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Kaboly: From safety to linebacker to cornerback for Polamalu? Well …

-- Chaz Palla photo Troy Polamalu signs autographs for fans.

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Troy Polamalu signs autographs for fans.

Troy Polamalu can play safety, we all know that.

He showed that he can fill in at linebacker as well. He proved that last year.

What’s it going to be this year?

How about cornerback?

Well, the thought did cross Polamalu’s mind.

While monitoring the Steelers offseason moves and realizing that the team didn’t have much in the way of experience behind the top three cornerbacks Ike Taylor, Cortez Allen and William Gay, Polamalu couldn’t help but let his mind wonder a little.

“It’s so funny because this offseason I said watch, we may have corners go down and I may have to move outside,” Polamalu said just before letting out a hefty laugh.

Funny yes, but is it possible?

Well, Polamalu said he last played cornerback (not true corner but matchup corner) during his rookie season in 2003 and that safeties under defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau are asked to play man coverage more than just about any other team.

And don’t forget that defensive backs coach Carnell Lake made that move in midway through the 1995 season when Rod Woodson was lost early in the season that year with a knee injury and Alvoid Mays just couldn’t quite cut it.

But really? Can Polamalu be the an emergency corner especially at age 33?

“I don’t know,” Polamalu said.

Lake’s answer was much more forward.

“He might be able to do it,” Lake said.

Would Polamalu at least be looked at in an emergency?

“Ah, no,” Lake said.

Well, there you have it.




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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