Rob Ryan: Eli Manning an elite quarterback “for sure”

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During training camp, Eli Manning raised some eyebrows by saying he considers himself one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan says Manning is absolutely right about his status.

The guy’s playing excellent,” Ryan said of Manning, via ESPNDallas.com. “He does a great job. He’s got an unbelievable touch. He will stand in there in the face of a damn hurricane and throw the ball. He’s really tough. We’re looking forward to this challenge. We’ve played some great quarterbacks during the year and this guy is no exception. He’s really playing well. He’s in that elite group for sure.”

Ryan is preparing a game plan for Manning for Sunday night’s Giants-Cowboys game, and he said he thinks his players have their hands full.

“If you watch the tape the last two weeks, you don’t want to watch it,” Ryan said. “Eli Manning threw 22 straight completions against the Saints, hung up 35 points against the world champion defense supposedly [Green Bay]. We’re up for a big challenge here, but our guys are ready to go. We’re anxious about this game. We’ve done our preparation and we can’t wait until it gets here.”

The Cowboys are a game ahead of the Giants in the NFC East and can probably win the division with a split of their two remaining games. But Ryan says he thinks his team can’t afford to lose to the Giants at home.

“Down the stretch here, is this a must win?” Ryan asked. “In my opinion, yes it is. We need to win this game.”

84 responses to “Rob Ryan: Eli Manning an elite quarterback “for sure”

  1. Packers have the most overrated QB in the history of the game.All he does is throw 5-10 yard passes and the WR’S do the rest 90% of the time.Talk about inflating you’re QB ratings and your stats.

    Wonder when the Pack will play a team that is .500 or better and NOT missing their best player/players.Saints were without their #1 WR , Falcons without their #1 pass rusher , Lions without 3-4 stating defensive players including their #1 CB and DT and RB.Talk about overrated.

  2. at least for this year, i dont see how you can disagree. he’s been tremendous. i’ve even seen him showing emotion getting fired up and pumping his arm a la tiger woods

  3. If D-Ware roughs up ol Eli, then they’re in for a long afternoon. Look for Eli to throw 1 to 2 INT’s, while Dallas controls the clock through the running game with the return of Tony Fiametta.

  4. and in other news…Rex declares the Jets the best team in NFL history..he guarantees a SB victory, this year or maybe next year or maybe the year after that

  5. I like how Rob Ryan seems more like a head coach than Jason Garett… Maybe it’s just the Ryan effect, in general.

  6. hung up 35 points against the world champion defense supposedly [Green Bay].

    Did he jsut diss GB? I know they haven’t played well defensively, but Rex Ryan shouldn’t open his mouth to say a word about a true championship team after all the talking, but not winning he did.

  7. “hung up 35 points against the world champion defense supposedly [Green Bay]. ”

    supposedly won a superbowl in that building your team calls home…. supposedly won more superbowls then Rex Ryan’s Jets or any Rob Ryan coached defense combined…. just saying, supposedly.

  8. Why does Rob Ryan talk so much? He is so freakin’ annoying. And his defense isn’t even that good. At least Rex has a great D. Not his fault they drafted Sanchez.

  9. Nice words by Rob ! The GIANTS and COWBOYS bring out the class side of one another unlike what the eiggles bring out in the GIANTS and COWBOYS !

  10. Can we stop with this completely played out and subjective topic?
    Honestly, who cares.
    Let’s ask his mom Olivia’s opinion; see what she thinks.

  11. Eli has been more consistent, but he would have to do that for 5 years to negate the rest of his career. The Packers D is worse than the Patriots and w/o Eli’s pick 6, they might have won. His problem is turnovers. Not in the same bracket as Rodgers, Brady and Brees, even in this his best season so far.

  12. “If you watch the tape the last two weeks, you don’t want to watch it,” Ryan said. “Eli Manning threw 22 straight completions against the Saints, hung up 35 points against the world champion defense supposedly [Green Bay]. ”

    Ryan: it is not supposedly. GB is the defending champion.

    But, is this really Ryan? Usually he’s opening his trap to disparage the opponent and give them bulletin board material.

    Where’s the real Ryan? 🙂

  13. Here’s all you need to know about whether Eli Manning is an elite QB… the critical game-tying 2 point conversion against Green Bay – the draw to DJ Ware – was an audible by Eli.

    In that situation, with the game on the line, good quarterbacks try to make the called play work. Elite quarterbacks make that defensive read and call the audible.

  14. “Look for Eli to throw 1 to 2 INT’s, while Dallas controls the clock through the running game with the return of Tony Fiametta.”

