Steelers Mike Tomlin Says That He Wants S Troy Polamalu To Be Ready This Season

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu can be a difference maker when he is on the field, but in 2012 he missed 9 games and a half of another one due to calf injury. Head coach Mike Tomlin spoke Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings out in Arizona and sent a message to his safety that he needs to be ready this season.

“I want him to be ready,” Tomlin said, when asked if his safety needs to change his off-season workout program. “I think he wants to be ready like everyone. I am not going to make more out of that than what it is.”

Polamalu had it rough right off the bat in 2012.

He didn\’t look quite right in the season opener against the Denver Broncos and he wound up with a strained calf that sidelined until the Week 5 game against Philadelphia Eagles. He didn\’t even last a half in that game before hopping off the field after re-injuring his calf. It was obvious that the injury was serious in that game and it cost Polamalu the next seven games as a result.

The Steelers are certainly a better defense with Polamalu than without him and although veteran Will Allen stabilized the position, he didn\’t force turnovers or cause offenses to wonder if he would freelance from one play to the next. Polamalu makes quarterbacks think about him every play. Allen does not.

Polamalu more than likely could have made a game changing play or two had he been on the field for the games that the Steelers lost when both quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown were sidelined. They went 5-4 overall in the games that he missed.

The USC product still prefers to train out in California in the off-season and has often been criticized for not liking to use weights. It\’s his regimen, however, and all Tomlin cares about is if he, and the rest of the team for that matter, shows up in shape come training camp time.

A tiny message to the whole team, perhaps? It could be.

  • steeltown

    I would hope he wants every player to be “ready” this season and expects them to be (except maybe Miller)

    It would be awesome to have Polamalu play 16games… hell I’ll take 14games

  • mokhkw

    Sadly I’ve given up hope of Troy playing any more than 1/2 the games, which means that 13 will probably be his last in Pittsburgh unless he can change this around. Even when he’s been on the field he hasn’t looked the same, although it was encouraging how he finished 12. We haven’t seen the real Troy since 08.

    I think this is what Tomlin means when he says he “doesn’t want to make any more out of that than what it is.”

    Unique player who will never be replaced imo. Hoping to hell that he can stay healthy for once.

  • hergieburbur

    Yeah, I get that he was asked about Troy, but that message should be the same for everyone.

  • exactly

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Unfortunatey Tomlin gave no answer. As if he would say I do not want a player to be ready.

  • Jollyrob68

    Troy P like The Bus is my favorite player and he needs to play all season. The Steelers need to ask him to take a paycut. He hasn’t lived up to his contract. If he doesn’t stay health this season It’s time to retire or they need to release/trade him. That thought hurts as a Troy P fan. but enough is enough. I still think they should sign Michael Huff & trade/release Ryan Clark.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    What was he suppose to say…I hope he isn’t ready.

  • redneckmuslim

    It doesn’t seem to matter if he is in shape or not. His style of play leads to a high potential for injury.

    I still can’t get over the awesome opening game he was playing against the Titans in 2009 and how depressing it was to see him scramble for that loose ball and tear his knee.

  • Pete

    If Polamalu played differently he’d be on the field all the time. Take Ed Reed. Does he do what Polamalu does? Heck no! There’s nobody like Polamalu in the whole league at his position. We can’t have it both ways. Either he plays like a Tasmanian devil or a center fielder making picks. Ask Lebeau how he’d rather Polamalu play. His style is fraught with risk of injury every game.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I think we all want troy to be healthy and ready

  • Tom

    I don’t question Troys willingness or ability to get in shape or be “ready” for the new season. I simply think his body is at the point where it is not up to the rigors of a 16 game season.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Why sign for michael huff when you could easily draft Shamarko Thomas in 3rd round? Thomas>>>Huff. Best blitzing safety in the draft with coverage skill.

  • charles

    Herschel Walker never used weights either.

  • calisteelerfan

    Walker ran away and around people. Troy has to TACKLE people. Might as well be comparing day and night

  • Dave Bradley

    neither did Joe Greene lift weights.