Kevin Colbert To Watch Teddy Bridgewater Play Thursday Night; Steelers Fans Freak Out

On Wednesday, Rick Bozich of WDRB-TV reported that Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert would be present for the Thursday night game between Louisville and Rutgers to possibly watch Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater play. That news of course has sent Steelers fans into a frenzy.

According to Bozich, 19 other teams will be represented at the game as well and that number could grow by the time the game kicks off.

Colbert’s job is to evaluate college prospects and to do his due diligence on each and every one of them. Just because Bridgewater plays the quarterback position doesn’t exclude him from the process.

Believe it or not, Louisville has a few other players on their team that Colbert will surely be scouting as well. Junior wide receiver DeVante Parker is 6’3″and has already caught 21 passes for 375 yards and six touchdowns this season and many think he will declare for the 2014 NFL Draft following the season. Like Bridgewater, Parker is already being tabbed as a first-round prospect.

The Steelers still have quarterback Ben Roethlisberger under contract through the 2015 season and all signs point to them extending him following the 2013 season. But what if they don’t and what if, God forbid, they somehow end up with a top two pick in the draft? What if, God forbid, Roethlisberger suffers a serious injury later on this season?

Front offices have to be prepared for everything. This is a Thursday night game that affords Colbert the opportunity to go see prospects in person. Why wouldn’t he? The draft is still several months away and Colbert will take in several more college games by the time the season ends. It’s his job.

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  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    But we have Landry Jones.

  • dollardoughtnut

    I hope he’s looking at their LT —both teams

  • Callentown

    Hahaha, that’s great Jefferson :)

  • SteelersDepot

    .. and that means he shouldn’t look at Teddy? You people kill me.

  • cencalsteeler

    Best news I’ve heard in a while. If life hands you lemons, make lemonade, right? The drafting of Landry Jones, to me, was premature and I still think that pick is setting up trade bait down the road. But, if opportunity knocks, by all means, open the door. Teddy Bridgewater is a class act and one hell of a qb. If the season continues to spiral downward, the bright spot would be that Teddy would be within reach for this organization to go out and grab him.

  • TJimmy

    Bridgewater could be a bridge over troubled waters for a number of teams.

  • r4kolb

    Wow Dave at times I wonder. Jefferson I’m sure was being sarcastic. You need to relax at times.

  • Nolrog

    Your sarcasm detector is broken.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Shrugs. As far we know, he could be checking out the dude who I raved last summer about; Brandon Coleman. 6’6″ 220 lbs run sub 4.5

  • CW

    I really think this is nothing more than a scouting mission on a few other players and to play head games in the slim chance the Steelers have a top five pick in the draft next year.

    Thinking about it for a moment it should be obvious. Big Ben will probably not need to be replaced until he’s around 35 (2017 season) at the earliest, so even Landry Jones might be trade bait at some point if he actually turns into someone another team might want. But if the Steelers have one of those lousy injury riddled seasons and finish near the bottom of the league they could spook some teams with later 1st round picks, but who need a quarterback into panic trading on draft day to get “their” quarterback by giving up their 1st round pick plus other first round picks like the Vikings spooked the Browns when the Browns traded up one spot to get Trent Richardson.

  • Mike Carroll

    Ditto. This guy is supposed to be a great red zone target and has drawn comparisons with Plax Burress among others. But, I’m sure Colbert will be looking at Bridgewater as well.

  • treeher

    Everybody assumes Ben will be here until he’s an old man. If Steelers are unable to field a competitive team around him, then the money is being wasted on him and he might be trade bait. That might happen anyway if his turnovers keep up with the number of his touchdown passes.

  • Mike Carroll

    Nice TJimmy…. I was about to write it myself, LOL.

  • Dr. Doom

    Pointing and laughing at well you. Ben will get a new contract at seasons end 5 years 65-70 million. He is fifth in the NFL in passing, now if his line could hold a block maybe he wouldn’t turn it over. But lets draft a rookie because he is going to come in and never turn the ball over when he is blitzed from behind by a free rusher who was not blocked. You sir should head down to Art Rooney Blvd and put your application in you are on your way to the top.

