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Eli makes his case for elite status

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The omission of Giants quarterback Eli Manning for the player-generated Top 100 list compiled and presented by NFL Network during the lockout raised plenty of eyebrows.

Eli puts himself on the list.  He puts himself high on the list.

Asked by ESPN 1050′s Michael Kay whether Eli puts himself in the same class as Tom Brady, Eli said this:  “I consider myself in that class and Tom Brady is a great quarterback, he’s a great player and what you’ve seen with him is he’s gotten better every year and he started off winning championships and I think he’s a better quarterback now than what he was, in all honesty, when he was winning those championships.  It’s funny, you say well he won championships, but the team, but I think know he’s grown up and gotten better every year and that’s what I’m trying to do.  I kind of hope these next seven years of my quarterback days are my best.”

But what about throwing 25 interceptions in 2010, when the most Brady has ever thrown in a season is 14?

“I’m not a 25-interception quarterback, I know that,” Manning said. “That’s going to be fixed and it should be a good year.”

Eli also explained his decision not to publicly push for the team to bring back Plaxico Burress, who visited with the Giants before signing with the Jets.

“I didn’t want to put my owners in a spot, I didn’t want to put my other teammates in a spot saying that I thought we needed him because then all of a sudden it would be in the papers that Eli didn’t think his receivers were good enough or something like that,” Manning said. “It’s not my job to go out there and promote for somebody.  I’m trying to get better and if they want to bring him in, great, and we’ll get back to work and see how we can get better.”

Though it would have made for a better story if Eli had been stumping for Burress, we agree with the decision.  We’re not sure that we agree Eli is in the same class as Tom Brady, who has three Super Bowl rings and two of the top five single-season passer ratings in NFL history.

But it’s good that he is displaying confidence; given the efforts of the Eagles to dramatically improve and the other challenges the Giants face in the division and in the conference and in light of the losses on the Giants’ roster, it’s important for the on-field leader of the team to project confidence.

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  1. CKL says: Aug 17, 2011 7:19 AM

    NOW I can tell he’s related to Peyton.
    Come on Eli, you’re a better person than to whine and toot your own horn.

  2. mrbigass says: Aug 17, 2011 7:23 AM

    Eli’s problem is……..well, he’s just not a great QB. His accuracy is just awful and if his receivers didn’t make a circus catch on the balls he throws he wouldn’t have many completions.

    Oh, and did I mention the interceptions?

  3. huskerguy says: Aug 17, 2011 7:25 AM

    Um, Eli? Um… No.

  4. deanvernonwormer says: Aug 17, 2011 7:25 AM

    Eli had a great 8 game run. Other than that he hasn’t really done all that much.

  5. notrelated says: Aug 17, 2011 7:27 AM

    “I’m not a 25-interception quarterback, I know that,” Manning said. “That’s going to be fixed and it should be a good year.”

    Obviously you are, because you threw 25 interceptions bro. You’re the epitome of average. You’ve had talent all around you for years. Elite QB’s are elite because they are consistent year after year.

  6. clownsfan says: Aug 17, 2011 7:27 AM

    Usually when YOU have to put YOUR own name in the conversation it means that EVERYONE else thinks you aren’t even sniffing “that level “. Stay classy E-or.

  7. plifer says: Aug 17, 2011 7:27 AM

    Well, at least someone considers Eli amongst the elite. Truth be told, the name Eli shouldn’t be even mentioned in the same sentence as Peyton and Tom.
    I guess that’s what happens when you grow up in the shadow of Peyton the cyborg. It must be hard always being 2nd best.

  8. grpatriot says: Aug 17, 2011 7:27 AM

    Dillusions of Grandure!
    Brady 3 SB’s, 2 SB MVP’s and 2 NFL MVP’s…
    Right there Eli with that 1 SB…you’re right you and Tom are both QB’s!

  9. gamecheck1 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:28 AM

    At a boy Eli! Stand up for your self young buck! bout damn time!!!

  10. yamchargers says: Aug 17, 2011 7:28 AM

    LMAO!

    Tell you what Eli, you are at least as good as Trent Dilfer. Heck, I even think your a little better than the worst QB to ever win a Superbowl! If it wasnt for that Superbowl win you would be on the bubble in New York.

    In New York you cant ride that one win forever. And what have you done lately? Well thrown 25 interceptions off course!

  11. broncobeta says: Aug 17, 2011 7:28 AM

    Yeah, the case can be made that he’s not an “elite” quarterback.

    However, I for one appreciate the simple fact that he helped give us one of the most entertaining Super Bowls of all time.

  12. wryly1 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:29 AM

    The best decision Eli ever made was going to NY instead of SD, but if his name weren’t Manning, I’m not sure how many NFL teams he could start for.

