Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he is aware what is the chatter among fans and he is all good with that since he admits he hasn't played well enough over recent weeks. Roethlisberger, 38, has had a couple of bad games and the Steelers have now lost three games in a row.
Roethlisberger's poor performance have led to some believing that the quarterback is washed and done in the NFL. Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl champion and six-time Pro Bowler, acknowledged that he can can only blame himself for being in this position.
"I don't blame them," Roethlisberger said, per ESPN. "When you play like poo, you should get talked about like that. I need to play better. If I'm not giving them a reason to talk good, then I'm giving them a reason to talk bad.
That's all on me. I need to play better." Roethlisberger played great at the beginning of the season as the Steelers won their opening 11 games. On Monday Night Football, the Steelers suffered their most disappointing loss of the season as the Cincinnati Bengals claimed a shock 27-17 win over Pittsburgh.
"Truthfully, at the end of the day, that's my determining factor if I play well or not, is are we winning the football game?" Roethlisberger said. "That's all that matters to me. Am I not completing enough passes, am I getting us in the right play call? There's a myriad of issues, in my opinion, that aren't helping us win the game and it can be something different all the time."
Roethlisberger hard on himself
Roethlisberger went 20-of-38 for 170 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a loss to the Bengals. Roethlisberger didn't make enough good plays on Monday Night Football and his team paid the ultimate price by losing the game.
"I just haven't played well enough to help us win a football game, because at the end of the day, that's all that really matters," Roethlisberger noted. On Wednesday, Roethlisberger called a players-only meeting for the offense but the team's three-game losing streak wasn't the only factor that led to him making that move.
"Just wanted guys to understand and reiterate how important this time of year is and the playoffs aren't guaranteed to anybody," Roethlisberger said. "It wasn't a players-only panic meeting. Make sure people keep writing that. This was a meeting that we felt was necessary moving forward going into the postseason."