The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to build on last year’s surprise playoff appearance.
However, they will no longer proceed with longtime general manager Kevin Colbert.
The longtime front office executive retired following the 2022 NFL Draft after 12 years as general manager.
He started in Pittsburgh in 2000 as director of football operations.
Subsequently, he became Managing Director in 2010 and also became Vice President in 2016.
During his tenure, he helped the Steelers win Super Bowls XL and XLIII.
Now that he’s making way for another GM, the drafting of Kenny Pickett, George Pickens, DeMarvin Leal and Calvin Austin is his parting gift for the Steelers.
Meanwhile, the Steelers also provided an update on their general manager search.
the #Steels are bringing in Doug Whaley this week for a second interview for their GM job, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 9, 2022
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweeted that the team was bringing in Doug Whaley for a second interview for the vacancy.
Mike Garafolo announced a few days ago that Ryan Cowden of the Tennessee Titans and John Spytek of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would also be interviewed.
A quick review of Whaley’s front office move
Whaley worked as the Steelers’ professional personnel coordinator for ten years before becoming the Buffalo Bills’ general manager.
He worked with Colbert during his time in Pittsburgh and helped scout franchise stalwarts LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons and Troy Polamalu.
Then, he transferred to Buffalo in 2010 as assistant general manager and director of professional personnel.
He became chief executive after his predecessor, Buddy Nix, resigned in 2013.
He was let go in 2017 after that year’s NFL Draft.
Whaley then joined the XFL as senior vice president of football operations.
In November 2021, the 49-year-old executive was rehired as the league’s senior vice president of player personnel.
Whaley is also a lifer from Pittsburgh, having attended high school in Upper St. Clair and attended college at the University of Pittsburgh.