Colbert: Steelers' offense is progressing
The Steelers are off until July 25, when players report to St. Vincent College in Latrobe for training camp. The Tribune-Review caught up with general manager Kevin Colbert at the end of offseason practices, and he weighed in on the new offense and the situation at left tackle.
• Tribune-Review: From what you observed during offseason practices, did players make good progress as far as picking up the new offense?
• Kevin Colbert: I'm not listening to what's being said intimately after a play. There's not a lot of physical errors I guess is the best way to say it: new offense, people learning about the offense and coaches learning about people, I think there will be some mistakes. I think that's just part of the growing process. It's way too early to tell, but visibly I didn't see a lot of mistakes or corrections being made, no more than usual.
• Trib: Did anyone stand out to you?
• KC: I think we were pleasantly surprised (with rookie) Kelvin Beachum and his versatility. I think he'll be able to play guard and tackle, and some day he might be able to play center. He's a versatile, very intelligent kid. He was a left tackle at SMU. He's probably a little undersized for tackle in the NFL, but he's got the arm length and the feet. Whether he can do it at this level, who knows? But he's athletic enough to play guard, and I think he's smart enough to play center someday. I think (Leonard) Pope gives us some stability at the tight end position from a veteran standpoint.
• Trib: Is there a backup plan if Mike Adams isn't ready to play left tackle, and if so, does that plan include Max Starks?
• KC: We're monitoring (Starks') health, we'll see how he develops, but Max is coming off a serious injury, and his readiness we don't know yet. We won't know until you get closer to camp and he's had more rehab.
• Trib: Do you feel like this team can be a Super Bowl contender?
• KC: I have no idea. You don't know what kind of team you've got until it starts to unfold because you don't know the competition. We have one focus right now, and that's to beat Denver. Beyond that, none of us know, and we won't know until we get through it. Right now it's let's get ready for Denver.
Scott Brown is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.