OTAs season is here and much of my thoughts drift back to what was going on before last year’s OTAs. For some odd reason things feel the same and I do not know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I do not feel good but I have a little hope.
Last year GM Kevin Colbert had this to say in the Gazette:
General manager Kevin Colbert said it is difficult and not very practical for a coordinator to make wholesale changes when the team has been largely successful. He equated Haley's arrival to when Mike Tomlin replaced Bill Cowher as head coach in 2007 and inherited one of the best defenses in the league. "I think any coach coming into a situation, just as Mike did when we were a 3-4 team, he looked at what we did and how we did it and decided maybe he wants to add his personal touches," Colbert said. "But, for the most part, [the defense] hasn't changed. "So, it's hard to come in and drastically change your philosophy because of the group of players that you have. You can't overhaul a whole roster. Nor are we looking to because this group of players has been very successful."
It felt like at times over the past year if Colbert stated a reasonable possible action for the Steelers, you would almost be sure that it would not happen.
This sentiment sounded reasonable; so, I guess in hindsight you had to know it was doomed. Looking back on last season this may have been a sign that not everyone in the front office was on the same page on how to precede post Arians. Looking ahead there is hope that 2013 will not be like 2012.
At this year’s recent owners’ meeting Coach Tomlin had this to say:
On using more zone blocking schemes with new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr.: "We'll lean on the strength of our guys. It's something we're going to explore. But we're not going to move too far from what the guys are capable of doing."
I read this has the coach saying "Ah… got burned by a complete overhaul. My history says this is not how I roll. Thought hints were dropped. The policy is any system we will go with be to the strength of the unit not the strength of the coach."
Many people have said that they will be looking at particular players during the OTA’a. I am just hoping that the offense is not giving of a same @$#@ different day vibe. To be fair people are going to have to wait until the fall to get an idea of how this will play out. Coach Tomlin has laid out the page. Let’s see if everyone gets on it.