One of the people who spoke to the media Thursday morning at the NFL Combine was Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert. Colbert has been the Steelers' general manager since 2000, so he is familiar with former minority owner and current Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. Colbert praised Haslam's business skills and knowledge of football:
"I want some of Jimmy’s secrets, because I think he’s done pretty well in the business world," Colbert said. "What I noticed about Jim right away was his passion for the game of football and at that time the Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m sure he’s taken that same mind-set to Cleveland.
I always thought that Jim was very knowledgeable about football, particularly the SEC and Tennessee, because he got to see those guys. He was always just really inquisitive to what we were thinking. I was inquisitive to what he was thinking also, because of his success."
Colbert was also very complimentary of new Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who was the Steelers' secondary coach from 2004 to 2010.
"Ray Horton is a very intelligent, organized, demanding coach. I know that the Browns will be prepared defensively very well, because Ray is extremely thorough, he’s respected because he played the game and has coached the game and been successful at both."