Eli Manning: Why the New York Giants Have a Top-10 Quarterback

Reid DavenportCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes against the Philadelphia Eagles at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Whether it's because he'll never be as prominent as his brother Peyton or because of his draft controversy in 2004, Eli Manning has always been a target for cynics.  

Keeping that in mind, Eli has clearly proven himself to be a top-10 NFL quarterback since New York's Super Bowl run four years ago.  

In 2010, Eli was top-five in yardage and touchdowns and top-10 for completions and completion percentage.  

Even though he was indeed the NFL interception leader, it seemed like over half of those picks went through the hands of his receivers.  Granted, this type of turnover happens to all quarterbacks, but Eli's 25-interception total is ridiculously inflated.  

For the past three seasons, Eli has been a top-10 quarterback for touchdowns, and top-10 for yards the past two seasons.  

The major criticism of Eli is that he makes poor decisions under pressure. That weakness was of course exacerbated this past season by an aging and injury-plagued offensive line.  

When Eli has sufficient time in the pocket, there are few better slingers.  

With a revamped offensive line and a healthy receiving corp next season, Eli's interceptions will decrease. A newer, younger O-line will be key for a Giants Super Bowl run next season.   

When you talk about prominence at the quarterback position within the past few years, there's Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees.  

However, another Super Bowl winner is also sandwiched in there.

His name is Eli Manning.