You can't spell "elite" without "Eli," but that doesn't make him an elite quarterback, says Will Brinson of CBS Sports, who recently ranked the NFL's top 32 quarterbacks. Instead, Brinson says the New York Giants signal caller and two-time Super Bowl champion is on the outside looking in.
5. Eli Manning, Giants: Yeah, yeah. You can't spell "Elite" without "Eli." And with his second Super Bowl ring in 2011, the younger Manning proves he belongs. But I'm cutting the list a little shorter for these purposes, and I feel justified after Eli "only" threw for 3,948 yards and 26 touchdowns (along with 15 interceptions) in a slightly down season that saw the Giants miss the playoffs. I'd still be more than happy riding Manning as my franchise guy.
Although Eli tops "The Next Group," he falls out of the elite category behind the likes of Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints), Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos), Tom Brady (New England Patriots) and Aaron Rogers (Green Bay Packers).
This sort of ranking is par for the course, really. Despite Manning's success, Super Bowl rings and Super Bowl MVP's, "experts" often look for any reason they can to deem him "not quite there." Luckily for us here at Giants 101, it has added enough fuel to the fire to keep "Poor Eli Manning" running annually for nine consecutive seasons — something that appears poised to continue well into year 10.
Elite or not elite, Manning is a proven winner and champion. And as former Big Blue General Manager, Ernie Accorsi, recently said, "there's no price too high for greatness." So let the others win the title of "elite" while Manning continues to feed his addiction by winning the title of "Super Bowl champion."
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