Colbert becomes Steelers’ first G.M.

AP

One of the most storied and decorated franchises in NFL history, the Pittsburgh Steelers never have had a General Manager.

They do now.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Kevin Colbert quietly has been given that title, after more than a decade as the team’s director of football operations.

Bouchette explains that the team slipped the new title into the team’s 2011 media guide, without comment, fanfare, or announcement of any kind.

Without seeing Colbert’s contract, it’s impossible to know the impact of the promotion.  In some cities, the G.M. supervises the coach, runs the draft, and controls all roster decisions.  In other cities, the G.M. has no real juice, serving as second fiddle to the head coach or team president or someone else.

43 responses to “Colbert becomes Steelers’ first G.M.

  1. I came in here expecting Stephen Colbert. Then I realized the only team dumb enough to do that would be the Raiders.

  2. Just another reason why the Steeler Nation is a different breed of human. Superior in nearly every aspect.

  3. Well deserved.. He has probably been the biggest contributor to the success of the Steelers since he has been there. Build through the draft, develop players, and win Championships

  4. Very interesting. . . I can’t wait to see what authority his new title has. I wonder if it will change any working relationships with Tomlin.

  5. Hopefully with his new title he can go out and get some corners so they won’t be embarrassed again in their next Super Bowl.

  6. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 29, 2011 9:22 AM

    Yeah, but can he block BJ Raji? Apparently that’s what they need, not a GM.
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    Why? The Steelers used an undrafted back-up center to completely dominate BJ Raji in the Super Bowl. Raji had ZERO tackles ad ZERO impact that entire game, moron!

  7. Very interesting. . . I can’t wait to see what authority his new title has. I wonder if it will change any working relationships with Tomlin.
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    Sorry, but you will never know. Thats just the way the Steelers are. A great organization!!

  8. So the organization has never announced or confirmed that he is now “GM”, he’s just listed as GM in a program guide. I’ve seen hometowns and player numbers mixed up in program guides too. I would hope Ed Bouchette is getting his journalistic information by more than just a program guide.

  9. Kevin Colbert’s work:

    1st round stars:
    Ben Roethlisberer
    Troy Polamalu
    Santonio Holmes
    Lawrence Timmons
    Plaxico Burress
    Casey Hampton
    Heath Miller
    Rashard Mendenhall
    Maurkice Pouncey
    Ziggy Hood / Cam Heyward

    Late round steals:
    Brett Keisel 7th rd
    Antonio Brown 6th rd
    Ike Taylor 4th rd
    Chris Kemoeatu 6th rd
    Larry Foote 4th rd
    Clark Haggans 5th rd
    Willie Colon 4th rd

    Undrafted gems:
    James Harrison
    Willie Parker
    Nate Washington

    Underrated free agent signings:
    Ryan Clark
    James Farrior
    Jeff Hartings
    Flozell Adams
    Jerricho Cotchery

  10. crumpledstiltskin says:
    Aug 29, 2011 10:21 AM
    @southcakpanther

    They sucked in the 80s too. But that was like 200 years ago in NFL years.
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    Everything sucked in the 80’s.

  11. @daburgher says:
    Aug 29, 2011 9:12 AM
    @southcakpanther
    your an idiot
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    you’re

  12. steelernationlolzatyouremptytrophycase6 says:
    Aug 29, 2011 8:32 AM
    Just another reason why the Steeler Nation is a different breed of human. Superior in nearly every aspect.
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    Well not always superior I think XLV proved that

  13. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 29, 2011 9:22 AM

    “Yeah, but can he block BJ Raji? Apparently that’s what they need, not a GM.”

    Oh, you mean that guy who was supposed to wreak havoc in the SB.

    Did he even play?

  14. Sure the Steelers sucked in the 1980’s.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers version of sucking is having a winning record for the decade at 77-75, making the playoffs 4 times including one AFC Championship appearance, and transitions from the 1970’s dynasty to the Bill Cowher 1990’s perrenial powerhouse teams.

    That is what rebuilding or “sucking” looks like for the Steelers, which is otherwise known as a good decade for most other franchises.

  15. I heard they promoted him because he has the best and most cost effective supplier of roids and hgh. He hopes to take them back to the glorious 70’s.

  16. “steeler nation” is a different breed of human alright – sub-human low-life scavengers……
    And who cares how many tackles BJ Raji had??? Who won and who lost????

  17. ravenspit says: Aug 29, 2011 11:14 AM

    I heard they promoted him because he has the best and most cost effective supplier of roids and hgh. He hopes to take them back to the glorious 70′s.
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    If they wanted HGH they would have hired ex-Raven Jamal Lewis. He is FULL of ’em!!!!

  18. jg725 says: Aug 29, 2011 11:27 AM

    “steeler nation” is a different breed of human alright – sub-human low-life scavengers……
    And who cares how many tackles BJ Raji had??? Who won and who lost????
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    Obviously the moron who brought BJ Raji up in a thread about Kevin Colbert cares about that fat tub of goo.

  19. jg725 says: Aug 29, 2011 11:34 AM

    “steeler nation” may also want to re-think calling ziggy hood and cam heyward “1st round stars”…..
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    Why? Ziggy Hood started on the D-line that allowed one of the fewest rushing yards in the NFL history last year. Cameron Heyward has been outstanding in camp and preseason. It’s fair to say both will be outstanding players and starters by next year.

    Just because your team drafts busts, doesn’t mean you should hate!

    #steeler envy

  20. Why? Ziggy Hood started on the D-line that allowed one of the fewest rushing yards in the NFL history last year. Cameron Heyward has been outstanding in camp and preseason. It’s fair to say both will be outstanding players and starters by next year.

    I rest my case – exactly the type of low-intelligent steeler fan I’m talking about – “he’s looked good in camp” – that makes him a star???? wow

  21. Congratulations, Kevin!! I doubt this will change his working relationship with Tomlin. It just solidifies what he’s been doing for years. And it should stop any speculation that Colbert would leave Pittsburgh to follow Cowher should he take another head-coaching position.

    As for all the Stephen Colbert comments … Since I’m a big fan of Stephen’s, every time I mention Kevin, I accidentally pronounce his last name “Col-bear.” My brother always rolls his eyes and says, “It’s Col-bert!” 😉

  22. OMG, i just love the smell of funky Steeler Haters, get a life, win sum Super Bowls, We have been contenders or either in the Bowl, almost every damn year, so pull down your skirts, im smellin ya ……Steeler Nation Baby

  23. More dumb men in the steel franchise?
    Rooney Jr. is respectable & intelligent- Colbert brings nothing viable to the table; Rooney deserves better than Colbert micromanaging.
    OK what can steel fans expect: a major losing streak second perhaps only to the years of the Lions losses.

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