'Frustrated' Rooney Supports Tomlin, Haley

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'Frustrated' Rooney Supports Tomlin, Haley
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Making his first public comments since the end of the NFL regular season, Steelers President Art Rooney II characterized his team’s 8-8 finish as frustrating, but he said he had no issues with the jobs Coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley did in 2012. “It was clearly a frustrating season, mostly because we had so many opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of,” said Rooney. “It was one of those seasons when a play here or a play there would have made a difference in a lot of those games. So you keep running through that in your mind, and that’s what makes it frustrating – to be here watching teams (in the playoffs) you think you might be as good as. Not to oversimplify it, clearly one statistic that stands out as a problem was turnover ratio. If you look at the playoffs, teams that are on the negative side of the turnover ratio are not in the playoffs. It’s really as simple as that. That was an area on both sides of the football where we fell short, and certainly it’s something we can improve upon and something we need to improve upon.”

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