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  • treeher

    Hah, figured I’d get a reaction. But, stranger things have happened. Manning’s now in Denver, Brees sent packing to NO, Kurt Warner moved around in his time, etc. Nobody’s job is locked in.

  • Kysteeler

    Living in Louisville and seeing most every game, Teddy is the real deal. However, I wish DeVante Parker wasn’t banged up, I love this kid!

  • Dr. Doom

    Brees left as a free agent, Manning perhaps had a career threatening injury, Kurt Warner didn’t show anything until St. Louis then they blew up the team, and In Arizona he had Boldin & Fitz.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    It was sarcasm.

    Steelers must have all the information available and options on the table before extension negotiations with Roethlisberger.

  • treeher

    I know. Point is they changed teams. I’m just sayin…

  • Dr. Doom

    He will go the way of Bradshaw, Could he leave sure but about as likely as the giant duck quacking.

  • chris ward

    Colbert going to watch Bridgewater is not a big deal at all, it is a part of his job. Colbert I am sure is evaluating other players on the field from both teams and just not Bridgewater.

  • Bilgewater D

    Ben is going to have a Mcnair like ending to his career.

    He’ll last to about 34. If we are in a position to draft a real deal QB like Bridgewater. You have to consider moving on.

  • Bell Cow

    Parker is a stud WR. Coleman for Rutgers is pretty good too ; 6-5 220 lbs. The safety Hakeem Smith for Louisville is another guy to look out for. Not a first round safety but he’s a solid player.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    If the Steelers end up with a top two pick they had better draft a QB or at the very least trade that pick for a boatload of others. Left tackle is a need but they are not dynamic “game changers”. Ben has been in the league 10yrs now his expiration date due in part to his line and his own style of play may be here sooner than most would think or like. The better QB prospects in this year’s draft won’t be there in the 2nd rd. There are quite a bit of teams (desperate even) to get their paws on a young talented signal caller.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    If Colbert is, then his job is in jeopardy. Bridgewater is a really good prospect but in my humbled opinion, Tajh Boyd is a better QB.

  • Matt Searls

    And Brandon Coleman!


    Colbert couldn’t evaluate a game ticket, i doubt he even makes it to the bleachers!

  • Bradys_Dad

    Don’t you mean FOURTH ROUND DRAFT PICK Landry Jones ? The kid may someday be a player – but he wasn’t needed here nor now. I enjoyed your sarcasm :-)

  • Luke Shabro

    Teddy won’t fix the O line and he certainly won’t fix the D.

  • Luke Shabro

    I’ve been curious about Teddy. I haven’t watched any Louisville games at all, just seen some Bridgewater highlights. And while I’m hearing he’s a very good prospect I feel like I heard the exact same praise as I heard about Brian Brohm being heaped upon Bridgewater now. I guess time will tell

  • Bob

    I suspect that Colbert is scouting the opposing teams scouts at the game as he is scouting the game. He’ll have tons of tape of the game. Seeing who is drooling over who, that’s telling come deal making time.

  • Dr. Doom

    Wow he is 31 you are not going to pay a top 5 pick 20 million to just sit for three years. You only do it if its like Green Bay with Rogers.

  • Jeff

    Seeing some of the posts on this blog, I’m not all that surprised that Dave didn’t see the sarcasm at first.

  • Dr. Doom

    Hmm so guys like Ben & Troy just suck huh?

  • Kysteeler

    He’s looked great this year, but the comp hasn’t been that good. I felt Brohm was hitting his ceiling in college, as Bridgewater is just as good but you can see he still has a ways to go before he hits his ceiling.

  • mem359

    I wouldn’t be against the Steelers trading Ben (even though losing a franchise quarterback would be difficult to recover from), but that is assuming that he has incredible trade value right now. I’m thinking of Arians in Arizona, who needs a quarterback (not named Palmer), and might be willing to make a generous offer.

