Eli Manning said yesterday on “The Michael Kay Show” that he’s in the same class as a quarterback as Tom Brady. Kay, who admitted that he was putting Eli on the spot, began by asking him point blank if he was “an elite, top 5 or 10 quarterback in the league.” Eli said without hesitation that he was. When asked if he then put himself in the same class as Tom Brady, he responded, “I consider myself in that class. And Tom Brady is a great quarterback, he’s a great player and what you’ve seen with him is he’s gotten better every year. He started off winning championships and I think he’s a better quarterback now than what he was, in all honesty, when he was winning those championships.”
Eli, with no due respect, I’m laughing in your face.
First off, I find it very funny that he was asked if he’s in Tom Brady’s class, not Peyton Manning’s class. Second of all, all of you New York Giants fans and Eli Manning leg-humpers just had to listen to your hero state that Tom Brady is better now than he ever was. For all the “Tom Brady hasn’t won a playoff game in 3 years” talk I’ve been hearing, Eli really just put your foot in your mouth with regards to Tom Brady not being what he once was. Third of all, I was actually going to give Eli credit for admitting in the same interview that his interceptions last season were a problem. Eli went on to say “I’m not a 25 interception quarterback, I know that. It’s going to be fixed…” Wow, some accountability from Eli-I’m-the-same-class-as-Tom-Brady, I thought. Then Eli went on to say how he didn’t think he made many bad decisions last year, at all.
Listen Eli, there were a lot of tips, we get it. But you threw twenty-f’in-five interceptions last season. Even if 10 were tips, that’s a lot of interceptions – and they weren’t a result of bad decisions? Are you delusional? First off even the tips usually mean the ball could have been placed better – ask Tom Brady, an elite quarterback who has realized this. Second of all, if you throw 25 picks at least 10 of those at a minimum are bad decisions and are on you. Man up and accept that.
Second of all, there was grumbling last week of “Oh but Eli has more touchdowns than Tom Brady did at the same point in his career.” First of all, the only rebuttle needed in response to this assertion is the obvious one – Tom Brady had 3 rings at that point, Eli had one. But the championships aside, what makes an elite quarterback is not touchdowns or interceptions, but the ability to win games. To begin their careers Eli Manning went 60-43 – a .582 winning percentage. Tom Brady went 86-24 – a .782 winning percentage. In other words, shut your mouth Eli – you’re just making yourself looks stupid.
As if the 32 turnovers last season wasn’t enough.