Two time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger says his Pittsburgh Steelers are the worst team in the NFL this season. The quarterback has led his team to three Super Bowls, winning two. The Steelers are 0-4 in 2013, however.
The team is off to its worst record since 1968, and the quarterback believes the old saying, "you are what your record says you are," according to NBC Sports. Roethlisberger believes the team is in "uncharted territory, and the water is dangerous."
"Right now you could say we're the worst team in the league," the quarterback told Associated Press. "That hurts."
According to the NBC article, other teams might claim the same title of "worst" in the NFL, as they have also started off 0-4: Tampa Bay; Jacksonville and the New York Giants. (The Giants won the Super Bowl two seasons ago.) After the Steelers' latest loss, coach Mike Tomlin said he will soon get rid of any players who don't play with "belief and effort."
Ben Roethlisberger blames himself for two turnovers in Sunday's game. He promises he will do his best in coming weeks, however.
Yahoo Sports reported the Steelers' latest loss was for an international audience in London Sunday, 34-27. In three of the four seasons from 2008-2011 the Steelers lost only four games all season.
In the team's latest game, Roethlisberger completed 36 of 51 passes for 383 yards and a touchdown. One of his turnovers, however, was a fumble in the red zone in the final minute, when the team had a chance to tie the game and force overtime.
Yahoo Sports reported that in addition to turnovers by the quarterback, the team's offensive line has been bad this season. The team was playing without center Maukrice Pouncey, who has a torn MCL and ACL in his knee. The team also no longer has linebacker James Harrison and receiver Mike Wallace--both of which went to other teams after becoming free agents.
NFL.com reported the quarterback says he is a competitor, and he "doesn't like" the current situation.
"I just have to hope and believe we can turn it around, because we have to believe that we can still be a part of something special," Roethlisberger commented. He said anyone who does not believe that does not need to "be on this team."