The Pittsburgh Steelers already appear to be out of the playoff picture as they hit their midseason point. Sitting at 2-6, the franchise that routinely is in the playoff mix and typically contending for Super Bowl titles is closer to the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft than they are to a playoff appearance.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said after the team’s most recent loss to the New England Patriots that the one thing he wanted to see moving forward was for Pittsburgh to keep battling and not quit on the season:
“If anybody’s ready to quit, then they need to get off this train because I’m going to keep it moving and I think everyone feels the same way,” Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan. “You know you’re not going to get any quit from me, and I’m going to make sure no one else does.”
Roethlisberger threw 400 yards with four touchdowns last week against the Patriots, and while he did throw two picks in the game, it was still his best performance of the season. He’ll need to play better to keep his teammates motivated enough to take his words seriously, but it’s nice to see Big Ben being a leader , even when the season seems lost.