New York Giants‘ QB Eli Manning is a two-time Super Bowl winner and MVP, in addition to being a Pro Bowl selection in multiple seasons. Manning has thrown for over 4,000 yards from 2009-2011 and just missed another 4,000-yard season this past season. With this being said, Manning continues to get very little respect amongst the media and his peers.
Back in the 2011 season when the Top 100 countdown on the NFL Network first began, Manning was left off the list completely, and it was comical to see he was left off the list in favor of quarterbacks who weren’t better than him. In that countdown, QB Donovan McNabb, QB Josh Freeman, QB Joe Flacco and QB Matt Ryan all made the countdown while Manning was left off.
McNabb’s admission to the list was purely comical because he was replaced during the season at various times in favor of QB Rex Grossman with the Washington Redskins. Freeman and Flacco were decent quarterbacks at best, while Ryan was a notch above both. Manning did throw 25 interceptions in that 2010 season, so that was most likely what the voters saw in leaving him off of the list.
Manning still threw 31 touchdown passes and threw for over 4,000 yards. QB Drew Brees put up numbers comparable to Manning, yet was ranked in the top 10. Brees, like Manning, threw for over 4,000 yards, at least 30 touchdown passes and at least 20 interceptions. Furthermore, roughly ten of Manning’s 25 interceptions were passes off of the hands of wide receivers, and he had a much better season than the media made it out to be.
Manning certainly wasn’t as good this past season as he was in the three previous seasons, so there’s a good chance he could be left off the latest list currently being released. After Manning won the Super Bowl, he was ranked 31st. Something must change with this voting process.