  13. akulabug says: Aug 17, 2011 7:29 AM

    Man…that shot to the head last year really screwed him up.

    I’m not sure he would make it on the Pats roster with Mallett and Hoyer there.

  14. pftwstbshmc says: Aug 17, 2011 7:31 AM

    This is by far the funniest football related story I have read for the start of the 11-12 season. He is a middle of the road QB AT BEST and very lucky to be where he is. Most any good team would have him as a second string QB, nothing more, nothing less.

  15. madtolive5 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:31 AM

    I like Eli and I guess it is good for him to have this confidence but does anyone really need to make a case of why he is wrong?

  16. tomthebombtracy says: Aug 17, 2011 7:33 AM

    The only thing Eli has in common with elite is the first three letters of the words.

  17. DonRSD says: Aug 17, 2011 7:34 AM

    I like this kid. He isn’t flashy at all.
    Should have a big year this season.

  18. jcupo6 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:36 AM

    Sorry Eli, you are not in that class.

  19. ooops11 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:37 AM

    Something tells me that if you need to go out and campaign for yourself to be included in the “elite” category, you’re not quite there. Eli is a good quarterback but elite status isn’t self-proclaimed.

  20. angrycorgi says: Aug 17, 2011 7:38 AM

    “I’m not a 25-interception quarterback, I know that,” Manning said.

    —-

    The official stats suggest otherwise.

  21. therealsmiley says: Aug 17, 2011 7:39 AM

    He is a good quarterback….not great, and he still has time to get to that point with 3-5 seasons left. Hail!

  22. RussianBreadMaker says: Aug 17, 2011 7:39 AM

    He’s not an elite player because he’s a little in the slow side…and I’m not talking about his speed.

  23. sdintheknow says: Aug 17, 2011 7:39 AM

    If you have to tell people that you are elite, you’re probably not.

  24. jnbnet says: Aug 17, 2011 7:40 AM

    Next thing you know, he will be telling us how clasey he is.

  25. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 17, 2011 7:44 AM

    Statistically, he’s a top ten QB, maybe. But only Giants fans know how clutch he is in a 2-minute drill.

  26. wldkat says: Aug 17, 2011 7:44 AM

    Eli couldn’t carry Brady’s jock strap !

  27. Exiled1 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:45 AM

    The only thing that Eli & Elite have in common are the E-L-&-I.

  28. qdog112 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:46 AM

    Words you should never see grouped together are same, Brady, Eli, class – in any order. That’s unless Eli took a summer class in Ann Arbor we don’t know about.

  29. gpete1962 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:49 AM

    Payton
    Brady
    Rodgers
    Rothlesburger
    Rivers
    Brees
    Vick
    Flacco
    Ryan
    Romo
    McNabb
    Cutler
    Then Eli

    And I’m a Giant fan !!

  30. keepitsimplestoopid says: Aug 17, 2011 7:50 AM

    Winning one super bowl does not make you elite.

    I’m still not convinced he’s good enough to hold Marino’s hat. That he considers himself in the same class as Brady is, to me, laughable.

  31. zaggs says: Aug 17, 2011 7:50 AM

    “Though it would have made for a better story if Eli had been stumping for Burress, we agree with the decision. We’re not sure that we agree Eli is in the same class as Tom Brady, who has three Super Bowl rings and two of the top five single-season passer ratings in NFL history.”

    Considering Eli said Brady is better now without winning championships, its not about the championships. Though the only time Eli and Tom have competed in a championship, Eli won.
    Funny thing is that Drew Brees made the top 100 list, yet only had 3 less picks than Eli. Yet Eli had more of his passes bounce off his receivers lead to picks.

  32. seabreezes51 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:53 AM

    One lucky season does not an elite player make, Eli.

  33. enrgy2burn says: Aug 17, 2011 7:56 AM

    Hahahahhahahahahaha!!!! Sounds like eli and obama are both delusional!

  34. drop703 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:56 AM

    It’s good to be confident in your abilities.
    But SB MVP aside, is he better than…

    Brady
    Manning
    Brees
    Rodgers
    Rivers
    Roethlisberger
    Vick
    Ryan
    Schaub
    Freeman

    ??

    If you’re not in the top third of the league then you’re not elite.

  35. jpb12 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:59 AM

    “I’m not a 25-interception quarterback, I know that,” Manning said. “That’s going to be fixed and it should be a good year.”

    ————-

    Dude – You are what the numbers say you are.

  36. patpatriotagain says: Aug 17, 2011 8:02 AM

    Eli’s right – get it straight guys! calling him a 25 INT QB is an insult!

    Eli is a 14, 17, 18, 20, AND a 25 interception QB. 5 of his 6 years as full time starter are as bad or worse than brady’s worst year in 1o years.

