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Old 02-18-2011, 07:30 AM   #1
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Default Colbert: Second isn't good enough

Colbert: Second isn't good enough
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By Bob Labriola - Steelers Digest

On the issue of the Steelers 2010 season, Kevin Colbert is not conflicted. Not at all. It is said that professional sports is a bottom-line business, and the Steelers director of football operations is a bottom-line guy.

“As I have said, we were good enough for second, but second’s not good enough,” said Colbert. “We were one play away from being a World Champion, but we can’t go into next year thinking we’re one play away. We have to start over.”

In the immediate aftermath of a 2009 season that ended with a 9-7 record and no spot in the playoffs, Colbert offered a blunt assessment of the team. In it, he said he viewed the 2009 Steelers, despite being just months removed from the sixth championship in franchise history, to be exactly what their record indicated – a mediocre team not good enough to squeeze into the playoffs.

One calendar year later, Colbert has not deviated from the method he uses to evaluate a particular Steelers team’s performance in a given season, no matter how harsh is may seem.

“We should be judged on what our final record was and where we ended the season,” said Colbert. “Obviously we were a better team than we were in 2009, and so you hope that going into the next season more players will progress than regress.

“But anytime we go into a season, if we don’t win a Super Bowl championship, in our eyes, it’s a failure. Did we have a better chance this year than we had the previous year? Sure. But I don’t feel any different today than I did last year at this time. We’re still not where we wanted to be.”

When the calendar hits mid-February comes the time when Colbert and the rest of the team’s player personnel department go to work on what ultimately ends up being the 80-man roster the Steelers take to training camp. But there is nothing typical about this offseason, what with the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement due to expire on March 4.

The only things certain at this point for the NFL are that the Combine will be held as scheduled in Indianapolis next week and that there will be a 2011 NFL Draft in late April. Another certainty is the manner in which the Steelers will continue to operate within the NFL, which is to use the draft as the primary method of adding talent while trying to keep as many of their own players as is possible.

Based on the criteria that had been in place before the uncapped year regarding free agency, the Steelers will have two restricted free agents and 14 unrestricted free agents.

The UFAs are RB Mewelde Moore, TE Matt Spaeth, G Trai Essex, Ts Willie Colon and Jonathan Scott, NT Chris Hoke, DE Nick Eason, ILB Keyaron Fox, OLB LaMarr Woodley, CBs William Gay, Anthony Madison and Ike Taylor, P Daniel Sepulveda and LS Greg Warren. The two RFAs are QB Dennis Dixon and T Tony Hills.

It’s unlikely the Steelers will be able to get any of their unrestricted free agents under contract before March 4, what with the combination of the re-signing rules for the uncapped year and the uncertainty over whatever particulars might be negotiated into the next CBA combining to paralyze any such efforts by teams across the whole league.

The Steelers, like all teams, have a franchise player tag and a transition tag available to be used by Feb. 24, and it would make perfect sense for them to use the franchise tag on Woodley, even though what “franchise tag” comes to mean in the new CBA is another of the unknowns.

“We’d like to retain all of our potential free agents, if possible,” said Colbert. “I would think we would still evaluate our team as we always have and look at potentially who we could lose and who we could retain (in free agency), in addition to what we could add through the draft.”

Colbert did say the team would like to have Flozell Adams back for a 14th NFL season, and he is under contract to the team for 2011. It has been reported that Adams is at his home in Dallas and trying to decide whether he wants to play another season.

“Flozell was a big part of our success this past season,” said Colbert. “Anytime you bring in someone from the outside, if your coaches haven’t had a chance to coach this player before, you really don’t know what you’re getting. The pleasant surprise was seeing what Flozell could do physically at this stage of his career, and then the things that really caught my attention were his professionalism in accepting a move to right tackle after having been a player of status at left tackle, and the quiet leadership he brought to an unstable situation because of all the injuries we had.”

