So why is that bad? It is bad because the new world order has been disrupted. Now Giants quarterback Eli Manning has officially been entered into the discussion as elite quarterback and championship quarterback. It does a couple of things. For one it screws Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Seeing Stafford play in the Pro Bowl means a lot to Lions fans. Well you can forget that now. The top three spots in the NFC are reserved for Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, New Orleans QB Drew Brees and Manning. You figure one of those three will play in multiple Super Bowls the next few years so it is possible Stafford makes it as an alternate. The problem is he still must leap frog Cam Newton and Tony Romo.
Here is the other bad part. Manning is entering his name as best quarterback of our era even though the eyeball tests says he is not. He is not as good as older brother Peyton Manning but he has two rings and Peyton has one. He is not as good as Rodgers and Brees but he has as many rings as them combined.
Well he is not as good as Brady who has three rings. But Eli has the same number of Super Bowl MVP trophies and he is 2-0 against Tom Terrific in Super Bowls.
“This isn’t about one person,” Manning said. “It is about a team coming together.”
He is right but people like to slot quarterbacks based on regular season wins, MVP trophies and most importantly playoff success. The Giants are as successful as anybody and Manning plays a big role in that. Manning isn’t as good as most of the other quarterbacks I mentioned. But he is now out performing them and many people will say I am wrong.
And they might be right.