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A Barber finally defends Eli Manning

Posted on: June 6, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 10:20 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

It took nearly four years, but Giants quarterback Eli Manning finally got a vote of confidence from a Barber twin. Okay, it wasn't former teammate Tiki -- it was his brother. But it still counts.

Speaking as a panelist on NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2011," Ronde, who still plays for the Buccaneers, had this to say about Manning:

"Eli is definitely a franchise quarterback. I mean he is the Giants' franchise, much like his brother is in Indianapolis. Their offense is gonna go around the way he plays."

Ronde then added why Manning might have gotten short shrift from the fellow players who voted on the top 100. "Eli just has this element of inconsistency, and you feel like he's not gonna have the game that you need to when they need to have it. And I think players see that. ... Sometimes his body language doesn't project how good Eli is, and people get down on him. Players see just the same as the media sees -- he gets down on himself, team gets down on him -- and just I think that's the reason why the players kept him out of this list."

Historically, Manning did struggle with consistency. But he has completed more than 60 percent of his passes every season since 2008. That said, perception often plays a role in what amounts to a glorified popularity contest. If players remember Manning when he was short-hopping receivers, it will -- consciously or not -- affect their vote.

Looking at the bigger picture, this story is as much about Manning as it is about the Barbers. Tiki, now 36, retired from football in 2006, still at the top of his game, to pursue television. He left the NFL with his dignity intact, although things began to unravel shortly after he blasted Manning while working for NBC's Sunday Night Football telecast. NBC eventually dropped Tiki, who was also in the news for dumping his then eight-months-pregnant wife (with twins!) for an NBC intern. Most fans had forgotten about Tiki altogether until he recently announced that he was returning to the NFL because he missed the competition, which we took as a euphemism for "I could use the dough."

Meanwhile, Ronde (who, by virtue of being Tiki's twin, is also 36) has played in every game from 1998 to 2010, many of them at a Pro Bowl level, and all while managing to keep his name out of the news for non-football-related foolishness. There's something to be said for that, and something Tiki could certainly learn. (And as long as Ronde's holding meetings, he should invite Aqib Talib, too.)

If you're curious about the other quarterbacks to make the Top 100, here you go (via USA Today's The Huddle blog):

Donovan McNabb (No. 100), Joe Flacco (No. 90), Josh Freeman (N0. 86), Tony Romo (No. 72), Matt Ryan (No. 52) and Ben Roethlisberger (No. 41) already revealed. The final six figure to be Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers and Michael Vick.

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Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2011 12:05 pm

A Barber finally defends Eli Manning

It's not based on 2010.  It's based on how people think they will do in 2011.  Romo should absolutely be on this list.  And while I won't say that Eli is better than Big Ben (because he's not, call me when Eli goes to the big dance a couple more times and we'll talk), but Eli is certainly better than McNabb, Flacco, Freeman, Romo, and Ryan.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 11:09 am

A Barber finally defends Eli Manning

Tony Romo went 1-6 and only played half the year and he makes the list?  I think he's a decent QB but if this list is based on the 2010 season it's ridiculous that he's on there.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 10:57 am

A Barber finally defends Eli Manning

yeah what a complete joke...eli sh*ts on half the qbs mentioned...i wont even justify by continuing this post

Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:10 pm

A Barber finally defends Eli Manning

The kids that work for me tell me "haters gonna hate".  I think I know what that means and I think it applies here.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:44 pm

A Barber finally defends Eli Manning

Eli Manning is better then Freeman, Flacco, Ryan and Rothlisberger. This list is a joke when you leave off a SuperBowl Champion, Super Bowl MVP and Pro Bowl Franchise QB in the prime of his career, who also has an iron man streak going. Give me a break!

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:15 pm

A Barber finally defends Eli Manning

Josh Freeman and not Eli?

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