So, it is understandable why Polamalu has a soft spot in his heart for the old guys, especially the ones who played alongside him for a number of years with the Steelers.
Over the last four years alone, consider who the Steelers jettisoned from their defense because they were too old:
* Aaron Smith
* Casey Hampton
* Brett Keisel
* James Farrior
* James Harrison
* Ryan Clark
* Larry Foote
Polamalu and Ike Taylor very well could be on deck.
In the now, the turnover led to back-to-back 8-8 seasons, which, as we now know, isn’t good enough.
Now, the Steelers brought back Keisel right before the season and Harrison a couple days ago that led to Polamalu standing up for some of his old pals.
“When you bring a guy like (Harrison) back and you don’t dig into your youth it tells you something,” Polamalu said. “It tells you that some of the older guys still would’ve helped us out if they would’ve kept them around.”
Now, was this a shot at the front office from Polamalu?
Troy doesn’t do that, but …
Polamalu does have a point.
If you didn’t think these old guys could help you before then why are you running back to them now?
Maybe Keisel was always in the plans, and we all know about Harrison wanting more money a couple years ago that led him to Cincinnati, but, in Harrison’s case, they could’ve signed him any time from March to September and decided not to.
They could’ve told him to hold off the retirement party that thy help kick off a couple weeks ago.
But they didn’t.
So, maybe the old guys could’ve helped if the Steelers kept them around?
Guess we will never know … but Troy knows.