Art Rooney II Thinks Good Things Will Come If Hard Work Continues

Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II issued a short statement Tuesday to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette following the team’s 0-4 start.

In a football season you can’t worry about your last game, or your last four games. The team has to focus on the next opponent and do what is necessary to improve each week of the season. If we continue to work hard and play with intensity, good things will come.

Not exactly ‘Win one for the Gipper’, is it?

While it is hard to read too much into such a short statement, the use of the word “continue” could give one the notion that Rooney isn’t totally turned off by the effort he’s seen over the course of the last four weeks.

Rooney is careful not to point any fingers at his front office or coaches, but at the same time there’s certainly no pats on the back, either.

You can’t blame the paper for asking Rooney for an interview, afterall it’s been 45 years since the Steelers last started a season 0-4 and that’s worthy of some sort a response. As Ed Bouchette points out in his report, Rooney was in high school the year that happened.

Rooney’s statement is merely a few words to put off the media until the season is over. However, should the Steelers continue their losing streak, you can bet he will be asked to comment once again. Should that happen, a 51 word bland statement won’t suffice.

What, if anything, do you read into Rooney’s statement?

  • Jazz

    My perception from that clip was this; Art II is acknowledging that he has a young team, not a talented team, and understands there are some players starting at various positions for the first time. Definitely a Class Act Interview; however, it still doesn’t excuse the lack of talent on the O/L, the Secondary, and the depth on that team. He sounds to be optimistic for the team, that’s good, I’m not.

  • steeltown

    I think he’s being careful with his words.. knowing the Team is getting younger and also older at certain positions.. and im certain he’s not pleased, not pleased with the effort of a few players and the gumption of a few coaches

    In the end, besides the poor drafting in regards to OLine prospects, we are in that transition period that we all knew was coming, we knew it would take a couple yrs to transition from that SB Team that they tried to keep together. It was a nice notion and almost worked 3SB appearances in 6yrs.. but all things must end, this season is still young and not all is lost but if you face the facts then you see straight and we are clearly right in the thick of that transition…. more of that to come as we lose other players like Foote, Keisel, Clark and eventually Ike and Polamalu

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I think he wants to see the season on the whole before he makes any rash thoughts.

  • Callentown

    There’s not much he CAN say. The team is clearly lacking in multiple areas – maybe most of all now is confidence.

    Rooney is answering the question while quietly urging his team on.

  • treeher

    I never thought I’d say this, but since we’re in transition mode, we will be drafting high and will need the dollars to sign the talent. Maybe now’s the time to dangle Ben as trade bait. Yes, he’s the franchise, but if the team around him can’t get us there, then his talent and salary are being wasted. Indianapolis might serve as a model for what we should do.

  • Doni609

    Rooney II needs help; he seems to have gotten the impression that he can leave the team on ‘cruise control’ and everything will work out. With Colbert and Tomlin at the wheel and everything else on cruise control we’ve already run off the road and into the ditch. Time for some new drivers as this wreck is catching fire.

  • Bob Graff

    A good football starts in the trenches. Problem is we stink there. LACK OF TALENT , POOR COACHING , POOR DRAFTING AND WORST TRYING TO MISLEAD YOUR FANS PRETENDING THAT THE SOLUTION. IS INTACT. Sorry but the players that will lead the Steelers into the future aren’t on the roster yet.