Category: NFC East

Time to Give Eli Manning his Due?

 

On August 16th,2011, Eli Manning was asked a simple question.  Unknown to him, it would ignite a debate that still lingers at the watercooler today.  The question was, does Eli consider himself to be in the same class as Tom Brady? His answer was simple, “I consider myself in that class”.  The obvious answer was no, even back in 2011.  Eli is not in the same tier as Tom Brady.  But nor is any other quarterback playing today and even a select few in the leagues history.  But who is Eli Manning, and what does he do?

Elite, GOAT, or HoF

The term elite has now cycled through the mainstream and has morphed into Greatest of All Time, or GOAT for short.  There will never truly be a GOAT because the subject is too subjective.  People hold different statistical categories higher than others.  Statistics like wins, yards, touchdowns and interceptions are the most common.  There are many fans who think championships are the end-all-be-all for a great quarterback. The ring talk is garbage, because it’s a team accomplishment. But, different statistics are can skew to one side side of the argument or another.  If you are worth your salt in football knowledge you should know that Eli is a great quarterback.  People who say Eli sucks are normally bias NFC East fans who can’t see past their own ignorance.  Or they are Patriots fans who are offended Eli made those comments in the first place and went on to prove it by beating their beloved Tom Brady in the Super Bowl for a second time.  Taking everything into consideration, Eli is a Hall of Fame quarterback and here’s why.

Statistically Speaking

As it stands right now, Eli Manning owns every New York Giants passing record in the books.  There are only three Giant quarterbacks in the HOF, and only one was with the Giants more than five years (Tarkenton – 6).  The next closest statistical Giant quarterback is Phil Simms who many believe should enter the hall at some point.  Simms’ ranks top 50 all-time in yards (31st), attempts (32nd), completions (41st) and touchdowns (41st).  Where does Manning rank in these same categories all-time? How about attempts (7th), completions (7th), Yards (8th), touchdowns (7th).  For people who are driven by regular season statistics, then Eli should be a no-brainer for the HOF since he is top ten in every category.  Eli’s not a first ballot guy, those are reserved for once-in-a-lifetime players like Favre, Peyton and Brady.

Wins and Rings

With a regular season record of 108 – 91, Eli averages just 8.3 wins per season but the total makes him 9th all-time.  Wins are a hard statistic to judge because the quarterback only plays on one side of the ball.  For example, in 2015 Eli gave his defense the lead 5 times with two minutes or less in the game and lost each game.  This would have turned a 6-10 season into 11-5 with a division title.  It just so happens the Giants addressed that issue and went 11-5 in the following 2016 season.  Looking at Eli’s career when the defense can’t hold a lead in the final quarter, he orchestrated 30 fourth quarter comebacks and 39 came winning drives which ties him with Brett Favre for 7th all-time.  In 2011 alone Eli had an NFL record seven comebacks and one game winning drive in the regular season.  So, if wins total is the rating of choice or even rings for that matter, Eli should in the conversation. More than one quarter of his wins are from behind and he owns two Super Bowl rings with two Super Bowl MVPs to boot.

So, who is Eli Manning?

Eli Manning is a quarterback that will start all 16 games, throw for over 3700 yards and 25 touchdowns.  He will complete 60% of his passes and throw more than his fair share of interceptions.  A stat that the people in the Eli sucks camp will hang their hat on.  He is currently 21st all-time in career interceptions and it would take Eli averaging 25 interceptions a season for the next 5 seasons to reach #1.  Something his has done only twice in his career.  This would also mean Eli would play until he is 41 years old.  Regardless, Eli will end his career in the top 5 for career interceptions, sandwiched in between names like Brett Favre, George Blanda and Fran Tarkenton.  Giants fans know this and frankly do not care.  Eli is the type of quarterback that can look like complete garbage for one half and a Hall of Fame QB in the second half.  One thing is for certain, he always seems to have the Giants in the game at the end. Eli Manning already has a Hall-of-Fame resume, the numbers, wins and longevity speak for themselves.  No matter what statistical category you hold high, Eli Manning is in conversation for every one of them.

 

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Did the Redskins make a mistake with Kirk Cousins?

