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fordfixer
03-03-2009, 10:41 PM
Steelers report: Inside slant March 3, 2009
The Sports Xchange

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/report/PIT/11452758

Pittsburgh will play free agency the way it always does, by watching their players sign elsewhere and looking at some possible bargains along the way.

The Steelers did little over the first weekend and will let the dust settle before trolling for mid-level players who might want to play for a Super Bowl contender.

They certainly must look at some linemen, on offense and defense. They won't lose anyone on the defensive line to free agency but they also are all over 30. Pittsburgh also must continue to look for wide receivers. Nate Washington, their No. 3, signed with Tennessee as a free agent and Limas Sweed did not, as a rookie, look like a viable replacement for him. They'd also like to sign a receiver that has return ability, especially on kickoffs.

Kevin Colbert, the team's director of football operations, said the Steelers will proceed in free agency the way they have in recent years. That means no rush to sign anyone, patience taking precedence. In fact, the entire Steelers coaching and scouting staffs spent the first weekend of free agency at a Pennsylvania ski resort.

To see the kind of pace the Steelers take in free agency, look at 2008. They let guard Alan Faneca go without so much as a phone call to his agent. They ultimately signed a new starting center, Justin Hartwig, after he was released by the Carolina Panthers. They signed a third-down back, unheralded Mewelde Moore, and they signed someone to help them in their special teams, backup linebacker Keyaron Fox.

The Steelers have been criticized in some quarters for their approach to free agency, rarely going after any high-priced talent. They've even been called "cheap." However, they have won two of the last four Super Bowls and remain among the most competitive teams in the NFL since free agency began in 1993.

They must be doing something right.

"Obviously we were a successful team and you have to balance the success you had and what you're going to need to be a success in the future," Colbert said. "Your team's not going to be the same as it was this year.

"All of our attempts aren't going to be able to do that, no matter what. So you have to be realistic and understand that, plus you have to be honest about it and say OK, we won the Super Bowl but we need to improve in a certain area. You have to be able to be critical of your own team and of your own performances so that you can do the right things to maybe repeat that success."

Discipline of Steel
03-03-2009, 11:54 PM
Steelers report: Inside slant March 3, 2009
The Sports Xchange

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/report/PIT/11452758

Pittsburgh will play free agency the way it always does, by watching their players sign elsewhere and looking at some possible bargains along the way.

The Steelers did little over the first weekend and will let the dust settle before trolling for mid-level players who might want to play for a Super Bowl contender.

They certainly must look at some linemen, on offense and defense. They won't lose anyone on the defensive line to free agency but they also are all over 30. Pittsburgh also must continue to look for wide receivers. Nate Washington, their No. 3, signed with Tennessee as a free agent and Limas Sweed did not, as a rookie, look like a viable replacement for him. They'd also like to sign a receiver that has return ability, especially on kickoffs.
Kevin Colbert, the team's director of football operations, said the Steelers will proceed in free agency the way they have in recent years. That means no rush to sign anyone, patience taking precedence. In fact, the entire Steelers coaching and scouting staffs spent the first weekend of free agency at a Pennsylvania ski resort.


At least one person shares my opinion although I dont think its because Sweed cant be a viable repalcement for Nate. More like there is no one to be a viable replacement for Sweed!

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
03-04-2009, 09:51 AM
Steelers report: Inside slant March 3, 2009
The Sports Xchange

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/report/PIT/11452758

Pittsburgh will play free agency the way it always does, by watching their players sign elsewhere and looking at some possible bargains along the way.

The Steelers did little over the first weekend and will let the dust settle before trolling for mid-level players who might want to play for a Super Bowl contender.

They certainly must look at some linemen, on offense and defense. They won't lose anyone on the defensive line to free agency but they also are all over 30. Pittsburgh also must continue to look for wide receivers. Nate Washington, their No. 3, signed with Tennessee as a free agent and Limas Sweed did not, as a rookie, look like a viable replacement for him. They'd also like to sign a receiver that has return ability, especially on kickoffs.
Kevin Colbert, the team's director of football operations, said the Steelers will proceed in free agency the way they have in recent years. That means no rush to sign anyone, patience taking precedence. In fact, the entire Steelers coaching and scouting staffs spent the first weekend of free agency at a Pennsylvania ski resort.


At least one person shares my opinion although I dont think its because Sweed cant be a viable repalcement for Nate. More like there is no one to be a viable replacement for Sweed!

The fact that one of our greatest concerns is finding a #4 WR - I see Sweed settling in nicely at #3 - shows that we are on the right track.

SteelerOfDeVille
03-04-2009, 12:10 PM
the WHOLE staff? they got a brother out on the slopes? :shock:

RuthlessBurgher
03-04-2009, 01:13 PM
the WHOLE staff? they got a brother out on the slopes? :shock:

It must be part of the Rooney Rule...NFL teams are required to interview minority candidates as long as they promise to try skiing if hired. :wink: Do you think Tomlin, Mitchell, Daniel, Horton, Wilson, and Goodwin will spend most of the day in the ski lodge?