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    Kevin Colbert on the 2010 NFL Draft
    Posted Feb 15, 2010

    Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert talks about rebounding from a 9-7 season.



    Q. During interviews since the end of the 2009 season, Steelers President Art Rooney II has said that perhaps the younger players arenít being developed quickly enough. Do you agree with that?

    A. You always want to see the young players have their opportunities. It varies when they get those opportunities, and itís up to the player to force the coachesí hands. Mike Wallace, a young player, he forced his opportunity by his play. Ziggy Hood, over time, played his way into a pretty significant role down the stretch. Different opportunities will come at different times, but to me, itís up to the player to stand out enough to warrant the playing time.

    Q. Do you buy into the notion that teams need to spend some high draft picks on offensive linemen?

    A. It depends on the draft. Every draft is different. You never go into a draft saying you have to pick a player at a certain position. Our left tackle is a third-round pick, the left guard is a No. 6, the center was an undrafted rookie, the right guard a No. 3 pick and the right tackle a fourth-round pick. And we won (Super Bowl XLIII) with that group. You want high picks in every group, but thatís not going to happen, especially when youíre picking later as we have in the recent past.

    Q. Mike Tomlin has been the coach during a good year, during a great season and a most recently during disappointing season. Has he changed as a coach at all during that time?

    A. I havenít seen any change. Weíre going to have these (disappointing) seasons, and we all have to respond. Itís how the organization is going to respond after finishing 9-7. Coach Tomlin, in my opinion has been the same throughout. Itís the players who change, the team that changes.

    Q. Are there any specific depth areas that concern you? Cornerback?

    A. No. Not one more than others. When you look at your team, 9-7, you can add depth anywhere, add competition anywhere. It might be competition for the starting spot, backup spot or practice squad.

    Q. You want to be better everywhere on the roster, but are there any areas you can identify as not being good enough?

    A. No. What I can identify is that 9-7 is not good enough, and thatís a collective. Offense, defense, coaching, personnel, everything. To sit here and say a certain position or a certain group, no. You have to look at it collectively, because one area intertwines with another.

    Q. Did you sign Adam Graessle because heís a punter with some kickoff ability?

    A. Thatís a nice quality to have, because when youíre getting down to 80 players for camp, sometimes those versatilities and extra abilities might save you a roster spot.

    Q. This team has been willing to devote a roster spot for a return specialist, but it never has done so for a kickoff specialist. Do you not believe in a guy for kickoffs?

    A. I would think we would be open to anything that would improve the team, but at what cost? If youíre talking about a kickoff specialist vs. a return specialist vs. a fourth receiver vs. a fifth cornerback, you have to figure out what the best formula is for a winning team.

    Q. Does a playerís ability on special teams become more important in your free agency evaluations based on the performance of the coverage units last season?

    A. Anybody who can do something beyond their play on offense or defense certainly would enhance their chance to help you. Sometimes the better kids in college donít play a lot of special teams, but that doesnít mean they canít.

    Q. Is it harder to identify them as potential contributors on special teams then?

    A. You try to get their history, and you try to know what they have done in the past. Then you have to find out their willingness to do it in the future. Sometimes when kids become better players, they donít see themselves as special teams contributors, while others see their chance to play comes through special teams. You hope to get players with that latter mind-set.

    Q. How would you rate the quality of the 2010 draft?

    A. Excellent. Itís very deep defensively. Offensively, there might not be as many big name skill position players, but there are a lot of good players.

    Q. Is it another good year for offensive tackles?

    A. Yes. It all goes back to the evolution of the passing game in college football, which trickles into the NFL. If youíre to ask me why (itís another good year for offensive tackles in the draft), Iíd say colleges are developing more offensive linemen, particularly pass protectors, which are usually the left tackle types.

    Q. Has that trickled down to defense yet? Have colleges started turning out better coverage guys because they have to defend all of those passing offenses?

