On a typically blustery mid-January day in Pittsburgh, very atypical winds of change were swirling around the Steelers' offices at 3400 South Water St. on the South Side.

Making two dozen references to an 8-8 record he called "unacceptable" and "disappointing," general manager Kevin Colbert said the Steelers will rework some contracts and terminate others to create enough salary cap space to begin meaningful change.

"You make decisions to sustain or make decisions to change," Colbert said Wednesday during a half-hour interview. "This year we have to make decisions to change."

To not change, Colbert said, would be an open invitation to more mediocrity.

"When you're 12-4 and a playoff team, sometimes you get mesmerized by your success and are a little reluctant to change," Colbert said. "If we don't change the roster that produced 8-8, we should expect the same. It would be silly to expect a better result with the same group of guys."