    In fact, Eli already has 10 more career INT’s than Brady (113 to 103).

    Joke.

  37. drop703 says: Aug 17, 2011 8:03 AM

    @enrgy2burn

    Please keep it sports…I don’t think you know enough about politics (sports either) to mention others.

  38. gabagool72 says: Aug 17, 2011 8:05 AM

    drop703 says:
    Aug 17, 2011 7:56 AM
    It’s good to be confident in your abilities.
    But SB MVP aside, is he better than…

    Brady
    Manning
    Brees
    Rodgers
    Rivers
    Roethlisberger
    Vick
    Ryan
    Schaub
    Freeman

    ??

    If you’re not in the top third of the league then you’re not elite.

    Crazy putting Ryan, Schaub, Freeman, and Rivers above him. Ryan, Schaub, and Freeman need to actually win a playoff game. And Rivers, the same guy that plays in a pancake division, and beautiful weather all year round, gets way too much love for a great fantasy guy.

  39. mikea311 says: Aug 17, 2011 8:06 AM

    It’s good to be confident in your abilities.
    But SB MVP aside, is he better than…

    Brady
    Manning
    Brees
    Rodgers
    Rivers
    Roethlisberger
    Vick
    Ryan
    Schaub
    Freeman

    ??

    If you’re not in the top third of the league then you’re not elite.

    ——————–

    so what have shaub, freeman and ryan ever done?

    all you Eli haters hater can hate, but he manned up when he needed to the most.

  40. japdouds says: Aug 17, 2011 8:13 AM

    Simply having the last name Manning doesn’t make you an elite QB.

    *Career 58% completion rate is nowhere near elite
    *80.2 career QB Rating is nowhere near elite
    *6.8 career YPA is nowhere near elite
    *113 interceptions in 105 games in not elite
    *4-3 playoff record in 7 years is not elite

    But Eli has one thing going for him. Neither he nor Tom Brady have won a playoff game since they met in the SB back in 2007, so he is like Tom Brady in that regard.

  41. giantrealist says: Aug 17, 2011 8:16 AM

    That’s right Eli, you are an elite QB.

    You are also very handsome, look very intelligent, and have a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  42. capesquad says: Aug 17, 2011 8:17 AM

    Eli, you talk about how Brady got better as he went along and how you hope your next seven years are better but the way you talk you’d think you’re just entering the league and Brady’s at the end of his career. Um… you’ve been playing since 2004. He started playing in 2001. He’s got 3 (Three) seasons on you.

  43. japdouds says: Aug 17, 2011 8:17 AM

    mikea311 says: Aug 17, 2011 8:06 AM

    so what have shaub, freeman and ryan ever done?

    all you Eli haters hater can hate, but he manned up when he needed to the most.
    ===================================
    Eli led his team to a playoff win exactly one season in his 7 year career. It’s not like he is a guy that is a consistent winner in the postseason.

  44. angrycorgi says: Aug 17, 2011 8:21 AM

    I wonder if Eli was wearing his chintzy Citizen Eco-Drive watch when he gave Michael Kay these opinions.

  45. texline1 says: Aug 17, 2011 8:21 AM

    This just in: Eli Manning tore his rotator cuff while patting himself on the back.

  46. drop703 says: Aug 17, 2011 8:25 AM

    gabagool72 says:
    Aug 17, 2011 8:05 AM
    drop703 says:
    Aug 17, 2011 7:56 AM
    It’s good to be confident in your abilities.
    But SB MVP aside, is he better than…

    Brady
    Manning
    Brees
    Rodgers
    Rivers
    Roethlisberger
    Vick
    Ryan
    Schaub
    Freeman

    ??

    If you’re not in the top third of the league then you’re not elite.

    ———-
    Crazy putting Ryan, Schaub, Freeman, and Rivers above him. Ryan, Schaub, and Freeman need to actually win a playoff game. And Rivers, the same guy that plays in a pancake division, and beautiful weather all year round, gets way too much love for a great fantasy guy.
    ————

    Since the SB, Eli Manning has had 64 Turnovers. Matt Ryan and Schaub have played better than Eli. I’ll give you Freeman because he’s only had one solid year in the league but I didn’t even mention Romo or Flacco and they’ve outplayed him in the last 3 seasons as well.

  47. drop703 says: Aug 17, 2011 8:28 AM

    @mikea311

    The NFL is a what have you done for me lately league sir. Last time I checked he hasn’t been that good.

    Was he even on the top 100?

    Stop thinking about 2007. It will be 2012 before you know it;

    Ryan and Schaub have passed him…Romo’s better. Flacco has been more consistent, Cutler had the worst O-Line in the NFL and looked better last year. We can continue…

  48. nedhigginssports says: Aug 17, 2011 8:29 AM

    Who knows how many rings eli would have if, like Brady, he had the advantage of the AV club at the local high school filming all of the defenses signals in advance.

