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 humiliating 33-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Manning was under constant pressure and completed only 14 of his 28 passes (50%) for 150 yards and one touchdown. At one point during the game, Manning had been hit on 10 of his first 17 dropbacks.
There's no denying that 2012 has been far from Eli's best year. He hasn't had the fourth quarter magic we're accustomed to seeing, and the team from top to bottom has been out of sorts. The reality is he's part of the problem, but despite injuries and an offensive line that does him few favors at times, he's the leader and the captain. Accordingly, he's going to receive the brunt of the criticism. After all, if he doesn't, there would be no such thing as "Poor Eli Manning."
Still, criticism of Manning is always taken to new heights when the opportunity presents itself … and during the second half of this season, it has presented itself quite a bit. So back again are the questions: "is Eli elite?" coupled with the typical jabs at his looks and personality.
Jim Mora, WDSU-TV
"“It’s hard for me to put Eli in the category with Brady, Peyton and Drew. He’s been a little inconsistent."
Tony Boselli, Dial Global
"Eli's inconsistent, he's all over the place as far as performance. It's feast or famine."
David Roth, Wall Street Journal
"Eli Manning has had plenty of reasons to perfect his pout in the last few weeks."
Nick Kostora, Bleacher Report
"You need a big time quarterback, something Eli Manning hasn’t really looked like in the second half of the season. After a promising start to the year, it looks like Manning is back to his old ways."
Nolan, Talking Squawk
Rubin Taylor, Giants 101 Facebook
"I swear if I could get my [expletive] hands on Eli I would choke [him].
Vito Rappa, Giants 101 Facebook
"Eli is the luckiest QB in the history of the NFL, still can't figure it out how he won 2 SB's."
Shabba Ranks, Twitter
Austin Pikulski, Twitter
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