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What Did Manning Do To Deserve This?

Posted on: August 6, 2009 2:56 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2009 2:58 pm

Let's see.  His completion percentage hovered around .500 all season despite having the best backfield and offensive line in football (meaning he had more time to throw, and the defenses had to be honest and cover the run giving him more one-on-one coverage).  He hardly ever threw a touchdown pass and couldn't hit a receiver in the flat if his life depended on it.  So what am I missing?  Why does the Giants front office feel so compelled to make this guy the highest paid player in football before the season starts?

Has anyone ever heard of incentive pay?  By signing Eli now, before training camp even begins, the Giants have given this guy absolutely no reason to play.  Sure, they claim that he has such a great work ethic, that he gives 110%, but is he going to give any less effort if he doesn't sign the contract?  It cuts both ways Jerry.  We constantly hear ownership announce that this is a business whenever they cut players or trade them away, well it's also a business when it comes to signing players and paying them what they're worth.

You cannot justify making Eli Manning the highest paid player in football merely on the record of having won one Super Bowl.  With that logic, then everyone on the team should be the highest paid players for each of their respective positions.  The Giants won the Super Bowl 17-14.  It was hardly an offensive performance.  And if it wasn't for Plaxico's height and sure hands, and a lucky grab by David Tyree, they wouldn't have even come close to winning.

I'm not saying the guy doesn't deserve to be in the league or even get a contract extension, but why now, before training camp, coming off such a disappointing 2008, and why for so much money?  The fans are already being zonked by the PSL's and the increased costs associated with the new stadium.  Adding Manning's new contract to the mix is hardly going to win over any more fans.

Mark my words, if and when Eli fails, and he will, it'll be Jerry Reese's head that rolls along with his.

Category: NFL
Tags: NY Giants

Since: Jul 25, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2009 2:54 pm

What Did Manning Do To Deserve This?

First, I want to thank you for commenting on my blog.  That you thought enough of my post to link me to that well-written article is actually quite flattering.  I read the article to which you linked me in its entirety and while it opened my left eye somewhat, I wasn't convinced.  I'd rather have all of the quarterbacks named in the article, with the exception of McNabb merely due to his age, than Eli, and it's not because I think they're all better than Eli right now, although some of them - - Rothlesberger, Cutler, Palmer, Rivers and Rogers - - clearly are, but because they all have so much of a higher ceiling than does Eli.

I've been a Giants fan my whole life, and I've lived through the trials and tribulations.  I cringed when Bill Parcells made Scott Bruner the starter over Phil Simms, and I had my doubts about Simms when the Giants drafted him out of Morehead State ahead of Joe Montana who, at Notre Dame was not really considered to be the can't miss NFL quarterback he turned into.  But one thing I always saw in Simms, and I see in guys like Rothlesberger and Rivers, who the Giants could have easily had without giving up the pick that turned into Shawne Merriman by the way, a pro bowl linebacker, is the ability to throw an accurate pass.  Rothlesberger's end zone laser to cap the drive of drives in last year's Super Bowl showed his ability, while Rivers' home record since he became a starter is a mere 15-1.

And if being a winner is what matters most, here's more on Rivers.  In December 2008, when it really counted, while leading the Chargers to the playoffs, Rivers went 4-0 improving his career record to 14-0 in December!  He completed 80-of-121 (66.1%) for 1,054 yards with 11 touchdowns and just one interception. His passer rating for the month, a lofty 120.3, was second in the NFL!  (By the way, I ripped off those stats from the Chargers' team website, so don't think that I'm that big of a Rivers or stat nut.

Thanks again for responding, but one thing I know for sure.  Neither Rothlesberger nor Rivers is about to become the highest paid player in the NFL, so "What Did Manning Do To Deserve This?......

Keep the comments coming.

Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2009 4:55 pm

What Did Manning Do To Deserve This?

Take a look at this's pretty well written & researched and explains why Eli should be paid:

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