After nine outrageously successful seasons in the NFL, Troy Polamalu has earned the right to manage the offseason any way he chooses.
Despite the No. 1 ranking in 2011, Pittsburgh's defense has something to prove heading into next season. When we last checked in with Polamalu & Co., we witnessed a defensive backfield shredded and scattered by Tim Tebow's arm in a stunning playoff loss to the Denver Broncos.
Polamalu isn't waiting around to author a different story in 2012.