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Troy Polamalu thinks Manziel package can work better than Tebow


Other teams have tried to use the run-around backup quarterback as a change of pace.

But Steelers safety Troy Polamalu thinks it might actually work with the Browns and Johnny Manziel, so that’s what he’s focusing on this week.

“The thing about it, New York tried to do that with Tim Tebow a little bit,” Polamalu said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “But Tebow’s a guy you have to just play and play and grind out the entire game. I don’t think Johnny is that type of guy. I think if Johnny came into the game, he would make some splashes, he doesn’t need to get into a rhythm.”

Of course, the Steelers are going to be prepping for Brian Hoyer to start and play most of the game, but that’s not as daunting as whatever curveball might get thrown.

“Regardless who’s in there, you want to go out and beat them, you want to make sure you’re playing sound football,” defensive end Brett Keisel. “I know sometimes you see someone come in and you go ‘ahhhhh’ and freak out a little bit. We need to just maintain our job, maintain the things we’ve got to do during that play call and execute.”

Now they just have to come up with a way to stop it, better than they did against Tebow in the playoffs.

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25 Responses to “Troy Polamalu thinks Manziel package can work better than Tebow”
  1. jimmy2times says: Sep 2, 2014 6:50 AM


  2. riggo08 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:15 AM

    I still laugh every time someone brings up the fact that Tebow knocked the Steelers out of the playoffs.

  3. brownsmakemecrazy says: Sep 2, 2014 7:17 AM

    Lol . Troy please send an email to the dumb coach Pettine and tell him that. It’s funny the Steelers know who the better QB is. Too bad the dumb Browns dont

  4. cubano76 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:35 AM

    Enjoy hell Troy!!!!

  5. roadtrip3500 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:46 AM

    The (player name) package.

    Whatever you call it, it’s a gimmick and it simply means your base offense run by the starting QB isn’t good enough to win. Brady, Rodgers, Brees, the Mannings, Roethlisbberger, Rivers, Luck, Ryan, Romo – they’re not coming off the field so the backup can run a college-style option for 1 or 2 plays per drive.

  6. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 2, 2014 7:47 AM

    Slow, aged troy polamalu only talks about untested rookie quarterbacks since Andy Dalton (who has knocked the pittsburgh steelers out of playoff contention two years in a row) owns him.

  7. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 2, 2014 7:57 AM

    Yeah, Manziel’s the kind of guy that can come in and beat you with one throw in O.T. Unlike Te…b….uh….ow, oh, swig a minute.


  8. olcap says: Sep 2, 2014 8:01 AM

    I think the Stealers are in for a looonnnggg year.

  9. bengalskuta82 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:03 AM

    Oh how love that soft spoken voice of Troy Polamalu. Its completely opposite of the way he plays.
    Johnny Menziel, watch out!

  10. tebowbrokesteelers says: Sep 2, 2014 8:05 AM

    Ah, Tim Tebow, now there’s a name the Steelers and there fans cringe at when they hear it! The Steelers have 0 winning seasons and o playoff appearances since Tim Tebow beat them years ago in the playoffs!

  11. 87hollywoodhorn says: Sep 2, 2014 8:06 AM

    So he doesnt think Manziel’s a better player than Tebow. But he thinks Manziel is more useful than Tebow when both are given limited snaps.

  12. philyeagles5 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:09 AM

    If Vick couldn’t do it, Manziel can’t either.

  13. denverdude7 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:19 AM

    Of course Polamalu would say that.

    There’s a lot of truth to the old saying “If you have two quarterbacks you actually have none.”

    Steelers win by 17 pulling away at the end.

  14. guitarkevin says: Sep 2, 2014 8:35 AM

    See you in week 2.


  15. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 2, 2014 10:52 AM

    Johnny Manziel has as many playoff wins as Dalton.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 2, 2014 10:55 AM

    S Troy Polamalu has as many post-season TD’s as QB Andy Dalton

  17. quizguy66 says: Sep 2, 2014 11:28 AM

    Polamalu with some expert trolling here trying to goad the Browns to put Johnny on the field. I hate the Steelers but I have to give them credit here.

  18. citizenstrange says: Sep 2, 2014 11:31 AM

    On Sunday the Steelers are favored by 6.5 at home against the Browns.

    The Steelers have lost their last three openers in a row by an average scfore of 27-11.

    Last year they lost their opener AT HOME to Jake Locker and the Titans 16-9. JAKE LOCKER!

    That’s just how good Roethlisberger is.

  19. thesteelhurtin says: Sep 2, 2014 2:38 PM

    Dalton is 2-4 against the steelers and how do you figure that a week 2 loss eliminated the Steelers from the playoffs. The fact is the Bungals had a chance to eliminate them and almost secure a 2 seed and a bye but the Steelers came in and destoyed them. You can keep on reporting this but it won’t change the fact that only Bungals fans consider 2-4 owning a team.

  20. 12thman84 says: Sep 2, 2014 2:43 PM

    Did he explain why the Steelers haven’t made the playoffs, or even had a winning season since getting

    Enquiring minds want to know….

    Go Hawks!

  21. gmarsteller says: Sep 2, 2014 3:13 PM

    Saying Andy Dalton owned the Steelers last year is like saying Joe Flacco OWNS the Steelers in the playoffs.

  22. jtbsteeler says: Sep 2, 2014 3:59 PM

    “Dear God, please let the Steelers struggle this season. We feel physically better when they are 8-8. Our self esteem flourishes. For YOUR sake, don’t let them win the division. My work week and life at home will suffer immensely if they have a winning season. Amen” – Seahawk, Bungle, Packer and Ratbird fans.

  23. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 2, 2014 4:01 PM

    Both Seattle and Cincy have faced the Steelers in the playoffs. Both Seattle and Cincy are winless against the Steelers in the playoffs. Keep talking, minor-leaguers.

  24. sbchampsagain says: Sep 3, 2014 1:06 PM

    Haha. Troy said Tebow.

    Steeler fans are SO praying Ryan Shazier can fix their LB, WR, OL, DL, CB and S problems…

    Love to watch them squirm. Not a promising preseason whatsoever. This franchise is in full rebuild mode.

  25. pukinbuzzard says: Sep 4, 2014 12:01 PM

    Troy should stick to Head & Shoulders commercials, he doesn’t know what to say unless he’s got a script! Maybe if he got a new DO he could see better and run faster, he’s slowed down as of late and needs help to make plays in the secondary, maybe he can stop the run still but everyone’s going to be pass crazy this year if they call games like they did in the first three weeks of PRESEASON!!!

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