STEELERS NOTES: The team did sign six of the seven players who ended the season on their practice squad. Re-signed were WR Tyler Grisham, S Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith, T Kyle Jolly, DE Sunny Harris, TE Eugene Bright and OLB Chris Ellis. FB Frank Summers signed with the San Diego Chargers. The eighth practice squad player – G Dorian Brooks – had been added to the 53-man roster for Super Bowl XLV when Maurkice Pouncey was placed on the injured reserve list ... The Steelers also signed WR Wes Lyons to a Reserve/Future contract. Lyons (6-8, 230) originally signed with the New York Jets in 2010 as an undrafted rookie out of West Virginia. He is a Pittsburgh native who attended Woodland Hills High School.
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Default Re: Colbert: Second isn't good enough

"As I have said, we were good enough for second, but second’s not good enough,”

Damn Fcking Right it wasn't good enough!
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One play away??? Did I miss something???
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One play away??? Did I miss something???
Well, the game came to to the Steelers being down by 6, two minutes to go. Any game that is a one score game, is potentially one play away from the losing team winning. That deficit could've easily been overcome with one play, be it run or pass. One long td and the Steelers would have the lead.

So, I think he's just referring to the face that they were in position where one play at the end, could've determined the outcome of the game, as opposed to being down 11 pts., where you need to score, then get ball back and then score again. No one play can accomplish that, whereas a bomb or breakaway td run or punt return can turn completely on one given play in a game where the lead is less than a td.



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"As I have said, we were good enough for second, but second’s not good enough,”

Damn Fcking Right it wasn't good enough!
I so wanted you to be able to change your name to Dino 7 Rings....
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One play away??? Did I miss something???
Apparently the middle of the third quarter

Steelers 1st and 10 at the Green Bay 44 on their second possession of the third quarter down 21-17 after Moore runs for 1st down on third and 1. Wallace wide open heading to the left corner of the end zone - no Green Bay pass rusher within 5 yards of Roethlisberger but the ball is overthrown to Wallace's right - varying reports if Roethisberger screwed up on the throw or Wallace drifted too far left on his pattern

Steelers lost by 6 and that would have been a TD - more significantly it would have been 3 TDs on 3 straight possessions to take the lead 24-21 after being down 21-3.

Green Bay deserved to win but that play might have blown them up if it had been completed.

Would have, could have, should have
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One play away??? Did I miss something???
well, here is my opinion.

The Steelers never made a SPLASH play on either side of the ball in the Super Bowl. We had made big plays on defense, or offense all year. Big pass plays, big turnovers in key spots, even a few key kick returns for a splash.

In the previous 2 superbowls we had Splash Plays. The Randel El pass to Ward, Splash, the Taylor Int late in the game...Splash...the Harrison INT Return...huge Splash, the Holmes big catch that lead to the TD, splash.

In this superbowl, we didn't have a single Play that anyone can point to and say "that play was huge for the Steelers" It just didn't happen. Not on Special Teams, not On offense and not on Defense.

So the idea is that had we made ONE just ONE single Splash Play, we could have won that game.

Instead, we gave up about 5 splash plays to the Packers. 3 Turnovers, big 3rd down coversion and the missed FG from 53 yards that hurt our Momentum.

Heck, even in the Playoff games we had huge splash plays against the Ravens and the Jets. All year, we made big plays. In this years Super Bowl, we didn't make any huge plays. At all...disgusting if you ask me. Just gross.

Second Place isn't Good Enough. I love that philosophy.

Oh, and I'm Still BITTER and UPSET with the loss.
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Well, are we supposed to go dancing in the streets b/c
Colbert said this? What else was he going to say? That
"2nd place is great and we should all be happy with it?"

We made it to the show. You are supposed to win it if
you do. In Pgh, just getting there isn't nearly enough.
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Apparently the middle of the third quarter

Steelers 1st and 10 at the Green Bay 44 on their second possession of the third quarter down 21-17 after Moore runs for 1st down on third and 1. Wallace wide open heading to the left corner of the end zone - no Green Bay pass rusher within 5 yards of Roethlisberger but the ball is overthrown to Wallace's right - varying reports if Roethisberger screwed up on the throw or Wallace drifted too far left on his pattern

Steelers lost by 6 and that would have been a TD - more significantly it would have been 3 TDs on 3 straight possessions to take the lead 24-21 after being down 21-3.

Green Bay deserved to win but that play might have blown them up if it had been completed.

Would have, could have, should have
I just shed another tear!
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We were one OC away from a 7th Superbowl. Steelers had a golden opportunity to attack Packers secondary of scrubs. But Arians elected not too over some sense of Victorian Era fairness.
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