When looking at who is mediocre I can’t help but consider a player’s value, especially when dealing with active players. For example, in the NBA, Carl Landry is not the best player in the league, but he’s a bargain. Meanwhile, Tracy McGrady is still a decent player, but he’s not worth half of what he’s being paid. Catch my drift? In a lot of ways, Eli Manning is Tracy McGrady.
Don’t get me wrong, Eli Manning is a fine quarterback. I just happen to think that he’s roughly league-average. Now, having a league-average QB is perfectly fine. But, did you know that Manning (Eli, NOT Peyton) was the 3rd highest paid player in the NFL in 2009 (trailing Jay Cutler and Phil Rivers).
Fans of Manning will make this argument: “Hey, the guy won a Super Bowl and engineered one hell of a comeback agains the undefeated Patriots, he cannot possibly be an average QB.” That’s all fine and dandy, but that was one game. Let me lay some facts on you about young Eli:
- Of all quarterbacks to start at least 50 games since 2004 (when Eli entered the league), he ranks DEAD LAST in QB rating. There is not a player on the list that ranks lower. He trails QB legends such as David Carr and Marc Bulger.
- Looking again at the same group of QB’s, he ranks DEAD LAST again in completion percentage.
That’s looking at Manning’s entire career and Manning fans will probably point out that it’s not totally fair to throw a QBs rookie season in there against grizzled veterans. Fine. I’ll buy that. They’ll probably also say that Manning has really been great the last two seasons. I think that’s cherry-picking, but I’ll indulge you. Over the last two seasons, here is how Eli compares to other starting QBs:
- 12th in passer rating.
- 17th in completion percentage.
- 9th in TDs
- 12th in yards per game
- 15th in completions
That looks pretty middle of the road to me. No matter what passing statistic you want to pick, Manning looks just about average. Again, that’s all fine and dandy, but the guy rakes in tons of cash and is often lauded as one of the premier QBs in the sport.
Please, someone out there, prove that I am wrong. Eli Manning is completely mediocre.