Troy Polamalu advising Shamarko Thomas on grabbing his spot in secondary

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The Steelers drafted safety Shamarko Thomas a couple of years ago because they knew they were going to need some younger bodies at the position in the near future.

That need became more acute this offseason with the retirement of Troy Polamalu, whose departure leaves an opening in the starting lineup that Thomas is trying to fill after two years marked by injuries and special teams work. He’s got the right mentor helping him in his efforts.

Thomas said that he exchanges texts with Polamalu every other day and that the likely Hall of Famer “keeps my mind right mentally and physically.”

“I definitely am closer to him than I am to anybody,” Thomas said, via the Associated Press. ”My second year, I went to him in the offseason and said that I want to be great, and he just told me that being great isn’t just about being a great football player. It’s putting God first and your family, and everything else will fall into place.”

Thomas knows that trying to be an exact replacement for Polamalu is an impossible task, but he doesn’t need to be Polamalu 2.0 to help improve a secondary that struggled last season. They just need him to stay healthy enough to be the fast, aggressive player he was in college so that they can begin laying the foundation for a defense more in line with the Steelers’ historical heights.

33 responses to “Troy Polamalu advising Shamarko Thomas on grabbing his spot in secondary

  1. I wonder if Troy shared his words of spiritual wisdom with Big Ben. Apparently not.

  2. Look at the poor jealous trolls! They know the Steelers have one of the most high powered offenses in the league, and can only get better on defense. Fear shows itself in many ways.

  3. I wouldn’t consider Shamarko a bust yet considering he played behind one of the greatest safeties of all time. Kind of hard to get on the field in that situation, especially if injured. Give him a year at least and then we’ll see.

  4. The haters are out in full force again. Still Jealous of the NFL leading 6 rings and the best team in the afc north division I see. Keep on hating, we love it

  5. I wonder if Troy shared his words of spiritual wisdom with Big Ben. Apparently not.

    Spiritual and wisdom are two words that will never be used in describing you. Immature and disrespectful are more appropriate for a wing nut like you.

    Give the guy a chance to get on the field which is a lot closer than you keyboard losers will ever get.

  6. After drafting Bud, I’ve been thinking that Shazier would make a great strong safety if Dupree pans out like I think he will. A 3-5 defense seems to make sense with the rebirth of the TE, yet still provide adequate pass coverage? Am I crazy?
    Oh, and since their seems to be more trolls than fans here, I would appreciate just intelligent responses if that’s even possible.

  7. Shamarko is going to be real good. I dont think as good as Troy. That would be pure luck to have him turn out that good. But i think he will be a pro bowler eventually.

  8. Well, if you are looking for a position coach, it can’t hurt to use the legend you are trying to replace.

    The secondary will be just fine this season, if the front seven can manage to get pressure. It doesn’t matter if you have Revis on one side, Sherman on the other with Peterson on the slot if the opposing QB is spending all day standing in a clean pocket. On the other hand, you could trot Nofoolnodrool out on the field if you can get quick pressure.

  9. Shamarko has to stay healthy before he can do anything else. He has had a series of hamstring injuries that have kept him from contributing more. If he can’t stay on the field, he won’t replace anyone.

  10. Stop feeding the trolls and they will go away, don’t down vote, don’t respond. That is exactly what they want, They don’t know anything about football, They are just sad, sad little fools.

  11. Well, if you are looking for a position coach, it can’t hurt to use the legend you are trying to replace.

    The secondary will be just fine this season, if the front seven can manage to get pressure. It doesn’t matter if you have Revis on one side, Sherman on the other with Peterson on the slot if the opposing QB is spending all day standing in a clean pocket. On the other hand, you could trot Nofoolnodrool out on the field if you can get quick pressure.

    Sorry Ben wheelchairs don’t move fast laterally. Thanks for the consideration.

  12. After drafting Bud, I’ve been thinking that Shazier would make a great strong safety if Dupree pans out like I think he will.

    Not to shoot down creativity, but what does the progress of Dupree, an OLB, have to do with what to do with Shazier, an ILB? And in your 3-5, who is the one safety on the field? Shazier?

