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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
In this week's visit to the film room, we check in with Scouts Inc. to get their take on this year's play of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.
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."