Is it time to Panic for the Cowboys?

Weeden CowboysWhen this season started, there was a lot of hope, a lot of expectations and even some boasting about having the best team top to bottom since the great teams of the 90’s. But the NFL is a fickle beast and can snatch anything good away from you in an instant.

The season began with a lot of promise, and boasting by the fan base as the Cowboys won a thriller on opening night, then proceeded to dismantle Philadelphia in week two. But if there is something to be said about the first two weeks, the Cowboys roster began to look more like a MASH unit, then a football team. Continue reading

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Is Eli Manning an Elite Quarterback?

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Eli Manning will be playing in his second Super Bowl on Sunday evening.  Now there is already media talk about whether he deserves to be in an elite status as an NFL quarterback. For a guy who started his NFL career by demanding to be traded and refusing to ever play for the San Diego Chargers who drafted him #1 in 2004, to his second Super Bowl is a long and winding road.

Eli is in a very tough situation being the starting quarterback for the New York Giants.  With the New York media it doesn’t matter how much he wins, or how good he does, they will pick him apart for the small mistakes. However this doesn’t mean the rest of the national media should coddle him and start calling him elite. Yes, Eli has taken the Giants to two Super Bowls now, and has had good stats in doing so.
My reasoning is if you want to call him an elite quarterback, then shouldn’t he be more consistent? There are times during the season where Eli looks very inept and barely hits “just another guy” status.  Then at other times he hits another level that makes you think he is destined for greatness. It is this kind of inconsistency that really makes me wonder if he really is an elite player. Sure, having a 2nd Super Bowl ring will be nice, but elite status isn’t determined by Super Bowl rings… (Just ask Ben Roethlisberger or Marino)

If Eli Manning can be a more consistent quarterback and find ways to win, even when his team isn’t playing to their potential, then yes, I would easily say he is. But there needs to be some more proof before I want to anoint him elite or even great. It isn’t fair to some of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, to throw someone in there with them just because they have a shot at winning a 2nd championship.

I feel Eli Manning has the potential and the skill to eventually land on the elite list, but he needs to find that extra something that guys like Montana, Aikman, Bradshaw and Elway all had. Just because you win multiple Super Bowls doesn’t make you elite. We have seen plenty of teams win Super Bowls in spite of their quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers/Ben Roethlisberger).

I don’t think the Giants could win this game without Eli, and, I don’t think Eli could lead another team like he has this Giants squad. They are a group that needs each other. If Eli Manning wants to become an elite quarterback and surpass his brother, then he needs to find more consistency in his game. He needs to string together great games and be good when he isn’t fully on his “A” game. Until then, Eli Manning is just another good quarterback who will have a few good games but follow them with sub par performances.  History here speaks for itself.

Obviously only time will tell.  No one, except the players and their fans, remember who lost the previous Super Bowls.  Tom Brady (most definitely an elite quarterback) may have a lot to say about how good Eli and his Giants really are.

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The Brady Six: Tom Brady Cries

I have been seeing commercials and snip-its for an ESPN special about the “Tom Brady Six”. This is one of their year of the quarterback specials they ESPN has been running throughout the year. But in this one, they have a candid interview with Tom Brady and his family about how he was hurt and distraught about not being selected before the 6th round. This is the same old song and dance that Brady loves to sneak into every interview he can.

You would really think that the success the guy has had would let him get over it. In fact, he should be happy he was even selected at all, he was an average quarterback at best during his time at Michigan. The fact that he broke down in the interview and started to cry was very shocking, yet comical at best. This guy has had more success and fame during his career than anyone thought ever possible. He has won multiple Super Bowls, married a super model, and is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the game today.

But he still goes on to TV and starts to cry like a little baby about the one bad thing that happened. Tom needs to shut up and grow a pair, look at your life man! you are living the dream. It is just beyond me that he hasn’t gotten over any of this “hurt” that he supposedly harbors from his draft day slight, yet he is the last one standing from the quarterbacks in that class. Where are Tee Martin, Geno Carmoza, and Chris Redman today? Not in the NFL, that’s for sure.

That clip of Brady starting to cry like a little baby has made me lose what little respect I really ever had for him. I guess he has been taking Giselle’s estrogen pills instead of those multivitamins, because he is starting to act more like a woman than she does. Tom Brady needs to just look at his life and be happy, maybe go polish a Super Bowl ring or two and quit whining about somthing that is aincent history today. The fact that he still holds it in such contempt is just the reason I have disliked him from day one.

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