Scouts Inc. on Troy Polamalu
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here is comprehensive film analysis from Scouts Inc.'s Keith Kidd:
"Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's 3-4 defense is built to pressure the quarterback from the outside edges while confusing him with coverage designs on the backend. Simply put, strong safety Troy Polamalu is a perfect fit in the Steelers attacking 3-4 defenses and continues to perform at a Pro Bowl-level. One of the main reasons that the Steelers have their swagger back this season is due to a healthy Polamalu. When planning offensively against the Steelers, you must know were No. 43 is aligned. LeBeau loves to incorporate a lot of different looks by moving Polamalu around within his alignment to confuse opposing teams. He has a great knack for being around the ball and has been a difference-maker near the line of scrimmage this season. He is one of the more explosive players in the league and has a rare understanding of the game. His ability to attack downhill run alleys with his deceptive speed is rare for a strong safety. He has also shown tremendous ball skills. Without a doubt, he is still among the elite safeties and defensive players in the NFL."