Sherman criticism picked up although controversial cornerback also praised rival.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has responded to criticism from Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman regarding his throwing of “ducks”.
In a column from earlier this season, Sherman praised the Broncos star by insisting that he is one of the smartest quarterbacks in the game given his ability to react on the line of scrimmage.
However, he picked up on a weakness and suggested that Manning has a tendency to throw “ducks” at times, a statement he reaffirmed during questions earlier this week in the build up to Super Bowl XLVIII.
“Well, I still feel the same way I felt,” Sherman said Wednesday, according to ESPN.
“He is a great quarterback, he does a great job. At the same time, when he catches the ball he doesn’t necessarily catch the laces all the time. He throws an accurate ball in regards to how he catches it, he just gets it on time and delivers it accurately.”
Manning was notified of the comments, and while he agreed with Sherman’s assessment, he did add an element of sarcasm to his response.
“They say he’s a smart player and I don’t think that’s a real reach what he’s saying there,” Manning said Thursday morning.
“I do throw ducks. I’ve thrown a lot of yards and touchdown ducks so I’m actually quite proud of it.”
Sherman will be focused on helping to prevent Manning from winning a second Super Bowl on Sunday at the MetLife Stadium, while the Broncos ace is poised to win his fifth MVP award after setting NFL single-season records with 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 passing yards.
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas insists that just by looking at Manning’s numbers this year that there is no conversation over his ability to throw the ball, and along with the likes of Eric Decker and Wes Welker, they will be looking to score Denver to victory on Sunday night when they encounter the “Legion of Boom”.