Steelers slipped to 0-4 after loss at Wembley against Vikings.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has admitted that it is “painful to lose” and he is disappointed that his side are still winless.
The Steelers suffered their first 0-4 start to a season since 1968 after their 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley on Sunday, with their quarterback also picking up an injury.
Roethlisberger wore a sleeve on his right index finger on Tuesday, but it is understood that the partial dislocation he sustained isn’t serious.
However, what irks the 31-year-old more is the fact that the Steelers haven’t been able to get a win on the board, and he admitted that he was standing by his assessment of the franchise being one of the worst teams in the NFL.
“I don’t think that’s a far stretch,” Roethlisberger said according to ESPN.
“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.”
Pittsburgh are one of four teams entering October without a win to their name, and Roethlisberger admits that he takes more pride in wins rather than individual numbers, and it is “painful” to lose games.
“I take pride in winning football games more than any numbers,” he added. “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.”
Nevertheless, he will have a bye week to fully recover from his injury while the Steelers will look to get on track and avoid a losing season.
The team will reconvene for practice on Tuesday and Wednesday before being given four days off for the bye week.
They will then return on Monday to begin preparations for their clash with the New York Jets on October 13, and Roethlisberger has insisted that while the record hurts, he doesn’t think that the team’s confidence is low.