LATROBE, General Manager Kevin Colbert said today that the fact that he did not extend his contract this summer with coach Mike Tomlin is a reflection of a personal family decision.
"I sign a contract by May 2020," said Colbert. "When I made my last extension, it was with the understanding that when we reached the end of this extension, if we were still hired that we would most likely move forward, we would approach it year after year. This was a personal request on my part, and I am very grateful that Art (Rooney II) agrees with that because exactly where I and my family are in my life. We want to take these decisions for a year in a year from now on.
The story of Steelers recently extended both Tomlin's and Colbert's contracts when they arrived within two years after the end of their current deals. On the basis of this schedule, both men had to extend their contracts, NFL contracts for coaches from season to season, and contacts with general managers who passed from project to project.
And when that did not happen to Colbert along with Tomlin this summer, questions were asked.
"I am grateful that Art accepted (the request came out year after year) and did not change anything we do in terms of preparation," said Colbert. "My schedule this year is as busy as it did in the past year in terms of college, college, college, game games ̵
While the lack of expansion for the general manager this summer drew attention to the problem, Colbert said," This is not something that just happened last week. When I made the last extension, it was done with the understanding that at the end of this I would like to do year by year. That's where we are in our lives. I am 62. From a personal point of view, there I am, my wife and my family. And indeed, that's all.
"I still love what I do, and while I still love what I do, I see how I keep doing it, but we just want to do it year after year." Work on an annual basis may sound ominous when it comes to an organization like Steelers, which boasts stability, but Colbert says it works on a regular basis. "No, (there is no plan for inheritance) because we did not think we were here except the fact that we would like to make a decision at the right time," said Colbert. "It's not like all the plans. Nothing like that. Our meetings are the same as they have always been. My schedule is exactly as it has always been. "And whatever happens, I will never leave the organization unprepared, that's the best way to say it. We do everything as if everything goes on. "
And Colbert made it clear that he must be counted among those who are extremely pleased that Tomlin's contract was extended just before the start of this training camp.
"Coach Tomlin is 125-66-1. He is 1: 1 in Super Bowles. He never had a lost season. Mike Tomlin is a great NFL coach and anyone who claims he does not pay attention to the facts, "said Colbert. "The facts are there, and I am very blessed to work with coach Tomlin, Rowney, and as Mike a part of what goes forward for me is meaningless." Colbert was asked about his goal for 2019.