Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney II Talks, But Is Anyone Listening?

By Jeff Hartman
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Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers team president, Art Rooney II, broke his silence as he entertained a 20 minute interview with a handful of Steelers beat writers where he discussed everything from Ben Roethlisberger‘s contract extension, the NFL and their officiating problems, and his thoughts on the future of the team, amongst other topics as well.

When reading the interview, I can’t help but close my eyes and read the words and think that you would hear these same words spoken by fans around Steelers fan clubs and sports bars across the globe. You heard responses like, “We want Ben Roethlisberger to finish his career in Pittsburgh.” “The defense gave up too many big plays and struggled to stop the run.” “We should be in the playoffs.”

Someone tell me where among those quotes there is any insight into the ongoings of the organization and any bits of information, or even anything that is news worthy. I couldn’t see any either. Those words are words spoken by the average fan and probably just like many people reading this article.

Granted, Rooney has the president status, which gives him just a little more clout than the average fan, but if you ask me what the most important information Rooney gave fans in regards to where the team was headed, it wasn’t in what he said, but rather in what he didn’t say.

When asked about Lamarr Woodley and other player contracts, Rooney declined comment. To me, that says that the Steelers are more than willing to make the appropriate moves to make this team better, and if that means letting a player like Woodley walk, then so be it. By not hanging his words on individual players, Rooney is keeping the door open for showing several players the door in attempt to clean up the team and make the product better for the future.

Rooney also declined any talks of assistant coaches’ careers with the team, stating that Mike Tomlin has not met with all of the players yet, and once he does the exit meetings with the players, the coaching staff will be evaluated. Although some moves have already been made in Jack Bicknell Jr. being fired, it shows that no one is safe in terms of job security.

Ultimately, I find myself simply asking if I care what Rooney has to say or not. After all, he isn’t the one calling the plays, drafting players, or even scouting talent. He is simply a figure head with an opinion on the team, just like any average Steeler fan. I wouldn’t put too much stock into anything he says in an interview, as nothing is ever really revealed.

For the Steelers, it is business as usual and the real news will come this offseason when the roster finally begins to change.

Jeff Hartman covers the Pittsburgh Steelers for RantSports.com and  also contributes for the Penguins and Pirates. Follow him on  Twitter @BnGBlitz and add him on Google+.

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