Kevin Colbert on free agent departures: 'We lost pieces from an 8-8 team'

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General manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin spoke to the media from the owner's meetings, which began Sunday in Phoenix.

Perhaps an overlooked piece of the recently re-worked Steelers roster was bluntly pointed out to the media by general manager Kevin Colbert from the owner's meetings in Phoenix Sunday.

As written by Alan Robinson of the Tribune-Review: "General manager Kevin Colbert all but shrugged off the departures of Wallace, Lewis and Mendenhall to free agency, saying, "You could also argue that we lost pieces from an 8-8 team."

Those losses may or may not be realized as negative aspects to a 2013 season that hasn't been played yet, but the message is clear enough, just like it was at the end of the 2012 season; 8-8 is not acceptable, and there are a lot of other players who finished 8-8 in Pittsburgh last year.

Does that suggest any other moves are coming? Maybe, maybe not, but Colbert's perspective is refreshing; if you continue doing what you are doing, you're going to continue to get the results you're getting.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was also in attendance, and interestingly mentioned the team "must add a running back," according to Robinson. Ahmad Bradshaw joined the list of possible free agent targets Sunday, although clearly there is still plenty of time left - even in this new-world Steelers free agency where players are signed quickly.


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