With Thomas Now Out Injured, The Decision To Bring Back Allen Looks Like A Good One

With Pittsburgh Steelers rookie safety Shamarko Thomas now sidelined indefinitely with a left high ankle sprain suffered this past Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, the team will more than likely ask veteran safety Will Allen to fill his shoes when they use their quarters personnel moving forward.

Allen registered one tackle and two quarterback hurries in relief of Thomas this past Sunday and in total he played 32 snaps. It was his first action on defense this season since he was signed back to the roster in early October.

Allen, who spent the last three seasons with the Steelers, signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an unrestricted free agent during the offseason. His time in Dallas was short, however, as he was released after just five games, the first two of which he started at free safety.

When the Steelers signed Allen, most of the fan base groaned with displeasure, but being as he knows the defense and is a solid contributor on special teams, the move made sense. Now that Thomas is sidelined, the move makes even more sense.

Last season, Allen filled in admirably for safety Troy Polamalu when he was sidelined with his calf injury. In the seven games that he started, the Ohio State product allowed just four receptions in the ten times that he was targeted and didn’t give up a touchdown.

  • dollardoughtnut

    played pretty well last year in place of troy should have been resigned

  • steeltown

    Indeed, would’ve been cheap

  • DoctorNoah

    Can we claim Ed Reed?! $4″”k cap hit for season…

  • steeltown

    Unlike the “Chewbacca Defense” ,this definitely makes sense

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I believe that we wanted to get younger and having a bunch of 30+ old guys on the team needed to be changed but the way the season started kinda changed our thoughts.

  • CrazyTerry

    He has as many INTs as Troy this year


    Will Allen played very well last year. He is more of a “traditional” safety, so as long as they do not ask him to be Troy (which not many can) he will be a great addition. We should not had let him leave in the first place.

  • sean mcmartin

    picking up Ed Reed would allow him to have his revenge game against the ravens. if he is cheap he should have been signed yesterday.
    assuming he would play for the Steleers.

  • Jazz

    This is a quick fix for now; but the time has come, the Steelers need to draft younger, taller and much more physical DB’s than what is currently on their roster. I’m sick of Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert patching up the O/L and Secondary year after year after year. What is with this Franchise? Somebody please tell me why a once proud Franchise considered to be the best at drafting players suddenly can’t draft adequate O/L or DB’s? Mr. Rooney, please step in and fix this Mess! What in the hell has happened to this once proud franchise? It appears their drafting philosophy has really gone south since the hiring of Mike Tomlin, the worst I’ve seen since the end of the Steel Curtain in 1980. If you recall, those of you old enough to, the Steelers went through a seven year stretch in which they failed miserably draft after Draft after Draft.

    This message is from a 40 year loyal fan. Yes, I’ve seen it all.

  • Alan Felicia

    So, you’re saying you’ve seen it all? And that you claim that, “…It appears their drafting philosophy has really gone south since the hiring of Mike Tomlin, the worst I’ve seen since the end of the Steel Curtain in 1980.” Are you saying that Mike Tomlin has a heavy influence on the draft?

  • Bob Graff

    I feel the same way . And to answer your question, yes Tomlin has a voice in who is drafted and yes we have drafted horrible for about 6 years now. Granted a handful of players have panned out but overall we have struck out. And i think you can include this year as well. I too have been a Steeler fan long enough to have watched them play in all 4 of there home stadiums. There has been a front office problem for the past several years. They just need to bring in better talent evaluators and switch to an offense that better suits there personnel. It’s easier said than done admitting that you have made mistakes isn’t easy and changing can sometimes be even harder.

  • Anthony Hodge

    I’m 50 years old and a Steeler Fan since 1974. With that being said…Some fans have a really bad memory to have not witness plenty of Coach Noll and Coach Cohwer failed picks in the draft,not a hit on every 1st rounder or after. It’s scouting but sometimes ya might just get lucky and get a great player,a real gem.
    Just Sayin’

  • Bob Graff

    You are right it does take some luck. With that being said i can’t ever recall seeing the cupboard so bare. And with the payroll that we have there just isn’t any excuse for that. We have had some bad seasons in the past but this roster is so watered down. There is just an overall lack of talent and depth at almost every position.Now this year we have J. Jones at the #1 pick and so far he is having a rough time. Some would say give him time, last year it was DeCastro , then Heyward. these guys should be the core of the team. But they are question marks just like the Steelers, it isn’t a coincidence we are who we picked.

  • Alan Felicia

    IMHO, the General Manager is in charge of building a team thus the majority of the blame goes to Kevin Colbert. If your old enough to remember, Bill Cowher didn’t have power in choosing players until he got then GM Tom Donohoe fired in 1999 due to a power struggle in Drafts (Cowher wanted Javon Kearse, Donohoe decided to take WR Troy Edwards). It took him 8 seasons. With Tomlin, he was hired here to just coach. Does Tomlin have influence in the draft? Some, but, the majority goes to Colbert.
    As far as Colbert goes, he has done a poor job in selecting a defensive playmaker from 2008 thru 2012. Somehow, Colbert has gone back to basic needs this past April in drafting a pass rusher (Jones), a quality RB (Bell), a future starting Safety (Thomas), and a MLB (Williams).

  • Bob Graff

    You also must be blind in faith and vision. At all the combines not only was Tomlin there putting his 2 worthless cents into play but also they are actually listened to that idiot Haley. I notice you stopped above at 2012 , what makes you think 2013 was any different than there other strikeout years.Our record and play has declined the rookies are getting playing time but have made any meaningful change.If you were to say Jones has 7 sacks and is making an impact i’d say you are right. If you would say Bell has 2, 100 yard games is has a 4.8 YPC i’d say ok. If you were to say in his limited time Thomas has 2 picks and is a run stopper i’d say ok. Wake up all these guys do have potential but they need work and this is the NFL and as someone put it best if you can’t produce that stands for NOT FOR LONG.