    I’m not saying get rid of Ben.
    I’m saying: could the Steelers get an offer they can’t refuse?

  • Bilgewater D

    Didn’t say that. But you can move on from Ben while you can get multiple picks for him.

    Draft Bridgewater, trade Ben and start the rebuilding process in earnest.

    Not even saying this remotely happens, but you have to do your homework if you’re Colbert.

  • Jazz

    And WTF is so ridiculous?

  • Jazz

    Based on his previous seven drafts, I couldn’t agree with you more. The reason this team has no depth is largely due to Colbert, Tomlin’s inability to judge talent, and the scouting department.

  • Arthur Branch

    How is it Tomlin’s fault when Colbert’s only job is to evaluate talent. Tomlin is coaching the team he is not out scouting. Colbert has final say on personnel moves.

  • Johnny Loose

    yea, at 6’6″, he is a beast. Thats probably who Colbert is really there to scout.

  • Fivesevenzero Sports-Radio

    Imagine if Clowney was our starting OLB!! Yikes! That would be sick

  • Johnny Loose

    We’re not drafting Bridgewater.

  • ScottB

    #shitthebedforted, this years #suckforluck

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The question would be if Bridgewater was available to us would you pick him? The Colts had the right answer a few years back IMO.

  • Bell Cow

    Yes I’d pick him. You can’t pass up a great young QB bc they don’t come around very often.

  • Bell Cow

    The title of the article is little over exaggerated. “Steelers fans freak out”. I don’t think anyone is freaking out. I’d hope our GM is scouting good players across the country because they need help in a lot of positions.

  • Luke Shabro

    Good point Bob. I really don’t see this team drafting Bridgewater even if they are in the top 5. Bridgewater, while being touted as highly talented, is an unknown in the NFL while Ben is a known commodity. Better to surround him with more talent.

  • Luke Shabro

    That’s the exception not the rule. And it was unique circumstance, no one knew if Peyton would ever be healthy again and Luck was the best QB prospect anyone had seen in over a decade. I would not pick him. A rookie QB is still a rookie QB. And there is still no such thing as a sure fire pick even in the top 5. Everyone thought Bradford would work out great for the Rams. He’s been mediocre at best and I don’t think he’ll ever break out as some have been expecting for years.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I 100% agree with you however I believe Bridgewater is that good. There is never a guarantee but there is no way you pass on Bridgewater. If Ben was 26 or so then no but he is in his 30’s and taken a beating.

  • Luke Shabro

    If you are getting Bridgewater you are either holding the #1 pick or trading a lot of current picks and/or future picks to get him. People talk about mortgaging your future with what we’ve done with the cap, we would definitely be mortgaging our future. Plus, we have glaring holes all over the roster that need to be addressed, with depth at the very least. Corner, safety (if Clark is out and Golden’s not the answer), middle linebacker possibly, defensive end, left tackle, maybe right tackle, a bigger WR. I feel like we have a lot of needs and we don’t need to add QB to the list unnecessarily

  • cencalsteeler

    If Teddy gets rid of the ball in less than 3 seconds, than yes, he can help fix the oline. If he establishes drives and chews up the clock, than he keeps the D off of the field. So, to answer your question, he most certainly can help fix those areas. Now, I know where you were going and, yes, we do need help in those areas. But, a class act qb, or a potential elite qb doesn’t come along very often. So, all I’m saying is if the opportunity is there, grab him! It’s a better alternative, imo, than having Jones man the qb position down the road.

  • Jazz

    C’mon Man! You honestly don’t think Tomlin has any say so who is drafted? Better yet, I’m assuming you believe Tomln has no say when it comes to putting the 53 man roster together after training camp. Tomlin is the Head Coach, he desrves to take just as much blame as Colbert. Better yet, maybe if he corrects that giddy look he sometimes has on the sideline, maybe his players would play a little more disciplined. They say a team adopts the personality of their Head Coach. Well, there you have it.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The original statement was if he was available when we were picking. I would not like us to mortgage our future to go get him.