PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) — Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert joined The Fan Morning Show on Thursday to give his take on the 2012 Steelers and to look forward to the offseason.
Colbert was clear that standing pat won’t help this team improve on this season’s 8-8 mark.
“We have to be open to making changes, or we can’t expect different results,” Colbert said.
He felt that the most alarming thing about the 2012 Steelers was the their inability to hang onto the ball, and the point swings their turnovers caused.
“That differential was greater than the margin of loss in seven of our eight games,” Colbert said. “That was the one glaring statistical commonality that we could find.”
He explained that it’s difficult to make significant progress in contract negotiations at this point in the offseason, because players’ agents understandably want to get a feel for the market.
“They have ideas of what their client might be worth, but they don’t know, if we offer them a deal, whether or not that deal will be comparable to what someone else can offer them,” Colbert said.
He did add, though, that a player expressing a desire to stay- as Keenan Lewis has- certainly boosts the chances of said player coming back.
Colbert wouldn’t go into specifics when it came to the organization’s reasoning for retaining Alameda Ta’amu but letting Chris Rainey go after their respective run-ins with the law. But he did explain how such a decision gets made.
“When we decide to cut a player and remove a player from our roster, you have to assume that that player has lost the trust of our organization,” Colbert said. “That’s not to say that one incident will do it or you get a second chance- I can’t really define what that is. But I do know that when we collectively reach that point where the player has lost the trust of the organization, then we’ll decide to move on.”
He added that talent “doesn’t really matter” when it comes to evaluating off-the-field issues such as these.
As for the injuries that were a huge problem for the team last season, Colbert said that it’s his responsibility to make sure the team can persevere when some guys are sidelined.
“Durability is huge,” Colbert said. “If we do have injuries, it’s my responsibility to provide the depth to overcome those. But your significant players, you have to research and really try to project whether they can still be durable in the future.”
Colbert also addressed Lamarr Woodley’s struggles, explaining that they probably can’t be attributed to anything as simple as weight.
“Lamarr has been a big guy since high school,” Colbert said. “I think Lamarr’s searching for answers, because I know he’s first in line with the frustration factor as to why he didn’t have a dominant-type season. He expects himself to be dominant, and he wasn’t.
The full interview can be heard here: