Tom Brady: Eli benching is “pretty unfortunate”

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Beyond winning a pair of Super Bowls for the Giants, quarterback Eli Manning may end up being better known throughout NFL history as the guy who kept Tom Brady and Bill Belichick from getting two more of their own. On Thursday, Brady provided his first reaction to the news that the Giants have shown their appreciation for Eli’s efforts by unceremoniously benching him.

“I have nothing but the most respect for him and everything he’s achieved and accomplished in his career,” Brady tells Jim Gray of Westwood One. “Obviously, being on the other side of two of those Super Bowl losses to an Eli Manning-led team, I just have so much respect for his dependability, for his consistency, for his toughness. You know, that’s really everything you want in an NFL player and I think Eli has always provided that for the team. So I think it’s a pretty unfortunate situation.”

The development has reinforced Brady’s long-held belief that professional sports teams will inevitably move on from anyone, and from everyone.

“I think there’s always these types of situations,” Brady said. “I think as a fan growing up, I mean to see Joe Montana playing in another uniform and again to see Jerry Rice or Ronnie Lott, you know, guys that I really looked up to and admired, there’s not many happy endings in sports, and you know that’s just the way it is. You always wish for everything to go, you know, like a fairy tale but it doesn’t. Michael Jordan played for the Washington Wizards. I mean who would have ever believed that? And that’s just pro sports.”

Yes, it is. And as much as Brady wants his own fairy tale finish, there’s no guarantee he’ll get one. Given that most of the last 17 years has been a fairy tale for Brady, he probably won’t complain if he ends up getting a clunky, awkward sendoff as well.

Chances are the Patriots will continue to show much more respect for what Brady has done for the team, however, than the Giants have shown for what Eli had done. Then again, any respect shown to Brady would be more than what the Giants have shown to Eli.

46 responses to “Tom Brady: Eli benching is “pretty unfortunate”

  1. Brady will most likely have the chance to end his career as he wishes since the Pats do not have a replacement on the roster. By the time the Pats develop a replacement Brady will probably be ready to move on or may be amenable to being a backup at age 43 or so.

  2. As much as it’s fun to hate the Giants as a Patriots fan and to make fun of Eli, that is just what fans are supposed to do. I still respect Eli and I think how he has been treated is a complete joke. It’s the kind of mistake that could doom the Giants for a decade. Eli will land on his feet next year and probably have a great year. He’ll get the last laugh.

  3. Brady “gets it”. That’s why he still approaches the game like a guy stil fighting to make the roster. The fact is that Eli’s production has significantly decined the last few years, while Brady’s has not maintained his production, he’s improved on it.

    When Brady’s production starts to decline and the Pats have someone who they think can do better, he too will be gone. And he will understand why, and leave with the same grace and integrity he had when he was with the team.

    And if he goes to play with some other team, then I will root for his success there as well……EXCEPT when he plays against the Pats.

  4. There’s also the length of success – Brady has won 15 div titles (every year as starter) and if he makes it to the SB it will be his 8th in 16 completed seasons – an amazing 50%. His whole career has been at the top. When you look at other greats they had much shorter spans (or spaced out ones) at that sort of peak, or in Eli’s case no span but two of his 9-7 seasons ended in a crazy streak.

    If Brady started to decline next year, he’d see out his 2019 contract and then probably another year or two while the team became more defense-built again both for him and whoever he and Hoyer (contracted 3yrs) help bring on as the next franchise QB. Trading JimmyG pretty much all but confirmed Brady is retiring a Patriot.

  5. Anything less than a statue in that plaza area between the Gillette Stadium entrance, the Patriots HOF building, and stairs to CBS Scene will be disrespect.

    Brady successfully won his challenge against highly drafted Jimmy G and the Patriots have nobody to replace Brady for at least the next two years. At least, he’s not year to year. He is probably good through the year of his 43rd birthday. That’s as much as any 40-year old QB could ask for.

  6. Brady enjoys the privilege of playing in a system so great, a high school QB can start in it and have success. No other QB has that luxury. So it’s understandable why he sees Eli’s benching as unfortunate.

  7. Eli is a good qb and by all accounts, a great guy. The Giants have handled this poorly. I agree with the above poster that Eli will get the last laugh.

  8. One knock that I have against Eli and I think it’s very fair ,,,,when you are getting paid like Eli is getting paid and cannot extend plays you should not be getting paid like Eli

  9. redclaw1314 says:

    Brady will most likely have the chance to end his career as he wishes since the Pats do not have a replacement on the roster.
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    That didn’t stop the Giants.

  10. jason9696 says:
    November 30, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Eli Manning is Tom Brady’s kryptonite.
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    How do you figure?

  11. I guess we’ll just have to wait until Brady starts a season 2-9, then see what happens.

    It might be a while.

  12. rollotomasi14 says:
    November 30, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    I have to laugh at those who believe Eli’s a HOF
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    You find us another 2x Super Bowl MVP that’s not in the HoF and we’ll stop laughing at you. If Kurt Warner and Jerome Bettis are in the HoF then Eli is a first ballot selection.

  13. Chances are the Patriots will continue to show much more respect for what Brady has done for the team, however, than the Giants have shown for what Eli had done. Then again, any respect shown to Brady would be more than what the Giants have shown to Eli.
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    The Patriots are a continually learning organization. There is no way they repeat the Giants blunder. They will craft a way to take the edge off the cutting nature of the situation. Everybody is always knicked up in the NFL. they will simply announce Tom is too injured to go.