    A. There need to be more cover players, and there are more pass-rushers Ė those ďundersizedĒ pass rushers, who probably are linebacker types for us. Itís also un unusually deep draft for defensive linemen as well. It was unusually deep (with defensive linemen) before the underclassmen declared, and then that just enhanced it.

    Q. There have been suggestions over the years that Willie Colon should be a guard. Do you agree with that?

    A. Thatís a coaching decision. Sometimes itís easy to say he could move inside and be a great player, but you donít know that until you actually do it. With Jeff Hartings, we always talked about him being a good center, but he never played center in Detroit. When he came here he went to center and played pretty well. You may think a guy has certain abilities, but until you see him do it nobody knows for sure. And when a guy is pretty good at one position, itís hard to move a guy, because then youíre making two moves.

    Q. At one point of 2009, the Steelers were 6-2, and then they also won their last three games of the season. Thatís 9-2. How did the season get away during that five-game losing streak?

    A. Youíre 6-2 at the halfway point, and you feel pretty good. You lose a game, and then you lose another game, and it seemed like it was hard to stop that trend. To Coach Tomlinís credit, and the teamís credit, after that disappointing spell they were able to come back and we finished on a high note. I think thatís very important as a springboard going into the next season. Again, collectively we werenít good enough to win games during that five-game stretch. Weíre a 9-7 team, and part of that 9-7 was losing five. The five-game losing streak was disappointing, but you have to look at how we finished. How we finished wasnít good enough to get us into the tournament, but at least we finished on a high not. Weíll see if we carry it over.

    Q. Are you in the last year of your contract, and where are you on that?

    A. My personal status, Iím not going to talk about that. Itís not for me to discuss.

    Q. Do you want to stay here?

    A. Iím totally happy in my position at this point.

    Q. The Steelers have the 18th overall pick in the 2010 draft. If you stay in that spot, are you confident youíll get a quality player?

    A. Yes. Absolutely. Not yet knowing the medical and character information weíll find out over the next two months, it looks like we can get deep into this thing and find players who can help improve a 9-7 team.

    http://www.steelers.com/news/article...7-a349e395bae9
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    Q. This team has been willing to devote a roster spot for a return specialist, but it never has done so for a kickoff specialist. Do you not believe in a guy for kickoffs?[/B]

    A. I would think we would be open to anything that would improve the team, but at what cost? If youíre talking about a kickoff specialist vs. a return specialist vs. a fourth receiver vs. a fifth cornerback, you have to figure out what the best formula is for a winning team.
    Strange question. I don't see why it can't be the same person. What's next, a separate running back for going to the left and another for running to the right?

    Why are the skills so much different? I'm not buying it.

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    I don't see why it can't be the same person.
    Me either...
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    Kevin Colbert on the 2010 NFL Draft
    Posted Feb 15, 2010

    Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert talks about rebounding from a 9-7 season.



    Q. During interviews since the end of the 2009 season, Steelers President Art Rooney II has said that perhaps the younger players arenít being developed quickly enough. Do you agree with that?

    A. You always want to see the young players have their opportunities. It varies when they get those opportunities, and itís up to the player to force the coachesí hands. Mike Wallace, a young player, he forced his opportunity by his play. Ziggy Hood, over time, played his way into a pretty significant role down the stretch. Different opportunities will come at different times, but to me, itís up to the player to stand out enough to warrant the playing time.
    Good job in avoiding any contraversy with the boss Kevin. Political correct answer.
    Q. Do you buy into the notion that teams need to spend some high draft picks on offensive linemen?

    A. It depends on the draft. Every draft is different. You never go into a draft saying you have to pick a player at a certain position. Our left tackle is a third-round pick, the left guard is a No. 6, the center was an undrafted rookie, the right guard a No. 3 pick and the right tackle a fourth-round pick. And we won (Super Bowl XLIII) with that group. You want high picks in every group, but thatís not going to happen, especially when youíre picking later as we have in the recent past.Good answer, I liked it.

