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02-02-2011, 09:28 PM
Kevin Colbert's five best moves as Pittsburgh's general manger
Kevin Colbert's five best moves as Pittsburgh's general manger
By Clark Judge
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Kevin Colbert's Five Best Moves

1. Trading up in the 2003 draft to acquire safety Troy Polamalu. The club packaged its first-round pick (the 27th overall), its third (the 92nd) and its sixth (the 200th) to choose a hard-hitting USC safety who would become an All-Pro, the most important player on its defense and the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year. I can't imagine where the Steelers would be without him. Wait a minute, no, I can because I watched them operate without him this season vs. the Jets, and they weren't nearly as effective.

2. Choosing Ben Roethlisberger with the 11th pick of the 2004 draft. Normally, I'd make the franchise quarterback a GM's best decision -- especially with Big Ben on the verge of winning his third Super Bowl -- but Colbert credits former coach Bill Cowher for selling everyone on the Miami (of Ohio) quarterback, saying the move had to be made "for the good of the organization." He was right. Roethlisberger is one of the top quarterbacks in the game and a virtual certainty to make the Hall of Fame.

3. Signing linebacker James Farrior to a three-year, $5.4 million deal in 2002. Colbert added the former New York Jets' linebacker when it appeared the Steelers would re-sign their own Earl Holmes. Instead, Pittsburgh opted for an inside linebacker who had never played the position. "We felt James was the best fit from the player standpoint and from the cap standpoint," Colbert said then. Farrior would go on to become an All Pro and one of the mainstays in the league's best defense.

4. Trading down to acquire defensive tackle Casey Hampton. The Steelers almost never go up or down in the draft, but they did in 2001 when the New York Jets wanted their first-round pick. So Colbert dealt the 16th overall choice for the 19th and had the Jets throw in a fourth and sixth. Then he chose Hampton. So what? So Hampton has been so good that he has been named to the Pro Bowl five times and solidified the middle of the league's best run defense.

5. Signing tackle Max Starks to a long-term deal. Some people weren't all that high on the guy, but Colbert was -- and he had the good sense to recognize the value of his best tackle and one of his top offensive linemen. So he re-signed him when he could, locking him down to a four-year deal, and spared the club a difficult decision at the position while providing added protection for his quarterback.

02-02-2011, 09:39 PM
Wasn't Bettis Colbert's doing as well?

02-02-2011, 09:43 PM
Wasn't Bettis Colbert's doing as well?

No, Colbert didn't get here until 2000. Bettis was here in '96.

02-02-2011, 09:44 PM
Wasn't Bettis Colbert's doing as well?

We got Bettis a few years before Colbert became GM.

tony hipchest
02-02-2011, 10:42 PM
starks isnt his 5th best move. we had to franchise him twice before we could get a long term deal done (we do have him signed for relatively cheap now).

5. giving hines ward the big contract. letting plex walk. burress was the high draft pick with tons of promise. hines was the holdout. it was said giving ward a ton of money would be like the pirates paying $10 mil/year for jason kendall.... a 'singles hitter'.

hines was the sb mvp the 1st year without plex.

6. bringing in j. hartings and moving him to center.


tough shoes to fill, but he was as good as we coulda hoped for. pro-bowler on one of the leagues best lines that led the league in rushing a time or 2, and won a sb.

02-02-2011, 10:49 PM
To show you how good Colbert is, look how good the Steelers got when he arrived (well, actually, he continued the tradition) and look how bad the Lions got after he left.

El Nino
02-02-2011, 10:52 PM
finding wallace in the 3rd round should be up there, he's without a doubt top wr talent in the NFL.

tony hipchest
02-02-2011, 11:14 PM
finding wallace in the 3rd round should be up there, he's without a doubt top wr talent in the NFL.i'd say thats more luck or chance. for every wallace there is a ward that came before him, or worse, a limas sweed or willie reid.