Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Gives T Mike Adams A Post-Trial Vote Of Confidence

Last week, the three men accused of stabbing Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Mike Adams last summer were found not guilty of attempted murder as the defense attorneys managed to convince the jury that the former second-round draft pick’s version of what transpired early that morning wasn’t without question. While the jury might not have shown confidence in Adams’ side of the story, general manager Kevin Colbert said on Monday that he still has confidence in him as a player.

“I’ll say one thing, I’m just glad Mike Adams is a Steeler,” said Colbert to close out the pre draft press conference when asked if anything that happened during the trial in any way affected his standing with the organization.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin also gave the one word answer of, “no” in addition.

Adams was accused by the defense attorneys during the trial of being drunk and instigating the incident after bumping into one of the three men, causing him to drop his food.

Adams did admit to drinking that night during the trial and the defense convinced the jury that the Ohio State product had legitimate reasons to lie about the chain of events that led to him being stabbed in order to keep him in good graces with the Steelers because of his previous off-the-field problems that he had prior to being drafted.

It makes sense for Colbert to publicly stand behind his player and now it’s up to Adams to put the past behind and move forward with his career. 2014 is a very important season for Adams, who was benched last season after just four games after not playing well as the starting left tackle.

With new offensive line coach Mike Munchak now in Pittsburgh, Adams will be expected to make a huge strides this season in order to show the organization that he was worthy of taking a chance on.

  • treeher

    If he can’t break the starting lineup this year, he will be gone when his rookie contract expires.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Munch will expose this guy…for better or for worse. We’ll find out whether he belongs or he needs to get the boot rather quickly. The confidence is in Munch not Adams.

  • PA2AK

    true. i still have confidence in Adams though. take some toughness and dedication to play (poor) NFL level football that shortly after being stabbed like that.

  • Jacque Strappe

    Totally agree. I wonder what they’d do if Lewan fell to them at 15. And if they took him, how long the Adams leash was then.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Lots of questions about Adams, but he is a good RT in that he can run block very well. If he worked on his footwork and Munchack helps him develop a bit of a nasty streak, then he still has excellent potential. I would whisper in his ear, “Hey, kid, stay away from alcohol and weed for the most part, and use a little more healthy products and espresso shots. I wouldn’t mind if I see your eye twitch before games. Go get ’em!”

  • Smokin_Smiley

    he will be the starting left by beginning of season…beachum has good technique but is not big or strong enough..and adams found his in the off season

  • Paddy

    I think they finally have a OL coach that can get him to be good. Of course the last few OL coaches weren’t any good

  • walter mason

    Hopefully Adams is not finished. We need him.

  • Addison

    Put him at guard maybe if he’s a tackle bust?

  • Matt Manzo

    Without Munchak this would all suck!
    I do think that Adams could take RT from Gilbert. I’d say Gilbert and Beachum have just as much to prove.
    Gilbert, is he gonna improve? And can Beachum lock down the LT spot?
    At least we know Adams CAN play RT. (At least I think he can!)

  • Steve

    So did we expect Colbert and Tomlin to say anything else? With the three thugs getting off says that Adams was stabbed and he did start the problem and got the brunt end of what transpired. Now it is up to Adams to make it or break him and he looses his job.

  • steelster

    If Lewan is at 15 they should take him. Gilbert or Adams probably won’t be on the team in 2 years so they will have to draft a tackle. Might as well get a good one to protect ben. Ben goes down, so do the steelers.


    Yeah, agree with steelerster. Gilbert will be gone and Adams not too far behind unless he shows something this year. OT is still a need, and Lewan would be too good to pass on.


    Beachum has proven he’s dependable. I doubt Gilbert or Adams will unseat him at LT. They don’t have the work ethic.

  • nicolaisim

    Kugler was an excellent coach and he would still be our OL coach if he had not taken the head coaching job at his alma-mater.

  • Jacque Strappe

    I agree on Lewan if he was there. However, I’d disagree about Gilbert, I think I’d prefer him over Adams and it’s not close. I agree with the notion that this season will make or break Adams, but I’m also a believer that past performance is a wonderful indicator of future performance. And what Adams has put on tape is poor, to put it mildly. Sure, as an extra tightend he’s been solid, and if that’s what he’s hanging his hat on, I’ll pass. For the sake of the Steelers, I wish him well.

  • Jacque Strappe

    The skeptic in me wonders what else Colbert could say. “Sure, we are washing our hands of him, we gave him a shot, didn’t work out and I made a mistake with a critical 2nd round pick”. So, the company line will suffice.

  • Ellwood Davis

    I’m hoping that Munchack stays on both of them, and develops a work ethic in both of them,

  • MC

    Hope munch can work on this guy because i truly believe we’ve seen Gilberts ceiling which isn’t all that impressive for a secound round pick. Adams i feel still has a lot to show and has more potential than gilbert.

  • Paddy

    Says who? I think he was ordinary and was told to get out

  • joed32

    He took a job as a head coach at his college and that’s a step up in pay and in stature. He was not fired.