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Eli thinks he's in Brady's class ... good for him

Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:11 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eli Manning should plan to take plenty of hits (and jabs and uppercuts and left hooks to the body and right hooks to the face) for responding to a question this way about who else he would put in QB Tom Brady’s class:

"I consider myself in that class," Manning said on New York’s ESPN 1050. "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.

"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."

So, Manning probably will get slammed, because clearly Manning is nowhere near Brady’s class. You don’t need to break down film for a living to see that.

But other than that, I like Manning’s comments. He’s known as a guy who doesn’t say much of anything interesting to the media, so this (still relatively milquetoast) quote actually represents something special for Manning. He’s saying something relatively intriguing. The scribes who cover him should love that.

Also, if you’re a Giants fan, would you really not want your team’s quarterback to believe he’s one of the best? If Manning responded to the question in this way, “Well, you’ve got Brady and my brother and Ben Roethlisberger and etc.” and never mentioned himself, wouldn’t that be a cause for concern?

Initially, when I read this report, I planned to mock Manning. But that’s the wrong reaction. Even if he’s not a top-five quarterback right now -- and might not ever be -- I like that he thinks he is.

And even if he isn’t, isn’t he one of the best QBs who also played a fake cop on a commercial with a kick-ass fu manchu? I don’t think there’s any question about that.

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:36 am

Eli thinks he's in Brady's class ... good for him

I like what he said about Brady though. 

Let's admit it, for all the credit Brady gets, and deservedly so - those first couple Super Bowls were won by his head coach and the Patriots defense.  Timlely drive by Brady, and even more timly kicking by Adam V.  (not to mention the tuck rule).  They struggled to put up 20 points a game those first few years.

Now they have this high-octane offense, Brady has gotten better by leaps & bounds - but the D and the running game stinks.

 Consequently, they havent won another Super Bowl as a result.

In the meantime we keep hearing how Bellichik is such a genuis.  Hes a defensive coach, and his defensive has been average at best for about 6 years now.   If he put together a quality D they might win another Super Bowl....

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:30 am

Eli thinks he's in Brady's class ... good for him

As a Patriot fan, I take no offense in Eli Manning's remarks.  Basically, Eli is praising Tom Brady for his remarkable longevity as a "top of the heap" NFL Quarterback.  Eli points out that not only did Tom have a great beginnning to his career, but his ability has grown immensely with each passing season.  Eli's hope is that his career will follow a similar path.

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:22 am

Eli thinks he's in Brady's class ... good for him

HA! Keep dreaming ShEli. The Eagles will have you on your back more than ever this year. Enjoy 2nd place (at best) in the NFC BEast this year!

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