Thursday, February 7, 2008
Quarterback A entered his fourth season in the NFL with 56 TD/37 INT. During his fourth season, he started 16 games. He had 28 TD/11 INT. He threw for 3564 yards. His team was 14-2. His team won the Super Bowl in a blowout (score closer due to two late touchdowns by losing team). Quarterback A threw two touchdowns and was Super Bowl MVP.
Quarterback B entered his fourth season in the NFL with 54 TD/44 INT. During his fourth season, he started 16 games. He had 23 TD/20 INT. He threw 3336 yards. His team was 10-6. His team won the Super Bowl in a close game (some may argue that the game was one-sided). Quarterback B threw two touchdowns and was Super Bowl MVP.
Quarterback A is Mark Rypien.
Quarterback B is Eli Manning.
Is Mark Rypien considered a a great quarterback? No. Why? Because his career went downhill right after the Super Bowl. He was an threw an "amazing" 13 TD/17 INT in his fifth season. Two years later, he wasn't even starting anymore.
Now, maybe Eli Manning won't follow that path. Still, let's not jump to conclusions. Playing great for half a season doesn't make you great. Everyone wants to put Eli in the same class as Brady, Favre, and Manning. Let's see where he goes next year and the year after. And, if he does become not go back to planet earth, then I will be the first person to call him great.
P.S. I love that picture of Eli. When I was down in Philadelphia, MS, some of the locals told me Eli was a dick. Maybe he is. Regardless that picture is funny.