Is Eli Manning a Hall of Fame QB?


Dec 15, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) sits on the ground after being sacked by the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The arthroscopic surgery to repair Eli Manning’s left ankle was a success. Now it is time to repair his legacy.

Manning threw 27 interceptions last year, which led the NFL and established a new career high. He completed just 317 of his 551 passes (57.5 percent), another low point and compiled the worst quarterback rating of his career (69.4) since entering the league in 2004 (55.4).

Not even two Super Bowl wins are enough for ESPN’s Michael Smith to include him in any hall of fame consideration.

 

I am not quite sure what it means to have a Hall of Fame resume that doesn’t get you enshrined into Canton, but since the merger of the NFL and AFL, just 11 quarterbacks have been on two or more Super Bowl winning teams. Of those eight eligible for the Hall of Fame, seven have made it in. Jim Plunkett, who was the MVP of Super Bowl XV, is the lone exception.

Five quarterbacks have been named Super Bowl MVP two or more times, and all three that are eligible — Joe Montana, Bart Starr and Terry Bradshaw — are in, with Tom Brady a lock once he decides to call an end to his career.

As for the regular season, among quarterbacks who have started 150 games in their first ten years while throwing for 30,000 or more yards and 200 or more touchdowns, only brother Peyton is in Eli’s class.

Player

GS

Cmp

Att

Cmp%

Yds

TD

Int

W

L

Peyton Manning

160

3468

5405

64.16%

41626

306

153

105

55

Eli Manning

151

2929

5008

58.49%

35345

229

171

85

66

Eli’s contract beyond this season may be in doubt, but his bonafides for the Hall of Fame are not.

Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.
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