Steelers President Art Rooney II met with a few reporters today for about a 20 minute interview and discussed many different subjects about the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 season and beyond.
Rooney stated that as far as he is concerned the Steelers should be in the playoffs and that he was happy with the job head coach Mike Tomlin did keeping his team together after an 0-4 start,leading the team to an 8-8 record and 6-2 over the last half of the season.
Rooney also spoke on how he is excited for the 2014 season and how “The arrow is pointing up” with the emergence of many young players including running back Le’Veon Bell.
Rooney says he is satisfied with GM Kevin Colbert and his drafts and feels the roster has a lot of young players to build on.
He also spoke on Ben Roethlisberger and was pleased with his performance in 2013.
Rooney said Roethlisberger is aware the Steelers want him to be a Steeler through this contract and beyond but would not commit to a contract extension happening anytime soon. Roethlisberger’s contract runs through 2015.
When asked about the future of Mike Tomlin’s coaching staff Rooney had this to say according to By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Rooney : “Mike is still going through the process.’’ Tomlin continued to meet with players individually in his “exit” interviews today and has not yet met with his coaches. He did fire offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. on Friday.
Rooney also said that the Steelers have informed the NFL that if there is more penalties for the Mike Tomlin sideline incident in Baltimore that the Steelers will appeal.
To read more on the Rooney interview follow these two links …Rooney discusses Steelers, Tomlin; is excited for team’s future Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Steelers’ Rooney prepared for offseason of change By Alan Robinson