  14. red says:
    November 30, 2017 at 6:07 pm
    I will always be a fan of Eli for preventing Brady from winning two more SBs.

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    except
    eli didn’t do much in both super bowls

  15. wib22 says:
    November 30, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Would it shock anyone if BB cuts brady in 2 years?
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    Yes chip it would shock many of us. Now if you asked whether it would shock anyone if Brady was traded or not re-signed that might draw a different answer. If Brady still had ‘it’ Belichick wouldn’t cut him and if he didn’t then Brady would walk away.

  16. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 30, 2017 at 6:15 pm
    Brady enjoys the privilege of playing in a system so great, a high school QB can start in it and have success. No other QB has that luxury. So it’s understandable why he sees Eli’s benching as unfortunate.

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    How you type this over and over with a straight face, I have no idea.

    It’s that bad.

  17. The Pats would never bench Tom Brady*, except when they did in the 2014 season when he stunk it up against the Chiefs.

  18. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    November 30, 2017 at 7:20 pm
    rollotomasi14 says:
    November 30, 2017 at 7:03 pm
    I have to laugh at those who believe Eli’s a HOF
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    You find us another 2x Super Bowl MVP that’s not in the HoF and we’ll stop laughing at you. If Kurt Warner and Jerome Bettis are in the HoF then Eli is a first ballot selection.

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    Jim Plunkett won 2 super bowls and he’s not in yet. Hopefully he won’t have to die to get in (ala Ken Stabler – who won 1 super bowl)

  19. Does Eli have the greatest stats? No. Does he make an occasional crazy throw or bad read? Yes. At first blush are his base stats HOF? Probably not. But when the money was on the table – twice – who won the pot? ELI!!!!!! When the holes in his Swiss cheese line got bigger and bigger and he got hit harder and more often, did he always get up? Yes. Did he ever throw a team-mate under the bus? No. Did he ever tell the world what it already know – that Jerry Reece is a failure and Ben McAdoo is an enigma? No. ELI!!!!!He could give this third generation Mara a lesson on class and guts.

  20. Eli was in the grasp. Sorry but refs should not change the way they make calls inside the game’s last 2 minutes. You don’t have one set of rules for the first 58 minutes and another for the last two. Just like you don’t have one set of rules for 99.99% of players drafted number 1 and another for Eli Manning. He should have been a Charger. You think all those QBs wanted to go to the Browns?

  21. enough with the phony e-lie pity party. he has been exorbitantly paid to be terrible for way too a long. As soon as brady’s performance drops off the turk will knock on his door too. he knows it and won’t feel sorry for himself. get back on the kapernick jag or jerry jones, anything but this mush.

  22. Brady has consistently put the team first, settling for generous but not top contracts, in part so that the Patriots can afford other stars in skill positions. With any GM except Belichick, he could have held the team up for Flacco-type numbers with the same consequences as that has had for the Ravens. That merits special treatment. Hope he plays with ONE TEAM- the Patriots- until (in his words) ‘He sucks’. Eventually the pounding has to take its toll, but he keeps himself in great shape. For him, 50 is the new 40.

  23. For all people complaining about Eli’s benching, I wonder if the Patriots will be as patient with Brady as the Giants were, allowing Brady to go 41-50 over his last six seasons after his last SB, failing to make the playoffs five of those six seasons and going one and done the only time he made it to the playoffs. And Brady has won 5 Super Bowls compared to Eli’s 2.

  24. “when the money was on the table – twice – who won the pot? ELI!”

    The Giants, with Manning at QB, did make two amazing play-off runs, and he played well enough for them to win the Super Bowl in each of those seasons. I wouldn’t characterize either of those runs as him leading the team to victory, as I think that their defense is what won those games, but he certainly played well enough not to lose. And there’s enormous value to being able to take the field week in and week out, and play competent NFL QB.

    But “competent” is really the best you can say about him. He’s not been a great player, and he’s not led the team to great success. The two Super Bowls count, and they’re important, but he’s been the starter for 13 seasons – in the other 11, they’ve made the play-offs just four times, and they’re 0-4 in those four games.

  25. I am not a big fan of Eli as a player. As a person grade A+. It may be more of what his father orchestrated on draft night. Take away 2 plays in those super bowls and this is a different conversation. That being said…he is a good qb..not a great one. What the Giants are doing is a reaction. I can see ofnthe future qb is on the roster.. but for geno smith…really. Hope Eli enjoys his stay in Jacksonville firbthe next couple years. We woyld be glad to have him.

  26. red says:
    November 30, 2017 at 6:07 pm
    I will always be a fan of Eli for preventing Brady from winning two more SBs.
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    Sure, that happened. But what also is true is that Tom Brady, according to NFL Hall of Famers, not just fans, is the consensus Greatest Player of All Time. Taking their careers as a whole, you don’t even mention Eli in the same sentence as the GOAT.

  27. All the hatred from most of these Pats Fans is hilarious.

    “Bradys the Goat.” “Eli Sucks” “Eli was in the Grasp” etc

    While those may be true, He still beat the “GOAT” twice when it counted most. Those 2 loses must still really sting.

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