  49. texline1 says: Aug 17, 2011 8:29 AM

    The proof that he is not as good as Brady lies in the fact that Brady doesn’t have to tell people how good he is.

  50. swpstks says: Aug 17, 2011 8:33 AM

    Eli was a lucky catch catch by Tyree bad covergae by Asante Samuel and a weak Rodney Harrison from being a backup in this league. Elite QB child please!

  51. nfl fan says: Aug 17, 2011 8:33 AM

    Aug 17, 2011 7:38 AM
    “I’m not a 25-interception quarterback, I know that,” Manning said.
    —-
    The official stats suggest otherwise……One Year.

    The fumbles sliding head first and the left handed throws make you wonder, but the giants could do a lot worse. Even with the interceptions last year, the giants won 10 games. Eli’s pretty consistant, I’d take him….and he’s not a dog killer or a criminal.

  52. fillyfan9988 says: Aug 17, 2011 8:36 AM

    “I’m not a 25-interception quarterback.Sorry Eli, you are a 25 interception quarterback.The defensive backs of the NFL thank you for your contribution.

  53. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Aug 17, 2011 8:38 AM

    Last season, Eli was a 25-interception quarterback, and Tom Brady was a 4-interception quarterback. Eli’s opinion that he’s in the same “class” as Brady is baffling, to say the least. Eli is not Peyton.

  54. 7to10for6allday says: Aug 17, 2011 8:40 AM

    Elite?? Lmao, come on everyone knows the D is what got him his ring. Otherwise he’s an avg Matt cassel type player. Give me a break, that is comical!

  55. b1rdbath says: Aug 17, 2011 8:51 AM

    “Cmon now Freddo. Your my brother and I love you but you were never meant for this business. Poor, poor little Freddo”

    -your brother Peyton

  56. scudbot says: Aug 17, 2011 8:56 AM

    In the universe of teams who play home games in New Jersey, Eli’s an elite QB.

  57. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Aug 17, 2011 9:02 AM

    It must be something in the water in NY that makes these guys delusional! Rexy foot fetish thinks he’s going to win a Super Bowl, Posada thinks he can still play and now Eli, 25 INts don’t count, Manning thinks he’s elite. What next, A J Burnett thinking he’s worth all the $$ they are paying him. Get a grip NYers.

  58. gpete1962 says: Aug 17, 2011 9:06 AM

    all you Eli haters hater can hate, but he manned up when he needed to the most.

    ======================================

    Aside from Belichick, I don’t think anyone can really hate Eli, But they could definitely Question his opinion of his talent and ability……

    If his last name wasn’t manning could you imagine how much better the Giants would have been with Rothlesburger and Shaun Merriman.

    Thats what we gave up for him. Now your talking 2 or 3 Superbowls instead of 1

  59. melonnhead says: Aug 17, 2011 9:07 AM

    Currently third best QB in the NFCE.

  60. hus10188 says: Aug 17, 2011 9:08 AM

    japdouds says:
    So Mark ‘manage the game’ Sanchez is a better QB than Eli then with that comment.

    Listen Eli isn’t elite but he’s damn good, it just so happens that those upper echelon guys are on another level, ain’t no shame in being just a notch below them.

    But when you guys starting stating Schaub, Freeman and Ryan have passed him are just deluded and prisoners of the moment.

  61. coutre says: Aug 17, 2011 9:09 AM

    If his last name were anything but Manning he would be out of the league by now. He is AVERAGE at best.

  62. gpete1962 says: Aug 17, 2011 9:12 AM

    7to10for6allday says: Aug 17, 2011 8:40 AM

    Elite?? Lmao, come on everyone knows the D is what got him his ring. Otherwise he’s an avg Matt cassel type player. Give me a break, that is comical!

    ======================================

    I’ll go 1 better than that.

    Without Spag’s they don’t even make the playoffs

    Tom cough-cough-coughlin Suck’s

  63. Joe Brosnan says: Aug 17, 2011 9:12 AM

    To all you saying Manning would be a backup quarterback in this league, I really must ask if you watch the same league as I do.

    This year, teams will be starting quarterbacks by names of Tavaris Jackson, Alex Smith, Andy Dalton, Chad Henne, Colt McCoy, Kevin Kolb, Ryan Fitzpatrick, John Beck/Rex Grossman, and possibly Jimmy Clausen. I’m sorry but if you told me these teams would pass on Eli, or sit him behind the likes of these players, I think you may have been dropped on the head a few too many times (or played against James Harrison).

    Is Eli elite? That depends on your definition. If we’re talking about the top third of the league being elite, yes. Top 4, then no. The only players who are outright better than Eli who I cannot argue against are Brady, Peyton, Rodgers, Roethlisberger.

