Aging Pittsburgh secondary sticking together
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark hasn't watched tape of the team's loss to Green Bay in the Super Bowl. He says he doesn't have to because each play is ingrained in his memory.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns in the victory as the Packers spread out Pittsburgh's defense and took advantage of a secondary slowed by injuries to cornerback Bryant McFadden and All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu.
Yet rather than go out and make a splash in free agency, the Steelers opted to keep the defensive backfield intact, re-signing free agents Ike Taylor and William Gay.
All four starters will be 30 by November, though Polamalu says that while the unit may be getting older, it's also getting wiser.