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Eli Manning will probably make the Top 100 players this year

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I was asked a few times during Super Bowl week to rank Eli Manning’s place in the current quarterback hierarchy.

For 2011 alone, I put him in a tie for fourth with Ben Roethlisberger behind Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees. Before 2011, Manning would have been closer to No. 10 than No. 5.

NFL players didn’t see him as a top-10 guy a year ago. They didn’t even see him as a top-100 guy among all players in NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2011 list unveiled last offseason. (To Florio’s credit, he argued on-air that Manning deserved to make the list last year.)

Some quarterbacks that made the list over Eli: Donovan McNabb, Josh Freeman, and Joe Flacco.

Some other notable names that ranked ahead of Manning: Terrell Owens, Andre Gurode, Jeff Saturday, Antrel Rolle, Mike Williams (TB), and Chad Clifton.

Players will have a chance to change their mind. NFL Network is running the “Top 100″ players series again, starting at 8 PM on April 28th — after the third day of the draft.

Here’s a prediction: Eli Manning ranks ahead of Donovan McNabb this year.

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30 Responses to “Eli Manning will probably make the Top 100 players this year”
  1. jerseyshoregiant says: Feb 9, 2012 12:17 PM

    I am pretty positive Eli couldn’t care less about his list.

  2. bobwheel says: Feb 9, 2012 12:19 PM

    OK, I’ll get it started. He’s better than Ben and the Brady of today. Of course, I’d still rank him behind Rogers and Brees.

  3. zaggs says: Feb 9, 2012 12:22 PM

    Funny thing is that last year if his receivers didn’t volley up the ball 8 times the leader in interceptions would not have been Eli, but Brees.

  4. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 9, 2012 12:24 PM

    Not even Leslie Frazier thought McNabb was better than Manning when he signed him last year. Clearly, there must be some problem with the way they compile this list.

  5. gcsuk says: Feb 9, 2012 12:25 PM

    “Here’s a prediction: Eli Manning ranks ahead of Donovan McNabb this year.”
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    And ahead of “Matty Ice”, Joe Flacco, Josh Freeman, etc…

    Additionally he should be ahead of Peyton. Not that he has a better “body of work”, but since it is players from 2011 only, I think Eli had the better year (but Peyton made a better commercial). Peyton technically can’t even make the list.

  6. novawildcat17 says: Feb 9, 2012 12:33 PM

    The wonderful thing about Eli is that he doesn’t give a damn about what any of the “talking heads” say about him. Gotta love him for that!

  7. theharshestreality says: Feb 9, 2012 12:37 PM

    Shows you what the NFL players know, eh?

  8. jbl429 says: Feb 9, 2012 12:39 PM

    It’s a stupid list. The players (just like the fans) rank players based off of hype and their like/dislike of the player. That’s the reason players like Mike Vick and Steve Hutchinson still make the list when they don’t deserve to be on there.

  9. jimr10 says: Feb 9, 2012 12:41 PM

    i hope we can put the annointing oil and gold jacket away for Eli and get on to some important things; free agency and the draft..

  10. mrizvi66 says: Feb 9, 2012 12:48 PM

    more important where will Alex Smith rank? #100? #75? he did lead the 49ers to the NFC Title game…

  11. epetk says: Feb 9, 2012 12:51 PM

    That list was a pretty wacky. Jared Allen was at #80. I know he had a down year but that seemed like a wild overreaction.

  12. doowix says: Feb 9, 2012 1:00 PM

    Put Megatron in the top 5.

  13. tedmurph says: Feb 9, 2012 1:03 PM

    Wow, this accomplishment has got to be right up there with his two rings. He can go to Disneyland again.

