It really amazes how much grief and negative criticism a two-time Super Bowl MVP and winning quarterback can get, yet over the last year or so that's exactly what has happened to Eli Manning.
The onslaught on Manning has been more fierce over the summer during training camp and in the preseason while Manning learns a new offense under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, but that hasn't stopped members of the media who were once NFL players themselves from getting a few shots in on the 33-year-old.
While Sharpe was a tremendous football player, he's been well-known for being outspoken throughout his professional life; whether it be as an athlete or as a media member. Sharpe wasn't the only studio analyst from CBS to go after Manning; former New York Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason also took a jab at the Giants quarterback by saying he looks lost in the new offense.
Now while Esiason may get looked at as a former bitter player who never won the Super Bowl during his career; that's not the case with Sharpe, who won three while as an active player, so the envy isn't there.
But what Sharpe might have forgotten is that over the last couple of years, Manning has gotten poor production from his offensive line, his running game and inconsistencies from his wide receivers; plus injuries to top it all off.
It's also a bit harsh to criticize Manning after his preseason display, especially since some of his wide receivers weren't on the same page as him, plus his offensive line has continued to struggle; more signs that Manning could be in for another long year. But none of those entered Sharpe's analysis of Manning and quite frankly, it's a poor job from someone who is paid to be fair, objective and to look at all the facts.
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