    …and for Garrett to ice his kicker and send it into overtime?

  15. It only took 9 years for Eli to figure it out lol. Elite qb’s def turn the ball over 30 times lol. The league is geared for qb’s to lite it up I mean qb’s across the league are lighting it up proof of that is the 5 qb’s that’ll throw close to or more than 5000 yards. He def has been super clutch these last four games with what 7 picks and a couple for scores big fumbles. I guess when you sucked for 8 years I can see how Eli fans are so happy. Congratulations it’s about time

  16. i would actually agree with the people saying that aaron rodgers is over-rated. look at his supporting cast and it’s easy to see why he’s had such a good last year and a half. Green Bay wasn’t that good the first half of the year last year and they didn’t add any MAJOR pieces to their offense so what’s changed that makes him elite now? Throwing 5-10 yard passes to driver, finley, jennings, crabtree, nelson, and quarless or handing it off to grant and starks? Eli is wayyyy better than Aaron Rodgers, they have the same amount of rings and Eli has done more with less.

  17. Derek Anderson once had a great year. Jay Cutler, Donovan Mcnabb, Matt Hassleback, Carson Palmer, and even Matt Cassel all had that one great year. But are any of them elite. No. The only truly elite QBs in this league are Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and when healthy Peyton Manning. Until Eli does it 3 years in a row, he will be yet another Tony Romo or Phillip Rivers, almost but not quite.

  18. dannomac21 says:
    Dec 9, 2011 5:09 PM
    supposedly we’ve also won 18 in a row and are 12-0 this season currently.
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    Supposedly you beat the Giants, but the game tape after the game shows a TD to a Giants TE that was ruled OOB, and a non catch by a GB WR that was somehow miraculously ruled a catch….. GB should be 11-1 and should have lost that game by 8 points. Good thing the Refs were wearing Packers Jerseys under their stripes…

  19. A franchise quarterback can carry his team year after year to the playoffs and has been to the Superbowl. IMO that’s Brees, Rothlisberger, Rodgers, Brady and Peyton.

    Eli needs a good run game and defense to accomplish those things.

  20. jg725 says:
    Dec 9, 2011 6:24 PM
    packerhater – either your hatred for gb is that huge – or your iq is about 12 – really funny post….

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    The latter criteria would automatically qualify him as a Packer fan.

  21. Can people stop with he was only good this season? Last yr his defense was atrocious, much like this yr and he was playing with w.r’s the giants picked up off the street for the 2nd half of the season. He threw for over 30 td’s last yr and over 4000 yards, and people who watched last season know that at least 60% of his picks came off of his wr’s/rb’s hands or chest. The yr before that over 4000 yards with 27 td and 14 picks and the yr before that 21td-10 picks. People make it as if he throws for 35 picks a season. He has been carrying this team for a long time now, and lets start with the 07 was luck, he was lights out that entire run. even in -35 in gb

  22. This is great. Giants fans LINING UP to talk about the sensational year Eli is having, and he and Romo are almost dead even in every statistical category for the year. And this has been a down year for Tony, in terms of passing.

    That tell us about all we need to know there.

  23. Manning has been good this season after being awful last season. We have seen this before. Eli has proven to be inconsistent throughout his career. To me, one of if not the most important characteristics of being elite is consistency. When you talk about Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Peyton, you talk about guys who have been playing consistently great for consecutive years. They have earned elite status because of that. Eli is damn good, not elite.

  24. To all the BIGOTS – yes, you are bigoted & prejudiced – towards Eli Manning here are the numbers from his three games this season in games vs Brady, Brees and Rodgers:

    Here’s how Manning’s numbers compared in the three games:

    — Manning: 86-of-126 for 1,003 yards with seven TDs and three interceptions.

    — Brady, Brees and Rodgers: 80-of-133 for 1,074 yards with 10 TDs and three interceptions.

  25. Eli has had a very good year and Ryan is right – this week is it for the Cowboys. Because of Garrett’ terrible coaching, they have lost games vs. the Jets, Kittens, Pats, and Pigeons. They should never have been put in this situation in the first place.

  26. >Good thing the Refs were wearing Packers Jerseys under their stripes…

    This is why you get and deserve no respect.

  27. Dcfan4life your comments are always so false it’s humerous…Carson Palmer and Donovan had multiple great years..why you would even mention Derek Anderson or Matt hassleback, I’m not really sure…but Phillip rivers and Tony romo are consistently good quarterbacks (yes rivers is having a down year) why don’t you look up some stats or watch some NFL replay instead of embarrassing yourself and making stupid comments…

  28. Manning is a good/to great QB and he is clutch. Yes enuff said, and for those posters that are player hating on Rodgers you guys remind me of that kid who always gets their butts whooped and still keep on coming for more incorrigible and absurd if you ask me.

