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Old 08-14-2014, 04:08 AM   #1
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Default Roethlisberger reacts to ex-Steeler Sanders' claim

By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As Emmanuel Sanders this week backed up his previous comments that Peyton Manning is a better leader than Ben Roethlisberger, there was a reaction … from Ben Roethlisberger.

“He’s going to say whatever he can about the quarterback he is with,” Roethlisberger said in a way that reflected his partial understanding of why Sanders made those comments.

“I was more disappointed he didn’t reach out to me. I know he told some other guys: ‘You know I love Ben, I didn’t mean it like that.’ I wish he would have reached out to me and just say that and I would have been fine with it.”

Instead of reaching out to Roethlisberger about his initial comments, Sanders told the NFL Network this week he stands by what he said.

“I have not one regret. If I said it, then I meant it,” Sanders told the NFL Network via Pro Football Talk.

“It wasn’t meant as disrespect for anyone. I’ve got so much love for everybody over there in Pittsburgh, and they know it — they know me. I didn’t mean any harm.”

Sanders, who played his first four NFL seasons with the Steelers, signed this year with the Denver Broncos as a free agent. Early in their training camp, he compared Manning to Roethlisberger.

“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 said. “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.”

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown criticized Sanders for those words earlier in camp. Roethlisberger successfully lobbied for the Steelers to match the $2.5 million contract Sanders signed with the New England Patriots as a restricted free agent in 2013 so they could keep him.

Said Roethlisberger, “Whether he meant it or not, it hurt in a sense that I tried so hard to keep him here last year and was always supporting him. When he was down in practice, I always talked to him. When he had a baby, I was trying to help him.”

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Old 08-14-2014, 07:09 AM   #2
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Default Re: Roethlisberger reacts to ex-Steeler Sanders' claim

Oh brother. I suppose this qualifies as journalism.

This is FOOTBALL. People get hurt. That's why we watch, but frankly, if somebody has a scratch or a bruise, it's not news. What Sanders says is not news. If Ben's feelings are hurt is not news.

Sanders, like his attempts to catch a football, should just drop it.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:06 AM   #3
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Default Re: Roethlisberger reacts to ex-Steeler Sanders' claim

who's this Sanders guy? is he on the Steelers roster? he's dead to me.

Chokesondicks Manning is great when he's not facing a pass rush but when the starts getting into his face he drops to his knees and Chokesondicks.
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Default Re: Roethlisberger reacts to ex-Steeler Sanders' claim

“I feel like Antonio Brown is a far better receiver, in terms of actual production, staying after practice, catching balls, working hard..."


enough said.
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Default Re: Roethlisberger reacts to ex-Steeler Sanders' claim

In all reality, he might be a better leader. Who knows. I don't automatically think he is just because I am a Steeler fan. Ben does what he needs to do, and some extra, that is good enough for me, and the Rooney's apparently.
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Default Re: Roethlisberger reacts to ex-Steeler Sanders' claim

In terms of leadership, ask yourself if you would trust betting your $$$ on Peyton Manning to win a playoff game - it is a 50-50 proposition, notably because Peyton's offensive efficiency falls off a cliff when games are played in January and February

Peyton Manning
Playoff record: 11-12
Home playoff record: 8-5
Road playoff record: 2-5
Non-wild card playoff record: 8-8
Playoff points per game average: 22.52
Super Bowl starts: 3
Super Bowl rings: 1


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In terms of leadership, ask yourself if you would trust betting your $$$ on Peyton Manning to win a playoff game - it is a 50-50 proposition, notably because Peyton's offensive efficiency falls off a cliff when games are played in January and February

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take Manning away from the Broncos and they are a terrible team

take Ben away from the Steelers and they still have a shot at beating you - just my two cents

that is not to say they are a SB caliber team without him - he was the missing piece to the puzzle - just goes to show that Denver built everything around Peyton. Same in NE. That is why both have lost the big one. They went up against a better all around team.
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take Ben away from the Steelers and they still have a shot at beating you - just my two cents
If you are talking about the current Steelers well…..Frankly put you have lost your damn mind. If you are talking about the Steelers a few years back then you are onto something.
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Default Re: Roethlisberger reacts to ex-Steeler Sanders' claim

The Steelers without Ben in 2012 and 2013 don't win eight games. I swear man, we really understate just how subpar this team is talent-wise.

Prior to 2012? You could make a case. Now? You can definitely say the Steelers don't stand a chance without Ben.
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Regular season: give me Peyton Manning (maybe)

Post season: give me BB (100% of the time)
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