Why do you think Eli Manning decided to compare himself to Tom Brady?
By Matt Noonan
So, apparently, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning believes he is technically in the same class, as New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady.
Hmm… do you believe this is an accurate and fair statement? Perhaps, Manning is trying to drum up some excitement for the blue and white fan base; especially since the Giants and Patriots will face-off against one another this season, yet, why compare oneself to Mr. Brady?
It’s rather hard to consider Manning and Brady on the same level or in the same sentence, however, if it’sPeyton Manning, well that’s one thing, but brother Eli, I don’t think so.
Eli experienced one of the greatest playoff runs in ’07, as he miraculously gained momentum at the right time, as well as led New York past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and the undefeated Patriots to capture Super Bowl XLII.
However, after that dramatic, yet, exciting run, Manning has yet to lead the Giants back to the title game. In fact, during the past three seasons, Manning has somewhat improved; especially since he’s tossed more touchdown passes than interceptions, but once again, he hasn’t exhibited the fact that he should be considered an elite quarterback.
When fans or media members consider the question, who’re the Top-5 quarterbacks in the NFL currently, they’d probably state, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers.
Hmm… I didn’t see Eli Manning in that particular group of names; did I misspell it or something? Hello, Eli, where’s your name?
When Manning entered the league, he not only struggled, but also appeared to be the complete opposite of his brother, Peyton. Eli’s numbers were terrible, especially since he seemed incredibly confused and dumbfounded on the gridiron. Players, media members and the New York fans heckled the young righty, as well as wanted him to leave town, but he remained under center and somehow managed to win a Super Bowl ring, which still leaves many football gurus wonder, how’d he do it?
In ’10, Manning tossed 31 touchdowns and 25 interceptions, which clearly proves that he’s not the greatest gunslinger in the game. In fact, his 25 interceptions are the most he’s ever thrown in his eight-year career, which might be somewhat of a red flag, right? Again, how can someone consider him one the best quarterbacks, especially if he throws numerous interceptions?
Brady will always be considered a legend, as well as one of the games greatest signal callers in league history and yes, he’s also won three Super Bowls too. Yet, besides earning the Patriots some hardware, he’s also a six-time Pro Bowler, as well as a two-time First Team All-Pro. Brady has also proven that he’s Mr. Clutch and is certainly someone fans can trust with the game on the line.
All in all, I think it’s fair to state that Eli Manning is either easy crazy or trying to insult the Patriots. Who knows where this whole, “I am in the same class” comment came from, but expect the Giants-Patriots game to be circled on New England’s calendar. Brady, as well as his counterparts have been insulted or bashed numerous times over the years; however, it’s usually the Patriots who get the last laugh.