    The only current starting QBs in the league with a SB ring are: Brady (3), Roethlisberger (2), Brees (1), Rodgers (1), P. Manning (1), and Eli (1). I don’t know about you, but that’s my definition of Elite. Sure, 25 interceptions are a lot, but it seems only Eli gets crucified whereas Brees and Favre get anointed. But I get it. Eli plays for NY, so you inherently hate him. His big brother probably eliminated your team a few times as well, so you hate him more. And he looks like your brother-in-law, so you hate him even more.

    Oh yeah, two more points:

    Eli has not missed a start since taking over as the Giants’ quarterback.

    And out of all of the “elite” quarterbacks listed above, Eli has the highest Wonderlic Test score.

    (yes, I am at work, and yes, I am bored)

  64. 1509lucky says: Aug 17, 2011 9:13 AM

    Dude is such a WHINER! That is why he was left off the list. Total freaking Cry Baby……..

  65. hoobsher says: Aug 17, 2011 9:14 AM

    so, when presented with a reason that he isnt elite, hes whopping 25 ints last year, he simply said “im not a 25 interception quarterback.” eloquent, articulate, and every other iteration of the meaning. he is such a great debater that, when presented with a completely logical and factually correct point, he merely rejects it and says that it doesnt apply.

    wheres this guy from? mississippi, the symbol of education and intelligence.

  66. woods3timechamp says: Aug 17, 2011 9:23 AM

    The Brooklyn Zs should cut this guy

  67. brad302 says: Aug 17, 2011 9:23 AM

    When Eli refers to himself as Elite, does he mean below-average and over-rated. If so he is spot on, but someone should buy him a dictionary.

  68. mempusa says: Aug 17, 2011 9:29 AM

    Eli, do yourself a favor and stop talking and start playing.

  69. bullcharger says: Aug 17, 2011 9:36 AM

    In fairness to Eli, the guy asked him if he was in Brady’s class. What’s he supposed to say…no?

    Then the headline would be “Eli says he’s not an elite quarterback”. You can’t fault him for saying yes.

    That said, he is definitely not in top 5 in the current NFL and probably not even in the top 10 and therefore can’t be elite. Heck, he’s third in his own division. If it wasn’t for the run in 2007 he might have been cut by now.

  70. canemh says: Aug 17, 2011 9:37 AM

    if someone actually did a little journalism michael kay asked him are u top 5 top 10–do u want him to say no im n0t any good. he might not be top 5 but hes around 10th, 11th–obviously none of u watch him play. since plax went down how many diff wr’s has he had–probably about 15. dont embarass me with freeman–the guy has played 2 years. lets see him actually do something first. a lot of eli haters–prob the same guys who hate jeter

  71. phillybirdgang1933 says: Aug 17, 2011 9:37 AM

    BLAH BLAH BLAH what a great leader by saying i’m on the level of other better qb’s. No wonder your weapons got new helmets this year. Diary of a wimpy kid if you ask me. You should had said ” I plan on bouncing back this year and improving my game without my best two receivers i every had. I have confidences in my game and team mates. DON’T COUNT US OUT PERIOD. Keep other players names out your mouth, but i guess you need legs to go with the story. But guess what we don’t believe you. You need more people……………..

  72. rooneyruleblues says: Aug 17, 2011 9:37 AM

    Eli isnt even close to being as good as Rivers who was given to the Chargers on draft day. Not even in the same ballpark.

  73. livxsiv says: Aug 17, 2011 9:39 AM

    In my opinion, the one thing that separates Eli from the Elites, (Besides his play, and probably more important than his play.) is that, from the outside looking in, he lacks that burning desire to win. You don’t see the fire, and the passion that you see in QBs like Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning. They DEMAND greatness. Brady would not have been afraid to hurt anybody’s feelings in demanding ownership pickup Plax, if he truly felt Plax was going to put them over the top, that that’s what NE needed to win. He would’ve campaigned for him in a heartbeat, even if it wasn’t publicly. To me, it seems like Eli wanted Plax, but was too afraid of the repercussions that might’ve occurred if he had spoke out.

  74. skins23 says: Aug 17, 2011 9:40 AM

    Most overrated QB in the league. If his name wasn’t Manning and he didn’t play in NY, no one would talk about him.

  75. skins23 says: Aug 17, 2011 9:42 AM

    And lets be real – Plax was the real MVP of the SB. Go look at the numbers – Eli was AWFUL for first 3 quarters and his 4th quarter numbers were boosted by the miracle catch and Boss’ huge catch and run.

  76. canemh says: Aug 17, 2011 9:52 AM

    u are crazy if u think brady would have gone against his coach and stood up for a player that embarassed the organization and the coach.

