PITTSBURGH (AP) Art Rooney isn't much on crystal balls. So forgive the Pittsburgh Steelers president if he's not ready to enthusiastically endorse the oddsmakers' optimism that his team is a favorite to make it to next season's Super Bowl. Last he checked, there were a good 365-plus days ahead of kickoff in Houston.
Still, Rooney is bullish on what he sees heading into 2016. Considering the seemingly relentless series of injuries to its offensive stars Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Maurkice Pouncey, the Steelers overcame to earn a second straight wild-card berth while coming within an late letdown in Denver of a spot in the AFC title game, it's kind of hard to blame him.
"I do think the direction of the team is a positive one," Rooney said Thursday.