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Old 01-17-2012, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default Rooney: Steelers face "tough" salary cap decisions

This from the P-G this afternoon


The Steelers must make some "tough decisions" in the coming weeks as they tackle what club president Art Rooney said is "probably as big an issue as we've had to face" regarding the salary cap.

The Steelers are about $25 million over a salary cap expected to be around $124 million per team next season and must erase that excess by March 13. That obviously could involve some of their older and more recognized players but Rooney would not speculate on whether certain players, such as Hines Ward and James Farrior, would return in 2012....


Rooney, in a candid 30-minute interview this afternoon, touched on a number of subjects, some of which have not been broached previously.

Among them:

-- Ben Roethlisberger needs to take fewer sacks as he turns 30.

-- Rooney said that a few coaches also are considering retirement, but would not say which ones.

-- As for some of the negatives: "We need to take fewer sacks,'' need to be more consistent on offense, need to do better than No. 21 in scoring, need to come up with more sacks and turnovers on defense.


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12017/1204097-100.stm

I might hope that Arians is "considering" retirement but that is just a dream unless AJR II "encourages" BA to spend more well deserved time with his family
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:12 PM   #2
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Default Re: Rooney: Steelers face "tough" salary cap decisions

One good thing is he made signing Mike Wallace to a long term deal sound like one of their top priorities.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:17 PM   #3
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Default Re: Rooney: Steelers face "tough" salary cap decisions

Looks like some one finally realizes how important it is to protect the QB.
Time to make room for some young blood.
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Default Re: Rooney: Steelers face "tough" salary cap decisions

i think its safe to say kirby wilson may need a year of treatment and grafts. wasnt he the lead "in house" successor if arians called it quits?

so did rooney really say we need to score more points, or be more efficient in scoring? because in bruce arians mind theres a big difference between the 2.
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Default Re: Rooney: Steelers face "tough" salary cap decisions

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One good thing is he made signing Mike Wallace to a long term deal sound like one of their top priorities.
Steelers have never broke the bank for a wideout, i don't see them changing now.
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i think its safe to say kirby wilson may need a year of treatment and grafts. wasnt he the lead "in house" successor if arians called it quits?

so did rooney really say we need to score more points, or be more efficient in scoring? because in bruce arians mind theres a big difference between the 2.
Rooney just realized they cant win with being 21st in offense lol
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Default Re: Rooney: Steelers face "tough" salary cap decisions

He called the Steelers' 29-23 loss on the first play of overtime in the wildcard playoff game at Denver "the worst ending to a playoff game" he has experienced. He said, however, that injuries were not to blame.

Rooney been around a long time, i find it hard to believe this was the worse ending he has ever seen in a playoff game.....Hmmm
Maybe he really is thinking change!
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Default Re: Rooney: Steelers face "tough" salary cap decisions

some pretty tough and strong words from the usually evasive Rooney. Nice interview. Some thoughts i took away from it.

- take "fewer sacks". That could mean anything from new, stronger faces on the line to Ben locking down in the pocket like Brady and perfecting the slant pass (which goes into the coaching staff - and feeds into the new modern offenses).

-making Wallace a top priority....i think they'll have a go at signing him but i think they'll stop short of backing up 10 Brink's trucks which i'm guessing his agent will be pushing for. Should be interesting.

-we may finally see the likes of Farrior, Foote, Aaron Smith, Hines, etc go, which i'm all for.

-Even though LeBeau has mentioned coming back, i'm guessing he's at least thinking of the retirement

-the "no sacks" and "no turnover's" was nice to hear him mention. He must feel very strong about this. That one drove me crazy, especially the "no sacks" the last part of the year. They're not going to tolerate that.

-And the biggest thing, since he hinted at it more than once, was the low-scoring offense. It's a new league now, not your dad's league anymore, and the Steelers must be a part of it. I'll bet Tomlin is completely having to go to bat for Arians at this point.....sounds like Rooney is none too pleased and although he doesn't mention it specifically, you can bet Arians is not his favorite guy right now.
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Looks like some one finally realizes how important it is to protect the QB.
Time to make room for some young blood.
"Take fewer sacks" is not for the OL, it's for Ben. The OL doesn't take sacks.

I like what I hear from Rooney. Let's hope Arians wants to retire and nobody asks him to stay.
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Default Re: Rooney: Steelers face "tough" salary cap decisions

This - combined with the fact that Lebeau's return was made definite, but not anyone else's - bodes well for those of us hoping and praying for Arians' departure. Other than Mitchell, who else has contemplated retirement? Arians. That's it, so far as I know.

Bolstering our hopes is the by-now well-understood fact that you cannot take fewer sacks in a Bruce Arians offense. His numbers since 2007: 47, 49, 50, 43 and 42. And the scoring ranking was a direct jab at Bruce. No other way to read it.

There is hope.
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