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New York Giants’ Eli Manning Ranked No. 8 Quarterback in NFL by ESPN’s Ron Jaworski

July 16th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Doug Rush

New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning is used to the lack of respect by local and national media. It's something he's grown accustomed to since he's the younger brother of NFL legend and icon Peyton Manning. On Monday, the lack of respect continued as ESPN analyst and former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworki ranked Manning No. 8 in his annual quarterback rankings.

"After a 2012 season in which he was not quite as consistent in some areas and other quarterbacks improved, I have dropped Manning to No. 8," Jaworski said on Monday. "But there’s no question he remains one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, capable of big-time throws in critical situations. "

Manning is the highest ranked quarterback on the list of the NFC East quarterbacks, with Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins ranked No. 13, Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys ranked No. 15 and Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles No. 25.

Jaworski's list will have Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers ahead of him; all of which are understandable since those four have been proven to be on an elite level. However, having Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan and Ben Roethlisberger is certainly debatable — especially Ryan since he's never won a Super Bowl, and if not for a late collapse on defense by the Seattle Seahawks, would still not have a playoff win.

What Manning still has over most of the quarterbacks on this list is the fact that he has won two Super Bowls; Brees, Rodgers, Flacco, Peyton all have only won just one, and the Giants' quarterback has also won two Super Bowl MVP awards as well. Again, the same quarterbacks have, except Roethlisberger, who despite has won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, not won a single Super Bowl MVP award, and in fact, played poorly in Super Bowl XL, whereas Manning was a big reason why the Giants won both of their championships.

But Manning's lack of respect in the league is still nothing new, but any Giants' fan will simply laugh at that because when the game is on the line, there is arguably no other quarterback the fans would want under center except for Manning, as he has 28 career game-winning drives and has two in each Super Bowl that he has played in and won.

Manning threw for 3,948 yards and 26 touchdown passes with an 87.2 quarterback rating in 2012 for the Giants. Despite never winning a regular season MVP award, which some critics have used against him in the "elite status" debate, the 32-year-old is listed with 30-1 odds to win the 2013 MVP Award in the upcoming season.

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4 Responses to “New York Giants’ Eli Manning Ranked No. 8 Quarterback in NFL by ESPN’s Ron Jaworski”

  1.  jfunk says:

    Raping and general do-uchery aside, it’s hard for me to criticize Ben’s game. Yeah, he wasn’t a very good QB in that first Superbowl win, but then again Eli wasn’t a very good QB in his humiliating performance vs. the Panthers that year either (I was there..it was even uglier in person).

    Ben’s become a much better player since then and has had to carry the Steelers through some of these seasons. If it weren’t for his constantly getting himself injured, his career achievements would likely look even better. He ripped that second trophy right out of Larry Fitzgerald’s hands.

    That’s really the only thing I can knock him for (on the field), the injuries. He’s his own worst enemy there and he’s not helping the team when he’s not on the field (or on the field when he shouldn’t be, which he’s been a few times and hurt the team in the process).

  2.  F0XLIN says:

    I think it’s a fair ranking based on last year. Ben played behind a much worse line the last couple years and last year also was down to their 4th string RB at times.

  3.  F0XLIN says:

    Louis Riddick posted his top GM’s/HC’s charged with building a team in the current NFL salary cap environment

    1. Jerry Reese
    2. Ozzie Newsome
    3. Trent Baalke
    4. Bill Belichick
    5. Ted Thompson

    Reese: Picking up Damontre Moore in the 3rd and putting him with the DL group in New York is a huge win given JPP’s situation

    Signing Brandon Myers to replace Martellus Bennett for 1/2 the price and equal the production is what every team builder wants to do

  4.  rlhjr says:

    I think we as a group (I know I do personally) get way too bent out of shape when these talking head pronouncements come at us.

    It’s easy to feel Eli is getting the short end of the stick. The only sources to even listen to (if you even choose to listen) are those who are and have been around the team from Eli’s first training camp until now.

    Eli’s “UNDERDOG” image has been used both for and against him. I just wait until the last two or three minutes of any game when only the confident, calm and talented can hope to survive. Because it’s in those games where anyone with eyes and a functioning brain can plainly see where Eli trumps the majority of so called elite QB’s.

    The dude is stunningly football and position savvy. He has no earthly idea what fear is while he’s playing his position. And he continues to add to his skill set each year. He gets a little better at reads, at throwing certain patterns as well as pocket awareness. He’s basically the best gift Giants fans have had since Carson and Taylor. So when I hear some of the putdowns, (and please remember Eli is not faultless) I just smile and point to two the last minute Super Bowl victories over the supposed best ever team and QB. Not to mention his shouldering the path to get the team to those championship games.

    And yes, the defense helped each time. Hopefully that’s not lost on any of us.
    But with the games on the line and the ball in his hands, Eli has always put his best on display. And that’s what makes the talking heads look and sound so foolish. Because by their own measure, Eli performs in step with what they all agree is elite. “He wins championships, with the ball in his hands and the game on the line”. Does anyone here know of a better measure of greatness?
    If so I’d be happy to listen. Indeed the best measure is to canvas fans of opposing teams. Who do they fear the most in the last two minutes?

    Can’t speak for all of us, but without fail fans of opposing teams, including Steelers fans that I have spoken to think Eli is every bit as dangerous as Brady, Ben, Peyton and Breese. They would take their chances against anyone else. Is he the number one QB? I don’t think so. But when he has the cards to play with, he’s right there.

    I said this a few years ago, and I still stand by my words; Give Eli a decent run game, some time to throw and a defense able to put up stops and sacks.
    Then talk to me about greatness. Because in the last 5 minutes of any game 10 to 14 points down he’ll tie it up. And if he’s even, he’s leaving. BOOK IT.

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