Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shares a laugh with Le'Veon Bell during drills at training camp.
By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ed Bouchette: Good afternoon, let's begin
Comment From Professor: Any heat on Colbert for his huge trade whiffs (Boykins, Scobee, etc.)?
Ed Bouchette: Not that I know of. Understand, that was not Kevin trading in a bubble. Mike Tomlin was involved, maybe others.
Comment From The Card Says Moops: This morning on 97.5 out here near Philly, Brian Baldinger said that he heard this personally from Terry Bradshaw – towards the end of his career, Bradshaw was so fed up with the Steelers and Coach Noll, his dream was to sign with the Cowboys and win a Super Bowl to stick it to Pittsburgh. True?
Ed Bouchette: Never heard that. And if it came from Bradshaw, it would be suspect anyway.
Comment From Spirit Sniper: Cotchery made a pretty nice catch in the SB, don't you think? Too bad the officials didn't see it that way.
Ed Bouchette: I did not think that was a catch. Point of the ball hit the ground before he even rolled over.
As for Cotchery, what a poor Super Bowl he had, including that "catch" that should actually have been caught easily without all the bobbling and drama
Comment From Guest: Ed, you were right to compare Vontaze Burfict with George Atkinson ... although Burfict is bigger and can do more damage.
Ed Bouchette: Bigger does not always mean more. Leverage, timing, angles, etc. all come into play
Comment From Professor: Hi Ed. Gut call (no pun intended). Do the Steelers finally cut bait with Timmons? Seems foolish to pay someone with average ability so much cash, correct?
Ed Bouchette: It's possible they ask him to take a pay cut.
Comment From Dude_From_Cali: Fans suggest asking Timmons for a paycut coming season, why didn't FO ask Cortez Allen for one last year?
Ed Bouchette: Maybe they knew he would not and then found out two games into the season they should have anyway.
Comment From Thad: did you get to catch up with Santonio Holmes in San Fran?
Ed Bouchette: I was not in San Francisco and if I were, I probably would not have sought him out.
Comment From Vance: Do you know how far under the cap the Steelers are projected to be before free agency begins?
Ed Bouchette: No and that depends on many factors -- who they sign, who they don't, who they might cut salary, who they might cut and will it be June designation or not, etc.
Ed Bouchette: Many of the cap projections for the Steelers done at this time of the year in the past wound up way off the mark.
Comment From GSK: We all know the Steelers never make a big splash in free agency but does that trend change this year? Given that Ben is now 34 and the clock is ticking.
Ed Bouchette: They don't make "splashes,'' which to me is a big-name signing to make, you know, a "splash.'' I think if there is someone out there who can help them at a reasonable price, they will consider it.
Comment From Leon: I know with some of their moves this may be taboo, but what about a trade to shore up their secondary? They'll have a pick from trading Suisham, and a 5th rounder could net them a productive player (don't make a Boykin joke, please)
Ed Bouchette: After all the bad trades they've made recently, you still want them to make a trade? Plus, even if they are able to get something for Suisham, it won't be more than a sixth or seventh rounder. You're not getting anything for that. No, I think this is another year in which they do not trade during the draft, at least not high.
Comment From Ted: Do you think this team did right by Tommy Maddox? Did you read that article about what happened in his personal life after he left Pittsburgh?
Ed Bouchette: No, I did not read it. What does that have to do with how he acted petulantly in his final season when he did not even attend their Super Bowl ring ceremony? The Steelers ripped up a contract and gave him a new one when they did not have to. I feel they did more than "right" by Maddox
Comment From Steve_from_NC: Who has been your favorite Steeler (past or present) to interview?
Ed Bouchette: There would be way too many high on my list (and many way low too) to list here. I will say that not only was Joe Greene the franchise's linchpin player, he was a delightful interview with real thought behind his answers and always interesting. He had a knack for putting his finger on the topics of the da
Comment From Dude_From_Cali: Heyward and Tuitt played 90+ % of snaps. What's the current plan to spell them with fresh legs, FA signing? Rookies don't usually contribute first season.
