During the first four seasons of his career, receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught passes from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and each season, Sanders' statistics got just a little bit better. But now that Sanders is with the Broncos and working with Peyton Manning, he understands what he believes to be a stark difference in the quarterbacks' leadership skills.
Explain yourself, please.
“I feel like Peyton 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 told 104.3 The Fan in Denver, via PFT.
“This is the first time that I've had a quarterback that every single day after practice -- no matter what his accolades, NFL MVP, Super Bowl ring -- he keeps guys like me and [rookie receiver Cody] Latimer after practice. . . . He's not one of those guys you've got to chase down. He's going to be right in the same spot, ready to work, every single day. I just feel like that's a difference from a mental standpoint.”
But before you think this is a rip job on Roethlisberger (well, it's a rip job, but it's not really a TOTAL rip job), Sanders clarified his feelings for Roethlisberger.
“I've got so much love for Ben,” Sanders said. “At the same time, I'm not going to lie. I'm happy to be part of this organization and happy that Peyton is my quarterback.”
Fair enough, but if we're talking about Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, we have to go to the tale of the tape. And as you know, Roethlisberger has two Super Bowl rings, while Manning only owns one.