Eli Manning Comments: Is He So Wrong?

James FormanContributor IAugust 17, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 13:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants drops back to throw a pass against the Carolina Panthers during their preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on August 13, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Stop the presses...Eli Manning has the nerve to think he's a top flight NFL QB.

What has the world come to?


Must be a slow day in our instant reaction sports world if we're going to get our tighty whities in a bunch about Eli's comments on ESPN-New York yesterday!

He said he considers himself in the class of elite QBs such as Tom Brady.

What was he SUPPOSED to say, "I stink!"?

Come on people, work with me.

How many starting NFL QBs are there? Thirty-two.

Outside of Brady, Big Brother Peyton, Big Ben, Rodgers and Brees, who else out there has a big, fat ring on his finger?

And none, I repeat, NONE of them beat a previously UNDEFEATED team to get it (and threw two lead-changing, fourth quarter TDs in the process).

Yes, the Giants' defense was the story of that game, but that defense did give up the first fourth quarter lead and left him with just two and change to get it back.

Am I saying Eli's great in a historical sense? No. There have been no postseason wins either before or after that magical run. And last year's colossal INT total doesn't help his case.

However, the guy has been the face of one of the NFL's most visible franchises almost since he was drafted, has that last name on his jersey and he engineered one of the great championship runs in league history.

If Eli Manning thinks he's an elite NFL QB, is he that far off-base?