The Steelers need a shake-up, and I think it should be at the GM level. Colbert is done, IMO. The lack of talent and depth on this team is appalling and frightening.
I still believe in Tomlin, if only because the defense has performed at the highest levels every year he's been here, and we shouldn't take that for granted.
I hate to say this because it drives me bonkers when my kids do it ..."Yeah, but..." the defense was great before he got here and has stayed that way under MT. The one constant? ****ie. Tomlin was a defensive back coach for Tampa, but that's the area that seems to always struggle or be ignored from a personnel standpoint. So, how much input does he really have on that side of the ball? I would guess that he generally lets LeBeau do his thing.
But given the fact that we have a franchise QB and an elite defense, Colbert's job is not that hard. All he's got to do is field a minimally-competent offensive line and find some playmakers. I would trade our 10 other starters on offense for any other team's 10 other starters -- without even looking.
I can definitely see where you're coming from there, but I don't know if I'd go that far. There are some highlights at certain spots. It is funny (sad?) though...most teams seem to have decent pieces to the puzzle, but can't find a franchise QB. Pittsburgh has the QB, but doesn't seem to do a good job of protecting or surrounding him with much. Cap hell is a bitch.
Secondary, sort of the same thing as the OL, except without any high draft investments. We'e been lucky guys like Cortez can come in and contribute, but it's going to take more than finding R4 diamond in the dreck to turn this group around. We kep recycling guys like Gay and McFadden "because the know the system," when their limitations are evident. I'm hoping this year's R4 Shamarko is another nice late find, but it's a passing league. And we don't other to invest in CB or S. Seriously, your CB and S depth these days has to be pretty solid, and some of these guys seem to be learning on the fly. Or ST only.
To be fair though, they had a pretty good secondary last year and they just couldn't afford to keep it together. Lewis (who probably had the best ball awareness on the squad), Taylor and Allen was a decent CB trio. As you said, you need that more today than probably ever in this league. Let him go; don't draft a CB early; bring in a castoff; and now you deal with an injury that puts a guy who's at best
a nickel corner into a starting role. Sounds like a nice recipe for getting lit the fuck up every week in the passing game.
You gotta draft a CB high and hope to hit a home run because they sure as shit aren't gonna pay a high priced FA one.
I really question the hiring of Haley at this point. Ben looks completely angry and frustrated. Yeah, I know he can be a d-bag and says some asinine stuff to the media, but it ain't working between him and the OCoordinator--and in this one, I side with Ben. Seems to me that Haley's rep for being a stubborn ass is coming to roost in Pgh. And I don't care if he grew up loving the Steelers or not--if he can't get his offense any better prepared than that, and have a plan for when a starter goes down, then he needs to call the moving company.
I dunno, P. I'm starting to think this flows from the top. Again, Ben looked like an MVP last year, in a completely new system, before he got hurt. All they really "lost" from that squad is Wallace, Starks and Miller for the time being. Don't see how we shouldn't see some
improvement there. Ben didn't exactly look at his best yesterday either. Granted, the dude was running for his life a lot, but even on some of the basic throws, he didn't put it where it should be. I saw guys having to jump, reach or stretch for passes that should be right between the numbers.
With all of the turnover in the last few, maybe Tomlin has lost the locker room some? Maybe the players (and to a point, other coaches?) don't have the same...confidence, don't know if that's the right word... in the staff anymore? Something definitely feels "off."