Eli Manning led his team to a Superbowl victory in 2007. And as a Giants fan, I love him for that.
However, he hasn't become the leader he should be yet. You look at the Yankees, and Derek Jeter is the unquestioned leader on that team. That's how it is.
No one questions it.
With Eli Manning, that's not set in stone. He is the starting quarterback, and he has led this team before, but he's not as vocal as he should be, nor does he have the proper attitude.
From his posture, to the manner in which he speaks, to the words that come out of his mouth—he's not a natural born leader. If you watched the interview after Plaxico Burress left the Giants complex, in which Eli failed to even talk to Plaxico, you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.
His eyes were all over the place, and his posture was slacking. He stuttered and said "um," every other breath; never even really answering the questions.
After throwing 25 interceptions last season, and taking the heat for the Giants missing the playoffs the last two years (especially last year), his confidence is going to need a big boost.
A boost, that making the playoffs and throwing less interceptions, can fix.