-signed. How’d he like the Hilton, big shot?
    A troll wants to be first as it truly makes his day.
    Hey Einstein, was he hiding at the Hilton with you ? It’s ok you can tell us skippy…..I didn’t know you were president emeritus of the ravens cowards club.

  48. jmblosser82 says: Sep 13, 2013 5:50 PM

    Scoobs, the difference is the steelers are not the overrated defending champs that all if raven nation wouldn’t stop talking about repeating without a doubt.

  49. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 13, 2013 7:28 PM

    Sorry, Nofool. Didn’t mean to hit a nerve. I just realized it’s Friday and you like to hit the early bird sporting your Polamalu wig. Just don’t let it get caught in your Zip’r Roo.

  50. tiggerblood says: Sep 13, 2013 9:08 PM

    Wow the ludicrous comments about Ed Reed being a cherry picker and one trick pony, really? I would say we have the best FS and SS of the decade. Just imagine them on the same team! They are both great safeties and do different things to wreak havoc on opposing offenses. I believe there is no argument in saying the starting safeties on the all decade team are locked in.

  51. scoobies05 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:32 PM

    so you are saying its not ok for ravens’ fans to talk about winning the super bowl and thinking we are going to repeat, but it is ok for steeler fans to talk about how they have won 6 and every year think that they are going to win 7? come on jm…thats pretty weak. and neither the raven d or the steeler o was as bad as they performed last week. but by season’s end the ravens d will be better than the steeler o. crown and i have a bet on it

  52. drich4013 says: Sep 14, 2013 2:30 AM

    Dont get into this senseless arguement with these losers. We have more sb rings and appearances than all 3 teams combined.. nuff said

  53. scoobies05 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:43 AM

    seriously? come on jm thats weak. steeler fans always talk about their 6 and every year they say they are going to win number 7. thats what fans do.

  54. shwbshaw1 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:02 AM

    If you look back from the time when the merger took effect until now, I am sure that you will see that the Steelers have the most reg season win, the most playoff wins, division titles, conference titles, Super Bowl appearances and Super Bowl victories!!! Although this year may not be the year of offense for the team, the Steelers organization is at the top of the list in the history of the NFL.

  55. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 14, 2013 10:10 AM

    “Dont get into this senseless arguement with these losers. We have more sb rings and appearances than all 3 teams combined.. nuff said”

    I don’t think so. Ed Reed has twice as many interceptions and three times more TDs than Polamalu and you want to say “nuff said” because your team won four SBs with a completely different set of players and coaches? Even old Dick Labeau wasn’t coaching those teams. Steelers fans need to wake up and stop being so condescending to other fans. The NFL has made a lot of smart moves to make the game more fair and safer and you can easily see that leveling the playing field is killing the Steelers big time. Get used to it. It’s a new day, brothers!

  56. drich4013 says: Sep 14, 2013 1:42 PM

    If ed reed was so valuable y is he a texan? No matter the injuries polamalu is playing at pro bowl level.. how many wins in the playoffs do ed reed have against troy and pitt… each of our sb under tomlin we knocked out ed reedand the ravens in baltimore..didnt polamalu cause a sack fumble in that ggame? What did ed reed do?

  57. scoobies05 says: Sep 14, 2013 1:57 PM

    theres no arguement that the ravens have never beaten the steelers in a playoff game. but that doesnt make the ravens superbowls any less meaningful. and no one is saying troy isnt hof worthy…but to say he is at a pro bowl level after one game is a bit presumptuous. and by the way. ed and troy play different positions. and ed is injured. and troy has had lots of injuries. ravens made a tough decision to not offer ed a lot of money. to keep paying older players is a good way to stay in cap hell

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