Tag:Dan Rooney
Posted on: June 8, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 5:07 pm

Hot Routes 6.8.11: Way back in Saints history

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The lockout isn’t all bad. For Bills assistant coach Dave Wannstedt, who spent the last six years as the head coach at Pitt, it’s a chance to catch up with what’s been going on in the NFL since he’s been gone.
  • If you were interested in knowing which 10 assistant coaches could have a shot at landing a head coaching job soon, CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco has you covered.
  • If CBSSports.com’s Chuck Finder had his druthers, Steelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney would be in the negotiating room helping to end the lockout.
  • Rams LB James Laurinaitis wishes people would stop saying nasty things about his former coach at Ohio State, Jim Tressell. "The fact that he's being vilified as some liar and backstabber and stuff," Laurinaitis told NFL.com. "That guy is about as genuine a person as you can meet. I've seen him be a father figure to plenty of players ... To see him get portrayed as the ultimate fake guy is disheartening."
  • Eric Crouch? Not giving up on the idea of playing pro football. He’s trying out for the UFL this week.
  • The NFL.com’s Albert Breer gives a good breakdown of how and why the players and owners suddenly have more motivation to get a labor deal done (pssst, probably because some people are saying that a lost season would cost the NFL $1 billion).

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:21 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 8:35 pm

Dan Rooney will return to Ireland as ambassador

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For those hoping (praying?) for Steelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney to get involved in the NFL labor dispute (he’s been a voice of reason in the past), don’t hold your breath.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rooney plans to keep his job as the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland for another year.

Obviously, he’ll stay out of the labor talks, but he said he’s happy with the role that his son, Art, has played on the owners’ executive committee.

"Art's involved," Dan Rooney told the paper. "He knows what he's doing."

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:10 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 7:36 pm

Hot Routes 6.3.11: Cooley is a Jerky Boy?

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • I hate to keep talking about zany members of the Washington organization, but this story about Chris Cooley's prank-call love is just too good to pass up. Apparently, Cooley spent the offseason playing jokes and jokes and jokes on people via the phone. Via Andrew Sharp of SB Nation, Cooley went on Rich Eisen's podcast and told stories about pranks he likes to pull. He called Carson Palmer, he claims, and pretended to be John Elway and told him, "Listen, I hate Tim Tebow. I want you. I want you out here in Denver." And then he called Elway and pretended to be Carson and then he called John Fox ... and, well, it really doesn't sound like it can be true. But either way, it's enjoyable.

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 12:09 am

NFLPA and owners supposed to meet this week

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Might we see a thaw in the labor relations between the NFLPA and the NFL owners this week? Could be, because, according to Pro Football Talk, union executive director DeMaurice Smith is set to meet with the league in the next few days.

The meeting is much-needed, because the relationship between owners and the union has grown rather nasty lately, especially through the Twitter pages on both sides.

But Steelers owner Dan Rooney made an interesting comment last weekend, saying he was opposed to an 18-game schedule – a centerpiece of what the owners want – while Falcons owner Arthur Blank told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the NFLPA needs to find the same energy to negotiate that the owners have.

Meanwhile, the NY Times featured Smith on Sunday and revealed that he’s been telling his players that they need to prepare for war.

I’m sure Smith and the NFL will have plenty to talk about this week. Hopefully, something gets done.

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Posted on: January 23, 2011 1:27 pm

Hot Routes 1.23.11: De Smith will fight you

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Here’s an interesting feature in the NY Times on NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. He doesn’t mind taking on a fight apparently.
  • Pro Football Talk thinks Steelers owner Dan Rooney NEEDS to be involved in the labor negotiations.

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:30 pm

Rooney still not fond of 18-game schedule

Posted by Andy Benoit

Leave it to Dan Rooney to throw some common sense into an asinine state of affairs. The Steelers icon recently returned from Ireland (he’s the U.S. Ambassador there) and continued to voice his objection to the possibility of an 18-game season. The league is pushing for two additional regular season games because it would mean more revenue for the owners.

“I would rather not have the money,” Rooney told Judy Batista of the New York Times. He also complained about the slow pace of labor negotiations, saying, “The negotiators should get it together.”

Unfortunately, neither Dan nor Art Rooney are amongst the negotiators this time. They’ve be heavily involved in past CBA talks, but Dan has more important things to do in Ireland and Art, who now runs the Steelers, is essentially chosen to sit this one out.

This just means there will be one less voice in the owners’ room bringing up risks like injury, watered down quality of play and overexposure to fans that come along with an 18-game regular season.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 10:44 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 10:46 am

Hot Routes 8.24.10: Get out of the press box!

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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-A Giants press box attendant asked Steelers icon Dan Rooney to leave because Rooney’s pass was only valid for the owner’s box . The press box attendant apparently didn’t know it was Dan Rooney. (No excuse, though: any half-witted attendant should know that whoever is important enough to get an owner’s box pass is more than important enough to be in the press box.) Rooney graciously left.

-Of the Jets’ “Big Four” – D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis and David Harris – it looks like Harris will be the odd man out for a new contract this season. The uncapped year’s 30 percent rule appears to be part of the problem. Harris will make less than $1 million this season.

-According to the Boston Herald , OG Logan Mankins doesn’t spend money. Which means he doesn’t have to worry about lost wages if he doesn’t play this year for the Patriots. Which is looking like a real possibility.

-Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is averaging more than twice as many more yards per carry this preseason than new acquisition Thomas Jones (7 yards to 3.1), but Charles isn’t worried about the stats at this point in the preseason.

-All offseason we’ve been writing about how the Bears don’t have enough quality pass-blockers to execute Mike Martz’s system . It’s only the preseason, but because this proves our point, we’ll remind everyone that Jay Cutler was sacked five times against the Raiders Saturday night.

-Brian Urlacher has a calf injury, but it doesn’t appear to be at all serious .

-The Ravens are upbeat about how Ed Reed’s rehab from hip surgery is going . Some somewhat good news on Sergio Kindle – Baltimore expects him in town by the end of the week .

 -Dallas rookie WR Dez Bryant isn’t scheduled to return in the preseason, but he’s still on track to start the season opener Sept. 12. After suffering a high ankle sprain, he’s lost about 10 pounds.

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