  29. *snort* Yeah right, high praise coming from another NFC East celler dweller.

    This is one “Elite QB” you won’t be seeing come SB Sunday. You can jot that down and put it under your pillow.

  30. The Giants record the last 3 seasons:

    8-8
    10-6
    6-6

    Shouldn’t an elite QB have a better Won/Loss record? Can’t argue with the facts but a near .500 record doesn’t cut it.

  31. I hate Eli manning. He’s having the best year of his career but in no way can he be called elite. He hasn’t been consistent his entire career. He’s a cry baby and has turned the ball over in more key moments than games he has won. If he has two or three more seasons like this season than sure we can refer to him as elite. But for now he’s still Peyton’s awe shucks little brother.

  32. It’s easy to have a great year when you wallow in medeocrity your whole career. No I’m not a skins fan. Nobody said that 20 picks doesn’t make you elite 30 turnovers makes you not elite the fact that he has had on season that ranks him in the top ten in 9 years idiots 9 years that’s what makes him NOT elite. And the packers have the worst pass d in the NFL new Orleans gave up a ton of garbage time yards. He looked real elite against Washington and Seattle lol.

  33. Oh Rob I can see right through you.

    Big Rob clearly understands that Coughlin is on the hot seat and would LOVE nothing more than to be Tom’s replacement and be in New York with Rexy.

  34. So I guess Tony Romo who is having a better year than Eli in rating less turnovers 1 less touch down and about 200 yards less passing and oh yeah has helped turn a 6-10 team into a playoff contender an is the highest rated fourth quarter qb in the NFL better completion percentage and oh he’s dome it without his number one receiver for 8 outta 12 games is more elite than Eli

  35. It is mind-numbing to me how many morons that know nothing about football post about it online. Just a quick memo to about 75% of the ham’n’eggers that posted a witty comment on here: Rob Ryan & Rex Ryan are 2 seperate human beings, despite the fact that they’re both obese and annoying.

  36. packerhater says:
    Dec 9, 2011 4:55 PM
    Packers have the most overrated QB in the history of the game.All he does is throw 5-10 yard passes and the WR’S do the rest 90% of the time.Talk about inflating you’re QB ratings and your stats.

    Wonder when the Pack will play a team that is .500 or better and NOT missing their best player/players.Saints were without their #1 WR , Falcons without their #1 pass rusher , Lions without 3-4 stating defensive players including their #1 CB and DT and RB.Talk about overrated.

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    WoW, it must be that time of the month for you?

  37. call him what you want, he’s not being gameplanned like an elite quarterback. I love when you guys point out yards and stats and other bs. Garbage time is great for padding stats. Let’s talk wins, leadership, and pulling your team across the finish line with a win, kicking and screaming…sorry, that’s not eli. He NEEDS a defense to win.

  38. baldingerspinky says:
    Dec 9, 2011 10:22 PM
    I hate Eli manning. He’s having the best year of his career but in no way can he be called elite. He hasn’t been consistent his entire career. He’s a cry baby and has turned the ball over in more key moments than games he has won. If he has two or three more seasons like this season than sure we can refer to him as elite.
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    Insert the name “Michael Vick” for “Eli Manning” and that works about right. Except this year he just plain stinks (when he’s playing).

    1) Hasn’t been consistent his entire career

    2)Cry baby (how many games has he missed? Answer – a whole lot more than Eli Manning, and that isn’t even counting 2 years in jail)

    3)Turned the ball over in more key moments than games he has won (102 turnovers vs 44 WINS as a starting QB – DAZZLING!)

    4)If he has 2 or 3 more seasons like he had last year, then we can refer to him as “elite”.

  39. Okay kids, time to count again…..
    Brees = 1 SB
    Rodgers = 1 SB
    Peyton = 1 SB
    Eli vs Brady = Eli

    Yes, kids, Elite. Oh, and Charger fan, how’s Rivers and Merriman vs Eli looking today????

  40. He’s shown consistently improving numbers every year. Yes he has a high percentage of interceptions, but last year more were reciever errors and got pinned on Eli ( I watched them, I know….and commentators will give him that when he’s playing well). He’s a very good qb. There are teams out there that would love to have him. And this is a guy who chose to play in one of the toughest markets. He got the job done last week and the defense let him down. We need all aspects to work this weekend. No one can take a down off!

