The Pittsburgh Steelers have been busy since their 2013 campaign came to an end. Between firing their offensive line coach, signing players to Reserve/Futures Contracts, and the typical end of season evaluation process, it has been a constant flow of activity. That activity was again visible today with some news from ownership coming out of the headquarters.Art Rooney II met with members of the media to discuss a multitude of topics. While there were few specifics, this meeting seemed to have a more upbeat to than that of the past two seasons. An incredible fact, considering that an 8-8 record will not cut it in Pittsburgh.
Rooney seemed to be excited about the potential for the 2014 campaign, mentioning the hope that the improvements in the offense over the second have of 2013 would continue into next year. There is good reason for the optimism, as the offense that the Steelers employed late in the season was finally the dynamic attack that the team has been searching for over the past few years. Most importantly, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger finally seemed to embrace getting rid of the ball and protecting himself, something that should prolong his career.
Which leads to another topic covered by Rooney, a possible extension for Roethlisberger. While Rooney does not see it happening this offseason, he does expect to get one done at some point, allowing Roethlisberger to finish his career with the organization. Fans should not panic if it does not happen this season, although it was not mentioned in the session at length, the teams salary cap situation may preclude any major moves. Yes, they are possible, but, they may be difficult.
On the topic of salary, Rooney would not go into any detail about the future of linebacker LaMarr Woodley, and quickly appeared to change the subject. That lack of support would appear to be a precursor to a move that many fans are already expecting.
The biggest news that came from this media session is the fact the organization has notified the league that they will appeal any further penalties handed down by the league because of the Mike Tomlin sideline incident against the Baltimore Ravens. According to Rooney, the infraction should be considered in the past and the league should have moved on, which they should have.
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