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Old 02-25-2011, 09:13 AM   #1
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Default Steelers Notebook: No time to dwell on Super Bowl loss

Steelers Notebook: No time to dwell on Super Bowl loss
Friday, February 25, 2011
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS -- Getting behind in their draft preparation because of Super Bowl XLV was actually a good thing for Kevin Colbert and his staff.

It helped take their mind off the loss to the Green Bay Packers.

"Monday, the day after, was abysmal for everybody," said Colbert, the team's director of football operations who had never experienced a Super Bowl loss since coming to the Steelers in 2000.

"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 you 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."
Arians intends to sign

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has not signed a contract to return in 2011, but, from all indications, he intends to do so.

Like defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, Arians, though, will sign only a one-year deal with the Steelers. (Which is one year too damn long. - mesa)

Arians has been out of town since shortly after the Super Bowl and has been excused from attending the NFL Scouting Combine.

Coach Mike Tomlin said earlier this week that he expects all his coaches to return in 2011, except Ray Horton, who accepted a job as defensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals.

Wannstedt back at Combine

Former Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt is back at the Combine for the first time in seven years, this time evaluating players as linebackers coach/assistant head coach for the Buffalo Bills.

Wannstedt is reunited with Bills coach Chan Gailey, who was the offensive coordinator from 2000-01 when Wannstedt was head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

Gailey wasted little time hiring Wannstedt once he was fired after six seasons at Pitt.

"He and I have a great relationship that we've had for many years," Gailey said Thursday. "I know what kind of person he is. He's interested in winning football games, and ego is not a part of it. That's why it takes a unique guy to fill this position.

"He's been a head coach, been a coordinator, yet he's coming in just being a linebackers coach, but being an assistant head coach, helping me.

"He'll add a lot to our defense because of his knowledge and he'll help me. I can bounce things off him."

Gailey said Wannstedt will sit in on most, if not all, of the interviews with college players to take advantage of his evaluation skills.

"He'll help us in our evaluation because he's evaluated players for many years," Gailey said. "He'll sit in on almost every evaluation at the Combine.

"Good people, in my opinion, allow that to happen, and Dave is good people."
Wisniewski update

Penn State offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski, projected as a center in the NFL, said he interviewed Wednesday night with the Steelers.

"They were my favorite team growing up," said Wisniewski, whose father, Leo, graduated from Fox Chapel High School.
Gerry Dulac: gdulac@post-gazette.com.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11056...#ixzz1Ez3aAh6B
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