Jeremiah: Who has the edge?
"He should be a candidate," backup Byron Leftwich told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in reference to an ESPN list not having him in the top-five candidates. "The fact he was not listed is ridiculous. He's one of the elite; '7' can play the game of football, and he's playing at a very high level."
"Sometimes he doesn't get mentioned with the elite quarterbacks for one reason or another," defensive end Brett Keisel said. "We in this locker room consider him the best."
"He's a big-time leader, a big-time competitor, a fourth-quarter killer," wideout Mike Wallace said. "He's the toughest quarterback in the league. ... He picked up the new offense really fast. I feel it's time he gets the recognition he deserves."