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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:55 am    Post subject: Start A Franchise: Troy or Ed Reply with quote

If had to choose one player to build your defense around who would it be from the start of their career? I know the Polamalo-Reed argument has been debated forever but for your team who would you start with?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Ed "I'm Homeless" Reed.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everything being equal, have to go with Troy P.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn... I'd probably go with Reed.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reed for me.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If one compares the play of both at their physical and mental height from a few years ago, I'd have to go with Reed. I know I am going to get bashed by Pittsburgh fans and others for saying this - granted, I haven't followed or analyzed Polamalu closely - but I have always felt that he was a tad glorified, more of a bandit type safety in the box than one to be feard like Reed. A healthy Reed basically took the intermediate and deep throw away on any given sunday. Polamalu was more of a wild card, lining up all over the place, a blitzing safety to be accounted for la Adrian Wilson, yet also being caught out of position (especially in the passing game) here and there. Then again, Ed was/is mainly a FS and Troy a SS with different responsibilities. Perhaps I just have the recent images of a worn down 43 in my mind (vs. Denver for example). However, a superficial glance on both their career stats would support my claim: Reed for me.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the start of their career, I'll go Ed. For the first few seasons of his career he was a great in the box safety with some center field skills to boot. As he got older he gradually moved more towards the center field role because that's what he did best. Add in the neck injury and now getting older, slower, and more injury prone, he's essentially relegated to that role.

But overall, though I'm highly biased, I'm taking Reed. I love me some Troy P though (out of respect) and think he's neck and neck, but the things I've seen Ed do with the ball in the air, there's no way I'm choosing someone else.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steelers fan here. Reed, AINEC. Troy has had some great seasons, where he was equal (2004, 2005, 2010) and surpassed (2008, 2009) Ed, but Reed's simply been healthier for a LOT more of them. Ed would simply increase your chances of winning a championship because he'd be around much more than troy.

I love Troy, and have personally benefited from many of his incredible moments, but he just didn't do it long enough Sad. Now, if I can somehow be guaranteed that they would hypothetically play an = amount of time, I'd take Troy. Peak Troy > Peak Reed, but career Reed > career Troy. Both are unforgettable defensive players, the type we are truly lucky to witness, in the same veins as Lawrence Taylor, Joe Greene, Ray Lewis, etc...


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed Reed
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed Reed easily.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AntiSuperstar wrote:
Ed Reed easily.


Agreed. Was dominant way longer and stayed healthy longer.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Troy going by their peaks, but Reed going by their health.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to be a homer and this is so close, so my opinion should hold no weight.

But man, a prime/healthy Ed Reed with the frequency that teams pass the ball in today's game would be quite the cornerstone.

When people were hyping up Eric Berry as the next Ed Reed (doesn't look like he was) I was surprised a player like that would last to even the 5th pick of a draft.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Reed
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed. I don't have any real reason since they're pretty much equal. My reason is Ed is my favorite player ever.
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