As posted by ESPN, the Associated Press reports that yesterday the Steelers' General Manager Kevin Colbert spoke on many of the issues that Steeler Nation watched unfold throughout the team's mediocre 8-8 season. You can read the entire article here.

On personnel issues to be addressed in the off season, Colbert said:

"If we don't change 8-8, if we don't change the roster that produced 8-8, we'd be silly to expect a better result if we've got the same group of guys," he said. "We can't box ourselves in and limit what we potentially could do."

In what must be seen as a sharp rebuke from a normally staid speaking Colbert when asked about the Steelers' plans for its many impending free agents under a projected salary cap of $121 million, which the Steelers' current roster grossly exceeds, Colbert said: "When you're 8-8, I don't think we had too many franchise players."

It doesn't take an acolyte of the Steelers' salary cap wizard Omar Khan to realize that this comment could, and should, apply foremost to wide receiver Mike Wallace who, despite only missing one game this past season, nonetheless only mentally participated part-time in the fifteen games he dressed for in what should have been his showcase season before hitting the free agency market.

Colbert's words should also send a message to several of the highly paid players on both offense and defense that there are no sacred cows; it can be easily surmised that the Steelers are going to question the value they received this past season from such highly paid players as RG Willie Colon, OLBs James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley, and possibly even S Troy Polamalu. Each of these players missed considerable time due to injury, and this season was not the first time for any of them doing so.

These words also portend a harsh reality check for many of the younger Steelers coming off their rookie contracts; for the team to improve its record next season while getting itself under the salary cap, these players are going to have to have realistic expectations if they want to continue to be members of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Colbert went on to say on this topic that no position was "off limits" as to what positions the Steelers might look for in the upcoming draft. The article speculated that this could include a serious investment in a backup quarterback.