When it rains, it pours. And the bullshit behind the Eli Manning hate roars.
The old tried and true formula is in the works: athlete rises, athlete falls, in the midst of things everyone bashes said athlete. It happens in every sport. It’s happening to Eli Manning now. One of these days it will happen to another quarterback. That’s just the way fans are. No surprise. All the vitriolic comments are backed by emotionally driven, perspectiveless people.
Eli Manning and the New York Giants are having an absolute shit-tier year. No running game and a poor defense (32nd in the league overall) that’s on pace to break the 2012 New Orleans Saints’ awful defense’s all-time worse 7,000 yard record. Eli has thrown only 9 touchdowns to 15 interceptions. For the third time in his career he’s setting himself up to lead the league in interceptions. For a man that has two Super Bowl rings, this doesn’t look good.
His play is encouraging the old, tiring bullshit comments like, “Eli got lucky! He has two Super Bowl rings because of David Tyree’s helmet and Tom Brady’s shitty pass to Wes Welker!” The Tyree play was definitely a lucky play, but what about the subsequently touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress? In the second Super Bowl against the New England Patsypoos, he played one hell of a game. And the detractors are right, too, that if Brady didn’t throw such a shit pass to Welker, the Patsies would have won that Super Bowl, but why is that being brought up now? Live your life in the windshield; not the rearview mirror. Eli still has two Super Bowl wins on his resume and they will always remain.
I’ll let everyone reading in on a little secret as to why he’s playing so poorly.
His offensive line is atrocious and he’s become timid, showing off false temerity by forcing balls into the secondary and being subsequently picked off.
Somebody said “He’s immobile! That’s why he can’t play in this day and age!” Yeah, well, Tom Brady’s immobile, but Brady’s had an amazing line in front of them for the last 11 seasons. Joe Flacco is completely immobile, yet he’s the quarterback of the defending Super Bowl champions. Eli’s brother Peyton defines immobility, and whattya know? The Denver Broncos probably have the best offensive line in all of pro football!
Speaking of Peyton, when he was a free agent and chose which team to play for, of the five selections he chose Denver, and y’know why? Of those said five selections, they have the best offensive line.
Eli’s past success was bolstered by an offensive line. That’s just the way it is. Put Russell Wilson behind the Giants’ offensive line this year and he’ll probably win them a few games, but that’s because Russ Willy is the type of quarterback that can improvise, run, make plays with his feet and scramble all over the place, unlike Eli.
Eli Manning doesn’t suck. His offensive line sucks.