  77. rc33 says: Aug 17, 2011 9:52 AM

    One thing’s for certain; if Eli was wearing a Patriot uniform this year, he’d be carrying a clipboard all season.

    “Damn good” QB’s don’t throw 25 picks. Period.
    That’s a totally unacceptable number and nowhere near “elite.”
    As someone pointed out, Eli’s thrown 10 more career picks than Brady has….in 3 fewer seasons as a starter.
    IMO, he’s the 3rd best starting QB in the NFC East.

  78. wutliss07 says: Aug 17, 2011 10:06 AM

    Eli is clearly suffering from the side effects of taking to many shots to the head

  79. canemh says: Aug 17, 2011 10:09 AM

    another outsider who doesnt have a clue–first of all plax didnt do squat in the super bowl except for the td–against green bay he was phenomenal. and boss must have had a huge run because eli threw for 255 yards that day–and outplayed brady like he ouplayed romo and outplayed favre

  80. plifer says: Aug 17, 2011 10:12 AM

    You gave up Rivers and Merriman I believe.

    Either way, probably would have been a better team with Rivers vs. Eli. Rivers is a better QB.

    In terms of elite…I don’t think the top 1/3 of the QB’s in this league qualify as elite. Elite to me is the top 2. It’s about Brady and Peyton and everyone else is just on a lower level. However, that next level you have Big Ben, Brees, Rivers, Rodgers, etc…and the level below that is where you would find Eli.

  81. sportsfuhnatic says: Aug 17, 2011 10:16 AM

    Sorry…but, no Eli. Absolute FAIL! I’m siding with the rest of the NFL on this one.

    When the reporter asked:

    But what about throwing 25 interceptions in 2010, when the most Brady has ever thrown in a season is 14?

    The reporter forgot to quote Eli’s, “uh, uh, uhhhh…”

  82. hus10188 says: Aug 17, 2011 10:20 AM

    rc33 says:
    Aug 17, 2011 9:52 AM

    One thing’s for certain; if Eli was wearing a Patriot uniform this year, he’d be carrying a clipboard all season.

    —–
    Lol, way to go out on a limb there. You patriot fans are so insightful its scary.

    Like really, it’s easy to talk about Elite QBs when you have the best in the league. TBH, you’re comments reek of SB 42 bitterness.

    One thing’s for certain: When there was 2 mins to go, in the 4th, down 4 points, Eli constructed a drive down the field for the go ahead TD and put your record for undefeated-ness to crashing halt.

    18-1!!!! GO BIG BLUE.

  83. sdffa11 says: Aug 17, 2011 10:22 AM

    In his defense, I saw most if not all giants games last year and a lot of the INTs eli threw bounced off his receivers hands and to the opposing team so many of those INTs shouldn’t be attributed to eli but to his TEs and WRs BUT….he still sucks

  84. denverwally says: Aug 17, 2011 10:28 AM

    Eli,
    watch a little video of yourself, PLEASE.

    What a jackass.

  85. steelerfan999 says: Aug 17, 2011 10:30 AM

    AWE SHUCKS

  86. gcsuk says: Aug 17, 2011 10:38 AM

    skins23 says: Aug 17, 2011 9:42 AM

    And lets be real – Plax was the real MVP of the SB. Go look at the numbers – Eli was AWFUL for first 3 quarters and his 4th quarter numbers were boosted by the miracle catch and Boss’ huge catch and run.
    ————————————————————————
    Let’s be real…Plax had 2 catches in the game. Those are not MVP stats. Eli had more of a claim to the MVP trophy, as did Strahan and Tuck. Hell, give the MVP to Tyree! Any of those 4 were much more worthy than Plax.

    Are you assuming because he caught the game winning TD on a perfectly placed ball (from Eli Manning) when he was WIDE OPEN that he was the MVP?

    Don’t be an idiot…oh, wait, you’re a Skins fan. My bad.

  87. n0hopeleft says: Aug 17, 2011 10:38 AM

    All Eagles fans tote their double digit win record, year in and year out.

    This dude wins games, and is in contention every year for the NFC East title.

    Whether Philly wants to trash him or not, the dude put up a 4 TD lead on your defense. FACT.

    And for the record, for those of you that don’t know Michael Kay – he is an absolute D-BAG, NY media pansy, that always stirs this kind of pot… He asked Eli the question, Eli didn’t bring this up, NOR WOULD HE EVER.

  88. sieg1234 says: Aug 17, 2011 10:39 AM

    Well we all know who Eli Manning’s biggest fan is: Eli Manning.