  41. So all you gints fans are hailing Eli as one of the Elite QB’s out there cause he had good games against the Saints(30th pass Defense), Greeen Bay(31st pass Defense), and New England(32nd Pass Defense). You obviously are blinded by the love of your team, but to say he is having such a good year cause he had good games against the 3 worst pass D’s in the NFL is ridiculous. It’s no different than when he won the SB MVP and didn’t deserve it. Every one in america that watched that game that was not a Gints fan know that game was won by the D line and Eli was average at best. IJS

  42. baldongerspinky you said it his name, his draft position and the fact his TEAM won a Super Bowl does not make him elite. The drop off after Brees, Brady, Rogers and Peyton is enormous and other QB’s would still come in before Eli the pick machine.
    ELI IS 100% NOT ELITE
    AND IS 100% A CRY BABY

  43. How many Superbowl MVP trophies does Derek Anderson have?

    I don’t think there was another QB in the history of football who inspired more idiotic statements from fans.

  44. Allow me to show the difference between an “elite” and “clutch” QB and Eli Manning.

    Career 4th quarter numbers:

    Tom Brady
    62.8% completion %
    8.82 yards per attempt
    6.47 TD %
    2.77 INT %
    101.24 passer rating

    Eli Manning
    59.0 completion %
    7.2 yards per attempt
    5.55 TD %
    3.60 INT %
    84.6 passer rating

    Clearly Eli falls short. Oh and I lied. Those aren’t Brady’s 4th quarter numbers, they’re Romo’s 4th quarter numbers.

  45. I think Eli is a pretty good QB but to the haters on Rodgers saying he only throws 5-10 yard passes get real

    2011 stats
    Pass Thrown 11-20 yds 62-106 1,178 58.5% 11td 1int 127.8
    Pass Thrown 21-30 yds 16-29 568 55.2% 7td 1int 125.4
    Pass Thrown 31-40 yds 6-8 271 75.0% 2td 0int 156.3
    Pass Thrown 41+ yds 3-6 163 50.0% 2td 0int 135.4

    That is a 87 of 149 for 58% for 22td and 2ints for throws 11 yds to 41+

  46. How many Superbowl MVP trophies does Derek Anderson have?

    I don’t think there was another QB in the history of football who inspired more idiotic statements from fans.

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    Romo’s got that one locked up.

  47. wick0926 says: Dec 10, 2011 9:30 AM

    I think Eli is a pretty good QB but to the haters on Rodgers saying he only throws 5-10 yard passes get real

    2011 stats
    Pass Thrown 11-20 yds 62-106 1,178 58.5% 11td 1int 127.8
    Pass Thrown 21-30 yds 16-29 568 55.2% 7td 1int 125.4
    Pass Thrown 31-40 yds 6-8 271 75.0% 2td 0int 156.3
    Pass Thrown 41+ yds 3-6 163 50.0% 2td 0int 135.4

    That is a 87 of 149 for 58% for 22td and 2ints for throws 11 yds to 41+

    That is not how far he threw the ball but how far the play went after the WR’S ran with it , 90% of his passes he only throws 5-10 yards.Try again.

  48. Eli sure is having a career year in his ninth season lol. Not bad for a number one overal pick who cost three other draft picks. maybe there is hope for guys like Russell lol. as far as the whole he won a super bowl talk let me point out that the super bowl is littered with garbage QB’s. Trent Dilfer, Mark Rypien, Doug Williams, Jeff Hostetler, Brad Johnson, need I go on and Rivers is far and away the better QB when was the last time he went three seasons without a playoff apperance, Eli is about to accomplish that. I know what has rivers won well let me ask you this what did Marino win? it’s not about the qb its about the team. Since the 07 season the Giants have let Eli be more of the offense and he has zero playoff wins and exactly one apperance> Yeup that is ELIte lol

  49. to paulsmith – rivers has played in the afc west his whole career so your point about him making the playoffs is moot. also, he played with ladainian tomlinson who was the best back in the nfl for about three years straight.

    to anyone saying the giants defense won the super bowl – im pretty sure brady drove down for the “winning” touchdown on that giants defense with about two minutes to play. then eli took over and won the game.

    to these article writers – who cares if he’s elite or not. move on to a new topic please.

  50. Eli is only elite at hanging receivers out to dry and leaving them prone to big hits and injury. He can sure win a lot of games when the running game and defense does well. He excels with receivers that are really tall or athletic so they can go up and get overthrown balls and get YAC. Think of the top 4 QBs, Eli is nowhere near that group. He is not elite, but re tards everywhere should be proud that he has accomplished this much with his disabilities.

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