As I’m sitting here pondering the current contract situation between the Redskins Front Office & Kirk Cousins, it’s painfully obvious he should’ve been signed to a contract last year. Here’s why:

Guaranteed Money:

Last year Kirk Cousins was paid $19.95 million to be the Redskins QB for 1 year.

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The most polarizing figure on the Redskins roster, quarterback Kirk Cousins. (Photo Credit to ESPN.com)

This year, he’s on another Franchise Tag and this one pays him $24.95 Million for this year. That is $45 million for 2 years of services rendered. God forbid they Franchise him again next year, as that will cost over $34 million for 1 more year. That would bring the total of 100% Guaranteed money to $80 million for 3 years.

 

 


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Salary Cap:

It’s hard to pay any Franchise quarterback money now that keeps them happy, but at the same time allows you to field a team that can stay competitive despite paying that much to one position.

Finding the sweet spot for paying a quarterback is becoming harder and harder, but the great teams find a way to make it work. The Redskins truly need to understand they’re already paying Kirk premiere quarterback money and have nothing guaranteed past this year. Kirk is by far the highest paid player on the team now.He needs to understand as well that it takes two to tango and that he can’t hold them ransom and expect to be paid like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or the recently retired Peyton Manning. Kirk’s had great numbers over the past two seasons Absolutely! Yet we had one season which got us a playoff game and one season without a playoff game. Granted he has 10,000 yards passing and multiple franchise records under his belt, but succes has to translate into the win column as well.

Team Unity:

Kirk is the unquestioned leader of the team and has the chance to set the bar for a contract that would allow him to be compensated greatly, but still not handcuffing the team. This team can win with Captain Kirk at the helm, but he needs to be under contract. How can you keep players or attract new players to a team that has no certainty at the biggest position on the team. Look at why Terrelle Pryor signed, Kirk is unquestionably better then ANY QB on the Brown’s last year. Even the non proven WR Brian Quick, who had one of the worst Offenses ever in the NFL, signed in Washington because Kirk can help prove his worth in the NFL.

Front Office Missed it’s Chance:

As I mentioned prior, Kirk made $20 mill last year. If the Redskins were smart, they would’ve gambled on a contract that paid Kirk before he had more leverage. Unfortunately for the Redskins front office, he has all the leverage he needs. If he excels even more this year and the Redskins go deep in the playoffs, they will probably lose him because his price tag will sky rocket even higher.

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(Photo Credit to Talk-Sports.net)

In short, my opinion is to pay him before July 15th and realize you have your quarterback of the future. For the past 25 years the Redskins have had nothing close to a Franchise quarterback on any of the rosters since Bill Clinton was in office… Isn’t that scary?

Pay Kirk $50 million up front and $20 million per year for 5 years, or the price will go up and up. You win by staying competitive in a Division that is suddenly full of talented quarterbacks, as well as ensuring the team will have consistency at the biggest Position in football. This will keep the Redskins in contention for a division title, and continue to attract talented free agents.

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A Way Too Early Prediction For The Eagles 2017 Record

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Eagles 2nd year signal caller, Carson Wentz, looks to capitalize on all the added weapons. (Photo Credit to CSN Philly)

Week 1: @ Washington Redskins

The Eagles start the season on the road against a team that has owned them as of late. (Skins have won the last 5 meetings) However, the Eagles loaded up on the D line this off season and improved both the running back and receiver positions, while Washington has an unhappy Quarterback that just lost 2 of his top receiving threats. The Redskins did add Terrelle Pryor, and got a steal in the draft with Johnathon Allen, but I expect to see an improved Carson Wentz lead the Eagles to victory.  Eagles Win (1-0)

Week 2: @ Kansas City Chiefs

Road games are tough to win in the NFL, especially when they’re back to back to start a season. The Chiefs went 12-4 winning their division last year and there’s no reason for them to not be just as good in 2017, and they added former Eagles D linemen Bennie Logan. While I do expect to see an improved Eagles team from a year ago, I just think the Chiefs will be too much for the Eagles on the road. Eagles Lose (1-1)

Week 3: New York Giants

The Giants believe they can win now, and that’s evident with the moves they’ve made the past 2 off seasons, giving established veterans lucrative deals. However, they haven’t done much to improve their O line that was terrible last season, and their running game may even be worse than last seasons. Eli Manning has been on a steady decline and the Eagles defense just looks down right nasty this year. I see the Eagles handling the Giants rather easy in their home opener. Eagles Win (2-1)