    He is absolutely nuts if he think’s he is in Tom Brady’s class. He is not even remotely close. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are 2 of the 10 greatest QB’s to ever play the game, and prob 2 of the top 5. Peyton’s little bro had an 8 game stretch where he put up Peyton or Brady-esque numbers…other than that, he’s been very, very average. At times he has shown he has talent, but he is far too inconsistent to even be close to great. During his career he has been closer to average than to great.

    Eli Manning is more Brady Quinn than Tom Brady – ok not that bad, but he’s quite a few notches below the greats, with almost no shot of every making “great” status.

  89. patslaya says: Aug 17, 2011 11:02 AM

    Interesting comments. I like the one that said if Eli’s last name wasn’t Manning he couldn’t start for any team. Really? I think if his last name wasn’t Manning he would be getting a lot more respect. Let’s be honest here, Eli may not be the best but he is far from bottom of pack. Also like the SD fan that compared him to Dilfer. I think that SD fans are still bitter. How many SB wins does your savior Rivers have? I actually liked Rivers better in that draft and hoped the Giants would trade down and draft him but now I am glad they didn’t. Rivers numbers are inflated by playing in a horrible division for one thing.

  90. toolkien says: Aug 17, 2011 11:04 AM

    I think that’s swell – those two guys being buds enough to be in the same class.

    So what is it – basket weaving? Origami? Cooking light?

    Seriously, sure “the greats” can be hyped all out of proportion and Brady has been accordingly. And E Manning may be a HAIR underrated. But in the same class? When a team would take Brady over you in a heart beat, and probably 6 other guys in between, you aren’t in the same class.

  91. drunkendegenerate says: Aug 17, 2011 11:11 AM

    The Patriots cheated

  92. hobartbaker says: Aug 17, 2011 11:22 AM

    Eli is more than half way to being elite. He just needs the “t” and the “e”. He is going to speak with Terry Bradshaw to see if he can help.

  93. drvax says: Aug 17, 2011 11:30 AM

    Eli…. I’m a Giant fan and dude, you suck…

  94. rayray52 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:31 AM

    Eli you are on the same level as Derek Anderson…Tom bradys wife is a better qb than u ever wil be

  95. skins23 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:43 AM

    My bad, I misremembered Plax’ stats from that game – I was thinking of Toomer. Either way, Eli was terrible for 3 quarters and then got his azz bailed out on the luckiest play in NFL history in which 13 holding calls were ignored.

    Giants D-line was the MVP of that game and of the postseason.

    Somebody did some number crunching last year which showed that the 07 Giants were the unlikeliest (read: luckiest) playoff team to ever win a super bowl.

    Eli is average.

  96. jakek2 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:44 AM

    Quickest way to gather the hating fans of SD, NE, PHI and DAL….post an Eli is good article.

    Eli plays in the most difficult stadium in the most difficult division in the NFL. He’s won an average of 10 games the last 4 years and beat 2 first ballot HOF-ers in the playoffs. If Plax doesn’t shoot himself and if some of his WRs didn’t perfect the tip drill (Eags fans…watch what happens with S. Smith!), he’d have more wins.

    Rivers – CHOKE, FF-STAR, crap division, great weather
    Flacco – not bad but shrinks in big games
    Romo – has done nothing but stay hurt and cause JJ more wrinkles
    Vick, Ryan, Freeman, etc., etc., – have done nil

    Go back to hateville

  97. mbsbjb3 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:44 AM

    WOW….what haters. Eli is as clutch as they come under two minutes, and even with 25 interceptions his QB rating has been getting better every single year. After he wins another SB MVP at some point in the next 1-3 years, you will all be riding the manning train. But to all the haters, know this, at the end of the day you can hate on eli, you can say he is dumb or goofy looking, but his sperm is worth more than your entire life. HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAAAHAHAAA

  98. foreverengland says: Aug 17, 2011 12:02 PM

    Many of you lightweight respondents are acting like Manning’s remarks were offered up out of nowhere. HE WAS ASKED IF HE PUT HIMSELF IN THE SAME CLASS AS TOM BRADY! He answered a forced choice question the only way a confident qb could. Everyone – please check out video and/or SI’s frame-by-frame breakdown of the greatest play in Super Bowl history. Not only did Manning make an incredible escape from the rush, he squared up and looked to his right before he threw to David Tyree in the middle of the field. Is he in Tom Brady’s class? No – but he’s a very good qb.

  99. savagem47 says: Aug 17, 2011 12:12 PM

    Haters will hate and they will continue to hate… 4000 yds and 31 TDs is pretty elite, but people fail to bring those stats up. 25 INTs is not elite, of course, but he took a bunch of nobody’s on the o-line and a depleted WR corps to within 7 1/2 mins of ANOTHER division title and ANOTHER home playoff game. Find me another QB that could throw that many INTS and STILL win 10 games? Not to mention he is tough as nails, not missing a start and playing through injuries. Like is whole life he will let the haters hate and continue to prove everybody wrong.

