Art Rooney: NFL will review Rooney Rule, could consider expanding it


Giants' John Mara wants to see Rooney Rule in effect for assistant hires

With Roethlisberger out, the Steelers started Rudolph in eight games and undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges in six others.

Currently, there are four head coaches of color in the NFL - Rivera, Flores, the Chargers' Anthony Lynn and Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin - and Miami's Chris Grier is the only GM of color.

"We'll look at a lot of different things", Rooney responded. "But at least we had our chance and maybe with a little more stability at the quarterback position we could have gone a little farther". As for 2020, Rooney offered something specific.

Roethlisberger missed all but six quarters in the 2019 season after suffering an elbow injury that required surgery to fix. Rooney praised the two-time Super Bowl winner's attitude and doesn't believe the team needs to bring in a veteran backup as a precaution should Roethlisberger's comeback hit a snag.

But the Steelers remain hopeful he can return to play at his 2018 level, when he led the National Football League in passing yards and set career highs in touchdown passes with 34.

But there were obviously issues, from two injuries, including a season-ending shoulder issue, and the incident in Cleveland that resulted in him being fined for his part in an on-field brawl and the fallout from that.

"Hopefully it was something, what's the old story, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger?" "He had an unusual season", Rooney said. "I think we're all pretty comfortable with Mason coming back as our backup and continuing to develop".

To help speed up the process, the Steelers hired Matt Canada as quarterbacks coach on Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a fairly extensive list of free agents to deal with when the league year starts. The Steelers spent the last two years without an official quarterbacks coach after promoting Randy Fichtner to offensive coordinator in 2018. "There is a lot of pieces that we have to look at, and we have a lot of work to do that".

The Pittsburgh Steelers still have work to do to keep general manager Kevin Colbert in town, but it sounds like progress is being made. There may be an opening at wide receivers coach.

Mara recently suggested an expansion of the Rooney Rule to include not only head coaching jobs but also certain important assistant assignments that become the pathway to running a team. Rooney isn't concerned about history repeating itself.

"I think we need to look at what's happening really at all the levels of our coaching positions and understand what's happening", Rooney said. "This time past year, we made some changes to the Rooney Rule and we required the interview to come from somebody outside the organization because we didn't it to be an internal situation where somebody down the hall was called down to the office for an interview". One player on the list in a rather unique position is linebacker Ryan Shazier. "He's here every day working out". I think it was an experience for him ...

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