Why Eli Manning Is Not Yet Great

The New York Giants, as  I see it, are now in a dynasty.  Two Super Bowls, winning both, within a five year period-07 and 11.   Why is Eli Manning still not considered a great quarterback?  The answer is that the New York Giants were not a dominant team in either year.   Their one big  year, 2008, featured a 12-4 record but a loss to the Eagles in their first post season game.  As a sidebar, the Philadelphia Eagles did a great job in 2008 when all odds  were in New York’s favor.

–New York’s record was 12-4 to Philadelphia’s 9-6-1.

–The Eagles won a Wild Card Game against the Minnesota Vikings 27 to 14, while

–the Giants had a BYE week.

–the Game which the Eagles won 23 to 11 was at New York.

For a quarterback to fall in the great category, his team must combine a great season with at least a Super Bowl appearance.

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In 2007, memories of the Giants collapse the previous season made Tom Coughlin’s job look tenuous.  In 2006, after a 6-2 start, the team went 2-6 and lost the Wild Card Game to the Eagles 23 to 20.  The New York Giants went on a tear in 2007 after losing their first two games and finished 10-6.  This was good for a Wild Card spot in the Playoffs.  Based on the season, though, their chances looked flimsy.   During the season the Giants:

–had only one victory against a playoff team and with  a winning record.  The Washington Redskins hit both conditions and the Giants defeated them at DC 24 to 17.

–defeated the .500 Philadelphia Eagles twice.

–defeated losing teams seven times.

They went on to the Super Bowl defeating New England 17 to 14.

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In 2011, the New York Giants had not been the playoffs the previous two years.  Tom Coughlin’s prospects once again look shaky with only a 7-7 record after the first 14 games. The Giants won all the games after that finishing with the Super Bowl win once again over New England.  Their 9-7 regular season was not  great.  However, the opposition was somewhat better than in 07.

–had only one victory against a playoff team and with  a winning record.  The New England Patriots, their Super Bowl opponents,  hit both conditions and the Giants defeated them at Foxboro 24 to 20.

–defeated six .500 teams.

–defeated losing teams twice.

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Eli Manning have to meet these two factors for him to fall in the great category.

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