Seahawks star praises quarterback but believes there is a weakness.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman praised Peyton Manning but insists that he stands by his previous critique of the Denver Broncos quarterback.
The 25-year-old was taking questions on Wednesday to which he responded that he felt as though the NFL veteran was “one of the best to ever play the game”, although he was later quizzed on a previous comment he made four weeks ago.
In a column published on TheMMQB.com, Sherman listed Manning as one of the top five smartest quarterbacks in the league and lauded his ability to adjust at the line of scrimmage.
However, there was an area where he felt Manning was weak and he wasn’t shy in sharing it in the piece.
“His arm, however, is another story. His passes will be accurate and on time, but he throws ducks,” he said, according to ESPN.
Since returning from a year off and multiple neck surgeries in 2012, Manning’s arm strength has been questioned and Sherman insists that he still feels the same way ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday.
“I still feel the same way I felt,” Sherman said on Wednesday.
“He’s a great quarterback, he does a great job. But at the same time, when he catches the ball, he doesn’t necessarily catch the laces all the time. But he throws an accurate ball, regardless of how he catches it, how he gets it — he delivers it on time and accurately.”
Manning is coming off an NFL-record 55 touchdowns regular season where he also passed another league record after throwing for 5,477 yards.
Receiver Demaryius Thomas defended his team-mate and revealed that his job is made easy by the quarterback, and along with Wes Welker and Eric Decker they will be looking to lead the Broncos to victory at the MetLife Stadium.
Thomas was keen to let the statistics do the talking, although Sherman was complimentary of the offensive unit and insists that he is fully aware of the threat that they pose as he looked forward to returning to practice ahead of the biggest game of his career thus far.