By: Michael Samuels II
Eli Manning, winner of two of super bowls in the last five years. Two super bowl MVP’s and his last name is Manning. Crazy how quick times change, last year Eli Manning’s name would have never came up in a discussion of elite QBs in the game. One “decent” year and a team that came together at the right time can change that apparently. When I look at Eli Manning I look at a QB who is inconsistent and a high volume interception thrower. How we went from inconsistent QB to as Phil Simms said a “Hall of Fame QB” I’ll never understand. But in this world of sports we all have our opinions, so here is mine on Eli Manning.
In today’s day and age we love to compare players, so for the sake of this blog let’s compare Eli Manning to Aaron Rodgers. I personally think Aaron Rodgers is the best QB in the league. The last 3 seasons in which they both have won a super bowl and the season where neither won a Super Bowl. In the last 3 season Rodgers has 1 Super Bowl MVP, thrown for 12,999 103 TD’s and 24 INT’s. Eli Manning has 1 Super Bowl MVP, thrown for 12956 87 TD’s and 55 INT’s. That stat line in itself is shocking. As with any great sports run we like to be prisoners of the moment.
It’s ok to be happy for Eli since he won another SB, but let’s not jump to the conclusion that he is an elite QB or even a Hall of Fame QB. Eli Manning has had an inconsistent career and his #’s prove my point. Only once has he had a season without double digit INT’s, that was his rookie season. Every other season he has had at least 10 INT’s. In 9 years Eli Manning has thrown for 27,579 185 TD’s and 132 INT’s, sounds good for a QB in the league 9 years. Aaron Rodgers who has been in the league 8 years has thrown for 17,366 132 TD’s and 38 INT’s, but let’s not forget Rodgers sat behind Brett Favre for 3 seasons before he became a starter. His numbers are on pace to far out do Eli Manning’s number, but yet nobody has said Rodgers will be a Hall of Fame QB. Let’s not jump to outrageous conclusions when numbers don’t support what’s being said. Aaron Rodgers is clearly an elite QB, Eli Manning well the jury is still out on Eli Manning.
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