Originally Posted by FAX
I recognize that Eli Manning has talent. However, a reasonable person has to admit that, in addition to starting his career as the quarterback of a very good, overall team, he's been the beneficiary of a tremendous amount of good luck.
2012 might provide insight into the "real" Eli. 20 TDs and 15 INTs to go with his 84 rating.
Although I admit that I am a known critic of all things Manning, I think it's very possible that he's a high average quarterback on a very good, all-around team with good coaching.
I also think that even a quarterback who could consistently deliver in the high 80s or low 90s (as compared to Mark Coswell's 66 rating or Quinn's 64) would have a tremendous, positive effect on the Kansas City Chiefs.
When Eli took over in NY they had the worst OL in the NFL by a large margin. It was the cheapest OL in the NFL, and the worst protecting the QB. Warner was also sub-par behind that joke of a group.
In the end it's helped him. I don't think Eli has ever played behind a GOOD offensive line like his brother, or Brady, or most other QB's. They've been average or worse his entire career. More often they were the latter.
Now I'm not saying OL quality determines anything in today's NFL, but it effects a QB's performance when he has to throw or get sacked after 2 seconds.
The situation Sanchez was in his first two seasons was a young QB's wet dream, while Manning played in a young QB's nightmare.