The list of contracts handed out to offensive lineman under the Colbert/Tomlin tenure is embarressing.
Sean Mahan (released 2 year in)
Kendall Simmons (release 2 years in)
The "Starks Fiasco" - Transition Tag - Franchise Tag - 4-year/$26 million contract (released 2 year in)
Kemoeatu (released 2 year in)
Willie Colon (renegotiated AND released)
And we've had two missed playoffs and two embarrassing first round playoff exits too. All during the "prime" of a top-5 franchise quarterback.
You can look at it glass half full or glass half empty.
I think this organization has missed out on some success because of poor front office decisions the last 5 years. Good players can cover up some bad decisions. And a great quarterback can cover up more. Never said we were bad across the board.
Just said the offensive line and the decisions on who get money and when has been pretty piss poor.
And Cowher won early with Noll's players.
When they left Cowher didn't win either.
Then Dan Rooney pulled rank and saved Cowher from drafting Shawn Andrews in 2004.
Cowher's biggest problem was the QB situation for all those years. That was no secret.
Tomlin said we squashed grapes in 2012, but will work to drink the wine in our future endeavors.
Not funny at all. It's fact.
6 years in a row in the playoffs.
The Noll players began to leave and they couldn't win, 4 of 6 years at home with two 10 loss seasons and a 9 loss in that time span.
Then #7 showed up, and saved Bill Cowher's ***.
Cowher had his share of clunkers in the draft.