Despite his success, negativity and doubt have followed Peyton’s younger brother since the moment he was traded from the San Diego Chargers to the New York Giants on draft day of 2004. Regardless of what he does or how well he performs – even in a league that lives and dies by the motto, “What have you done for me lately?” – he is questioned and criticized.
In Sunday's 41-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Manning threw for a career-high 510 yards and notched yet another 4th quarter comeback win. He also tossed three touchdowns and completed 61% of his passes, but his three first half interceptions are what dug the Giants a huge hole in the first place.
Manning was far from perfect early on in the game, but it was his late game heroics that deserve the headlines. For most, that's perfectly acceptable, but for his haters, it's those three interceptions that steal the show. However, most comments were quickly deleted as Easy-E once again led his team to victory, and few loud mouths were able to stand by their in-game ridiculousness.
Alas, not everyone shied away from torching Eli this week. And it should come as no surprise that former Big Blue quarterback Kurt Warner, who lost his job to Eli, slighted the two-time Super Bowl MVP yet again.
"Despite his two Super Bowls and terrific play in the fourth quarter, Eli is not elite. Football coaches know this … The Giants proved you don’t have to be all that good in the regular season. Just make the tournament and roll the dice with your pass-happy mediocre QB."
"Let me be honest with you. There were times during the game when I wished the Giants had another quarterback. And that got me to thinking about who, if possible, I would rather have as my team's quarterback than Eli Manning. Here are the guys that I came up with: Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton, Jay Cutler, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning."
"Eli Manning is below average (82.3 carrer rating) until the fourth quarter."
"My top five QB's after two weeks, number five Cam Newton … [number four] Sam Bradford … [number three] RGIII … number two on my list, Philip Rivers … and number one on my list, Alex Smith."
Brian Patton, Facebook
"Eli Manning is no better than Trent Dilfer ever was."
"Eli is the third Manning clone … You know they get dummer and watered down after each one."
"Eli Manning will never even be close to as good as Peyton."
"Eli Manning couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat."
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