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The Giants' Eli Manning has been forced to escape the shadow of superstar big brother, Peyton. San Francisco's Alex Smith? He only has a pair of Hall of Famers in Joe Montana and Steve Young hanging over him in 49ers lore.
Two No. 1 pick quarterbacks a draft apart, Manning and Smith meet Sunday with a shot at the Super Bowl after each has faced immense scrutiny over the years while playing on opposite coasts.
Manning made his mark by winning the 2008 Super Bowl. Smith took a significant step by leading last week's thrilling, last-second 36-32 victory over Drew Brees and the favored Saints.
Early on, there were the questions about whether Manning would ever be an elite NFL quarterback like the other big-time QBs in the family.
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According to the Giants' Twitter feed, Eli Manning is in the building this morning and will be practicing with the team shortly. They are scheduled to begin their workout around 11:50 a.m.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning started but did not finish practice due to illness.
The most famous, 24-hour “bug” in the tri-state area departed on schedule by Thursday morning, allowing Giants fans everywhere to take a deep breath. Eli Manning is fine. “Yeah, I’m 100 percent,” the Giants’ franchise quarterback declared, one day after he left practice early ...
Eli Manning's season started with a debate about whether or not he was an elite quarterback and it might end with another debate.
It won't be about his elite status as any remaining holdouts have long ago given up that fight. The debate this time will be about whether or not he's the best quarterback in the Manning family.
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I noted in my look back at the Green Bay game that it seems like recently every time we have had a 3rd and 10 that Easy Eli has been there to keep the drive alive with a huge completion. If it seems that way to anyone else too, there is good reason. Eli has been lights out on 3rd/medium-3rd/long. Not good, not great-LIGHTS OUT. Nearly perfect.
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If Kevin Gilbride were 30-something, he’d be the hottest head coaching prospect in the NFL.
Think about it. He has developed and groomed one of the elite quarterbacks in the league in Eli Manning, serving as first his quarterbacks coach and now offensive coordinator during his eight-year career.