Mr. Rooney, Does It Even Matter Anymore?

Owner Art Rooney II of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on prior to a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 22, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. - Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

The Steeler organization has been one of the most stable franchises in all of sports. Mainly because they don't make snap decisions or knee jerk reactions but there is something amiss in the 412.

Football isn't life or death, there are many things in life that have more significance, as should be, but for many of us the 3 hours that take place during a particular game provide a release from the day to day. Some of us are engulfed in everything Steeler related and maybe that has a negative side all to it's own, but without us fans, you don't have a franchise. What happens if the fans that buy the tickets, the hats, the jersey's and the concessions provided at the stadium, decide to boycott this Sunday's game.

Would you take notice? I'm sure you would because that cuts into your profits. I don't begrudge your inheritance or your family heritage that created your right as owner but I have to ask does it matter that your franchise is crumbling right in front of your eyes. Do you even see it? I'm sure you do because it isn't hard to see but then I ask, again, does it even matter?

Three coaches in the last 50+ years, all having their fair share of successes as well as failings. But there comes a time when a change has to be made. The words become stale, the play becomes stale and the product becomes unwatchable. The current Head Coach, one Mike Tomlin, is a great man and at one time I would say he was a leader of men but that has changed for me. The offense has been horrible for a while now even back when Ben Roethlisberger a HOF Quarterback couldn't make the current Offensive Coordinator's offense work. yet the current Head Coach continues to support this farce of an offense, failing to make the necessary changes. Thus the call for Head Coach #4.

Times are changing and the game has changed and you need coaches to think on the fly, think fast move faster. This doesn't seem to be a strong suit of this particular coaching staff. There was a rookie Head Coach with a rookie Quarterback that ripped your team apart on all facets of the game. I'm sure you seen that but in case you didn't the score was 30-6 and Pittsburgh had a whopping 225 yards of offense. The starting Quarterback was injured but that doesn't paint the entire picture. You see, the offense has been horrible for a while now, yes I know I mentioned that earlier but its worth mentioning again. It has been a bottom feeder for sometime now with no end in sight and there is one man that can make that change and he even said "there has to be changes" - but at this point talk is cheap and honestly stale, I mentioned that above as well. I think the only person listening to Mike Tomlin is Mike Tomlin.

The defense is run by whom? If it's the Head Coach, who has a background in the secondary, then why in the world have the team struggled to find talent or develop talent in that area. Should it not be a strength? In fairness it is a tough position to play in this league, who emphasizes offense. Still though if the basis of the defense is to get pressure, sacks and hits to create the chaos needed for the backend to make plays to mask the ineptness of covering the pass catchers. Is that all is to offer with in the defensive mind set. I love TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith is a solid player as well but you know, they get blocked sometimes and for as good as they are they lose their matchup on occasion. Or sometimes the offensive coordinator can scheme to minimize those efforts.

Jesus, I sound like Tomlin there.

Point is mediocre is mediocre and if that's what you are paying for then I guess you are in a win win situation. You are still making bank and you are satisfied with being average. If you still care, it's not too late to make a change, sometimes they are difficult but they are necessary. Trust me no one will ever accuse the Rooney's as being reactionary but there is a point in time when things need it. This is one of them because unfortunately your Head Coach won't make the correct choice. I love Tomlin as a person and I have been like a windshield wiper in terms of back and forth with him as a coach. I'm done defending him because we know nothing is going to change.

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