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Steelers GM: Rooney far from 'meddlesome, dictating'

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert doesn't agree that his boss, team owner and president Art Rooney II, is engaged in meddlesome behavior.

Rooney was criticized after he chose not to renew the contract of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, reportedly against the wishes of coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

"Art Rooney obviously is the owner of the team and the president of the team," Colbert told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week. "Of course he's going to be in the loop on every decision as any chief operating officer would be of any corporation. I think to say he is meddlesome or dictating every decision I think is very inaccurate.

"A lot of decisions are made around here with a collective effort and, in our end, when we're talking about players, it's a collective effort between myself, coach Tomlin and Art, and that's the way we do business."

Arians has moved on to take an offensive coordinator role with the Indianapolis Colts, while the Steelers recently hired ex-Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley.

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