|Romo or Eli: Who ya got? (US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Will Brinson
Much has been made this year about what kind of quarterback Eli Manning is, with respect to his peers. (Although I suppose it's not that different from any other year, then.) The first instance happened when Eli compared himself to Tom Brady in terms of where they rank in the NFL.
And now Brandon Jacobs, Giants running back, is generating a new comparison, one that's sure to fire up Cowboys fans.
"He's definitely a 100% better quarterback than Tony Romo. No question," Jacobs told Mike McCarthy of USA Today recently.
Hmmm. This is actually pretty interesting comparison -- I don't think that there's a consensus, if you took a quick straw poll, about who's better between Eli and Romo.
Eli's got a Super Bowl and, um, more than zero playoff wins, so that's probably a trump card for people who like to believe that quarterback wins have a direct correlation with quarterback talent. In equally worthless counting stats, Romo has three Pro Bowls, while Eli has just one.
Manning was drafted in 2004, just like Romo, but he got starts sooner -- Romo first started in 2006, while Eli got under center for the Giants in 2005. Eli has 24,132 passing yards in career, good for 219.4 a game, he averages 6.9 yards per attempt for his career, and has a career 167:118 TD:INT ratio.
Romo on the other hand, has 17,923 yards for his career, good for 192.7 a game, averages 8.1 yards per attempt and has a career 125:67 TD:INT ratio.
Manning sports, via Pro-Football-Reference, a 108 TD%+ (100 is average, higher or lower is better or worse than average) and a 95 INT%+. Romo sports a 118 TD%+ and a 99 INT%+, so they're basically even there. Romo's passer rating index is 116, per PFR, while Eli's is 98. (Again, 100 is average.)
Both are equal in terms of how people perceive them in the media, at least in the sense that people love to argue about whether or not they're "clutch."
I'd never expect Jacobs to say anything other than positive things for Eli, and if I were starting a team, I'd probably -- and I find this surprising -- go with Manning, since he's got the pedigree, the Super Bowl and he's younger.
But I wouldn't fault you if you said you wanted Romo either.
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