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LarryNJ
01-15-2010, 07:35 AM
You'd expect nothing less than a Rooney saying all the right things. They have a way of doing things and they are going to stick with them. I like the fact that he's not worried about the pass/run ratio but being able to run when you need to. If you run when you need to the ratio will certainly change.


Many share the frustration over an inconsistent Steelers running game this season; Steelers president Art Rooney II has done something about it.

He talked to coach Mike Tomlin about changing the Steelers' philosophy about the run, and they agreed it will be a point of emphasis heading into the 2010 season.

"I think Mike and I certainly agreed coming off the season that we need to run the ball more consistently to get to where we want to get to," Rooney told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette yesterday. "So that's part of the thinking in the offseason: We need to figure out how to get better running the football."

Rooney said his coach has conveyed that to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. "Mike has talked to Bruce about that."

The Steelers ran only 42.2 percent of the time in 2009, although their 112.1 yards a game were nearly seven more than their Super Bowl season of 2008. However, Rooney's point is not so much those statistics, but the inconsistency throughout the season.

"We have to get back to being able to run the football when we need to run the football, and being able to run more consistently than we have in the past season," he said.

That is one reason, he said, they changed offensive line coaches. Mike Tomlin hired Sean Kugler, who most recently served with the Buffalo Bills, to replace the fired Larry Zierlein, although Rooney said that "there's no one person you can put it on."

As for the many reports that the front office tried to get Tomlin to fire Arians, Rooney said, "Not true."

"I never went to Mike and said we have to fire Bruce," Rooney said. "Mike never came to me and said we have to keep Bruce under any circumstances. We talked about every member of the staff. Mike was comfortable that we needed to make some changes, but that wasn't a change we need to make. And I'm certainly comfortable with that. I think we've had good success under Bruce.

"There was never any tug of war, 'Let's fire Bruce' or anything like that. It's one of those things: There are certain positions that take the heat in any season that goes wrong and offensive coordinators are always fair game, and Bruce knows that."

Rooney said he is satisfied with the job Tomlin has done over the past three years, although he thought the final three games of the 2009 season were crucial both to the coach and the organization after a troubling five-game losing streak.

"It was a rough stretch, it was very disappointing," Rooney said of the losing streak. "It basically cost us a chance to defend the title.

"If you look at the positive side of it, I did think that it was important we turned it around, finished the season winning three straight. I think it showed our guys still had fight in them and that Mike still had the ability to get them ready for games."

Rooney and Tomlin have had long talks since the season ended Jan. 3 in Miami with a third consecutive victory that left the Steelers 9-7 but losing all the tiebreakers to make the playoffs.

"I think that was important for the organization and it was important for Mike to show everybody that he's the kind of coach who is not going to lose his team and [who will] keep them in the right direction all the way down to the end," said Rooney.

"I think we learned something about Mike, and what we learned I think is positive for the future."

Tomlin has since fired several coaches.

"I'm certainly satisfied with Mike's approach after the season," Rooney said. "He wasn't just sitting there and saying we were just dismissed. He was upset, he wanted to make changes, he wanted to talk about what we could do to get better. As far as I was concerned, he had the exact right attitude for what we needed to do."

There will be no large makeover, no rebuilding job this year.

"I don't think we're in a blow-it-up, start-over mode," Rooney said.

"We feel like we still have a very good nucleus of a good football team and a good coaching staff -- and making some changes -- but I don't think we're looking to do anything drastic. We're sticking with the program."

The Steelers' president said management's age-old philosophy regarding the pursuit of players in free agency and in the draft will not change, even if 2010 proves to be an uncapped year and spending freely becomes permitted.

"We'll approach it similar to what we have in the past," Rooney said. "In terms of committing the amount of dollars it will take to put a good team on the field, we're prepared to do that and we will do that. But we've never believed in just throwing a lot of money at a roster; I think it's been proven there's no magic to it. You still have to build your team the way you've always built your team, and that's how we'll approach it."