Ed Bouchette: I would say, yes, a free agent -- not an expensive one because he'll be a backup -- a draft pick or someone on the roster such as LT Walton, who was a rookie in 2015.
Comment From Thad: So Woodley and Polomalu money come off the books (finally) and they'll have cortez on there, any other dead money?
Ed Bouchette: None really to speak off, pending any more moves they might have in mind.
Comment From Jim Schlumpft: HI Ed, what order would you say the Steelers prioritize signing Beachum, Foster, McLendon and Gay, 1 through 4, please? Thanks
Ed Bouchette:Gay, Beachum, McLendon, Foster
Ed Bouchette: But they are close
Comment From Spirit Sniper: What was your favorite commercial aired during SB50?
Ed Bouchette: I thought the commercials were way below par and none was memorable. The Doritos one produced by the amateur was good, as was the Heinz hot dogs.
Comment From Fred X: Hi, Ed- I was just rereading your excellent book on he Steeelers from 1994. Lots of fun quizzes and trivia. I think a sequel is due. What are your plans for the summer?
Ed Bouchette: I can tell you it ain't to write a book.
Comment From dave: Will TE be a high priority in the draft?
Ed Bouchette: It would not be for me if I were drafting
Comment From Leo: What do you think happened with Woodley? He was supposed to be in his prime right now, and he's almost out of the league...
Ed Bouchette: Go back and read Ron Cook's column from a few years ago quoting the anonymous veteran Steeler's opinion on his teammate and why he fell off.
Comment From Little City: Is Cowher a HOF candidate? Why is he not at least a finalist? Or is he over-rated like many believe with a poor record in the playoffs?
Ed Bouchette: There are many coaches out there who probably should get a look, especially over Don Coryell, who never coached a team in the Super Bowl.
Comment From Alan: Do you think there's a better chance of going after a FA corner or a safety?
Ed Bouchette: Safety
Comment From John B.: What do you think our biggest priority this offseason?
Ed Bouchette: Cornerback.
Comment From GSK: So according to your blog we shouldn't be expecting a Troy Polamalu retirement party any time soon?
Ed Bouchette: Not at the Steelers facility
Comment From Mike: Are the Steelers in salary cap trouble because they continue to keep pushing them into the future? They will have to do it again with others, Timmons etc...
Ed Bouchette: No. They are not in salary cap trouble
Comment From Rob: After watching the Patriots and Panthers get crushed by the Denver defense. Does it make the Steelers offense, particularly the O-line look that much better?
Ed Bouchette: Yes, I believe it does. Plus, the Steelers nearly won in Denver, not on a neutral field.
Comment From T A&M: Wouldn't Johnny Football be an upgrade over the junk they Steelers have at the back up position?
Ed Bouchette: At this point, I think we all needed a good laugh. thank you
Comment From kjacksonpgh: Ed, it still seems to be the theme that defense wins championships so shouldn't the Steelers rethink their Philosophy of having a great offense to having a better defense?
Ed Bouchette: The Steelers came within a whisker of going to the AFC championship game. They and the Patriots are the early favorites in the AFC to win the next Super Bowl. You cannot load up on every single position in the NFL anymore.
Comment From Little City: Why have the Steelers neglected their huge needs in the secondary and put all of their focus on D at the LB position? No accountability, what gives?
Ed Bouchette: Um, because they need to play with linebackers too?
Comment From Jr. Tzak: Do you think the Steelers regret forcing Bruce Arians out? The man is a star!
Ed Bouchette: He has done a nice job in Arizona, where he is still looking to play for a championship.
Comment From kjacksonpgh: Ed, I hear this debate quite a bit and I would like your opinion. If you were building a team today who would you want as your coach? Bill Cowher or Mike Tomlin?
Ed Bouchette: Chuck Noll.
Comment From Ted: What do you mean the steelers ripped up a contract and gave him a new one, please elaborate
Ed Bouchette: I think that is plain. They ripped up his contract and gave him a raise. What more do you need to understand that?
Ed Bouchette: Thank you for another great chat. I won't be doing this next Tuesday, so watch for a different day and time.
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