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People tried to compare this guy to his brother Peyton when he first came into the league, but it doesn't always work comparing the best statistical quarterback in the last decade to Eli.
Since refusing to sign with the team that signed him, Manning has seen his fair share of negative media criticism.
I'm here to say that while he deserved some of it for his poor decision making, he didn't deserve all of it.
When you look at his stats since coming into the league, it doesn't appear that he's getting better. He has only one season with a quarterback rating above 77.0 coming in 2008 when he threw for 3,238 yards, 21 touchdowns, and only 10 interceptions (86.4 QB rating).
As long as Plaxico Burress was playing, Manning did well.
In his first game without Plaxico last season, Manning had a great game throwing for 267 yards and two touchdowns.
Giants fans didn't think they needed Burress, but they were proven wrong and Plaxico was out for his second stint.
Manning threw for only three touchdowns, three interceptions, and 919 yards in the final five games without Burress.
The Giants drafted Hakeem Nicks out of North Carolina in the first round, but he is no Plaxico Burress.
Manning will need to prove that he can lead a talented Giants team back to the playoffs in a crowed NFC East. I don't think he'll be able to pull them any further than a third place finish in the NFC East.
3307 yards, 22 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, 58.9 percent completions