Week 4: @ Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers haven’t been winning the past few seasons, but I don’t think that’s a real indicator of their talent. They have a future HOFer in Phillip Rivers and don’t forget about Keenan Allen either, because when he’s healthy, he is a top receiver in this league. They also drafted Hunter Henry last season and Mike Williams this year—I think that Chargers offense has top-10 potential. But, I do believe the Eagles have a better all around team and should beat the Chargers in a close contest. Eagles Win (3-1)

Week 5: Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals had a rough 2016 season, but don’t expect the same in 2017. They reloaded and I think they’ll compete for their division title in 2017. The last time these two teams played David Johnson shredded the Eagles D, however, he is coming off an ACL injury that cut his season short last year. I can see this game going either way, but the Eagles are at home so I’ll give them the win. Eagles Win (4-1)

Week 6: @ Carolina Panthers

While Carolina’s secondary may struggle, they have one of the best front sevens in the NFL. This Panthers defense looks like it can be top-10 caliber. Panthers seem to be an all around solid team this year. They added Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel to an already potent offense—chances don’t look too good for the Birds on the road. Eagles Lose (4-2)

 

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Carson Wentz and Kirk Cousins match up twice in NFC East battles. It’s a compelling rivalry. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Week 7: Washington Redskins

First Monday Night Football game of the season. I have the Eagles winning for all the same reasons I had them winning week 1, plus they’re at home this time. Eagles Win (5-2)

Week 8: San Francisco 49ers

While I do like what John Lynch and the Niners have done so far, they’re nowhere near competing with this Eagles team. Eagles Win (6-2)

Week 9: Denver Broncos

This game should be a defensive battle. The Broncos have the best CB tandem in the NFL and overall maybe the best defense in the league. Their major question however is who will be playing quarterback. The Eagles front seven is gonna look to get after whoever is under center but the Broncos beefed up their O line so the pass rush may not get their as early as they like—leaving the Eagles corners on an island. Eagles Lose (6-3)

Week 10: Bye Week

Week 11: @ Dallas Cowboys

Sunday Night Football in Jerry world. The Eagles and Cowboys went 1-1 against each other last year and looked extremely even in the first game (Dallas rested their starters in the second head to head.) I expect them to split the series this year again while each team wins their home game. Eagles Lose (6-4)

Week 12: Chicago Bears

Alshon Jeffery’s homecoming game. In a prove-it year for Jeffery I expect him to play at a pro-bowl caliber level and put on a clinic against his former team. The Chicago Bears are a mess and the Eagles should handle them no problem at home. Eagles Win (7-4)

Week 13: @ Seattle Seahawks

This is as tough a game you can have in the NFL, playing in Seattle late in the season. In order for the Eagles to even have a chance at winning, they must get to Russell Wilson early and keep him on his back all game. It’s a doable task, given how bad Seattle’s O line has played the past few seasons, but I just don’t think this Eagles team is on that level yet. Eagles Lose (7-5)

Week 14: @ Los Angeles Rams

This is a battle of number 1 and 2 overall in the 2016 draft. Given how Goff played last season, the Eagles have a good shot to win this game. The Rams did add some talent around Goff in this years draft but the Eagles are the superior team. Eagles Win (8-5)

Week 15: @ New York Giants

*Hot take alert* I think the Giants will already be out of playoff contention at this point and the Eagles will be neck and neck with the Cowboys for the division lead. Given those circumstances, I think Wentz will lead his team to a victory on the road. Eagles Win (9-5)

Week 16: Oakland Raiders

This Raiders team is the real deal, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the Super Bowl. With that being said, I think Eagles fans may be in store for a Blue Christmas this year. Carr vs. Wentz on Christmas evening should be a fun battle but I see this game going the Raiders way. Eagles Lose (9-6)

Week 17: Dallas Cowboys

This one here is for all the marbles. Prescott vs. Wentz for the division title. Now some may say 10-6 won’t be enough to win the division, and it may not, but with tough schedules in the NFC East never say never. I had Dallas winning the first game and I’ve got Philadelphia winning this one in a close battle. Eagles Win (10-6) NFC East Champions