Rooney acknowledged that the team's defense is showing age, but expressed optimism that younger players on the roster will begin to contribute there.

He believes the Steelers will contend for a Super Bowl in the 2010 season.

"I don't see any reason why we can't be a contender," he said. "We certainly felt like going down the stretch here, winning those last three games, that if we had gotten into the playoffs we were a team that could have won some games.

"So we're going into next year with the thought that we're a contender, and we're going to do what we need to do to put ourselves in position to, No. 1, win the division and go from there. Same approach we always had."

On Tomlin:

"I think we learned something about Mike, and what we learned I think is positive for the future."

On Arians:

"I never went to Mike and said we have to fire Bruce. ... There was never any tug of war, 'Let's fire Bruce.'"

On An Uncapped 2010:

"We've never believed in just throwing a lot of money at a roster; I think it's been proven there's no magic to it."

On Super Bowl XLV:
"I don't see any reason why we can't be a contender. We certainly felt like going down the stretch [this season]."



Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10015/1028435-66.stm#ixzz0cgB0kUzb

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10015/1028435-66.stm

lloydfan4life
01-15-2010, 08:44 AM
Good article.
It's nice to read some of the 'behind the scenes' stuff that we always have to wonder about.
I, for one, trust the Rooney family..... and I'm excited for the 2010 season!

Scorp
01-15-2010, 08:46 AM
Steelers will be back in a major way. Great read, great read.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-15-2010, 09:20 AM
You have to love the Rooney's philosophy; run the football and play good defense and special teams. That's a formula for winning that has been proven time and time again. We've got the weapons to pass the ball, so they can't stray too far to the other side of the pendulum. We'll never be 3 yds and a cloud of dust again, and I have no problems with that at all, but we need balance in the worst way. If you can't run the ball consistently, teams will figure that out and make you one dimensional. We found that out in the redzone all year long; and we paid the price by having to always throw it. The championship teams can run and pass the ball.

SteelCityKid5
01-15-2010, 11:11 AM
A step in the right direction!

andyg1984
01-15-2010, 12:16 PM
i don't think mendy is the type of back that can get those necessary two or three but has the ability to make big plays, Legarette Blount is worth a shot imo in a big way ..

tat2
01-15-2010, 12:48 PM
this makes my day!

xxxsteelernation
01-15-2010, 12:55 PM
with running the ball, the steeler style, we need a dan kreider type fullback to lead the way.

andyg1984
01-15-2010, 01:25 PM
these days, imo, fullbacks do not really justify a spot unless they are exceptional... TE can fill in and are often better blockers , or even better for the gl, Cody !!!

ejsteeler
01-15-2010, 02:05 PM
Good article.
It's nice to read some of the 'behind the scenes' stuff that we always have to wonder about.
I, for one, trust the Rooney family..... and I'm excited for the 2010 season!

:plus1: :cope:

jcloss23
01-15-2010, 02:12 PM
rooneys make the steelers the contenders they are! best owners in football!

LatrobePA
01-15-2010, 03:04 PM
rooneys make the steelers the contenders they are! best owners in football!

Yes and their lousy *** OC makes them a non-play off team!

Blazedby92
01-15-2010, 03:15 PM
Your funny Latrobe, no matter what thread your on you always throw in how bad BA is

LarryNJ
01-15-2010, 04:14 PM
It won't be long before someone slams Tomlin too! :lol:

LatrobePA
01-15-2010, 04:50 PM
Your funny Latrobe, no matter what thread your on you always throw in how bad BA is

Just :stirpot: dude! lol

Stlrs4Life
01-15-2010, 08:45 PM
Good read, fully agree with Rooney.

jcloss23
01-15-2010, 11:52 PM
Yes and their lousy *** OC makes them a non-play off team!

haha, ive heard this so much but i still love it! hofully the raiders fire cable and make BA the head coach!!! lol, not happening this year:(

Zachintosh66
01-16-2010, 12:26 AM
It won't be long before someone slams Tomlin too! :lol:

They were after the Browns game... they were calling for his head!

