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GM displeased with current state of talent on offense
|Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert wasn't in a cheery mood Wednesday. Maybe he was just being brutally honest. Colbert had few positive things to say about a team that finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2009. He was asked if the Steelers would consider using the franchise tag on an unrestricted free agent. "Very doubtful," Colbert told Steelers Digest. "When you're 8-8, don't think we have too many franchise players." That wasn't Colbert's only criticism of the Steelers' roster. "If we don't change a roster that produced 8-8, we'd be silly to expect a better result," Colbert said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Think he was done? Nope. Colbert was asked about the second-worst Steelers' offense since 1978. "Indicative of the talent we had at the position," he explained, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Aside from Ben Roethlisberger and Heath Miller, the Steelers' offensive players' numbers were down across the board. Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown saw their numbers decrease, and the Pittsburgh backfield never established any productive consistency aside from a few strong outings by Jonathan Dwyer. Look for the Steelers to attempt to bolster their offense this season through both the draft and free agency.