Phil Simms Says New York Giant Eli Manning Isn't Elite

By jason evans
Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Just when you thought that all the talk about whether New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was settled after winning his second super bowl in four years was over, it’s not. As the saying goes, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” Apparently the debate about whether or not Eli is elite continues as former Giant quarterback and NFL analyst Phil Simms weighed in on Monday.

Simms was on NFL Monday Quarterback on CBS Sports Network and said that Eli is well, not elite.

 “No, he is not one of the elites,” Simms said. “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.

“So yes, Eli has been a tremendous team player. He has been MVP of the Super Bowl twice. I know that. But the way I look at it, the answer is no.”

This is an interesting flip of opinion for Simms, who just this past August said that Manning and Tom Coughlin would be one day in the hall of fame.

Look, it shouldn’t matter whether or not people think Eli is elite. He’s one of the most clutch quarterbacks in the game. He plays his best when his back is against the wall. The guy knows how to run a two minute drill and knows how to win in the postseason.

Eli just lets his play speak for itself. Everyone should leave the elite question alone. 

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