The Pittsburgh Steelers are out of Latrobe and back at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, also referred to as the South Side Facility. We are already into the regular season, where everything is magnified and, you know, actually counts. The team is working through the highs and lows and dramas that go through a typical Steelers season.
How are the rookies performing? What about the players that the team signed in free agency? Who is missing time with injuries, and when are they going to be back? What are the coaches saying about what they are going to do this season that might be different from how it was a year ago?
These are the sorts of questions among many others that we have been exploring on a daily basis and will continue to do so. Football has become a year-round pastime and there is always a question to be asked, though there is rarely a concrete answer, as I’ve learned in my years of doing this.
Question: What would you ask Head Coach Mike Tomlin and General Manager Kevin Colbert if you were at the pre-draft press conference today?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, at least for some people, as draft season is very much upon us, coming up later this week. To celebrate, the Steelers and Head Coach Mike Tomlin and General Manager Kevin Colbert have elected to invite you, yes YOU* to attend their pre-draft press conference and ask them the questions that are on your mind.
The question is, what do you want to ask them? The beauty is that you can answer this question in two different ways. You can either list the questions that you truly most want to ask them (preferably about the draft or the roster or the upcoming season), or you can be more pragmatic and ask them a question you actually think they would give a meaningful answer to.
I’m sure many people would like to get a better feel for where the team stands as far as considering trading up in the first round, and how much they might be willing to give up in those hypothetical scenarios. In 2006 when they traded up for Santonio Holmes, they had already decided in advance that they would be willing to give up what they ultimately traded away.
I personally would like to gauge the team’s interest in the tight end position and how they feel about the current class coming up, particularly after the top couple of prospects, since they’re unlikely to address the position early enough to land one of them.
Another curiosity of mine is whether or not the Steelers think the inside linebacker class is really deep. They evidently did not particularly think so last season, considering that they passed on all of them once the top four were gone.
*YOU must be a credentialed member of the media in good standing with the organization and have been invited to attend.