Eli talks about his “elite” answer

Giants quarterback Eli Manning made waves Tuesday by putting himself in the same class as Pats quarterback Tom Brady.

He had a chance on Thursday as part of a DirecTV media tour to elaborate on or abandon his remarks.

He chose the former.

For more, here’s the clip from today’s PFT Live.

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16 responses to “Eli talks about his “elite” answer

  1. What Eli said was that he thinks he can be as good as any QB out there and that he didn’t want to dis (disrespect) any of the receivers currently on the team by lobbying for Burress.

    Is that what passes for controversy? To me it sounds like what you should say and how you should act. Am I wrong?

  2. He wanted to go from just plain “Eli” to “Elite” so he asked Terry Bradshaw for help. Terry had the “t”, but not the “e”. Bradshaw did have an “a” which he offered to Manning, but that wasn’t going to work.

  3. as a practical matter, this is yet another great piece of football journalism. we need more attorneys to jump into sports blogging. just a little.

  4. hobartbaker says: Aug 18, 2011 3:30 PM

    He wanted to go from just plain “Eli” to “Elite” so he asked Terry Bradshaw for help. Terry had the “t”, but not the “e”. Bradshaw did have an “a” which he offered to Manning, but that wasn’t going to work.
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    You know, this whole “Eli is the first 3 letters in Elite” thing is getting old. And the above comment was, quite possibly, the stupidest one I’ve read yet. I feel dumber for having read it.
    Hobart, do you realize that “Terry” STARTS with “T E”? Way to nullify your whole weak attempt at humor.

  5. Oh, fer cryin’ out loud. What’s the guy supposed to say?

    “Eli, do you consider yourself to be a top-5 quarterback?”

    “No, Mike; frankly, I suck.”

    Really? Moronic comments aside, the guy is a good QB. One of the best? That’s debatable, but I don’t blame him for having a little self-confidence. You’re never going to be a decent QB if you doubt yourself.

  6. @glowingstone

    That doesn’t make much sense. He could have deferred and given the right statement, such as: “Those kind of things are left for the fans, media; people like that to debate on and decide. For me, I just want to be the best I can possibly be and I work harder each year to improve upon the prior season, that’s all I can worry about.” Simple as that…

    It’s not debatable that he is one of the best though, he’s really not even close at all.

    Also, at what point does a QB need to be honest with himself? I mean should Alex Smith have the same kind of response? Should Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford? Hell, should Matt Moore and David Carr? Chad Henne? At what point does a QB need to be honest with themselves?

  7. C’mon you homers… the guy stuck out his chin when he said he belonged in the ‘top 5 QB in the league’ discussion. That wasn’t taken out of context.

    That’s not ‘confidence’, that’s ‘delusional’.

    What he should have said was: ‘I’d like to think so and that’s my target.’ What he said was laughable and an excellent storyline.

    He’s not even remotely in the same sentence as ‘the top 5 or elite’… He deserves the slaps.

    What makes an elite QB? Elite results. His are mediocre-to-good.

    Good QB – OK, but that’s about it.

  8. Every time this twit opens his mouth, he proves that he’s just a goober who graduated from Ole Sis.

  9. @seig1234:

    Baloney. He could have answered the question any number of ways, your way being one of them, the way he actually did answer being another. Your answer was fine; his was too.

    And spare me the “he’s not even close” crap. You don’t win a Super Bowl with a mediocre QB under center. Sorry.

    Like I said, one of the best? Maybe; maybe not. Good enough to help his team win a Super Bowl? Obviously.

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