The ever-polite Polamalu shrugs off the notion of a midseason rebirth and points instead to the growth process of a defense in the midst of a youth movement. The 32-year-old is now one of the elder statesmen in a group that started two rookies at linebacker and saw little-used reserve nose tackle Al Woods play extensively against the Browns,Aaron Ness Jersey.
All that roster shuffling has taken its toll in the meeting rooms and on the field. The days when Polamalu could spend the majority of the offseason in California, then show up for training camp, exchange handshakes and pull on his jersey ready to create his own unique brand of chaos are gone.