Steelers GM Search: The team selects from these six candidates after completing an interview process according to the report.


The Pittsburgh Steelers have completed a general manager interview and will select Kevin Colbert’s successor from a group of six candidates interviewed for a second round. according to that much Pittsburgh Post Gadget.

The following are the 6 candidates who went through the second interview. Four candidates were outsiders and two candidates are now at the club.

Brandon Hunt (Steelers Pro Scouting Coordinator)

Hunt, who was part of the Steelers’ scouting division when Pittsburgh won the 2005 Super Bowl, returned to the team in 2009 after spending two seasons in Texas.

Omar Khan, Vice President of Football and Business Management, Steelers

Khan, 44, has been with Steeles since 2001. The Steelers have won two Super Bowls and three AFC titles during Khan’s 21 years of running in the franchise.

Ryan Cowden (VP of Player Human Resources, Titans)

Cowden has spent the last six years with the Titans, securing the AFC’s number one seed heading into the postseason last season. He had spent the previous 16 years with the Panthers, and he won two NFC titles while in the franchise.

John Spytek, Vice President, Player Human Resources, Buccaneers

Spytek was instrumental in building the roster of Buccaneers who won the franchise’s second Super Bowl at the end of the 2020 season. Spytek, who spent his last six seasons at Tampa Bay, won the Super Bowl in 2015 as a Broncos employee. Spytek’s NFL experience also includes time with the Browns, Eagles and Lions. He was Tom Brady’s colleague at the University of Michigan from 1999 to 1902, where he played as a linebacker.

Doug Whaley (Former Bills Assistant GM and Director of Player Human Resources)

A native of Pittsburgh, Whaley spent 10 years as the Steelers’ Professional Human Resources Coordinator. During that time, Whale helped scout a few future defensive players, including Troy Polamalu, LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons.

Andy Weidl, Vice President, Player Human Resources, Eagles

Weidl has over 20 years of NFL scouting experience and is gearing up for his seventh season with the Eagles. He helped shape the Eagles’ roster, which won the franchise’s first Super Bowl title at the end of the 2017 season.

Whoever replaces Colbert will fill the big shoes. Upon arriving in Pittsburgh in 2000, Colbert helped build a roster that won two Super Bowls, three AFC Championships and ten division titles. The Steelers made 14 playoffs in Colbert’s 22 years with Pittsburgh. Their 18-season unbeaten streak is the longest in the NFL, so they have lost only one season.

Colbert’s replacement would require several urgent personnel decisions, including possible contract extensions for receiver Diontae Johnson and free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Steelers end their 2021 season in the playoffs after collecting a regular season record of 9-7. Pittsburgh’s offseason included Mitchell Trubiski’s free agent signing and the 20th overall pick of former Pitt’s quarterback Kenny Pickett. Both quarterbacks compete against Mason Rudolph as the team’s first-week starters.

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