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Who was better Polamalu or Reed?

Discussion in 'Steelers Talk' started by Steelresolve, May 9, 2022.

  1. Polamalu

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  2. Reed

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  1. Steelresolve

    Steelresolve Well-Known Member

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    My vote is Polamalu. Reed was fantastic on the back end and a ball hawk but Troy did it all. He blew up plays at the line of scrimmage and covered the back end well.
     
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  2. SteelerGlenn

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  3. HeinzMustard

    HeinzMustard Well-Known Member

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    A better comparison would be Troy Polamalu vs. Ronnie Lott. Lott played SS. It's hard to compare SS to FS... both are vastly different positions, IMO.
     
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  4. troybellringer55

    troybellringer55 Well-Known Member

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    You ever see Troy Polamalu get his butt laid out like this?

    Naw.. me either.
     
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  5. Rel

    Rel Well-Known Member

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    Two different positions.
     
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  6. Steelresolve

    Steelresolve Well-Known Member

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    Even in that case I would still go with Troy. Lott was fantastic but you can’t even play safety in todays NFL the way he played back then.
     
  7. Formerscribe

    Formerscribe Well-Known Member

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    Lott was smart enough to adapt. He played by the rules as they were written at the time. He was better than Polamalu in coverage, could blow people up, and he was a ballhawk. He couldn't make some of the freakish, highlight-reel plays that Polamalu did, but he was a more complete player and a more durable one.
     
  8. Vox Ferrum

    Vox Ferrum Well-Known Member

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    That argument is why it's not feasible to compare generational talents. The game evolves, rules change, conditioning and equipment have improved. That said Lott was an 8x all pro at both CB and SS. To switch from CB to S is not as easy as some would believe, to do it at a consistent all pro level is amazing. Love Troy and as a homer would always want him in B and G, 6x all pro. Idk, as a gm I don't think you could miss on either one, flip a coin.
     
  9. Jball

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    I have a feeling a long post is coming from someone. :icon e biggrin:
     
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  10. Da Stellars

    Da Stellars Well-Known Member

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    It is a shame Troy got hurt in 2009. He was poised to have a HUGE year.

    Up until he got hurt he was playing lights out.

    He would never had been a true CB like Lott, but Troy was every bit as versatile.
     
  11. steel machine

    steel machine Well-Known Member

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    Great laugh!! Who do you think would win on the Raven Boards????
     
  12. Benny Lava

    Benny Lava Well-Known Member

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    Who is better, Chris Boswell or Ray Allen?
     
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  13. Formerscribe

    Formerscribe Well-Known Member

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    That was the big difference between the two. Polamalu really wasn't very good in man-to-man coverage. Lott was an All-Pro corner before he made the switch.
     
  14. AskQuestionsLater

    AskQuestionsLater Writing Team

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    Two different positions as @HeinzMustard stated. For that matter, two vastly different responsibilities. Regardless, they are either regarded as the greatest of their respective positions or at worst, second to whomever their superiors are.
     
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  15. LambertsDentist

    LambertsDentist Well-Known Member

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    Reed had the better stats but Troy had better intangibles.

    Both seemed to always make that big play at the most crucial points of a game.

    Both got into the QBs head.

    Realistically, one was as good a player as the other, but I'd have to give Troy the tie breaker because he had the better Head And Shoulders commercial.
     
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  16. Wardismvp

    Wardismvp Well-Known Member

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    Ronnie Lott
     
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  17. TuRnDoWnForWaTT

    TuRnDoWnForWaTT Well-Known Member

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  18. SteelersFanCanada

    SteelersFanCanada Well-Known Member

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    I'm assuming if you pick Ed Reed, then you get banned?
     
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  19. jeh1856

    jeh1856 That was my bed

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    IDK

    You give it a try
     
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  20. Ray D

    Ray D Staff Member Mod Team

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    Putting aside that they played 2 different positions with 2 different defensive roles, I'd call it a draw.

    Both were outstanding and critical to their team's defensive success. Ed Reed was a complete safety with zero weaknesses that I could ever see. Troy was a disruptive force of nature.
     
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  21. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

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    T-Roy. He could do chit.:cool:
     
  22. TuRnDoWnForWaTT

    TuRnDoWnForWaTT Well-Known Member

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    It's nice to see Polamalu has 100% of the vote. I guess that means Benny Lava didn't vote yet.
     
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  23. jeh1856

    jeh1856 That was my bed

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    Or the Analyst
     
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