  13. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jun 1, 2015 11:55 AM
    I wonder if Troy shared his words of spiritual wisdom with Big Ben. Apparently not.

    Spiritual and wisdom are two words that will never be used in describing you. Immature and disrespectful are more appropriate for a wing nut like you.

    Give the guy a chance to get on the field which is a lot closer than you keyboard losers will ever get.

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    After reading some of your other stuff, I’m convinced you need professional help

  14. After drafting Bud, I’ve been thinking that Shazier would make a great strong safety if Dupree pans out like I think he will. A 3-5 defense seems to make sense with the rebirth of the TE, yet still provide adequate pass coverage? Am I crazy?
    Oh, and since their seems to be more trolls than fans here, I would appreciate just intelligent responses if that’s even possible.

    Shazier is not moving to safety. He is an inside lb and inside lb is where he will stay.

  15. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jun 1, 2015 11:55 AM
    I wonder if Troy shared his words of spiritual wisdom with Big Ben. Apparently not.

    Spiritual and wisdom are two words that will never be used in describing you. Immature and disrespectful are more appropriate for a wing nut like you.

    Give the guy a chance to get on the field which is a lot closer than you keyboard losers will ever get.

    =
    After reading some of your other stuff, I’m convinced you need professional help

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    Hey thanks Dr Phil. By the way how much do you pay to wash all those windows in you glass house? I guess personal experience is your measuring stick.

  16. After drafting Bud, I’ve been thinking that Shazier would make a great strong safety if Dupree pans out like I think he will. A 3-5 defense seems to make sense with the rebirth of the TE, yet still provide adequate pass coverage? Am I crazy?
    Oh, and since their seems to be more trolls than fans here, I would appreciate just intelligent responses if that’s even possible.

    When Polamalu was there, he was used as an extra ilb often but you cannot truly employ a 3-5 with the speed that the receivers have today. For the running game maybe.

  17. Not to shoot down creativity, but what does the progress of Dupree, an OLB, have to do with what to do with Shazier, an ILB? And in your 3-5, who is the one safety on the field? Shazier?
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    What I mean is that Shazier would play the SS position a la Troy but with LB size, leaving the FS to play centerfield. On many plays, Troy lined up as a LB would along the LOS and it was effective when he was in his prime. Dupree working out is a must since we currently don’t have the overall LB depth. There are a couple of guys on the roster who can play either position.

  18. greetings my friend. we have certainly had our share of battles in the past. however, i wanted to take a moment to wish you well. i wasnt aware you were in a wheelchair. hopefully that is just something temporary. but either way, best wishes to you.

  19. Scoobies05. Thanks. Great to hear from a voice of reason from Baltimore. You have been missed!!! Hopefully you can return with the insight you always brought. By the the way my wheel chair is a couple of years away, but I feel like at times I could move faster in a chair.

  20. so i guess i misread your message. glad to hear you are doing well. i am gonna try to post a bit more often. anyways, congrats on winning the division last year. glad we were finally able to get past you in the playoffs. i will take 3rd place everytime if it means playoff wins. cant believe we couldnt put away the patriots. our secondary finally fell apart. oh well, whats done is done. on to this year. as always, both teams look loaded. should be another great year. and all rivalries aside. anyone who doesent think that these are two of the premier organizations in the sport are only kidding themselves. be well my friend

  21. Thanks for the kind words. i just like to call it as i see it. And i love good sports talk. As far as nofool, he and i go back a few years on here. While i certainly dont agree with all of his views(which he certainly knows), he is a good man who has fought for our country and deserves respect for that. and while i appreciate the offer future, oz is right…i already am on the good side. Lol. go ravens

  22. The most awesome play I ever saw was in Super Bowl XLV when Clay Matthews and Ryan Pickett forced a fumble on Mendenhall, whose eyes were about to pop out of their sockets as he returned to the bench.

  23. Can’t wait to see the Steelers manlet defense try to cover Big Guys like Marlon Brown, Perriman and Aiken next year. Do the steelers have a defensive back taller than 5ft 9?

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