“I understand that people are wondering how we’re going to be after losing the guys we lost,” Clark said. “But I have a lot of faith in us. I trust our general manager, Kevin Colbert, and I trust the Rooney family. They’ve been successful for as long as they have because they have a system and they stick to it. The Steelers are not a free-agency team, we’re a draft team. And I have a lot of confidence that we’re going to be able to replace those guys with players we’ve drafted and developed.”
Clark really likes what the Steelers did in the draft.
“The way I look at our draft, every pick was exactly where we needed to go,” Clark said. “We got the best pass rusher in the nation the last two years. We got a good young running back. We got another receiver. And we got a highly-rated safety (Syracuse’s 5-foot 9-inch Shamarko Thomas, taken 111th overall in the fourth round) who I think would have gone a lot higher except for his size.”
Like Clark, I also believe the Steelers will be just fine this season. They may have lost James Harrison and Mike Wallace, but they’ll figure out a way to win without both players. They always do.
The AFC is still weak as a conference and as long as Ben Roethlisberger is under center in Pittsburgh, they’ll be a contender.