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It makes little sense to get excited about anything that happens in May, but it sure is tempting to think that Troy Polamalu is poised for a killer season based on his unexpected appearance at organized team activities.
Polamalu usually trains on his own during the offseason, but showed up at OTAs to help fill the leadership void caused by the exits of veterans like James Farrior and Aaron Smith, according to CBSSports.com.
The Steelers' Hall of Fame-bound strong safety made two interceptions last season, his lowest total since he had none in 2007. However, he played in all 16 games for the first time since 2008.
He's 31 and undoubtedly closer to the end of his career than the beginning, but he remains capable of rewriting history with a single play. We've seen how one strip sack or pick-six can make the Steelers' road to the Super Bowl a lot easier.
Free safety Ryan Clark can be frustrating at times. He seems to keep both teams in the game with those 15-yard penalties.
Clark led the Steelers last season with 100 tackles, according to NFL.com. Part of that was because the Steelers lagged a little, by their standards, in stopping the run.
However, Clark was missed in Denver. The Steelers will need to better compensate for his absence on Sept. 9. Life without Clark is something the Steelers need to consider anyway, because he'll be 33 in October and soon will need a successor.
Ryan Mundy has been a capable fill-in at safety, but he's not a long-term solution as a starter.
This is a position the Steelers should have addressed in the draft, considering the age of the starters. Undrafted free agent Robert Golden of Arizona at least deserves a look because of his experience against the top level of college competition.
Myron Rolle showed in college that he has talent, and it would be an interesting story if he makes the team and contributes. However, I can't help but wonder about the desire of someone who has so many options outside of football. The Rhodes Scholar spent a year and a half away from football studying at Oxford, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
This is a strong, game-changing unit. But age is creeping in and younger talent needs to emerge.