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mesaSteeler
02-02-2009, 09:05 PM
No rest for Steelers as next season looms

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g9NQo-LnLW8ePW8khXoVK0qY4jaQ

TAMPA, Florida (AFP) Mike Tomlin gets to relax for a while after coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers to victory in Super Bowl 43. Now it's time for Omar Khan to start assembling the talent that will defend the throne.

Khan, whose father is from India and mother is from Honduras, is the chief player contract negotiator for the Steelers. He is the master of keeping the Steelers strong yet within the National Football League salary cap limits.

"The moment the Super Bowl is over, it's back to business," Khan said. "We map it out and I execute it. Every day is an adventure."

Khan is the dealmaker. With Tomlin's task complete and a record sixth Super Bowl trophy in hand for Pittsburgh, it will be Khan working with player agents and judging how much can be spent on keeping talent or adding new players.

"You really have to build a relationship with those guys. There is a trust factor," Khan said. "You want the player feeling good. That's always a factor when you're doing contracts."

Khan began his football-business coordinator career as an intern with the gridiron team at Tulane University, the New Orleans college where his parents met as students.

Khan spent four seasons with the NFL's New Orleans Saints and has spent seven years with the Steelers, his father's favorite team even before his son worked for them.

"I have a great job. It's not complicated," he said. "I feel like the luckiest person on the face of the Earth. I can't wait to get to work. I love walking past those championship trophies."

It's a longer walk thanks in part to Tomlin, who is glad to hand off the money matters and April's NFL Draft preparation work to folks like Khan and Kevin Colbert, the team's director of football operations.

"Kevin Colbert is already starting preparations for free agency and the draft. That's the cycle that makes this game so great," Tomlin said.

half-time "I'm going to take some time with the kids, hang out for a while. I will quickly fall in with our personnel people with getting ready for the draft."

Many want to compare the current Steeler squad - with two titles in four seasons - to the Steelers' four-time champions of the 1970s, but Tomlin rejects the idea, considering each lineup and season unique.

"Comparing us to the Steel Curtain, that's not the reality of the NFL at this time," Tomlin said.

"You will not here me use words like repeat or defending. This group will always be special to me but some time soon this group will take it's place in history. That's what it will be - history."

The reality is that other teams will try to sign away top talent among players and assistant coaches based upon the Steelers' Super Bowl triumph.

"Games like this create opportunities for people," Tomlin said. "I like our staff because we work well together. It's a very humble and unselfish group."

Keeping it together with money is Khan's job. Keeping it together physically and mentally is Tomlin's task and he is already working on heaping pressure on the shoulders of his players for training camps six months from now.

"Our players must allow their bodies to recover. They have worked their bodies a month longer than their competitors," Tomlin said.

"We're a month behind for '09."

stlrtruck
02-03-2009, 08:48 AM
So we all know that if the personnel isn't right in 2009-2010, then it's not the coaches fault but Khans!

Dino 6 Rings
02-03-2009, 12:07 PM
I love that Tomlin is ready to start next season already. He's so awesome.

Fire Haley
02-03-2009, 12:11 PM
So we trade our #1 and extra #3 for Boldin?

Dino 6 Rings
02-03-2009, 12:12 PM
So we trade our #1 and extra #3 for Boldin?

I just snorted...I highly doubt the Steelers go after a guy that made a point of saying he wanted a new contract and was "disgruntled" on his previous team. That isn't good mojo.

Fire Haley
02-03-2009, 01:24 PM
Actually, I was thinking of packaging those picks and moving up for a starting OT, but that's not a very sexy move.

Dino 6 Rings
02-03-2009, 01:29 PM
Actually, I was thinking of packaging those picks and moving up for a starting OT, but that's not a very sexy move.

but we aren't a Sexy team so that makes sense!

Fire Haley
02-03-2009, 01:34 PM
If Marvel and Starks are gone - this is a NEED pick.

verks36
02-03-2009, 01:38 PM
So we all know that if the personnel isn't right in 2009-2010, then it's not the coaches fault but Khans!

YAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOL

steelerdave1969
02-03-2009, 01:42 PM
Love the article and thanks for posting it. There is alot of work that us fans of any team doesnt know about and I want to thank Mr Kahn for doing the job that he does along with Mr. Colbert, they are truly some of the if not the Best In The Business.

I am totally ready for the week of Sept.6 on that early thursday night game that the Steelers will be representing the NFL's best in the opening game of the '09 season.

:tt02:

steelreserve
02-03-2009, 01:45 PM
I'm just really happy it doesn't like we're going to lose any key guys in free agency -- no matter what, the core of this team is going to be intact. We'll probably have enough free cap room to sign at least one decent OL in free agency, Mendenhall should be back to help add more power to the running game, and if we get anyone good in the draft, that's an even bigger bonus. Basically, I like where this is heading!

CPanther95
02-03-2009, 01:49 PM
http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:IpjgQtV6VYNDIM:http://www.toybender.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/khan.jpg

aries4972
02-03-2009, 02:00 PM
Actually, I was thinking of packaging those picks and moving up for a starting OT, but that's not a very sexy move.






..................yeah but its a SMART one:coffee:

JoeLion
02-03-2009, 02:08 PM
I think Starks returns. They draft 2 offensive linemen, get one via free agency as well. Watch for one to two D lineman picked up by draft or FA, then a corner, always a LB drafted, a WR and a big tough running back.

stlrtruck
02-03-2009, 04:02 PM
Let's think about the beautiful possibilities of all the things broken this year and ones to break next year...

Tomlin and is 0-fer 4:15 games
Tomlin being the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl
Ben being the youngest QB to win 2 Super Bowls

What's one thing that remains, REPEAT - the last team to do it was the cheatriots!! Time to break the mold!!

Dino 6 Rings
02-03-2009, 04:13 PM
Love the article and thanks for posting it. There is alot of work that us fans of any team doesnt know about and I want to thank Mr Kahn for doing the job that he does along with Mr. Colbert, they are truly some of the if not the Best In The Business.

I am totally ready for the week of Sept.6 on that early thursday night game that the Steelers will be representing the NFL's best in the opening game of the '09 season.

:tt02:

Totally forgot...I have to wait 3 days less than the fans of 30 other teams cause we Won the Super Bowl!

WOOHOO! set the count down.

steelpride12
02-03-2009, 04:30 PM
That's what seperated Tomlin from other head coaches. He is always preparing and looking forward to what's ahead and he is making sure the Steelers after the super bowl don't go 8-8 and miss the playoffs.
Classy wow. He just won the Super Bowl the world championship and is ready for a good training camp, and draft and getting ready for the stairway to seven. I love it!