Art Rooney II issues statement on team's 0-4 start

Jared Wickerham

In lieu of an interview request made by the Post-Gazette, Steelers president Art Rooney II gave a statement of avoiding the rear-view mirror.

Steelers president Art Rooney II noted the importance of looking forward over the course of a season, a statement he issued to the Post-Gazette after the publication requested an interview.

That statement read, as published by the Post-Gazette Wednesday:

"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."

The Steelers are looking to boost the level of hard work, intensity and its overall protection. A source told ESPN Tuesday the team will start Kelvin Beachum at left tackle over Mike Adams starting in Week 6 against the New York Jets.

Adams has struggled in four games this season, and while the rest of hte offense has made noticeable improvements, Adams has not.

The team will practice Wednesday, then it has four days off before returning after the bye week to prepare for the Jets.

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