How long before Rooney lets Jarvis Jones become wasted talent? Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
If you are tired of hearing from Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark living in his delusional world of same old same old with lack of accountability, if you’re tired of hearing the same pathetic sound bytes from head coach Mike Tomlin, then things won’t get any better for you if you ever want to hear from the top dog, Art Rooney II.
As you can imagine, folks in the media (and even fans) are very curious what the Steelers owner-in-chief thinks about the state of this team now that it has gone to its first 0-4 start in 45 years. Rooney is apparently refusing a ‘real interview’ and instead sent this little nugget down to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
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.
Rooney can thank his PR department for that little write up. What? Did you really think he would take the time to write that three sentence piece of garbage to the media? I highly doubt he did. But if he did, that actually makes it even worse.
I admit that I agree for the most part with his thoughts on not getting too wrapped up in the last game. Those things have a way of eating at you from week to week if you let them. But should a team – coaching staff and players – worry about a clump of games and any glaring trends coming from those results? You bet your hairy yinzer rear end you do.
What really makes me want to puke with Rooney’s ‘statement’ is his lack of any accountability towards him or the team. He must be drinking the Ryan Clark kool-aid to think that just working hard week in and week out will bring positive results. The team is bad, the coaching worse, and the owner of the team thinks that working hard and playing with intensity just might be enough to overcome the craptacular play calling and college level (and sometimes middle school level) of execution. Excuse me while I dunk my head into my porcelain throne and hurl up my Chipotle burrito I just had for lunch.
You would like to think that through the last month and a half (because one should not discount the atrocious pre-season mess) the Steelers top brass would be fuming at how this football team is crumbling right before the city of Pittsburgh’s very eyes.
Eh well. That’s cool, Art. Keep playing hard. Draft poorly. Train poorly. Coach poorly. Execute poorly. Win 3 to 4 games a season. Rinse and repeat. Always repeat……