Giants’ Eli Manning On Tom Brady Comparison: ‘What Am I Supposed To Say?’

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Is Eli Manning a top 5 quarterback?

The Giants quarterback thinks so, or at least that’s what he said in a radio interview on Tuesday. When asked specifically about Patriots star Tom Brady, Manning said: “I consider myself in that class.”

From his big show at Giants camp on Wednesday, Mike Francesa asked Manning about the Brady comparison.

“It was kind of like, what am I supposed to say? ‘No, I don’t think so?’” Manning asked Francesa. “I’m trying to compete, I’m trying to be the best quarterback and get to a championship. That’s what I’m trying to do every year.”

Listen: Eli Manning with Mike Francesa

Even Giants coach Tom Coughlin got in on the act.

“What would you expect him to say? He is for me,” said Coughlin.

But there’s that little matter of Manning’s 25 interceptions in 2010.

Brady? Yeah, he had four.

“What you’ve got to do is cut down on the mental mistakes,” Manning explained to Francesa. “There are some that are just bad decisions; those are on me. Some are tipped that are not on me. Some are tipped because they’re high and I’ll take (blame) for those.”

Another stat to look at: win-loss record.

Manning is 17 games over .500 at 60-43 for his career — but Brady blows him away at 111-32.

Is there room for improvement for Manning and his 113 career picks? Coughlin, despite his decree that Manning is upper echelon, certainly thinks so.

“Oh, you definitely can improve, and I’m sure he will,” Coughlin said. “We had a tipped-ball interception at the end of (Tuesday) that ticked everybody off. He definitely will because he’s so much aware of it and so anti-turn-it-over, he will improve.”

Is Manning top 5? Top 10? Sound off in the comments below…

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  1. Felix says:

    anyone who has Eli over Rodgers is Delusional..

    1. Felix says:

      RC, Rodgers is “Suspect” Lol, that is the word that everyone uses on Eli, not Rodgers. Gun to your head, who will win another SB first?

    2. lydiass says:

      Those teams listed above do not win without those QBs, just like the Patriots, they do not win without Brady. I am a 26 years old nurse, young and beautiful. Now I am seeking an older gentle man who can give me real love , so i got a username Annababe2011 on—a’ge’l’es’s’da’te. C óM—it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and older men, or older women and younger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck it out or tell your friends.

  2. Henry says:

    Totally silly argument and comments here… Eli should be commended for getting the job done at QB and winning the SB. However, let’s be real: the Giants D-Line won that game. Brady was under enormous pressure all day, and still did not have any fumbles nor an interception. He drove the team down the field and scored the go ahead TD with 2 minutes left. Eli was given a gift by Asante Samuel on the sideline and we all know the throw to Tyree was an absolute miracle, up there with the Immaculate Reception. The argument “Eli won the SB” is specious and shallow by itself. Brady is an all time great, while Eli is a mid level QB who barely cracks the top ten in his own era. Like the guy, give him credit, but let’s stop this nonsense in comparing him to Brady. It’s just absurd.

    1. Dave says:

      Henry, you’re right on the money.

    2. Anish says:

      That is true Henry except Brady did fumble the ball at the end of the half in the superbowl but i still agree with you.

  3. RC says:

    He is better than advertised and Brett Farve was not nearly as good as he was advertised. Eli suffers from being compared to Peyton ! name 5 qbs BETTER!

    August 18, 2011 at 11:12 am | Reply | Report comment

    1. J says:

      Peyton, Brady, Rodgers, Vick, Matt Ryan, Brees, Roethlisberger, Rivers.

      1. RC says:

        Peyton, Drew. Ben, and Tom Brady. Everyone else is suspect!!

      2. aD says:

        vick– unproven, brees– one hit wonder, Ryan– no ring, river–?

  4. John Stallworth says:

    I know that one time when the Patriots were undefeated & Eli outplayed Brady….remember that?

    1. fact says:

      yea, and a broken clock is right twice a day. Eli is a BUM. 1 sh*#ty superbowl doesn’t prove anything!! How many does Brady have??Eli couldn’t hold Brady’s jockstrap

  5. RC says:

    He is better than advertised and Brett Farve was not nearly as good as he was advertised. Eli suffers from being compared to Peyton ! name 5 qbs BETTER!

    1. Joecool says:

      Payon Manning, Phillip Rivers, Drew Brees, Michael Vick, and Aaron Rodgers. The question isn’t is he in the top 5 but shold he be in the NFL.

  6. duane says:

    I agree that Brady is overrated. You put Brady on the Giants and Eli on the Patriots, I guarantee the results would be similar. And no, the Giants over the Patriots in the Super Bowl several years ago was no fluke. When Brady gets pressured he is no better than any other QB. He just happens to have a more consistent offensive live than Eli year in and year out.