    Q. Mike Tomlin has been the coach during a good year, during a great season and a most recently during disappointing season. Has he changed as a coach at all during that time?

    A. I havenít seen any change. Weíre going to have these (disappointing) seasons, and we all have to respond. Itís how the organization is going to respond after finishing 9-7. Coach Tomlin, in my opinion has been the same throughout. Itís the players who change, the team that changes.
    His training camps weren't the same, he changed them from year 1 to year 2, it will be interesting to see what path he takes or returns to this year.
    Q. Are there any specific depth areas that concern you? Cornerback?

    A. No. Not one more than others. When you look at your team, 9-7, you can add depth anywhere, add competition anywhere. It might be competition for the starting spot, backup spot or practice squad.Horse ****...PC answer to keep the competition guessing. You think he was going to answer that question and reveal his wants for the upcoming draft?

    Q. You want to be better everywhere on the roster, but are there any areas you can identify as not being good enough?

    A. No. What I can identify is that 9-7 is not good enough, and thatís a collective. Offense, defense, coaching, personnel, everything. To sit here and say a certain position or a certain group, no. You have to look at it collectively, because one area intertwines with another. See previous answer, the writer asking the questions is a real dumbass.

    Q. Did you sign Adam Graessle because heís a punter with some kickoff ability?

    A. Thatís a nice quality to have, because when youíre getting down to 80 players for camp, sometimes those versatilities and extra abilities might save you a roster spot. Interesting if he can still perform at both positions.

    Q. This team has been willing to devote a roster spot for a return specialist, but it never has done so for a kickoff specialist. Do you not believe in a guy for kickoffs? Why would this writer think that the person couldn't do both, that you need separate ones, what a dumbass.

    A. I would think we would be open to anything that would improve the team, but at what cost? If youíre talking about a kickoff specialist vs. a return specialist vs. a fourth receiver vs. a fifth cornerback, you have to figure out what the best formula is for a winning team.

    Q. Does a playerís ability on special teams become more important in your free agency evaluations based on the performance of the coverage units last season? here is he getting these ****in questions, what a dumbass.

    A. Anybody who can do something beyond their play on offense or defense certainly would enhance their chance to help you. Sometimes the better kids in college donít play a lot of special teams, but that doesnít mean they canít.

    Q. Is it harder to identify them as potential contributors on special teams then? Are you going to get on yours knees and suck his dick next?

    A. You try to get their history, and you try to know what they have done in the past. Then you have to find out their willingness to do it in the future. Sometimes when kids become better players, they donít see themselves as special teams contributors, while others see their chance to play comes through special teams. You hope to get players with that latter mind-set.

    Q. How would you rate the quality of the 2010 draft?

    A. Excellent. Itís very deep defensively. Offensively, there might not be as many big name skill position players, but there are a lot of good players.

    Q. Is it another good year for offensive tackles?

    A. Yes. It all goes back to the evolution of the passing game in college football, which trickles into the NFL. If youíre to ask me why (itís another good year for offensive tackles in the draft), Iíd say colleges are developing more offensive linemen, particularly pass protectors, which are usually the left tackle types.

    Q. Has that trickled down to defense yet? Have colleges started turning out better coverage guys because they have to defend all of those passing offenses? College teams are already doing that IMO.

    A. There need to be more cover players, and there are more pass-rushers Ė those ďundersizedĒ pass rushers, who probably are linebacker types for us. Itís also un unusually deep draft for defensive linemen as well. It was unusually deep (with defensive linemen) before the underclassmen declared, and then that just enhanced it.

    Q. There have been suggestions over the years that Willie Colon should be a guard. Do you agree with that? Suggestions over the years??? WTF???

    A. Thatís a coaching decision. Sometimes itís easy to say he could move inside and be a great player, but you donít know that until you actually do it. With Jeff Hartings, we always talked about him being a good center, but he never played center in Detroit. When he came here he went to center and played pretty well. You may think a guy has certain abilities, but until you see him do it nobody knows for sure. And when a guy is pretty good at one position, itís hard to move a guy, because then youíre making two moves.

