Mr. Reed (better than Ms.Polamalu – duh)
Quarterbacks marvel at Reed’s range and overall playmaking ability. An interception Reed made against San Francisco on Sunday left the 49ers in awe. Reed somehow picked off a short pass to the flanker after lining up in the middle of the field, as if he’d been in two places at once.
Polamalu moves around constantly and blitzes from various angles. He moves around so much that some offensive coordinators tell their quarterbacks not to worry about him too much. They would rather ignore Polamalu than let him bait them into guesswork.
In that sense, safeties can be wild cards to the extent that teams resist making significant changes to their plans for fear of outsmarting themselves.
“Polamalu is an issue in protection while Reed is a factor for the quarterback and where his throws are going,” the defensive coordinator said. “He’s supposed to be in the post, but he might be jumping a route on the other side of the field.”
Two scouts believe even the greatest safeties are generally too far from the football on most plays to force significant changes to game plans. Quarterbacks disagreed, saying Reed could change what they do.
“Ed Reed is special,” another GM said. “The guy at Pittsburgh [Polamalu] is really good, not overrated, but there are some holes in his game.”