You know, I may not like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (my healthy sports dislike of the man stems from the many times he has broke my Steelers hearts…plus he's a former Michigan man, so, like, ew.) but I would easily rate him far above another quarterback of the likes of, say, Eli Manning. Manning, the erratic signal caller of the New York Giants or just 'oh, THAT Manning' (whichever your preference), doesn't share my sentiment as he has gone on record as saying he's just as good as Brady.
Eli, who does have 1 SuperBowl ring to his credit, said on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York 1050 on Tuesday that he considers himself to be a top QB who belongs in the same class as New England's Brady.
"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," Manning said Tuesday.
"I think now he's grown up and gotten better every year and that's what I'm trying to do. I kind of hope these next seven years of my quarterback days are my best."
Now, it's all well and good to have confidence in yourself but to say you are on par with the top QB this game has seen in the past 20 years or so, and maybe of all time eventually, that's taking confidence in yourself to absurd levels. Factor in that the man isn't even the best QB in his 2004 Draft Class, or even at his family reunion even, and you seriously got one deluded pigskin chucker.
OK, lets, for a second, give this some serious thought. Manning is saying he is as good as Brady is right now so to compare, you have to look at last season stats. For 2010, Eli threw for 4,002 yards, 31 touchdowns and a whopping 25 picks on a team that could have been considered superior to the Pats, talent wise. In the same year, Brady threw for 3,900 yards, 36 touchdowns, and only 4 interceptions.
So, in comparing those numbers, Brady threw for about the same yards, 5 more touchdowns and threw a paltry 21 less interceptions than Eli. Um, 21 LESS interceptions, that's the key here. Oh, plus the Pats went 14-2 last season with a less talented team while Eli went 10-6.
Also, looking at last season, of the 4 quarterbacks that stuck from the 2004 class (Eli, Phillip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Shaub), Eli was out performed statistically by three of them (Roethlisberger missed the first four games due to suspension) and the one he did do arguably better than went to the SuperBowl for his third time.
Just to throw this in also, Eli's big brother Peyton also did better.
So, in summary, it's good to feel confident in your ability and yourself but it's best to keep it at a reasonable level. Eli, you are a solid quarterback with a proven track record but you're not Brady.
Or Peyton, Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Phillip Rivers, Michael Vick…
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