Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger claimed he would do everything he could to get his team back on the winning track after a Week 14 loss. The Steelers, who started the season 11-0, lost to the Washington Football Team last Monday, before losing to the Buffalo Bills 26-15 this past Sunday.
"If I don't play good enough football, then I need to hang it up," Roethlisberger acknowledged after the game, per ESPN. "I still feel like I can do enough things to help this team win football games, and I'll do everything I can to get us back on track."
After the loss, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged that the team has got to find ways to have a more balanced offense and spend more time on the field. "We have to win more possession downs and thus possess the ball more and give us more opportunities," coach Tomlin said, explaining why the Steelers didn't stretch the field more.
"The more snaps you get, the more opportunities you get to make some of the dynamic plays you suggested. It starts first with staying on schedule and possessing the ball, and we are not doing enough of that right now. That makes some of the other discussions more troublesome."
Roethlisberger admits he hasn't been good enough
"We need to look in the mirror, and it starts with me," Roethlisberger said. "I need to play better football because the ball is in my hands every single play.
When it's in my hands, I need to make the best decision. Right now, I'm not playing good enough football to win." The Steelers are still enjoying one of the best records in the NFL and Roethlisberger insists there is no need to panic.
The Steelers will be hoping to bounce back when they meet the Cincinnati Bengals, who are on a five-game losing streak. "We've lost two," Roethlisberger said. "We're facing some adversity. We're not hitting the panic button.
Offensively, we're not very good. Right now, we're not playing good football, and that starts with me. So we all need to look in the mirror. It starts with me and understand that we all need to be better. I think that we will be.
"I think this is a team that's got a lot of resilience and that is resilient and understands what it takes to win football games and understands what time of year it is and that the way that we're playing right now is unacceptable."