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 31-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Manning completed 29 of his 46 passes (63%) for 215 yards, no touchdowns and two very bad interceptions. The reality is, Manning played poorly for the third consecutive game. In fact, he stunk. Again. There's really no other way to spin it, and as a result of his poor play, he once again has the attention of the National media as the debate of "is Eli Manning elite?" heats up.
Alas, it's not just Eli's recent body of work that has come under fire, but his career body of work that some are left defending. But because of who he is and the overall disdain many seem to unjustly have for him, his status and career numbers are being questioned.
Some of the week 10 criticism is warranted. No one can say he's played well. But per the usual, some people have taken it entirely too far. Accordingly, Poor Eli is a bit of a mixed bag this week – filled with some legit observations and some complete and total nonsense.
"He is not one of the elites. Because when I hear the word elite, I’m thinking about guys that can make unbelievable plays on the field by themselves. There are very few quarterbacks in that category."
Matthew Fairburn, SB Nation
"As much as everyone wants to talk about Eli Manning being clutch, he's been prone to turning the ball over throughout his career."
Mark Elliot, Gather Sports
"How long must Eli Manning continue to under-produce on the field before his elite status is downgraded to where it belongs: Average? Not to say it will never happen, but as of yet, teams are not named after their quarterbacks. The New York Giants, for the foreseeable future, will keep their present title. They're not the New York Mannings."
Dan Benton, Giants 101
"New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is in a slump. He may not want to call it that, Tom Coughlin may not want to call it that, and his teammates may not want to call it that, but when it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and throws like a duck … it's a slump."
jibberator, Pro Football Talk (comment)
"Eli Manning is a sorry excuse for a player and is highly overrated. If he didn’t have VC on his team, he would be useless. VC is the only guy able to catch his garbage inaccurate throws."
Phil Joseph, Twitter
"Eli Manning has turned into Eli Sanchez."
Reid Ryan, Twitter
"Eli Manning = most overrated player in all of sports."
Austin Ebersole, Twitter
"If Eli Manning didn't look like he had Downs I might expect him to play a little better."
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