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From New York Post:

There is a playbook full of life information that Giants quarterback Eli Manning could impart to his Jets counterpart, Mark Sanchez.

Manning could tell the rookie, who yesterday was named as Gang Green’s starter, that if he keeps his nose clean (or at least doesn’t pack a gun in his sweatpants), is cordial with the media and kind to the fans, he can share the face of football in this town.

Or Manning could point to something more tangible, such as the $97 million contract extension he recently signed. Or the Super Bowl ring, can’t go wrong talking about the ring.

But Manning, a pro’s pro, didn’t offer any of this to the Jets rookie. The title for Manning’s New York Rookie Quarterback Primer for Sanchez sounds like the title of a country song — It Takes Time.

“The hardest thing is just learning the game,” Manning said yesterday at the Giants practice facility. “It just takes time.

“The media’s going to play a role, because if you play well, they’re going to promote you and say you’re the greatest, and if you don’t play real well, you’ll be the worst,” Manning said. “So it’s just about believing in yourself and listening to your coaches and [earning] the confidence and respect of your teammates, that’s what you’ve got to learn.”

Sanchez, like Manning, already has learned this can be a brutal process. In the fourth start of his rookie season, Manning played so poorly against the Ravens his quarterback rating was a Big Fat Zero.

Sanchez started against the Ravens in last week’s preseason game and his first pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. His next opponent will be Manning and the Giants on Saturday.

Manning was asked if he remembered the Ravens game in his rookie season of 2004.

“I just tried to erase it,” he said. “The next week we went and played Pittsburgh and I probably had my best game of that first year. You’re going to have bad games. Whether it’s your first year or your 10th year, there’s going to be games you’re going to just want to forget about.”

It seems inevitable that Sanchez will be compared to Manning at least for as long as they are both quarterbacks in this city.

Manning was the No. 1 pick in the 2004 draft by the Chargers and immediately traded to the Giants. The Jets shot up the 2009 draft board to take Sanchez with the fifth pick.

Memo to Sanchez: Manning led the Giants to the Super Bowl XLII crown. Once the quarterback with a zero rating, next the Super Bowl MVP. It can happen here, Mark Sanchez. Eli Manning is living proof.

“It just takes time, keep learning, keep the confidence, that’s what I did,” said Manning. “There’s going to be ups and downs and you try to just keep staying strong, staying confident and learn from all the mistakes.”

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