Despite his success, negativity and doubt have followed Peyton’s younger brother since the moment he was traded from the San Diego Chargers to the New York Giants on draft day of 2004. Regardless of what he does or how well he performs – even in a league that lives and dies by the motto, “What have you done for me lately?” – he is questioned and criticized.
In Sunday's 20-17 thriller over the San Francisco 49ers, Eli Manning took the beating of his career. He attempted 58 passes and was hit 12 times, sacked six times, but managed to pick himself up and lead his team to Super Bowl XLVI.
Statistically, Alex Smith had a better quarterback rating than him, so that alone was enough for the Eli-haters to come out in force. But, as usual, there were many, many other criticisms of Eli this week. And, as usual, a lot of it had to do with his look and body language.
Hey, when all else fails, haters need to hang onto something, right? Interestingly, some of these "haters" aren't just Twitter personalities looking for their 15 minutes. No, no. This week's Poor Eli Manning focuses directly on ESPN and their "analysts" from First Take (see video below).
Allen Barra, The Atlantic
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and Eli is beheld by the New York area sports media. They've always agreed to overrate him, somehow seeing in him a better quarterback than his numbers would merit."
Tom Curran, Comcast Sportsnet
"He went against an excellent defense last week in San Francisco. Is he the reason they won? No. It was Kyle Williams wherever he did."
"Why does Eli Manning look like a r*****d 15 year old."
"You can't tell me Eli Manning don't have down syndrome."
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