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Colbert speaks
February 24th, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS -- Speaking for the first time since the Steelers lost Super Bowl XLV, Kevin Colbert had a Q&A session with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine and met later with a small group of Pittsburgh scribes.

The director of football operations did not talk about the impending lockout -– and how it will impact the Steelers -– because of a gag order but Colbert touched on a number of other subjects. Here are selected excerpts from his media chats.

Q: Is the franchise tag you used on LaMarr Woodley just one step toward locking him up with a long-term contract?

A: “Both he and his agent are aware that at some point we want to do a long-term deal with him. The rest of the (potential free agents)…you know how we operate. We’re going to step back and ‘OK, we know we’ve got this with LaMarr.’ Now what could potentially happen, we don’t know yet.”

Q: Is there enough money to take care of Lawrence Timmons assuming you get LaMarr locked up to a long-term deal?

A: “We haven’t even ventured into the future, I guess. We’re dealing with the here and now. We haven’t even given one thought to guys that can be free down the road.”

Q: Did the loss to the Packers make you think that the Steelers have to change?

A: “The Packers played a great game. They were better than us, they deserved to be champions. You can’t weigh your team or where your team stands on one game. But we’ll look at the whole season and look at where we stand and try to upgrade wherever we can.” (How about starting with replacing the Airhead? - mesa)

Q: Are 3-4 players on defense becoming harder to find since more teams are using that base formation in the NFL?

A: “I think there are more teams in the NFL looking for 3-4 talent but there’s some changes going on in the college game, things going on with the spread offense, you’re getting more 3-5-3 kind of defense which are more similar to what we run, so there’s actually some defenses in college that are changing that supplement some of the extra demand in the NFL.”

Q: How much did the injuries along the offensive line changed how you schemed things last season?

A: “I don’t think our coaches did any changes whatsoever. I thought Sean Kugler, our offensive line coach, did a great job in piecing together what he had available to him throughout the course of the year. But really Coach Arians and Coach Tomlin always stated the standard never changed and these other guys have to step up and play."

Q: Is there an area in this draft class that stands out?

A: “I think the tackle group is better. It’s actually been good the last couple years, it all relates to the spread offenses in college football, because these guys are good pass protectors from their freshman year on as they develop.”

Q: How long did it take you to get over the Super Bowl loss?

A: “It was a little unique. Monday, the day after, was abysmal for everybody. For us, in the personnel department, our scouts flew in Tuesday night and we started our (draft) meetings on Wednesday. We watched the game film right away, you have to do that right away, and move on. That’s one game to add to the evaluation for the season. But you can’t dwell on it, especially when you enter into this phase of the year. You’re behind so we have to make up for lost time and, quite honestly, I’m glad we had to make up for lost time because it took your mind off it.”

Q: Does Cleveland and Cincinnati going to a West Coast offense change the dynamic in the division?

A: “No. Changes occur all the time and we have to do what we do and concern ourselves with our team. Each individual week our coaches prepare the game plan but at this time of year we never focus on what other teams are doing to make our team better.”
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