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    Steelers Notebook: Team likely to look at cornerback early in draft
    Saturday, February 26, 2011
    By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert said the three deepest positions in the NFL draft are cornerback, offensive tackle and wide receiver, which means the Steelers "can get quality at those positions" in the first three rounds.

    Of the three, cornerback is the area the Steelers most likely will target in those rounds, especially the first. And Colbert said there are more good corners because so many teams in college football run the spread offense.

    "Spread offenses are going to be countered with, for lack of a better term, spread defenses, which is three down linemen and five linebackers or three linebackers and two hybrid linebackers/safeties and the secondary. So there's more defensive back types," Colbert said at the NFL Scouting Combine.

    The Steelers had to play a lot of nickel and dime defensive packages late in the regular season and postseason, especially in the Super Bowl against quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' four-wide receiver sets. The Packers repeatedly picked on cornerback Bryant McFadden and also threw to wide receiver Greg Jennings whenever he lined in the slot away from Ike Taylor.

    "You're going to be in nickel or dime more now and going forward, I'm sure, than we were in the past.

    "You're only going to be able to dress four or five corners, so you've got to hope that they're quality and can help you win. You're not going to change the makeup of your team drastically, other than to get the best players that you can."

    Surgery front
    Several other Steelers players have had surgery since the end of the season, including defensive end Nick Eason (ankle) and guard Trai Essex (ankle).

    But, as of right now, one of those not scheduled to have surgery is center Maurkice Pouncey, who missed the Super Bowl with a high ankle sprain and a broken bone in his ankle. Pouncey is healing on schedule and doing well.

    Eason and Essex join wide receiver Hines Ward (thumb, knee), outside linebacker James Harrison (back) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (foot) as players who had surgery after Super Bowl XLV.

    Release time
    Believe it or not, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not lead the NFL in holding the ball too long and creating a sack in 2010.

    According to a report on nflfanhouse.com, Baltimore's Joe Flacco was the king of all NFL quarterbacks for holding the ball a long time, with 25 of his 40 sacks coming when he held the ball for 3.1 seconds or more. That was five more than Roethlisberger (20), who was second.

    That, though, was fine by Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who called the report "interesting."

    "Joe's the kind of guy that can make plays by being creative; that's something we really want him to do," Harbaugh said. "I think Joe's capable of being a creative playmaker quarterback, moving around in the pocket, shrugging off guys. He's a big, strong guy. He's only going to get stronger.

    "He's way more athletic than what you think. He made more of those plays down the stretch. I want to encourage him to make those plays. There's nothing wrong with the way Ben Roethlisberger plays, or Aaron Rodgers. One thing I think we can do is help him a little bit offensively.

    "I don't think we've been a great quick game-type of a team in the last three years with Joe. So, we build that quick game in there a little bit and then obviously the release time is going to be a little bit faster because of the nature of the offense and that will help those numbers."

    Calling the shots
    Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said he still hasn't decided if he will call the offensive plays next season, even though he promoted Mike Miller from passing-game coordinator to offensive coordinator.

    Miller, a 1988 graduate of Plum High School, attended Clarion University and earned a masters degree in education from Robert Morris. He was once a public relations intern with the Steelers and Penguins.

    The only year Whisenhunt didn't call the offensive plays was in 2008 when Todd Haley was the offensive coordinator and the Cardinals went to the Super Bowl.

    "It's something I think I've done well for a number of years and I enjoy doing it," Whisenhunt said. "I'm torn between doing what I know I should, as far as letting other guys do it, and what I want to do, which is call the plays. The best way to say it is, to be determined."



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    First pick should be Pouncey of best available CB if Pouncey isn't there. I do have to say I am really starting to like DE Cameron Jordan. He looks like he would be a great fit on our line and being groomed by Keisel would only help Jordan. Picking him at 31 wouldn't really be reaching either.
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    First pick should be Pouncey of best available CB if Pouncey isn't there. I do have to say I am really starting to like DE Cameron Jordan. He looks like he would be a great fit on our line and being groomed by Keisel would only help Jordan. Picking him at 31 wouldn't really be reaching either.
    If he's there the pick should be Gabe Carimi and then a CB #2.
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    What colbert said about spread offenses amd the need for quality db's has me thinking a corner higher up and possibly another in the draft. Strong man huys that can play press and guys who most importantly played well against spread offenses.

    Im with colbert in that i think we are going to see more spread type offenses. Outside of SB XLIII the other 3 have featured spread offenses - new england, new orleans and green bay. 2 of those teams won and the mvps were the QBs. Without hoping that your base 4 on defense can over power and create pressure you have to have some good DBs. We only have 1 good corner in Ike Taylor and thats it. Our saftoes arebprotectimgore against YACs because everythimg is underneath. Bring up a safety amd you expose an open middle.

    I know we mainly lost due to turnovers in the super bowl but we still gave up 300+ in the air and did so as well against the cardinals 2 seasons ago who spread it on us by the 4th quarter. We have to improve our DBs. We dont have the talent no matter what defense we run to stop a spread team and those teams are here to stay until they are proven inefective
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    Default Re: Steelers Notebook: Team likely to look at cornerback early in draft

    Kip I agree 100 %. The new era is here to stay for sometime now with this spread offense the Steelers better address it quickly. Not having a top flight secondary has hurt this team. Ike needs to be signed, McFadden needs to finally step it up but, we still need a new corner via the draft ( they won't get anyone FA or at least one that is good enough ).
    I've never liked seeing rookies at corner being thrown into the fire their first season. This defense is proabably the most complex and to have a rookie try to feel the shoes of a vet will take about two seasons of spot play and learning at camp and from the sidelines.

    We need Ike and McFadden and I still believe McFadden is good enough to allow us to win. His injuries made it difficult for him to make it a challenge for the Packers. Gay is and never will be a top flight corner.
    My question is, how many teams do have two top flight corners ? With everything I've mentioned there has to be other ways to stop an offense other than DB's that can shut their guys down.

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