Four weeks into the season and the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ situation looks grim — real grim. Most recently losing to the also then-winless Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh began to face the reality that they very well could be labeled as the worst team in the NFL.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said after the fourth loss that his Steelers could be the “worst team in the league,” and that it “hurts” to think of such a horrific reality.
“We are in uncharted territory, and the water is dangerous right now,” he said. “It stings. I have to hope and believe we can turn it around. That’s the approach I’m going to take this week and next week. I’m going to do the best I can to lead these guys and let them see how I go about my job.”
Tuesday, Roethlisberger was asked if what he said on Sunday after the game was a bit of a stretch.
“I don’t think that’s a far stretch. If you look at records, which I’m always a big believer of — wins and losses, not numbers — then record-wise we’re one of the worst teams in the NFL.”
Is Big Ben right on with this assumption? Are the Steelers really that bad?
Well, first things first: The Jacksonville Jaguars are the worst team in the league — period. But, beyond them, the Steelers could be next up.
The biggest problem with Pittsburgh is that they have ranked nearly dead last both in the run game and against the run. If you cannot run the ball, nor stop the run, that is an issue and teams will take notice. Roethlisberger can’t do it on his own. He lost Mike Wallace, his number one target. Whether or not he’s performing well with the Miami Dolphins at the moment, that loss hurts the Steelers.
Roethlisberger is a guy that can make plays, as he’s continued to show all season. But, without a run game or a defense that can hold opponents, the Steelers become one-dimensional. That’s something Pittsburgh is not equipped to be, therefore they are without a win. So, is the quarterback right? Not exactly, but he’s not too far off.