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

A Barber finally defends Eli Manning

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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Posted on: May 24, 2011 8:20 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.24.11 Belichick's latest honor

Posted by Will Brinson and Andy Benoit



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  • Not to be outdone (or wait, actually, they were slightly outdone) were the Raiders, who had 34 players show up for their workouts in Georgia.

Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Top 15 selling jerseys in NFL

Posted by Andy Benoit

USA Today has published a list of the top 15 most popular NFL player jerseys from the past year. Without further ado:

1) Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers
2) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
4) Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
5) Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos
6) Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
7) Tom Brady, New England Patriots
8) Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
9) Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
10) Eli Manning, New York Giants
11) DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
12) Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
13) Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
14) Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings
15) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

The data is based on sales from NFLShop.com.

Last year, Favre ranked No. 1 in jersey sales. Vick ranked 20th. Matthews wasn't even in the top 25.

Posted on: April 1, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: New York Giants

Posted by Andy Benoit

E. Manning (US Presswire)

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Stop me if you’ve seen this one before: very talented, much talked about Giants team gets off to a fast start. At midseason they’re 6-2 and looking like a legitimate Super Bowl contender. But in the second half, things start going south. There are rumblings about Tom Coughlin’s job security.

Moronic members of the press who only understand football on a box score level see that Eli Manning is leading the league in interceptions so, predictably, they question him. (Never mind that Manning, who had one of the best seasons of his career, was plagued by receivers’ drops and bad routes.)

There is a particularly heart-wrenching loss to the hated Eagles in Week 15 (apparently the punter not only kicked to DeSean Jackson but also singlehandedly gave up 28 points in the fourth quarter…right?), followed by what would turn out to be a playoff-hopes-slashing defeat at Green Bay the following week.




A change to consider: Antrel Rolle as the new Charles Woodson

The change here needs to be made by fans and the media. It’s time to start recognizing Rolle as the Pro Bowl caliber rover that he is. Thanks to iffy linebackers, depth at safety and a schedule that frequently pitted them against three-receiver offenses, the Giants essentially converted to a three safety starting lineup in 2010. .

Rolle filled what used to be one of the outside linebacker positions. This was done because the former cornerback has the cover skills to line up against wideouts in the slot, but also the tackling prowess to play the edge on the run. What’s more, Rolle is a terrific blitzer, which allows coordinator Perry Fewell to disguise his fronts. Sound like any particular Packer you know?



1. Middle Linebacker
Jonathan Goff is not a bad player, but there is nothing electrifying about him either. This defense has a chance to be special. You can’t be special with a banal force in the middle.

2 Receiving weapon
Steve Smith’s microfracture surgery (knee) leaves his future in doubt. The restricted free agent wideout will spend the entire offseason rehabbing and may not be ready come September. At tight end, the serviceable Kevin Boss is as tough as they come, but with the focus on vertical seam routes in Kevin Gilbride’s system, a better athlete in this spot would do wonders.


3. Center
Shaun O’Hara made the Pro Bowl last season but strictly on name recognition. The 33-year-old (34 in June) missed all but six games with various injuries. When O’Hara did return to action, he looked creaky. Time to groom a replacement.




Ladies and gentlemen….your dark horse Super Bowl contender for 2011! The Giants have a veteran star quarterback, elite rushing attack (thanks in part to a cohesive offensive line) and defense loaded with talent along the front and back fours.

And most of these players have significant playoff experience. If this team can overcome the Big Apple drama that creeps up every year, it’s as tough an out as any.

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Eli Manning has a baby (or, his wife does)

Posted by Andy Benoit

A new Manning entered the world this week, and you can be assured that this one won’t become a Super Bowl winning quarterback. According to multiple media outlets, Eli Manning’s wife, Abby, gave birth to the couple’s first child on Monday, a 7-pound, 4-ounce girl named Ava Frances.

Eli, 30, is the first of the Manning brother quarterbacks to become a father. The oldest Manning boy, Cooper, however, already has three kids.

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Posted on: March 23, 2011 12:19 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Hot Routes 3.23.11: Buddy Ryan has cancer



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Once again, former coaching standout Buddy Ryan has cancer, according to Jets coach Rex Ryan. But Rex is confident in his father. Said Rex: "He's 80 years old, but he's doing great. He's tougher than (s---). He's had other things in his life. He overcame encephalitis. He's overcome cancer twice. He's tough."
  • Sounds like the students at Assumption Catholic Church in St. Louis had a blast with Rams RB Steven Jackson. Even if this was a team-sponsored event (the Rams had to get special permission before Jackson could appear).

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Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:59 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 11:03 pm
 

Gabbert will run, won't throw at Combine

Posted by Will Brinson

It's a weird year or the NFL Draft, because there are tons of quarterback-needy teams and not a lot of guarantees at the position. If one of the top QBs can come into the Combine this weekend and light things up, they could jump up draft boards real quick.

But it probably won't be Blaine Gabbert, the top quarterback in our both our prospect rankings and on Rob Rang's Big Board. That's because the Missouri quarterback won't be throwing during the Combine.

"Gabbert will run. He's just not going to throw," Gabbert's agent Tom Condon said per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We haven't had any of our guys throw (at the Combine)."

Then again, maybe Condon knows what he's doing. After all, he's had success with a few quarterbacks in the NFL Draft -- Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, and Sam Bradford leap to mind as guys who did okay on draft day.

And maybe there's no work to be done anyway. Gabbert's apparently considered the top option for at least one team, the Titans, and both Rang and Chad Reuter have Gabbert going to Tennessee eighth, which might just make things a natural fit.

Additionally, it's a logical move by Condon and Gabbert to avoid too much scrutiny on his role as a "system quarterback" at Missouri. If he struggles with certain throws at the Combine, people will wonder if he can easily make the jump to the next level.

As it stands right now, though, he's a hot commodity who actually stands to lose ground on draft boards if he doesn't come out and blow people away.

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Posted on: January 7, 2011 1:28 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Andrew Luck got advice from Peyton Manning

Posted by Andy Benoit
P. Manning (US Presswire)
Before Andrew Luck, the last surefire No. 1 overall pick who decided to delay his NFL career one more year and return for a senior season was Peyton Manning. Instead of leaving college to become the No. 1 overall pick of the 1997 NFL Draft (the Jets held the pick but later traded it to St. Louis), Manning remained a Tennessee Volunteer.

That decision, obviously, worked out just fine for Manning. So how much did that influence Luck’s decision? Luck’s father, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, told sports radio station KTAR on Friday that his son spoke with the Colts quarterback beforehand.

"(Andrew) got advice not just from his old man or his mom but from people like Peyton Manning, Eli and others who've gone through it," he said. "That information and that advice of course is invaluable."

Oliver Luck also emphasized that his son’s decision had nothing to do with the Carolina Panthers – or any other NFL team. Rather, as the Lucks have been saying, it was about getting a degree and Andrew loving the bond he has with his Stanford teammates.

"He has a real bond with the class that he came in with, his football classmates, his cohorts so to speak," Oliver Luck said. "It was Jim Harbaugh's first recruiting class there. Those guys committed to Stanford when Stanford was 1-11, which took a little bit of a leap of faith.

"He feels real tight with those guys and he felt like he had some unfinished business. He wanted to go out with his guys."

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