  14. kya_tropic_fan says: Feb 9, 2012 1:10 PM

    bobwheel says: Feb 9, 2012 12:19 PM

    OK, I’ll get it started. He’s better than Ben and the Brady of today. Of course, I’d still rank him behind Rogers and Brees.
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    Not an Eli basher or a Brady apologist, but the problem with “Brady of today” is he doesnt have anyone who makes a clutch play on his team (offense or defense). Look back to the 3 SBs he won, there were countless players on the those teams that just made plays when plays needed to be made. But when you look at the SBs that Brady has lost, he has had no one make a play for him. In SB42 all Brady needed was Asante Samual to catch a ball the Manning put right into his hands, but he didnt make the play. In SB46 you can argue that the Welker drop late in the 4th quarter falls into the same category. When the lights are the brightest, and the moment is the biggest, Brady doesnt get help. In contrast, all Manning has to do is launch a pass down field and someone comes down with it. Brady doesnt have a David Tyree on his team. All Brady can do is throw a ball that is catchable, and he has done that in all 5 of his SBs, the difference between winning and losing is whether or not the person at the other end makes a play. With that being said, I think the top 4 in no particular order are Rodgers/Brees/Brady/Manning

  15. jg725 says: Feb 9, 2012 1:20 PM

    I have said this before but – that top 100 list was one of the dumbest lists i have ever seen regarding a professional sport – come on now – JOSH FREEMAN? VICK? MCNABB? FLACCO? not to mention probably 80 other players that have no business even being in the same sentence as eli manning(even before the sb 4 days ago) – that list was such a joke – eli is about on par with rothlisberger – and behind rogers(1 sb ring btw), brees( again – 1 sb ring) and brady – if you are objective, you really can’ put any other qb’s ahead him.

  16. JSpicoli says: Feb 9, 2012 1:24 PM

    I love subjective and meaningless lists coming from opinions of other people.

    Signed,

    Modern Day Sports Stooge

  17. radrntn says: Feb 9, 2012 1:37 PM

    thats crazy, the superbowl MVP makiing the top 100…..next thing you know QB’s with 2 superbowl rings will be in canton, and the best punter in the history of the NFL will be to….complete nonsense I say.

  18. shackdelrio says: Feb 9, 2012 1:39 PM

    Just to get this straight…

    The fans get the Pro Bowl voting wrong.

    The media gets the Hall of Fame voting wrong.

    The players get the NFL Network Top 100 wrong.

    Who’s left? The owners? Mascots?

  19. bigbluenationdb says: Feb 9, 2012 1:40 PM

    Big Ben is a joke to be in the top 5. He hides behind a defense that only gives up 13 points a game. The AFC North is historically awful.

    In three super bowls he hasn’t even been the best QB on the field. His WRs were named MVP of the game. That tells you how bad his performance must have been in those games.

  20. jenniferxxx says: Feb 9, 2012 1:44 PM

    If I were him I’d tell them where to stick their list.

  21. rascalmanny says: Feb 9, 2012 2:15 PM

    Even now the know-it-alls on bspn question Eli’s place in NFL QB history.

    And going by history I bet Giants fans will want to trade him next year… along with their coach. LOL.

    And next year we’ll be once again overloaded with how great Michael Vick is and how he’s the future of the NFL.

    I hope Eli gets another ring to go with his current two rings.

  22. whatnojets says: Feb 9, 2012 2:45 PM

    b1unt3d says:
    May 24, 2011 3:07 PM
    DonRSD says:
    if he had ANY other last name than manning, he would be considered a top 5 QB

    Who on this list of 8 is he better than?
    Aaron Rodgers
    Drew Brees
    Joe Flacco
    Matt Ryan
    Phillip Rivers
    Peyton Manning
    Tom Brady
    Ben Roethlisberger

    And I can make an argument that these 5 quarterbacks are better and/or have more potential as well:
    Jay Cutler
    Mark Sanchez
    Michael Vick
    Josh Freeman
    Sam Bradford

    Top 5 QB? He’s not even top 10.

  23. bobwheel says: Feb 9, 2012 3:26 PM

    kya_tropic_fan says: “Not an Eli basher or a Brady apologist, but the problem with “Brady of today” is he doesnt have anyone who makes a clutch play on his team (offense or defense).”

