Tomlin: 'I think we're singularly focused'


LATROBE, Pa. -- Center Maurkice Pouncey's reaction to the contract extensions awarded head coach Mike Tomlin and General Manager Kevin Colbert included a suggestion as to what might happen next.

"They gotta take me out to dinner," Pouncey insisted. "I think I'm helping them out some."

Tomlin, the Steelers' head coach since 2007, and Colbert, the director of football operations from 2000 through 2010 and the Steelers' general manager since 2011, are both contractually tied to the franchise through 2018.

Tomlin's extension was announced on Thursday and Colbert's hours before players were due to report for training camp at St. Vincent College.

"They're awesome together," Pouncey continued. "I think they love each other, they have a great relationship.

"I'm happy for both of them."

Tomlin, 43, has compiled a regular-season record of 82-46 (.641) and has led the Steelers to five playoff appearances, four AFC North Division championships, two Super Bowls and one Super Bowl victory.

Colbert, 58, has seen 11 winning seasons, nine playoff berths, seven division titles, three AFC Championships and two Super Bowl victories during his tenure with the franchise.

"I think we're singularly focused," Tomlin said. "I think we're similarly focused in that we don't care who gets the credit. We don't care where great ideas come from. We have a job to do, we appreciate input (and) we work together. He's a good man to work with.

"Obviously, continuity is a good thing when it's positive. It's our job to make sure it remains positive."

Guard Ramon Foster sees the contract extensions as a positive for the Steelers. 

"That's good, that stability right there," he said. "Those guys deserve it. I'm sure if they were to leave or want to leave they would be one of the top guys on the market. It's good to keep them around and have that in place where you know what to expect from the guys in upper management."

Foster described Tomlin as "a guy that has evolved with time," and characterized Colbert as "a football guy."

Pouncey elaborated.

"He's a father figure," Pouncey said of Tomlin. "I really appreciate him for everything he's done. I would hate to play for another head coach. He knows how to do things the right way and treat his players."

Players arrive at Saint Vincent College for 2015 Steelers Training Camp.

Pouncey called Colbert "a great general manager.

"I know I really appreciate him," Pouncey said. "My family does, too."

Tight end Matt Spaeth, likewise, appreciated the stability for the organization the contract extensions promote.

"Absolutely," Spaeth said "It's nice to know kind of the core part of your organization's going to be together. They're obviously a big part of this organization.

"I think it's great. They've been here when I've been here, so I don't really know anything else. But I like them both in a work relationship and on a personal level.

"I just think they're good people."

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