The Pittsburgh Steelers are now into the offseason, following a year in which they had high hopes for Super Bowl success, but ultimately fell short of even reaching the postseason at 8-8. It was a tumultuous season, both on the field and within the roster, and the months to follow figure to have some drama as well, especially in light of the team’s failure to improve upon the year before.
The team made some bold moves over the course of the past year, and some areas of the roster look quite a bit different than they did a year ago, or even at the start of the regular season. Whether due to injuries or otherwise, a lot has transpired, and we’re left to wonder how much more will change prior to September.
How will Ben Roethlisberger’s rehab progress as he winds toward recovery from an elbow injury that cost him almost the entire season? What about some of the key young players, some of whom have already impressed, others still needing quite a bit of growth? Will there be changes to the coaching staff? The front office? Who will they not retain in free agency, and whom might they bring in?
These are the sorts of questions among many others that we have been exploring on a daily basis and will continue to do so. Football has become a year-round pastime and there is always a question to be asked, though there is rarely a concrete answer, as I’ve learned in my years of doing this.
Question: What will we hear from Kevin Colbert today?
I already asked you all last week for what you would like to hear from Kevin Colbert when he speaks to the media today from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Regular readers surely know that’s more of an exercise than anything measured in reality, because more often than not, the Steelers tend to reveal as little as possible when they speak—though there have been exceptions.
Now the question is, what will he actually have to say? We already know it’s pretty much guaranteed that he is going to provide a loos breakdown of the team’s scouting department’s views on the 2020 NFL Draft class.
While this might sound somewhat boring to those not interested in the factory portion of the draft process, the reality is that the nuggets he drop here typically correspond, if somewhat loosely, to what the team does in the draft. In other words, he doesn’t play the smoke and mirrors game. If he says he loves the wide receiver class, for example, then you should believe the team is probably looking to draft one fairly high.
What other topics might we hear about? Ben Roethlisberger, no doubt. We know he’s resumed throwing footballs, but this is all based on a four-second video. And, unfortunately, we should expect to hear about the Mason Rudolph stuff, too, even if it will only be to say, when asked about it, that Mike Tomlin already commented on it.