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Dan Rooney expected to return to Steelers in 2012

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Dan Rooney’s run as ambassador to Ireland is expected to come to an end this year.

Steelers club president Art Rooney told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he expects his father to step down from his ambassador position and re-join the Steelers in some capacity in 2012.

Art Rooney spoke at length about a number of issues, stressing the team needed to improve their scoring on offense and create more turnovers and sacks on defense.

Rooney also mentioned that Ben Roethlisberger needs to take less sacks as he approaches age 30. The offensive line has been a problem spot for Pittsburgh for too long and it sounds like the organization recognizes they need to do more about it.

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9 Responses to “Dan Rooney expected to return to Steelers in 2012”
  1. cacaw420 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:48 PM

    look how cute all the little Rooneys are huddled around the president and first lady!

  2. sixburghkilla says: Jan 17, 2012 4:52 PM

    I’ve complained about consistent scoring for years now. Hopefully they finally do something about it. With the talent on that offense, there’s no reason the Steelers shouldn’t be putting up 30 points per game.

  3. marvsleezy says: Jan 17, 2012 4:53 PM

    Isnt he too old to be involved with the day to day operations of the team?

  4. earthtopft says: Jan 17, 2012 4:55 PM

    Dan will take on the role of Statler, alongside Waldorf in the Steeler’s owners box.

  5. cliverush says: Jan 17, 2012 5:12 PM

    The Rooneys are the first family of the NFL.

  6. jakpsu1 says: Jan 17, 2012 7:04 PM

    It’s about time they finally address the OL. Other then Faneca, they haven’t had a consitently great OL since Dermonti Dawson. Pouncey is on his way, but needs to stay healthy. Hopefully they address the CB to, that cost them their last two playoff games.

  7. backindasaddle says: Jan 17, 2012 8:01 PM

    Is that Don King in heels?

  8. manzoa says: Jan 17, 2012 8:58 PM

    Steelers need to use first pick in draft on a great interior lineman..DeCastro or Cordy Glenn would look good in gold and black ..2nd pick another interior lineman or DB or ILB. Gilbert can play RT assuming Colon is healthy and lasts more than 1 game .

  9. gnutella0 says: Jan 18, 2012 12:04 AM

    I see Art Rooney’s statements as an ultimatum to both the offensive line and Ben Roethlisberger. Part of it involves Roethlisberger not bringing as many sacks upon himself — he’s improved in this regard, but he can still improve more — but it mainly requires a long-overdue upgrading of the Gs. The Steelers have arguably the worst pair of Gs in the NFL, and it ruins the entire line. Maurkice Pouncey is a good C, but his effectiveness is reduced by the garbage that lines up on both sides of him. The Steelers haven’t had a quality G since Alan Faneca left. Even the “pick-six” in Super Bowl XLV was directly the result of poor execution by one of the Gs. And if we expect Roethlisberger to be a better pocket passer, then giving him a reliable pocket to step up in would go a long way. There’s a reason why Tom Brady and Drew Brees are so good at stepping up in the pocket: because they both have a reliable pocket thanks to the pair of stud Gs in front of them.

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