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Polamalu calls EJ Manuel-led Bills offense “flavor of the week”


Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said during the offseason that he viewed the read-option offense as the “flavor of the month” and said he was skeptical of the long-term viability of the offense. So did the Steelers change their view of mobile quarterbacks after Oakland’s Terrelle Pryor beat them while scoring the longest rushing touchdown for a quarterback in NFL history?

Apparently not. In fact, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu talked about Buffalo quarterback EJ Manuel’s ability to run and described the Bills’ offense as the “flavor of the week.”

Polamalu did allow that Manuel’s running ability is something the Steelers need to think about.

“Any time you have someone who can run and pass, it gives them flexibility with their play calling,” Polamalu said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We have to be aware of him scrambling. As a team, we have to get off to a good start. If they want to beat us, they have to control the ball. If they establish the running game, it’ll be a tough game for us.”

Manuel isn’t as good a runner as Pryor, and he probably won’t run for any 93-yard touchdowns today. But Manuel does have a good chance of having a big game against the Steelers. Pittsburgh’s defense is struggling against everyone, mobile quarterbacks and pocket passers alike.

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27 Responses to “Polamalu calls EJ Manuel-led Bills offense “flavor of the week””
  1. brettfavresmidget says: Nov 10, 2013 7:32 AM

    Head and Shoulders seeping into his brain.

  2. wryly1 says: Nov 10, 2013 7:36 AM

    Troy, the Patriots had you for Sunday dinner last week; one of the worst games of your career.

  3. brownspower says: Nov 10, 2013 7:42 AM

    Troy Polamalu is playing way past his prime. He should just be quiet and try to finish out the year, trying not to draw any more attention to himself. He was good at one time. That time is long gone!

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 10, 2013 7:43 AM

    I find in very annoying when a slow, fragile, declining veteran on a 2 win team talks smack.

    Shut up and play ball, loser.

  5. joetoronto says: Nov 10, 2013 7:46 AM

    Mr Freelance should really watch what he says, because he’s constantly caught out of position lately.

  6. northstarnic says: Nov 10, 2013 7:51 AM

    You know what’s not flavor of the week? Anything related to this year’s Steelers team. Yuck.

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 10, 2013 7:55 AM

    Bill Offense = Flavor of the Week

    steelers team = Expiration Date – Jan. 8, 2012

  8. timmons94 says: Nov 10, 2013 7:59 AM

    He is talking about an awful 3 win bills team, not like he is bad mouthing Denver. Minus patriots game he has been great most of year

  9. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 10, 2013 8:02 AM

    doctorrustbelt | Nov 10, 2013, 7:55 AM EST
    Bill Offense = Flavor of the Week

    steelers team = Expiration Date – Jan. 8, 2012

    dr hate not much to do on Sunday? Just remember Troy is something you wished you could be……a professional football player……shame you are just an internet smart ass.

  10. bengalsfan420 says: Nov 10, 2013 8:06 AM

    LOL as opposed to the steelers who were the flavor of two years ago the last time they made the playoffs you cant talk stuff if you can no longer back it up &hitsburgh needs to realize this

  11. ramza8686 says: Nov 10, 2013 8:07 AM

    I guess hes only been watching Thad Lewis film. EJ doesnt like to run the ball.

  12. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 10, 2013 8:08 AM

    How is he drawing attention to himself? He is commenting on the Bills and their offense, like he should be.

  13. 1rockyracoon says: Nov 10, 2013 8:09 AM

    The read-option is better than the Steelers new offense–I think it’s called the No Score Offense.

  14. 1mommicked1 says: Nov 10, 2013 8:29 AM

    less commenting to the press, more practice on the field needed by all steelers

  15. censoredagain says: Nov 10, 2013 8:50 AM

    I just became a huge EJ Manuel fan for the day. Hope he humiliates that old, overrated clown and the rest of his sorry team.

  16. jacksonjames4 says: Nov 10, 2013 9:05 AM

    Timmons is a complete idiot and has that backwards. The bills might be the best 3 win team out there. If they weren’t playing with a 3rd string and practice squad QB the last couple games, they’d easily be a 5 win team

  17. stolendog23 says: Nov 10, 2013 9:26 AM

    Troy will find out today that the Bills barely run the read option. Not only that, the Bills are the best 3-6 team in the league.

  18. ToddHaleysSpiderInfestedHouse says: Nov 10, 2013 9:31 AM

    It seems that the players and teams who take shots at the read-option are usually considered to be the “dinosaurs” of the league. How fitting that Troy and the Steelers are among them.

  19. doe22us says: Nov 10, 2013 9:37 AM

    Don’t even know where to start with this, Troy why don’t you quit talking and show us somin on the field besides shots of you trailing all the time. That’s so fresh of you with that comment.

  20. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 10, 2013 9:46 AM

    Funny, Manuel May be the flavor of the week but the Steelers look like the leftovers that sat on the back of the refrigerator shelf and got forgotten for a month.

  21. shlort says: Nov 10, 2013 11:00 AM

    The more teams use the read option system, the less effective it will be. Troy is spot on with his analysis of that system.

    Can the Steelers stop it? Not with the way they have been playing as of late.

  22. captainronmexico says: Nov 10, 2013 11:45 AM

    Troy was going to follow up and clarify his remarks but he careened wildly past the microphone & ran into a wall, as the reporter easily sidestepped him to go interview someone else.

  23. hawaiifunfnull says: Nov 10, 2013 12:10 PM

    EJ Manuel tried to tell Troy when he thought of the Steelers D, but Troy couldn’t keep up with him when Manuel was running thru the Steelers secondary.

  24. jacksonjames4 says: Nov 10, 2013 3:39 PM

    Never mind bills suck

  25. thepigiron says: Nov 10, 2013 3:54 PM


  26. alchemistcirca1979 says: Nov 10, 2013 4:11 PM

    I dont’ know if Troy is right. But the Steelers defense played like it.

  27. alchemistcirca1979 says: Nov 10, 2013 4:14 PM

    stolendog23 says: Nov 10, 2013 9:26 AM

    Troy will find out today that the Bills barely run the read option. Not only that, the Bills are the best 3-6 team in the league.
    the best 3-6 team in the league……..okay….. is there a trophy for that???

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