    Q. At one point of 2009, the Steelers were 6-2, and then they also won their last three games of the season. Thatís 9-2. How did the season get away during that five-game losing streak?

    A. Youíre 6-2 at the halfway point, and you feel pretty good. You lose a game, and then you lose another game, and it seemed like it was hard to stop that trend. To Coach Tomlinís credit, and the teamís credit, after that disappointing spell they were able to come back and we finished on a high note. I think thatís very important as a springboard going into the next season. Again, collectively we werenít good enough to win games during that five-game stretch. Weíre a 9-7 team, and part of that 9-7 was losing five. The five-game losing streak was disappointing, but you have to look at how we finished. How we finished wasnít good enough to get us into the tournament, but at least we finished on a high not. Weíll see if we carry it over. **** how we finished, get some nuts and ask WHY we lost 5 in a row, what was the cause, and what is going to happen to ensure it doesn't happen again. Especially to the teams we lost to.

    Q. Are you in the last year of your contract, and where are you on that?

    A. My personal status, Iím not going to talk about that. Itís not for me to discuss.

    Q. Do you want to stay here?

    A. Iím totally happy in my position at this point.

    Q. The Steelers have the 18th overall pick in the 2010 draft. If you stay in that spot, are you confident youíll get a quality player? WTF...what a ****in nut job. You think he is going to say NO?

    A. Yes. Absolutely. Not yet knowing the medical and character information weíll find out over the next two months, it looks like we can get deep into this thing and find players who can help improve a 9-7 team.

    http://www.steelers.com/news/article...7-a349e395bae9
    The writer is a real dumbass IMO.

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    The writer is a real dumbass IMO.
    Well, it was for steelers.com so you know it's gonna be "vanilla" in attitude...

    As for Colbert's comments... Did you really expect him to put himself out on a limb? I know I didn't... But hell, it's the off-season, so "Steelers news" is hard to come by...
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    [HIGH-LIGHT]Q. Do you buy into the notion that teams need to spend some high draft picks on offensive linemen?

    A. It depends on the draft. Every draft is different. You never go into a draft saying you have to pick a player at a certain position. Our left tackle is a third-round pick, the left guard is a No. 6, the center was an undrafted rookie, the right guard a No. 3 pick and the right tackle a fourth-round pick. And we won (Super Bowl XLIII) with that group. You want high picks in every group, but thatís not going to happen, especially when youíre picking later as we have in the recent past.[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    And it shows. Our line sucks ***. I just thought Tomlin and Arians were idiots, apparently Colbert is clueless about O-line talent as well. We may be in big trouble if the entire organizations thinks our scrub O-line is good.

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    Kevin Colbert on the 2010 NFL Draft
    Posted Feb 15, 2010

    Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert talks about rebounding from a 9-7 season.



    Q. During interviews since the end of the 2009 season, Steelers President Art Rooney II has said that perhaps the younger players arenít being developed quickly enough. Do you agree with that?

    .
    http://www.steelers.com/news/article...7-a349e395bae9
    he said (expectantly) basically nothing.

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    LOL!~

    They never show their hand before the draft....

    Never gave a clue that they were looking at Ben, Troy, Heath, Tone or Mendy (but they did say they couldn't believe that Mendy fell into their lap).

    Hell, the year Ben was drafted everyone and their mothers uncle twqice removed from the city had the Steelers taking Larry Johnson....

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    Well, it was for steelers.com so you know it's gonna be "vanilla" in attitude...

    As for Colbert's comments... Did you really expect him to put himself out on a limb? I know I didn't... But hell, it's the off-season, so "Steelers news" is hard to come by...
    I agree..any news is worth reading..starving for any...and also know that the writer is gonna suck up...just gotta laugh....KC gave all the right answers IMO.

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