1. Is Eli Manning done? Do you see any way he comes back next season as the Giants starter? Whenever he hangs ’em up, is he a Hall of Famer?
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It’s beginning to look that way. What the Eli Manning defenders, and I’ve certainly been one previously, aren’t considering is that completion percentage and passing yards mean little if you can’t get wins. Despite being able to move the ball offensively, the G-Men, over the past five or six years, have had significant red zone issues, and after all is said and done, I’m beginning to see Manning as the primary reason.
Right now, I can see him coming back next season as the mentor to a high draft pick, but the Giants will have to pay him a roster bonus, well before the draft. As far as his Hall of Fame chances, on the plus side, he has two Super Bowl wins, and he’s played so long that he will accumulate top ten statistics, but right now his win-loss record stands at 114-111, not really Hall of Fame material. In my opinion, the election of Kurt Warner does help his case.
There will be plenty of quarterbacks, in Eli Manning’s generation, who surpass him in terms of getting the call to Canton. They include Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger. After these guys get enshrined, then Manning will be competing with guys like Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan.