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Steelers say they won't draft an elite quarterback

With possible sexual assault charges still hovering over quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers aren’t panicking.

Yet.

According to Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, director of football operations Kevin Colbert said Sunday that the Steelers have ruled out drafting a quarterback in the early rounds.

The position appears to be set,” Colbert said, per Brown.

The key would could be “appears.”  Because appearances could change quickly, if Roethlisberger is indicted between now and April 22.

For now, Dennis Dixon is the backup to Roethlisberger, with the team reportedly interested in re-signing Charlie Batch.  Byron Leftwich, the No. 2 man on the depth chart in 2008, also could be returning, if he’s cut by the Buccaneers.

Then again, why should we believe anything Colbert says on the matter?  This is the time of year when everyone is full of something other than chocolate.  If the Steelers plan to take a quarterback in the early rounds, the last thing we’d expect Colbert to do is admit it.

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  1. steelerer says: Mar 22, 2010 12:57 AM

    The steelers wont be trading up, and they would fly with dixon as the starter if Ben is gone. Dixon has been in the system 2 years, and is a talented qb.

  2. Doctor Connors says: Mar 22, 2010 12:57 AM

    Unless the Steelers plan on playing all of their games in a prison, it’s not all set. Although with the scum and the criminals that reside in Pennsylvania, a prison is not much different than Heinz Field.
    Fat inbred dirtbags.

  3. Johnnyb612 says: Mar 22, 2010 12:58 AM

    I can’t believe Goodell hasn’t brought him in for questioning yet. I would be pretty pissed if I was Michael Vick.

  4. bluehaze says: Mar 22, 2010 1:08 AM

    They might want to rethink that if these rumors that Ben will turn himself in on Monday are true!
    “At least some of the speculation is now over, and we can move on to the next stage of the dramatic process. Reports are that Ben Roethlisberger will surrender himself to Milledgeville, Georgia authorities formally on Monday and be charged with Sexual Assault stemming from an incident in a local club involving a 20 year old college girl.”
    http://socyberty.com/people/ben-roethlisberger-formally-arrested/
    It’s also on scout.com but you need a subscription to read it.

  5. Karl says: Mar 22, 2010 1:12 AM

    I wonder if politics or hatred for the Steelers will have him getting indicted on April 24…

  6. ItalianArmyGuy says: Mar 22, 2010 1:17 AM

    Since there are no elite qb’s in this year’s draft, it is safe to say the Steelers will not be drafting an elite qb this year. Just because the man answered the question accurately doesn’t mean it was a well phrased question. I’m sure the Steelers don’t have any of the qb’s in this year’s draft in the “elite” spots on their draft board, nor would most teams that aren’t desperate.
    All that means is that the Steelers won’t reach for a qb and draft him higher than he deserves. However, if Colt or Tebow or Sam fall to them at a nice position, I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to grab a bargain, as they have many times at that position. Colbert doesn’t have to be full of crapola in order to state the obvious.

  7. HC says: Mar 22, 2010 1:27 AM

    Let me get this straight: the PFT theory is that the Steelers should draft a rookie QB (with no NFL experience) because Dennis Dixon (with two years of learning the playbook, system, and NFL) has no NFL experience.
    All based on the idea Roethlisbeger might be suspended, which if that does not happen makes that a completely wasted draft pick.
    Besides, there are far more pressing needs even if Ben is not available, starting with the offensive line.

  8. jollyrob68 says: Mar 22, 2010 1:27 AM

    The Steelers can trade a 5th rounder for Troy Smith and get a Vet over a rookie. However if Dan Lefevour is there in the 4th I’d take him thats who I like.

  9. JOldewurtel says: Mar 22, 2010 1:46 AM

    As a Ravens fan, if Pittsburgh wants to cut him, go for it…
    Here is the thing… they aren’t going to…

  10. JOldewurtel says: Mar 22, 2010 2:08 AM

    And please, somebody trade that 5th Rd for Troy Smith. I don’t care if it’s to a divisional opponent. The Ravens could use that pick to get younger on defense (especially the D-Line). Duke DT Vince Oghobaase would do the trick. QB John Beck then moves in to take over as the #2 QB. Let Troy Smith find out he is never going to be an NFL starting QB. He needs to figure that out.

  11. JustinG says: Mar 22, 2010 3:11 AM

    Florio has an odd agenda against Ben R.

  12. 123456789 says: Mar 22, 2010 5:02 AM

    I can’t believe how many retarded @$$wipes post on this board. You are nothing more than bunch of cavemen.
    And, why should we believe anything Mike Florio says? You got a lot of nerve questioning Colbert’s honesty, Florio. Especially, when all you are is a two-bit tabloid journalist.

  13. steeltownpride says: Mar 22, 2010 5:32 AM

    I heard the Steelers was going to trade for Tom Brady . I heard he can be had for a Volkswagon Scirocco key , a box of junior mints and a Primanti Brothers sandwich .

  14. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Mar 22, 2010 7:14 AM

    Kevin Colbert and the Rooney family are, at this very moment, preparing to invest a huge sum of money in stock at the open of trading this morning in the Never-Chafe Rope Company, Inc.

  15. Dice14 says: Mar 22, 2010 8:23 AM

    Vick

  16. DoctorK says: Mar 22, 2010 8:40 AM

    Colbert’s comments today are just plain asinine. Does the organization really believe it can win with Batch or Leftwich? These two guys are done. Dixon is a work in progress. Who knows what we will see. Yes, I’d like to see them draft a QB like Tebow (Heaven forbid they’d opt for Clauson) and dump the embarrassment that is Roethlisberger.
    Either way, the guy isn’t going to do a day of jail time nor has he been accused of rape.
    Note to Dr.Connors: your mom is here with me. She says hello, and not to expect her for a few hours.

  17. QB_of_the_Future says: Mar 22, 2010 8:42 AM

    They’ll trade for Kolb…

  18. schpetz says: Mar 22, 2010 8:59 AM

    Trade him to Arizona for Rogers-Cromartie and a 2nd round draft pick. Then draft Javon Snead with that pick and resign Leftwich. The Steelers need DB’s badly….havn’t had a good corner since Woodson.

  19. Rafterman says: Mar 22, 2010 9:18 AM

    Three weeks in and NO charges. Get a clue, he is not going to be charged. Ben is guilty of stupidity, if that were a crime 3/4 of the league would be suspended.

  20. AlanSaysYo says: Mar 22, 2010 11:22 AM

    Give Dixon a full year of experience and he’ll be a better option than Simple Ben is right now. Remember that game where Simple Ben sat out with that “concussion” (COUGH COUGH) and Dixon played well enough to almost win the game? Dude’s got potential, whereas Simple Ben can’t keep his meat hooks off the horse-faced ladies.

  21. digby51 says: Mar 22, 2010 1:01 PM

    why don’t you people wait to see if he’s guilty or not…he is a dumbass ands needs to grow up….Dixon can’t carry the team

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