    I respect your opinion, but in my opinion, Brady’s teammates made clutch plays all year long just to get him and his team to the Super Bowl. Brady simply does not perform at the same level consistently that he used to. You could also use your logic to say that many of Eli’s 25 interceptions in 2010 were a result of his receivers not holding on to the ball.

    If you’re objectively judging their respective performances in the present, Eli wins.

  24. bbk1000 says: Feb 9, 2012 3:50 PM

    whatnojets says:Feb 9, 2012 2:45 PM

    b1unt3d says:
    May 24, 2011 3:07 PM
    DonRSD says:
    if he had ANY other last name than manning, he would be considered a top 5 QB

    Who on this list of 8 is he better than?
    Aaron Rodgers
    Drew Brees
    Joe Flacco
    Matt Ryan
    Phillip Rivers
    Peyton Manning
    Tom Brady
    Ben Roethlisberger

    And I can make an argument that these 5 quarterbacks are better and/or have more potential as well:
    Jay Cutler
    Mark Sanchez
    Michael Vick
    Josh Freeman
    Sam Bradford

    Top 5 QB? He’s not even top 10.

    There really should be a football IQ test given to people, perhaps the Wonderlic, as it would save us from stupid posts….this guy does not know football….

  25. salvi5574 says: Feb 9, 2012 3:54 PM

    As a Giant fan, we will all be looking back in 15 years and be saying “Gosh I wish we still had Eli”. Not just for his play on the field, but how he has handled New York For all the criticism this guy has received, there isnt a single QB who could have handled it any better. His attitude is perfect for NY, list like this one don’t matter to Eli. What a class act he is, and so is his head coach….two guys who really never call attention to themselves. It is extremely refreshing to see.

  26. kev86 says: Feb 9, 2012 4:40 PM

    I have Eli ranked #1 at QB.

    I saw Rodgers in the playoffs this year and Eli was better. Rodgers was in his own backyard too. Brees seems like an indoor only guy to me. Eli ahead of Brady is easy for me because he cant beat Eli. I dont have Big Ben ranked in my top 5. Nowhere near as durable as Eli.

    Eli is #1

  27. tjacks7 says: Feb 9, 2012 4:53 PM

    b1unt3d says:
    May 24, 2011 3:07 PM
    DonRSD says:
    if he had ANY other last name than manning, he would be considered a top 5 QB

    Who on this list of 8 is he better than?
    Aaron Rodgers
    Drew Brees
    Joe Flacco
    Matt Ryan
    Phillip Rivers
    Peyton Manning
    Tom Brady
    Ben Roethlisberger

    And I can make an argument that these 5 quarterbacks are better and/or have more potential as well:
    Jay Cutler
    Mark Sanchez
    Michael Vick
    Josh Freeman
    Sam Bradford

    Top 5 QB? He’s not even top 10.

    ———

    I would say he’s easily better than Flacco, Ryan, Cutler, Sanchez (SANCHEZ????), Freeman, and Bradford. And I LOL at you even mentioning these guys as better QBs than Eli. I’d also say he’s better than Vick and Rivers. He’s definitely in the mix with Peyton, Brady, Brees, Rodgers, and Rivers. And honestly, I’d say he’s better than Rivers.

  28. djjasonpaul says: Feb 9, 2012 5:41 PM

    Eli is a top 100 player but I don’t think he is even close to being in the top 20 or 30 to be honest. If you look at what he has done, it really isn’t that impressive. A Superbowl win or two doesn’t make you elite, is everyone else on the team elite that won the two bowls? Elite has Eli’s letters in it but he has a long way to go to get to be on that list..

  29. kya_tropic_fan says: Feb 9, 2012 6:31 PM

    Let me put it another way bobwheel, if Brady had Cruz, Manningham, and Nicks we would be talking about Brady’s 4th SB ring. I love Welker, and I agree that Brady’s players made plays all year to get them there, but I said when the stage was the biggest his playmakers disappeared. Put Branch, Welker, and Ochocinco on the Giants and tell me how good Eli Manning would be…

  30. mikes92nygiants says: Feb 9, 2012 8:33 PM

    Lol Eli FTW

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