You know you ask that same question to any NFCE team and I honestly think they all would keep who they have, lol. Delusional to say the least
not only is Eli better than Alex Smith but at this time in his career but he is better than Tom Brady
Heck, Jim Harbaugh was willing to let Alex Smith go for a damaged Peyton Manning. Of course they would gladly trade Alex Smith for Eli Manning.
I think Alex Smith is a damn good QB and will go far but Eli Manning may be The Best in NFL right now.
At this point, there is very little to be gained in an Alex for Eli swap.
I'll give Eli one thing.. the guy NEVER gets rattled.. I've seen Brady rattled, I've seen Payton rattled.. I've NEVER seen Eli rattled, perhaps it's that mongoloid expression tattooed to his face, but he never seems like things ever get too big for him.
That being said, Eli is one of the most clutch playoff QBs in NFL history, but he'll never win a regular season MVP, because he's not as elite or clutch during the regular season as he is in the playoffs, and that's the greatest knock. When the gints won their first super bowl w/ Eli, that season he had thrown the same amount of TDs as INTs.. I don't live in NYC, but the general feeling around the country is if Eli and Coughlin didn't produce that season.. one or both was gone. I think Eli has reached his full potential.. as well as Alex Smith has played so far, I don't think he's hit his ceiling.
Under Harbaugh, Alex Smith played elite at times during the regular season.. and he's played elite when he's had to during the playoffs. I don't think you can transplant a Super Bowl winning QB from one team to another and expect similar results, so many things team wide have to happen to produce a winner. Eli is considered widely to be an elite QB, I think he needs to produce in the regular season as big as he has the playoffs before he's considered elite, but 2 Super Bowl rings are hard to argue with. Alex Smith still can't shake the 'game manager' moniker, so most people will take an elite QB over one with questions to be answered.
As a Niners' fan, I keep our guy and see how far he can take us.. I still think Smith hasn't played his best football, Eli to have hit his ceiling and seems to only play his best when it's do or die, but then again.. Alex Smith played his best football in the do or die as well. Eli is a great QB, but I'm sticking with Alex the Great.
funny u say smith hasnt reached his ceiling but eli has...lmfao eli has improved eery single season, he's entering his prime, but he'll still improve thats why the nfl should be worried...smiths career year was 3100 yds and 17 tds...lmfao if he cant improve on that thats pathetic.
smiths a good qb. but dont be delusional, eli is literally twice the qb smith is