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Colbert becomes Steelers’ first G.M.

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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.

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43 Responses to “Colbert becomes Steelers’ first G.M.”
  1. RussianBreadMaker says: Aug 29, 2011 8:05 AM

    At least someone is creating jobs.

  2. spungy says: Aug 29, 2011 8:09 AM

    Maybe this will prompt Mike Brown to hire one, since all he does is copy the Steelers. (poorly)

  3. redwinglion says: Aug 29, 2011 8:14 AM

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

  4. joeandfresh says: Aug 29, 2011 8:16 AM

    The best in the business. Can’t see how this changes anything though.

  5. 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.

  6. daburgher says: Aug 29, 2011 8:35 AM

    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

  7. getalifechurch says: Aug 29, 2011 8:38 AM

    Will the Bengals ever have a GM? Mark Twain said he wanted to die in Cincinnati because everything there happens ten years later.

  8. benh999 says: Aug 29, 2011 8:41 AM

    How special.

  9. shoesfinest says: Aug 29, 2011 8:45 AM

    Hey Bengals….get the point? Hire a freaking GM!

  10. southcakpanther says: Aug 29, 2011 9:02 AM

    Good, I hope this move takes the Steelers back to the 60’s when they sucked.

  11. myspaceyourface says: Aug 29, 2011 9:03 AM

    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.

  12. joeinoh says: Aug 29, 2011 9:07 AM

    I love the Colbert Report.
    Other than that, I’m with SouthCakPanther.

  13. daburgher says: Aug 29, 2011 9:12 AM

    @southcakpanther
    your an idiot

  14. GG Eden says: Aug 29, 2011 9:15 AM

    And in some cities the G.M. is a living legend genius owner in the HOF.

  15. FinFan68 says: Aug 29, 2011 9:17 AM

    If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Give him a raise if he deserves it.

  16. hoobsher says: Aug 29, 2011 9:22 AM

    anybody else read colbert as in stephen colbert? like colbare instead of colbert?

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

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

  18. pbolyard says: Aug 29, 2011 9:23 AM

    They hired this guy while Matt Millen was still available?

  19. eodmike says: Aug 29, 2011 9:30 AM

    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.

  20. japdouds says: Aug 29, 2011 9:32 AM

    flagstaffphotos says: Aug 29, 2011 9:22 AM

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

  21. dickroy says: Aug 29, 2011 9:35 AM

    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.
    ————————————————-

    Sorry, but you will never know. Thats just the way the Steelers are. A great organization!!

  22. sj39 says: Aug 29, 2011 9:40 AM

    Jerry Jones, are you listening?

  23. svcfilmguy says: Aug 29, 2011 9:59 AM

    He has been the de facto GM since he got here, so this is just a formality. I hope he gets a raise, as he’s one of the best in the business.

  24. tluke25 says: Aug 29, 2011 10:13 AM

    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.

  25. japdouds says: Aug 29, 2011 10:16 AM

    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

  26. 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.

  27. southcakpanther says: Aug 29, 2011 10:30 AM

    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.
    ——————————————-

    Everything sucked in the 80’s.

  28. southcakpanther says: Aug 29, 2011 10:31 AM

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

  29. minnysoda says: Aug 29, 2011 10:37 AM

    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.
    ====================================================
    Well not always superior I think XLV proved that

  30. 3octaveFart says: Aug 29, 2011 10:38 AM

    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?

  31. silverhornet says: Aug 29, 2011 10:41 AM

    The timing of this is curious. If Bill Cowher were to return to the NFL, did his list of potential GM’s just get shorter? hmmm

  32. madamschefter says: Aug 29, 2011 10:58 AM

    Article forwarded to Al Davis’ nanny.

  33. japdouds says: Aug 29, 2011 10:59 AM

    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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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????

  36. japdouds says: Aug 29, 2011 11:33 AM

    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!!!!

  37. 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”…..

  38. japdouds says: Aug 29, 2011 11:35 AM

    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????
    —————————————————
    Obviously the moron who brought BJ Raji up in a thread about Kevin Colbert cares about that fat tub of goo.

  39. japdouds says: Aug 29, 2011 11:50 AM

    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”…..
    ————————————————
    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

  40. jg725 says: Aug 29, 2011 12:49 PM

    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

  41. Deb says: Aug 29, 2011 12:58 PM

    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!” ;)

  42. samb27 says: Aug 29, 2011 9:27 PM

    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

  43. marilynpost says: Aug 30, 2011 12:55 PM

    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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