Steelers Meet With Surprising Candidate for GM Opening

The Pittsburgh Steelers are meeting with a surprising candidate for their general manager opening.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are meeting with a surprising candidate for their general manager opening. / Gary Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

As the current football offseason continues, so does the Pittsburgh Steelers' search for their next general manager now that Kevin Colbert has stepped down following the 2022 NFL Draft.

The Steelers' search is narrowing as they've reached the second interview stage of the process. One surprising candidate that's getting his own second interview with the team is former Buffalo Bills GM and current XFL executive Doug Whaley, according to NFL Network's Tim Pelissero.

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Pelissero also added that VPs of player personnel Ryan Cowden (Tennessee Titans) and John Spytek (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) are two other candidates to receive second interviews.

Whaley is someone with previous ties to the Steelers. He previously worked under Colbert for 10 years as a pro personnel coordinator and played a role in the scouting of fan favorites, such as Troy Polamalu and Lamarr Woodley

After his time with the Steelers came to a close, Whaley joined the Buffalo Bills as the assistant GM for three years before being promoted to general manager in 2013. Although he didn't win anything with the Bills, he was the person who hired Sean McDermott as their head coach.

Regardless of who the Steelers go with, they need a general manager that can help them turn the franchise around after four consecutive seasons with a playoff victory.

With the way things are shaping up, it's looking like Pittsburgh may not even get a chance to win a postseason game next season. The Steelers are favored to miss the 2022-23 NFL playoffs at -380 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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