by Cesar Tordesillas
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger laments that his team has deteriorated to become one of the worst teams in the NFL.
The Steelers lost to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, and are now in its first 0-4 start since 1968. They are one of four teams to approach October without a win.
"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," said Roethlisberger.
The only quarterback in NFL history to win his first 13 starts, Roethlisberger was a two-time Super Bowl champion before the age of 28. Now in his 10th year, Roethlisberger finds himself facing the prospect of the first losing season of his career.
"I take pride in winning football games more than any numbers," Roethlisberger said. "That's what I've based my career on so far, wins and losses, so it definitely stings. It's painful to lose games because I'll put it on myself."
Roethlisberger said he hasn't sensed that any of his teammates have lost belief that the Steelers still have time and the right personnel to turn around their season.
"Obviously we're down, we're disappointed," Roethlisberger said. "It hurts but I don't think our confidence is low."
The Steelers front office is also trying to address the situation and has acquired Levi Brown from Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a conditional late-round draft pick.
Brown is expected to take over the left tackle post from Mike Adams, who has struggled to protect Roethlisberger's blind side.