Kevin Colbert: We didn’t do enough to replace Ryan Shazier

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Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert had a couple of meetings with the media last week and most of the focus was on what he had to say about Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell and Ben Roethlisberger.

Other topics concerning the team were also discussed, however. Among them was the need to find a better replacement for linebacker Ryan Shazier on the defense in Pittsburgh. Colbert noted that Shazier “never came off the field” before his spinal injury and said the team “didn’t do enough” to address his absence from the defense in 2018.

“We’re going to recognize that as we go forward, for sure,” Colbert said, via multiple reports from last week’s media session. “We have more than one position that we want to continue to look at and upgrade. There may be players that are available to us that we don’t need that are going to upgrade us, who make us that much better that that deficiency may be overcome.”

The Steelers are frequently linked with linebackers in the first round of mock drafts and Colbert’s comments suggest that might prove to be correct.

18 responses to “Kevin Colbert: We didn’t do enough to replace Ryan Shazier

  1. Wasting $14 mil on a running back who isn’t on your team may have something to do with that…Smart and successful teams don’t franchise tag running backs…let alone twice!

  2. These big changes this team talks about yet Tomlin with all that has come out , is still there. Tomlin is the one who addresses nothing.

  3. Same old Pats trolls hammering on Tomlin whose record is second only to Belicheat since he became head coach. Sure get rid of the bum…..that is such a dumb idea.

  4. Yeah, no kidding. And the Steelers were “frequently linked with linebackers in the first round of mock drafts” last year too but here we are.
    Even with falling apart and missing the playoffs, their draft position isn’t high enough to bank on much of anything. If their top LB’s are off the board, they’ll look at their other positions of need. As recently as a year ago, WR looked like a position of strength but not anymore. And CB has been one of their biggest needs every year since the let Rod Woodson walk.

  5. This can be corrected and should of been corrected last year but wasn’t. I personally didn’t like the bostic signing. Plenty of inside linebackers in the draft and free agency to choose from.

  6. Nofoolnodrool says:
    February 25, 2019 at 9:30 am
    Same old Pats trolls hammering on Tomlin whose record is second only to Belicheat since he became head coach. Sure get rid of the bum…..that is such a dumb idea.

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    Ah yes Pittsburgh fan-boy touting Mike Tomlin’s regular season record in the cupcake AFC North. Let’s look at what matters…..postseason:

    Tomlin: 8-7 – .533 winning percentage
    Belicheat: 31-11 – .738 winning percentage

    No let’s look at some other current coaches with better records than Tomlin

    Pete Carroll: 10-8 – .556
    John Harbaugh: 10-6 – .625
    Mike McCarthy: 10-8 – .556
    Sean Payton: 8-6 – .571
    Jon Gruden: 5-4 – .556
    Doug Pederson: 4-1 – .800
    Dan Quinn: 3-2 – .600

    Heck…. Rex Ryan has a better winning percentage at 4-2!

    But go ahead and stay with Tomlin. It’s like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic as the ship is about to go upright.

  7. Nofoolnodrool says:

    February 25, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Same old Pats trolls hammering on Tomlin whose record is second only to Belicheat since he became head coach. Sure get rid of the bum…..that is such a dumb idea.

    I have placated myself for years just saying that Tomlin’s record speaks for itself but this year I am starting to finally open my eyes that Tomlin’s style of coaching and lack of critical game-thinking in key situations has been declining and it may now be time for a change. With the amount of talent on the offensive side of the ball and with some pieces there on defense, there is no way that this team should only win 9 games in a season and not make the playoffs. The problem is trying to find a replacement because the Steelers surely do not have anyone currently on staff to replace him right now. Mike McCarthy maybe?

  8. Tomlin: 8-7 – .533 winning percentage
    Belicheat: 31-11 – .738 winning percentage
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    Try comparing the 2 in the same amount of years they played.
    In 12 seasons
    2007-2018- Tomlin- 8-7
    2001-2012- Belicheat- 17-7(including the first 9 wins during spygate).Otherwise 8-7. Was you reaarranging your own deck chairs during 8-7 period.

    Really whats your point here, Tomlin’s won a superbowl and Belicheats been coaching longer.

  9. NoFool – I get what you are saying about Tomlin. Who are you going to replace him with? But I have to say, given the level of talent the organization has given him, I think the Steelers have gotten as far as they have despite Tomlin. It’s a tribute to the front office and talent evaluation. I think Jason Garret could have done just as well.

  10. Not sure if the Steeler FO thought it would look insensitive if they immediately replaced Shazier after his injury? but the reality is, they have to draft or acquire his replacement NOW because it’s a pressing need right after CB

  11. NoFool, I have been a long time supporter of Tomlin. Over the past 2-3 seasons tho that has changed. He has no control of the locker room, continually underperforms against substandard opponents, poor coaching decisions, and lack of proper action to improve his coaching staff. He could’ve put a stop to AB’s antics way before it got to this level. On a list of pros and cons, the cons now outweigh the pros.

  12. This article was about Steeler linebackers, not Patriot-Steeler vitriol. The Steelers already have the guy they need to develop. His name is Tyler Matekevich. He was the Nagurski and Bednarik award winner in college as the BEST defensive player in the NATION. He’s not a James Harrison type. He’s a Sean Lee type. But the coaching staff have him tied down on Special Teams. Come on coaching staff, make better use of what you’ve already got.

  13. The Steelers front office is in a 1950s mentality. They seldom trade up to get a superior player. But look at all of the 2nd,3rd and 4th found busts they have drafted instead of using them to trade up.

  14. Colbert is so right! Like Troy Polamalu, Ryan Shazier exceeded the scope of his position, and losing him was akin to losing two players. It devastated the Steelers’ run defense and highlighted the glaring holes in the defensive backfield. Finding a comparable replacement for Shazier is more important than anything involving the offense.

  15. SWFLPC.INC says:
    February 25, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Ah yes Pittsburgh fan-boy touting Mike Tomlin’s regular season record in the cupcake AFC North.
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    First off, what I’m assuming is a patriots fan calling anyone else’s division “cupcake” is pretty hilarious. Secondly, while the AFC North is a weak division now, it was consistently one of the best divisions in the NFL for the majority of Tomlin’s career until recently (yes, even with the browns in the division). People have short memories…

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