You can only imagine what non-Giants fans don’t see in Eli Manning. This list over at NFL.com of the top 32 QBs in the game is a striking reminder of how short sighted pundits are on the subject of the NY Giants most valuable player, Eli Manning.
6. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
8. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
9. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
10. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
11. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
12. Eli Manning, New York Giants
13. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
14. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
15. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears”
So, what did they have to say about Eli coming in at #12? Nothing, nada, zip. I mean not even a word! No explanation, no effort whatsoever to give context to why the 2 time Superbowl Champion, and 2011 definitive elite quarterback slash savior of his team, is 6 slots lower than he should be by any logical measure.
Any logical person would put Eli at #6 overall because Big Ben’s record in the postseason is almost as good, and his W/L in the regular season is much more impressive. He belongs at #5. I think Ben has 20 more wins than Eli does, even though that points to a perennially great defense and how the Steelers are always in it — Ben has won a ton of games for them and has been clutch in the playoffs. Eli, Ben, and Brady are the clear standouts in the playoffs for best W/L % by a wide margin – and any pro QB will tell you the ultimate measure is championship victories.
I find this ranking ridiculous, repulsive, and down right insulting. Behind the worst offensive line and rushing attack in the league just two seasons ago, Eli had a career year and won another Superbowl after beginning the season defining himself as an elite QB in the face of critics. That should have been the end of the story. Apparently it isn’t. You’ve got guys one and done in the playoffs ahead of Eli. You’ve got first year players ahead of him. Yes everyone on the list should be considered good, but no one else in that classification except Flacco comes close!
In 2013, his 10th year in the league – this ranking is a bad movie at this point. I’m not spending any more time on it… all I can hope is that Eli and the Giants become aware of it and use it as fuel for Sunday night.