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    Default Overrated-underrated: Polamalu can't cover; Pack's' Williams can

    Overrated-underrated: Polamalu can't cover; Pack's' Williams can
    By Pete Prisco
    CBSSports.com Senior Writer
    June 9, 2011


    They love the signature hair flying out from his helmet. They love the highlight hits that make the fools on some four-letter network swoon and yell "jacked up."

    They love his name. They love his game.

    Troy Polamalu is an NFL darling.

    He's also the league's most-overrated player.

    There, I said it.

    He was selected as the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 -- an award I couldn't figure out -- and then disappeared in the playoffs, even getting trucked by Ray Rice of the Ravens in the playoffs.

    He was a spinning top in the Super Bowl, trying to cover Packers receivers and instead watched them rip off big gains and two touchdowns on his watch.

    The Packers exposed the reason I think Polamalu is overrated. He isn't great in coverage and the NFL is now a cover game.

    He's a good player. He's just not great.

    I've always believed he was a gambler in the back end, and good teams and smart quarterbacks could take advantage of his aggressive style, which the Packers and Aaron Rodgers did. He gets away with it against bad quarterbacks, but good ones can use his aggressive style to their advantage (See Tom Brady).

    They say Polamalu had a groin issue in the playoffs, but if you're on the field, you're healthy enough to take the heat. And haven't injuries been an issue for him the past five seasons? He has played 16 games only once in five years.

    That has to mean something in the rating game, doesn't it?

    He's good. I just don't think he's great. That makes him overrated. I bet even some Steelers fans would concur after the playoffs.

    So who's the league's most underrated?

    The honor goes to a former undrafted player cut by his first team named Tramon Williams. He was the best cover player for the Super Bowl champs last year, even though most would assume it was Charles Woodson.

    Talk to scouts, personnel people and even members of the Packers coaching staff and they'll all say that it's Williams who is now the better cover player. Woodson is still a ball-hawking playmaker, but he isn't the cover corner Williams is at this point in his career.

    Yet Williams didn't go to the Pro Bowl.

    Williams isn't mentioned on many lists as one of the top 10 corners in the game.

    Williams gets slighted more than he gets beat.

    That makes him the NFL's most underrated player.

    Coverage is key now. That's why Williams is underrated and why Polamalu is overrated.

    Now here's an underrated and overrated player for each of the league's 32 teams -


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    Default Re: Overrated-underrated: Polamalu can't cover; Pack's' Williams can

    He did miss tackles and was a little slow in the playoffs but he was nursing an injury. He doesn't have any real talent around him in the secondary except Taylor, its no wonder the Steelers were allowing passes.
    I wouldn't swap him for any SS in history nevermind in the league right now. Polamalu beats Williams in ALL stats for 2010 even though he missed 2 games.This ******** writer just trying to cause a stir and get notice.
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    Default Re: Overrated-underrated: Polamalu can't cover; Pack's' Williams can

    It's Prisco...what do you expect?

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    Default Re: Overrated-underrated: Polamalu can't cover; Pack's' Williams can

    Tramon Williams? give me a ****ing break. Prisco. He talks about Polamalu having a hard time covering in the Superbowl and then props up 2 of Green bay's DB's who were part of a secondary that allowed 263 yards through the air themselves.

    Polamalu didn't have his best season as a Steelers player. He also wasn't used the same way he had been in all of his previous years. I don't know if it was the extra need that he's never really been put in, to cover and backup McFadden because of how poor his play was? The Steelers played Troy far deeper last year in a more roving coverage role that really relied on gambling more than covering than I can ever remember seeing him play, at least for that much time. You're not going to make a ton of plays at that position. I also saw Troy have his biggest problems in guessing incorrectly than coverage which is pretty much the polar opposite of what Prisco claimed

    While I agree that Troy didn't deserve Defensive Player of the Year for the entire body of work, his numbers weren't that bad especially considering that we had a CB situation on one side that was absolutely brutal in coverage.

    But... you can't knock down one player and then try to prop up Tramon Williams. It's not that Tramon Williams is bad it's just that you're trying to compare a CB to a Safety, which you can't do. Polamalu's only role isn't just man or zone coverage like a CB with the impromptu blitz attempt here and there. Troy is the entire backfield responsible with making adjustments and guesses on where the ball will go and providing that appropriate coverage. Even if he's assigned a specific player to shadow, which he was at times in the Superbowl, he's still doing it from the Safety Position far in the backfield, not up on the line like Ike or 10 yards back in a pure zone like McFadden/Gay

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