Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 Sep 2012

ESPN: Steelers D Wilts Without Polamalu

It's rare that you can see the obvious effect of a missing player other than a quarterback, but it is pretty clear when looking at the numbers for the Pittsburgh defense with and without Troy Polamalu since 2008.

Posted by: Vince Verhei on 25 Sep 2012

4 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2012, 5:59pm by DisplacedPackerFan

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by drobviousso :: Tue, 09/25/2012 - 2:33pm

ISTM that WOW stats are the next obvious place for FO to start looking. In a game where it's hard-to-impossible to isolate a single player, you gotta take the natural experiments where you can find them.

Also, I wonder if Mundy is a replacement-level backup. I know he's very good on special teams, but I really feel like the Steelers could use an upgrade there.

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by Lance Williams (not verified) :: Tue, 09/25/2012 - 3:44pm

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by LionInAZ :: Tue, 09/25/2012 - 5:30pm

We saw this in 2009 when Brian Urlacher was out with a dislocated wrist -- the Bears D fell off a cliff that year.

It'll be interesting to see how the Jets fare this year without Revis as another test.

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by DisplacedPackerFan :: Tue, 09/25/2012 - 5:59pm

Didn't we also get this with Indy and Bob Sanders? Several times.