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Art Rooney II Talks Roethlisberger Contract, Worilds Situation In End Of The Season Talk

Pittsburgh Steelers team president Art Rooney II had his annual end-of-the-season talk with the media Wednesday morning and below are the talking points and answers that he covered with several members of the Pittsburgh media.

As usual, we didn’t learn anything worthy of stopping the presses, but at least we all will have something to write about for the next few days.

This Deflate-Gate stuff should make Super Bowl media day very entertaining.

It was a positive season when you consider that they won 11 games after two back-to-back seasons. However, we all know that the defense needs a lot of work and that the offense has to get better inside the red zone.

Keith Butler pretty much already addressed this. He threw the 4-3 thing out there as that is the sub package front they have used for years.

Per the tweet above, we all know that this defense has to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks and also has to improve quite a bit on first downs.

No, this shouldnt be an issue at all. He will cost a lot and the sooner this deal gets done the better.

Cameron Heyward really had an amazing season and while the rest of the defense wasn’t great, at least several of the younger players were able to get valuable playing experience.

This has been beaten to death already. Troy Polamalu and Brett Keisel are both currently under contract for 2015 while James Harrison is set to become an unrestricted free agent once again. There’s a good chance that all three have played their final games in Pittsburgh. we should know more about Polamalu and Keisel come early March.

Ideally they would like to have Ben Roethlisberger wrapped up by the start of the new league year in March. One could easily speculate that this won’t be a talking point by the time training camp rolls around.

Let’s continue to hope that Le’Veon Bell only gets one game and that the Steelers open up at home against a weak opponent.

If no deal gets done by March, Jason Worilds will be able to test free agency as an unrestricted free agent. I just can’t see him wearing another tag in 2015 even though they could be desperate.

TRANSLATION: In other words, we will just go with what Dick LeBeau has told the media and that is he resigned. We are never going to admit to telling him that he had to go.

I will believe the tag when I see it.

Only two ways to do this and that’s via free agency or the draft. Good corners are expensive if they are free agents and if you want one in the draft you better select one in the first three rounds.

Don’t expect the same amount of moves as last offseason, but they could be in good enough cap shape come March to make a run at one or two defensive players.

I agree with him here. They addressed the backup position last offseason and could once again this offseason. They knew LeGarrette Blount’s history when they signed him so they shouldn’t be surprised that things went the way they did with him in Pittsburgh.

Teams like to scuff up their own footballs so I doubt one team will want to use ones prepared by the other team. Sounds good in theory, I just don’t think it will happen. How about just hire a few people to keep control of them all on the sidelines? Or put a chip in them that will go off if they lose too much air.

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