As YouWager bettors watch the 2013 NFL football wagering season unfold, one of the more unpleasant surprises this year has been the Pittsburgh Steelers. After a very disappointing season that was packed with injuries in 2012, fans were hoping the Pittsburgh Steelers would be fighting hard to bounce back this year. But so far, the Steelers are off to their worst start in 45 years, with four losses in a row. When his team fell 34-27 to the Minnesota Vikings, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn’t sugar-coat his first responses when the press asked him questions after the game. He even dared to rate his team, among his competitors, in the National Football League.
“Right now,” Roethlisberger told a YouWager news source, “you could say we’re the worst team in the league. That hurts.”
‘Big Ben’ did not look so big out there on the field when he got sacked 5 times. Minnesota’s Jared Allen was Roethlisberger’s worst nightmare. Roethlisberger, as online sportsbook bettors will remember, in his better days, won two Super Bowls with the Steelers. Now, he says, this is the lowest point in his pro football career.
As they rest and prepare for the New York Jets, Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh’s head coach, has let the team know that heads could roll. Jobs are on the line. Tomlin sounded calm as he downplayed this, telling YouWager’s source, “I have great patience. The team will work to get better. As long as I see belief and effort and we continue to improve, that’s what’s going to change the outcome of these games. If I don’t, [they] ain’t going to be a part of it, whoever it may be. It’s that simple.”
Roethlisberger did not exclude himself from his criticism. He said, “Yeah, I’d start with myself. We have to hold ourselves accountable.” The quarterback only completed 36 of his 51 passes, for 383 yards and one touchdown. Roethleisberger also had a fumble and one interception in his last game. It was not a good day. He described it this way to YouWager’s source: “I’m thinking just try to do anything you can to get rid of the ball, throw it away, do something, and I couldn’t manage to get it out. I’m holding it out like a loaf of bread because I’m trying not to just take it to the ground. They got it out late. Even if I’d held on to it, I don’t know if we would have had enough time.”
Roethlisberger complemented the newer players on his side of the ball, pointing out that some of them managed to find ways to perform. He said, “I felt like we made good strides on offense. It’s just hard to say that and to feel very good about yourself after a loss.”
No one is defending the defense.
The “Steel Curtain,” Pittsburgh’s notorious defense, once a mighty force in the NFL, surrendered almost 400 yards without forcing a single turnover. Pittsburgh still had one of the more effective defensive units in the NFL last season. But this defense has aged. How did the Steel Curtain get so rusty? The infamous defense that was so tough, once upon a time, that the NFL had to change the rules to give other teams a chance? The Steelers only managed to go 8-8 in the 2012 season, missing the playoffs, and they slid into the third place slot in this division. If their start is any indication, it could easily happen all over again.
Trying to put a positive spin on his public statement, Roethlesberger told YouWager’s source, “We are in uncharted territory, and the water is dangerous right now. It stings. I have to hope and believe we can turn it around.”