During an interview on a local radio station, Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos fired a shot at Ben Roethlisberger, calling into question his leadership skills.
“I feel like Peyton (Manning) is a far better leader, in terms of staying after practice, catching balls, wanting guys to get on the same page with him, things of that sort,” Sanders said.
There is no question about Manning’s unrivaled commitment and dedication to his teammates. Anyone who has ever played with Manning will attest to that fact.
Brandon Stokley, on the same station, would later reiterate the fact that Manning is different than the other quarterbacks he has played with in terms of his unparalleled leadership. “Nobody is in the same class as Peyton”, Stokley said. “Other quarterbacks are just not as available.” He would also go on to state that other quarterbacks he has played with would conveniently disappear after practice.
In Sanders’ defense, he did recognize Roethlisberger’s contribution to the Pittsburgh Steelers, calling him a “winner” and saying that “he has so much love for Ben.” But he did also insinuate that Roethlisberger took advantage of his position within the organization. To me, that is a euphemistic way of calling him lazy.
It is obvious that Sanders is enjoying his time so far in Denver, and he doesn’t appear to be shying away from picking fights with his former teammates. I, for one, am fully on board with his comments.
I think this team has been too soft for too long, and a little attitude will go a long ways to giving them a competitive advantage against some of the other, more brash teams in the NFL. Ehem, Seattle Seahawks, I’m looking at you.
I can’t confirm nor deny Sanders’ statements, but I have to believe coming from a former insider within the Steelers organization, there must be some merit to his assertion. Too bad the Broncos don’t play the Steelers this season.