  100. yournuts says: Aug 17, 2011 12:42 PM

    I love his attitude. How can you not? He is getting better each year and still learning. Go Eli, go Giants.

  101. klh0526 says: Aug 17, 2011 12:55 PM

    The funny part of this story is that the only real quarterback debate that is close in the NFL is who is number 1 and who is number 2: Peyton or Brady? (I’m a Pats fan and concede this is a close call!)

    Apparently, Eli thinks it is Brady, since that is who he chose his make his case!

  102. bendhur says: Aug 17, 2011 1:12 PM

    duh,yeah,maybe, but he’s no rodgers. go pack

  103. jakek2 says: Aug 17, 2011 1:14 PM

    Apparently, Eli thinks it is Brady, since that is who he chose his make his case!
    —-
    klho – Eli was asked whether he thought he was in Brady’s league. He didn’t really have a choice. If I had to guess, I’d say he thought Peyton was better. Not because Peyton is his brother but because he is 0-2 vs. Peyton and 1-1 vs. Brady.

  104. 1historian says: Aug 17, 2011 1:18 PM

    He’s fundamentally sound, he is a good QB.

    Great? no.

    IMO his career day came in the Super Bowl in 2008. He never played that well before and he has not come close to it since.

  105. bradybbgoat says: Aug 17, 2011 1:29 PM

    Some Eli Manning stats for everyone:

    -When playing from behind last year, Eli threw 13 ints.
    -On 3rd downs, Eli had a 54.5 rating and threw 15 ints
    -In the 4th Q, Eli had a 65.0 rating
    -Close and late: 77.1 rating
    -16 road ints

    Sounds like Brady, eh?
    I thought not.

  106. zeussuperman says: Aug 17, 2011 1:34 PM

    Maybe he thought the radio host was asking him about his “Eli” status.

    “Yeah, I do think I’m one of the premier Eli’s in the game.”

  107. jakek2 says: Aug 17, 2011 1:57 PM

    zeus – now that is funny!!

  108. fmwarner says: Aug 17, 2011 2:00 PM

    Eli is probably better than most people give him credit for, and seems to be a guy that says and does the right things. His teammates seem to rally around him.

    But elite? Comparable to Tom Brady? Not so much.

  109. muchdrama says: Aug 17, 2011 2:44 PM

    I think we should look at it like this: how important is he to the Giants?

    Answer: indispensable.

  110. EAST SIDE RYNO says: Aug 17, 2011 4:18 PM

    I love this. What’s wrong with a quarterback showing confidence? It’s not like he said he was better than Brady. Manning has thrown for over 4,000 yards in the past two season. He also beat Brady in a Super Bowl during the greatest playoff run in NFL history. Sounds like an elite quarterback to me.

  111. jints3bowls says: Aug 17, 2011 4:33 PM

    Also, he was asked the question….what would you say? Trust me, the Giants FO, the players, the fans all want to hear this.

  112. kev86 says: Aug 17, 2011 5:02 PM

    Gotta love Easy Eli. He racks up the wins, yards and TD’s.

    And if you had Matt Dodge as your punter last year, yould take an Eli chuck it up for grabs on 3rd and long too.

  113. markerdown says: Aug 17, 2011 6:09 PM

    Ha! I’m a Giants fan …..he must be talking about Payton. I don’t see elite in Eli except for the first three letters.

    Now pay wise, he is up there. We’ll see how “elite” he is come december after he’s hit the turf enough of times from sep-nov :-)

  114. CKL says: Aug 17, 2011 6:48 PM

    For those who say HE WAS ASKED THE QUESTION. So what? Does that mean he has to answer yes or no? No it does not. He could say, “Well ratings and class and all that, it’s for you guys in the media to discuss. I’m just focused on getting better every year and doing everything I can to help my team win.
    DONE.

    That said this kind of talk from Eli is a stunner. I always liked the kid even though I felt he was just somewhat better than average. He has the right mental and physical toughness to play in NY. I am sure his brother does not (mental toughness wise). So even though think this entire interview is ludicrous I think it’s so out of character that give him a pass.

  115. stvang says: Aug 17, 2011 10:04 PM

    jakek2 says:Aug 17, 2011 11:44 AM

    Eli plays in the most difficult stadium in the most difficult division in the NFL.

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    LMAO! Lay off the crack pipe dude your delusional.

    The NFCE is not even the most competative division NFC let alone the entire NFL.

    NFCS is by far the toughest division in the NFC.
    NFCN/NFCE about the same.
    NFCW is a joke.

    Toughest stadium? Have been to soldier field? That field has more pot holes than beruit parking lot.

    If we add inthe AFC Im not sure the NFCE is even the 4th most competative.

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