    1. Dave says:

      So much for honesty, Duane. If Eli goes to the Patroits, he trows just as many INTs. Brady will go down as 2nd best QB of all time – below Montana – and Eli will just another footnote in NFL history.

    2. bklyn says:

      FLUKE!. FLUKE!! ELI sux

  7. Charles says:

    Jeffrey Forsythe , can you say they went 10-5 with Casell and did not make the playoffs. You just proved my point, the Patriots do not win without Brady. Thanks for bringing that up, you’re a genius.

  8. gmanfan says:

    Huge Giants fan, but Super Bowl aside…. Eli isn’t as good as Sanchez let alone Brady….

    1. Chris says:

      gmanfan, your true colors are showing. You can come out of the closet (literally) we know you’re a Jets fan. Sanchez is nowhere near as good as Eli. Sanchez has yet to win a division let alone a Super Bowl title, Eli has the ring.

      When Sanchez gets a ring then come & talk to us. Sanchez has a career 70.3 rating, that’s one of the worst ratings for a starting QB in the NFL.

      1. gmanfan says:

        Just keeping it real Chris…. my true colors are blue and red, but from an objective point of view… Sanchez won 4 playoff games in two straight years with the Patriots in his division. Eli won three playoff games (all in the Super Bowl year). The other years he CHOKED in the first round. And believe me, I was extremely happy in 08 with the win over the Patriots, but again…. keeping it real…. Mike Carey (the referee) was a split second from blowing “the catch” play dead when Eli was grabbed by the Pats defense. He didn’t blow the whistel allowing him to escape, and it still took a “miracle” catch by Tyree. Again…. just keeping it real. Hopefully Eli will see comments like this and it will motivate him. Us Giants fans can’t always stick up for our players, and the Super Bowl ring can’t be used as a mirage (just because he has a ring). The Giants could’ve won with Phillip Rivers against the Patriots that year as well… maybe could’ve even won the regular season game making them 17-2, instead of 18-1.

  9. Tommy C says:

    Im a big Giants fan. Eli is a very-good , not

  10. BC says:

    Eli, you could say… ” I’m not as good as Brady, but got that A$$ in the 2008 Superbowl”…

    18-1

  11. Tommy C says:

    Im a big Giants fan. Eli is a very-good

  12. Todd Werden says:

    You’re kidding – Eli as good as Brady??? I’m a Giant fan and think Manning is OK but that’s just dumb.

  13. CHRISSYT says:

    ELI mANNING IS A GREAT QUARTER BACK. i LOVE ELI AND THE NEW YORK GIANTS! THAT IS MY TEAM! YES THERE IS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT BUT HE IS A GREAT QB!!!!!!!

  14. Michael Berkman says:

    Brady is over-rated…..you could put any QB in the league on any of those championship teams and the results would have been the same.

    1. Charles says:

      How’s that? What? If you’re going to make a stupid statement at least give your reasons why?

      Do the 49ers win (4) without Montana? Do the Steelers win (4) without Bradshaw? Do the Cowboys (3) win without Aikman

      If the Queen had b*lls she be King

      Football, like basketball & baseball are team sports, not individual, but football is the only sport where the most important player on the team is the QB. Those teams listed above do not win without those QBs, just like the Patriots, they do not win without Brady.

      Also Einstein, look at Brady’s entire season record year by year, just don’t look at the Super Bowl, the QB is who gets the team to the playoffs.

      You just gave the reason why people need a brain in order to think.

    2. Charles says:

      How’s that? What? If you’re going to make a stupid statement at least give your reasons why?

      Do the 49ers win (4) without Montana? Do the Steelers win (4) without Bradshaw? Do the Cowboys (3) win without Aikman

      If the Queen had b*ll* she be King

      Football, like basketball & baseball are team sports, not individual, but football is the only sport where the most important player on the team is the QB.

      Those teams listed above do not win without those QBs, just like the Patriots, they do not win without Brady.

      Also Einstein, look at Brady’s entire season record year by year, just don’t look at the Super Bowl, the QB is who gets the team to the playoffs.

      You just gave the reason why people need a brain in order to think.

      1. Jeffrey Forsythe says:

        You’re wrong that the Patriots don’t win without Brady. Can you say Matt Cassel?

    3. Dave says:

      Brady jealousy factor at play in NY – big surprise. Brady league MVP 2010 and voted best player by his peers on NFL Network Top 100. Brady is the best QB in the league – period. Peyton is a close second but after that, there is a huge drop-off.

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