BlacknGold Bleeder
01-16-2010, 03:20 AM
Article was a good read...:stirpot: After all the rumors going around that there was a difference of opinion on BA...but what else would ya expect them to say??? Oh we really wanted BA gone but we let Tomlin have his way.

My question is IF it played out more like my second scenario, where they let Tomlin have his way and he talked them into letting BA stay... Does that put Tomlin's head on the chopping block?? He going into what 4th year of 5 year contract...usually when ya want to start talking contract extension with a coach...:stirpot:

DIESELMAN
01-16-2010, 08:41 AM
My question is IF it played out more like my second scenario, where they let Tomlin have his way and he talked them into letting BA stay... Does that put Tomlin's head on the chopping block?? He going into what 4th year of 5 year contract...usually when ya want to start talking contract extension with a coach...:stirpot:
Tomlin and BA had a "talk" after the season, to discuss BA's future. They agreed to have BA make some philosophical changes in his game planning. Now this article comes out, basically confirming that. So if BA agrees to the changes but reverts back to his play calling of this past year, I'm thinking there is going to be more then just "talk" after next season.

Lunchbucket
01-16-2010, 01:42 PM
It's pretty basic, to make teams respect play action,you must run the ball effectively.Running also eats up clock,gives our defense a breather,and complements a very exciting passing game. The Rooneys are wise enough to recognize this need for balance

NCSteeler
01-17-2010, 04:51 AM
Art II in the papers again today, http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10017/1028890-66.stm

Not that I don't agree with everything he has said so far, but does anyone think he is talking a bit to much for a Rooney??? Ownership is usually very mum on the team and gameplan type stuff.

Iron City South
01-17-2010, 10:57 PM
I just hope part of the plan to run the ball better includes a FB and power formations.

One of Arians biggest mistakes was when he stood in front of the masses and proudly announced that his offense didn't have a FB on the roster.

ejsteeler
01-18-2010, 10:36 AM
I just hope part of the plan to run the ball better includes a FB and power formations.

One of Arians biggest mistakes was when he stood in front of the masses and proudly announced that his offense didn't have a FB on the roster.

:plus1:

Mach1
01-19-2010, 02:46 AM
Why have a fullback when you have a 4000yd qb and two 1000yd receivers :hide:

NCSteeler
01-19-2010, 06:18 AM
Why have a fullback when you have a 4000yd qb and two 1000yd receivers :hide:


To line up wide or let pick up blitzes.:yellowthumb:

JensK
01-19-2010, 10:36 AM
To line up wide or let pick up blitzes.:yellowthumb:

Or ware down the defenses.. Or become less predictable.. Or Or Or.. there are plenty of good reasons to have a FB who can block.

coldrolled
01-19-2010, 11:59 AM
Why have a fullback when you have a 4000yd qb and two 1000yd receivers :hide:

So we can win a super bowl and make the playoffs.

Not end up like the Eagles every year. One yard short.

Lunchbucket
01-19-2010, 12:37 PM
Balance on offense opens up the entire field,a stud fullback is a componet of that balance.Red zone and finishing the 4th quarter problems need an effective running game. BC took the air out of the ball this way .We need the running game as the Closer.

Mach1
01-19-2010, 04:23 PM
We need a running game to help control the game and the clock, especially in the 4th.

Zachintosh66
01-19-2010, 04:34 PM
We need the Defense to stop someone in the 4th so our offense doesnt have to match score for score...

andyg1984
01-19-2010, 05:06 PM
backup TE's are fullbacks these days .. besides, cody is the most forceful thing there is in the draft when it comes to goal line blocking ..

if you have an exceptional fullback that is one thing, but the role of fullback in today's NFL has been reduced to the point to where guys who would formerly considered beasts are not even willing to give the position a shot ...

don't get me wrong, my fave all time was the bus, but the concept of steeler football as many are referring to is over - not only on our team but in the entire league ..

if we want to run we should start w/ a center .. FB seems like a luxury given personell