Eli threw for 255 yards and an 87.3 quarterback rating in leading the Giants to 17 points in Superbowl XLII. Those 17 points were the lowest winning point total in a Superbowl since 1975, and the fifth lowest in Superbowl history. Those 17 points were enough – amazingly – to beat an undefeated New England team boasting the most prolific scoring offense in NFL history.
But those 17 points earned Eli Manning a ring, so the rest of it doesn’t matter to the experts.
Draw your own conclusions about Elite-I’s playoff success. This isn’t necessarily about him. Eli’s a fine quarterback and he’s earned everything he’s gotten. This is about the geniuses in the national media. It’s about the lazy, vacuous conventional wisdom that passes for expert analysis in the ESPN era.
The truth is Drew Brees is an elite quarterback with or without a ring. The truth is Eli Manning probably isn’t considered an elite quarterback without that elite defense. The truth is a quarterback’s role is not to win football games all by himself, but to put his team in position to win football games.
Conventional wisdom says Tony Romo is not an elite quarterback. The truth is, Romo has been the one thing standing between Cowboys fans and a long, disappointing string of 4- and 5-win seasons.
And just to rub it in, the truth is Romo has a better career passer rating than Drew Brees, better career yards-per-attempt than Peyton Manning, a better career completion percentage than Tom Brady, and a better career fourth quarter/overtime passer rating than Aaron Rogers.
Cowboys fans: The truth is, you have an elite quarterback. Not every team does. Enjoy it while you can, because quarterbacks as special as Romo don’t come around often; once he’s gone, we’re not likely to see another one like him for a good long while.