Ex-Steeler Sanders questions Big Ben as a leader, talks Antonio Brown, more(VIDEO)

Missing the playoffs for the Pittsburgh Steelers was a colossal disappointment, especially when you consider they were 7-2-1 after ten games, but it all fell apart as the team went 2-4 in their final six games, including bad losses to the Broncos and Raiders, to finish the 2018 season 9-6-1.

As the season was winding down, issues started to surface. Star WR Antonio Brown, who missed the final game against the Bengals, was reportedly not allowed to play in the season finale after he refused to practice and attend meetings that week. Recently, according to reports, Brown had requested a trade from the team.

On Thursday, Steelers owner Art Rooney II told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the following about Brown:

“We’ll look at all the options. We’re not going to release him, that’s not on the table. But I will say all other options are on the table,” he said.

Also, some have been critical of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, who criticized Brown and rookie WR James Washington on his radio show after a loss to the Broncos back in November, which did not sit well with former Steeler and current Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders. If you remember, Sanders criticized Roethlisberger as a leader after he signed with Broncos in 2014.

Today, Sanders, who was a guest analyst on the NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning, gave his take on Brown, Roethlisberger, and the issues going on with the Steelers.

Watch below:

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Pouncey on Roethlisberger’s GW TD: ‘Hell, I’m glad he ran’

Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers struggled throughout most of the game against the Jaguars on Sunday, but they finally woke up in the fourth quarter and were able to overcome a 16-point deficit to beat the Jaguars 20-16 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.

Late in the 4th quarter with the Steelers trailing 16-13, and the ball at the Jacksonville 1-yard line, Roethlisberger was able to scramble into the end zone to cement the victory for Pittsburgh.

After the game, “Big Ben” described what he saw on the game-winning touchdown:

(On his awareness of who he was beating at the goal line) :

“I didn’t see that. You see the goal line, truthfully. I don’t know what option I am on that [play], but it’s way down the list,” Roethlisberger(27/47, 314 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT) said. “It took away the other ones, and it’s just one of those things where just—the competitiveness—the end zone seems like it’s right there. You know you have a time out, obviously that helps, so you can kind of take a gamble or a chance and then when you see it, you find a way to stretch it out.”

(On what he saw during the last touchdown):

“The end zone. The goal line. No, you know, like I said, I wasn’t one of the first four options. So, it almost looked like they knew what was coming. They took our first couple of options away, so it just appeared to open up and—I gave Matt [Feiler] a hard time there because he hit me pretty hard trying to jump over me at the end, so it was kind of fun to tease him on that play.”

Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey was very happy that Roethlisberger decided to run.

“It was kind of an option play where he could throw to the tight end outside,” Pouncey said. “Hell, I’m glad he ran.”

Based on the result, I’m sure all of Pittsburgh was happy that Roethlisberger decided to run.

With the victory, Pittsburgh extends their winning streak to six games, and after a slow start, the Steelers(7-2-1) look like the team many thought they would be in 2018.

Holmes on Big Ben: ‘As long as he stays healthy, he’s going to produce'(VIDEO)

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger had another tremendous season in 2017. At the age of 35(turned 36 in March), Roethlisberger has proven that he has a lot left in the tank after throwing for 4251 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Even in a playoff loss to the Jaguars last season, “Big Ben” was impressive as he threw for 469 yards and five touchdowns.

There has been a lot of speculation about how much longer Roethlisberger will play. The Steelers did select QB Mason Rudolph in the third round of this year’s draft. However, Roethlisberger says he will take it year by year.

“I’m healthy, and just lots of prayers and spending time with family. I’m still going to take it one year at a time but just feeling like what you have left in the tank,” Roethlisberger told ESPN in May.

With all that the Steelers have on offense, expect Roethlisberger to have another big-time season, and according to his former teammate Santonio Holmes, if Roethlisberger can stay injury free, he will continue to put up great numbers.

“As long as he stays healthy, he’s going to produce,” Holmes recently told goforitradio.com.

We recently caught up Holmes in Pittsburgh, and he discussed his catch in Super Bowl 43, Steelers prospects for 2018, and how many more years Roethlisberger could play in the NFL.

Take a listen:

Statistical highlights from Week 14 in the NFL

Steelers quarterback BEN  ROETHLISBERGER completed 44 of 66 passes (66.7 percent) for 506 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 99.7 passer rating in the Steelers’ 39-38 win over Baltimore in Week 14.

Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 500 yards three times in his career, having also accomplished the feat on October 26, 2014 (522 yards vs. Indianapolis) and December 20, 2009 (503 vs. Green Bay). New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES is the only other player with multiple career 500-yard passing games.

Steelers wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had 11 receptions for 213 yards and running back LE’VEON BELL had 125 scrimmage yards (77 receiving, 48 rushing) with three touchdowns in Week 14. Bell, who leads the league with 1,684 scrimmage yards, and Brown, who leads the NFL with 1,509 receiving yards, are the first pair of teammates in NFL history with at least 1,500 scrimmage yards each through their team’s first 13 games of a season.

Brown has six games with at least 10 catches and 100 receiving yards this season, tied for the second-most in a single season in NFL history. Only ANDRE JOHNSON (seven in 2008) had more such games in a season.

The players with the most games with at least 10 catches and 100 receiving yards in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

GAMES WITH 10+ CATCHES & 100+ REC. YARDS IN SINGLE SEASON

Andre Johnson

Houston

2008

7

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

2017

 6*

Calvin Johnson

Detroit

2012

6

Wes Welker

New England

2009

6

*Through Week 14

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PACKERS PERFORM UNDER PRESSUREGreen Bay wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS had two touchdown catches – a one-yard score with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the game-winning 25-yarder in overtime – in the Packers’ 27-21 win at Cleveland.

Adams became the fourth player in NFL history (including the postseason) to score a touchdown in both the final minute of the fourth quarter and in overtime and the first since New England’s JAMES WHITE accomplished the feat in Super Bowl LI.

The players to score a touchdown in both the final minute of the fourth quarter and in overtime in a single game in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

DATE

Davante Adams

Green Bay

December 10, 2017

James White

New England

February 5, 2017*

Terrell Owens

San Francisco

October 14, 2001

Wesley Walker

New York Jets

September 21, 1986

*Super Bowl LI

The Packers, who won on a 20-yard touchdown run by rookie AARON JONES in overtime in Week 13, have won back-to-back games in overtime for the first time in team history. Green Bay has also joined the 2001 Chicago Bears as the only teams in NFL history to score an overtime touchdown in consecutive games.

TEAM

SEASON

WEEK

OVERTIME TD

WEEK

OVERTIME TD

Green Bay

2017

13

Aaron Jones 20-yard run

14

Davante Adams 25-yard catch

Chicago

2001

7

Mike Brown 33-yard INT return

8

Mike Brown 16-yard INT return

— NFL —

RIVERS RUNS THROUGH DEFENSES: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS passed for 319 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 114.9 passer rating in the team’s 30-13 win over Washington last week.

Rivers, who ranks fourth in the NFL with 3,611 passing yards, has at least 3,500 passing yards in 10 consecutive seasons and joined PEYTON MANNING (13, 1998-2010) and DREW BREES (13, 2005-17) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

The quarterbacks with at least 3,500 passing yards in 10+ consecutive seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

SEASONS

CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 3,500 PASS YARDS

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

1998-2010

13

Drew Brees

San Diego, New Orleans

2005-2017

 13*

Philip Rivers

San Diego/LA Chargers

2008-2017

 10*

*Active streak

— NFL —

WONDERFUL WILSON: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON threw fourth-quarter touchdown passes to wide receivers PAUL RICHARDSON (61 yards) and TYLER LOCKETT (74 yards) in the Seahawks’ loss at Jacksonville in Week 14.

Wilson is the first quarterback with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes of at least 60 yards in a single game since Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER connected with TORRY HOLT (85 yards) and ISAAC BRUCE (66) on September 24, 2000.

Wilson has 17 fourth-quarter touchdown passes this season and surpassed ELI MANNING (15 in 2011) for the most in a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

4TH QUARTER TD PASSES

Russell Wilson

Seattle

2017

17*

Eli Manning

New York Giants

2011

15

Drew Brees

New Orleans

2016

14

Blake Bortles

Jacksonville

2015

14

Peyton Manning

Denver

2013

14

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

2002

14

Johnny Unitas^

Baltimore Colts

1959

14

*Through Week 14

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

MAGNIFICENT MC COY: Buffalo running back LE SEAN MC COY rushed for 156 yards, including the game-winning 21-yard touchdown in overtime, in the Bill’s 13-7 win against Indianapolis last week.

McCoy, who has 10 career games with at least 150 rushing yards, joined Arizona’s ADRIAN PETERSON (19) as the only active players with at least 10 such games in their careers.

The active players with the most career games with at least 150 rushing yards:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

CAREER GAMES WITH 150+ RUSH YARDS

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota, New Orleans, Arizona

19

LeSean McCoy

Philadelphia, Buffalo

10

Jamaal Charles

Kansas City, Denver

9

 — NFL —

CLUTCH KICKERPittsburgh kicker CHRIS BOSWELL converted the game-winning 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ Week 14 win over Baltimore.

Boswell, who made game-winning field goals as time expired in the fourth quarter in both Weeks 12 and 13, is the first kicker since the 1970 merger to make a game-winning field goal with under one minute remaining in the fourth quarter in three consecutive games.