As a life-long Steeler Fan, I have come to understand very clearly that the "Pittsburgh" way is to never over-react to any situation. For all of his benefits, I have also come to realize that Kevin Colbert does not place much of a focus on Offensive Line.
Remember when the steelers were a mediocre team with an incredible offensive line? You know, Bam Morris, Barry Foster, Jerome Bettis, etc... We fans would just sit and wish the Steelers had someone, anyone, who was a great position player and quarterback. The one constant in Pittsburgh over the years has been the stellar offensive line. The other constant since 1984 was a lack of highly skilled position players.
Well, what a 180 degree turnaround we have experienced. After signing their all-pro quarterback to over $100 million, they put a group of sandbags in front of him, as if a pass rush was no better than rising water. Their release of Max Starks and Flozell Adams, and giving Colon a new contract are all head-scratchers. The running game no longer seems the focus, with the justification that the line just can't handle that...Well No kidding. They can't block long enough to let a receiver get 10 yards down field. What a shame too, because we finally have a great selection of skill players. None of which can excel from their backside.
This started with the loss of Alan Faneca. He was as good at his position at that time as any player, but they wouldn't give him a decent deal. Now, the steelers face the prospect of being a non-playoff team with arguably their best collection of skill players since the Bradshaw days, but no one to protect them. No doubt their will be no urgency from the Front Office to admit their mistakes, or to go find an offensive lineman who can keep the quarterback upright or open a hole for a running back.
This all started with Alan Faneca, and will not end until the Steeler's renew their focus on having a stellar line, not has-been's and never-will-be's. Until then we will all get to see the $100 million man getting beat like a drum on the Grambling Sideline.