Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 32

Thread: Rooney wants Steelers to run more

          
   
   
    Bookmark and Share
  1. #1
    LarryNJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    South Jersey
    Posts
    4,852

    Rooney wants Steelers to run more

    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...#ixzz0cgB0kUzb

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10015/1028435-66.stm
    "When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself."
    -Wayne Dyer

  2. #2
    lloydfan4life's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    York, Pennsylvania
    Posts
    4,195
    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!


    "Here's an idea! Don't worry about sports and run the ****ing country!!!" - PsychoWard to Obama

  3. #3
    Your Brother In Christ Scorp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Fresno, California
    Posts
    8,792
    My Mood
    Love
    Steelers will be back in a major way. Great read, great read.

  4. #4
    BlitzburghRockCity's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Central PA.
    Posts
    54,683
    My Mood
    Curmudgeon
    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.

  5. #5
    Starter SteelCityKid5's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Central PA
    Posts
    1,319
    A step in the right direction!

  6. #6
    Starter
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    1,017
    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 ..

  7. #7
    Rookie Free Agent tat2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Fayetteville, NC
    Posts
    115
    this makes my day!
    Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis has just left the building!

  8. #8
    Draft Pick xxxsteelernation's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    pittsburgh
    Posts
    412

    runnin with the steelers

    with running the ball, the steeler style, we need a dan kreider type fullback to lead the way.

  9. #9
    Starter
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    1,017
    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 !!!
    Last edited by andyg1984; 01-15-2010 at 01:30 PM.

  10. #10
    STEELER NATION RULES
    ejsteeler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    3,811
    My Mood
    Clowns
    Quote Originally Posted by lloydfan4life View Post
    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!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Why Mrs. Swiss Hates the Steelers..
    By swissvale72 in forum Steelers Talk
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 05-16-2011, 08:35 AM
  2. *** Latest in Steelers Ownership Restructure **
    By Koopa in forum Steelers Talk
    Replies: 128
    Last Post: 03-23-2009, 08:48 PM
  3. The Gospel / Week #3
    By Iron City South in forum Steelers Talk
    Replies: 115
    Last Post: 09-23-2007, 11:27 AM
  4. Spreading the GOSPEL: Steelers vs. Ravens Breakdown
    By Iron City South in forum Steelers Talk
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 11-25-2006, 12:37 PM
  5. Pre Game Report - Steelers vs Falcons (Wk. 7)
    By House of Steel in forum Steelers Talk
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 10-20-2006, 01:23 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •