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Ryan Clark Thinks Troy Polamalu Is Third Best Safety In The NFL


On the Monday episode of NFL Live on ESPN, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark was asked to rank his top five safeties in the league and below are his rankings.

1. Earl Thomas

2. Dashon Goldson

3. Troy Polamalu

4. Eric Weddle

5. Jarius Byrd

Here is what Clark had to say while ranking Troy Polamalu at No. 3.

"This was a decision for me, because here is a guy that I really want to put at number one, but he\'s had some injuries over the past few years and hasn\'t been as a effective," said Clark. "He\'s a guy I feel like can be number one if we get him back fully healthy. Anticipation, just innate ability to know the snap count, or know where receivers want to go, know where a quarterback wants to throw the ball. He\'s been an awesome player for years and years in this league."

I was pretty surprised that Clark left Ed Reed off of his list, but Darren Woodson, who was then asked to rank his top five, had Reed at No.5 and included Clark at No. 4 on his list below.

1. Earl Thomas

2. Dashon Goldson

3. Jarius Byrd

4. Ryan Clark

5. Ed Reed

Rank your top five safeties below in the comments.

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  • Stephen Dale

    wear and tear of too many NFL campaigns is what is affecting both Polamalu and Reed and every other athlete in the NFL……The body can only endure so much before it breaks down and athletes begin to lose speed, quickness, and their competitive advantages.. Troy has been a great one–a Hall of Fame guy— but his body is deteriorating…..time to train his–and Clark’s–replacements…….

  • steeltown

    Roman Harper
    Eric Weddle
    Troy Polamalu
    Dashon Goldson
    Ryan Clark

    …I know, I’m a homer.. my opinion is skewed, ha!

    Honorable mention for Ed Reed, Earl Thomas, Adrian Wilson, Antrel Rolle, Eric Berry and Jairius Byrd

  • nicolaisim

    Roman Harper #1?

  • steeltown

    Its tough.. I know I know New Orleans Defense struggled in 2012… theres really no way of picking who’s the best.. too many variables

    Harper doesn’t get a ton of INT’s, he’s not an Ed Reed “ballhawk” but neither is Troy or Clark for that matter (I dont look at just INT’s) but for all around play he produces with tackles, sacks, forced fumbles and pass defenses… obviously a healthy Troy would take that spot but…

    If we went by just INT production then yes, Harper wouldn’t even be on the list

  • David Edward

    While true that Troy isn’t what he used to be, Clark would’ve been better served saying “If healthy, Troy is my #1″ and nothing more after that. Yes, I know Ryan is excited about saying what he thinks in hopes of being a commentator someday, but he still is a player and teammate in 13. He can save all the candor for 2014 when he’s in the studio.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    How would that “serve” him better?

  • Chris Ranieri

    Honorable mention Earl Thomas I love it haha

  • hergieburbur

    Not sure about order 1-5, but I would include:

    1: Earl Thomas
    2: Dashon Gholdson
    3: Troy
    4: Jairus Byrd
    5: Eric Berry

  • hergieburbur

    I like Harper but he would be an honorable mention for me. Thomas I think is the best young safety in the league right now.

  • steeltown

    Yea.. it really could be either way with any of them.. the Safety position is one of the hardest to gauge in terms of “best”

  • strummerfan

    It doesn’t, just typical fan over reaction

  • steeltown

    I like it

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    1)troy p
    2)troy p
    3)troy p
    4)troy p
    5)troy p
    Just bcuz he’s everywhere on the field an when healthy teams gameplan around him and qbs look for him first before snaps
    honorable mention ed reed Eric berry gholston Ryan Clark and earl thomas

  • David Edward

    I guess It actually serves his future as a commentator well…but doesn’t serve his current status as an active player as best as it could. It’s no biggie, Clark is a guy that likes to talk…sometimes it’s constructive sometimes it has no value as a teammate.

  • David Edward

    Lol…thanks for the laugh! I haven’t seen you post on here before so I’m guessing you are a casual Steeler fan. If you follow any of my posts, you’ll fnd that I’m very reasonable in my approach and have a little more knowledge and insight than the average fan. I do enjoy everyone’s opinion though.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I think it helps in terms of media work and I don’t think Troy would or should feel slighted not to be mentioned as the top guy.

    Maybe it even pushes him a little.

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