You guys care way to much about this elite crap. All I know is I will take Eli over anybody including Simms in his prime.....lol.
I realize the term "elite QB" has just been abused to death.
I've seen Eli take over games .... the Tampa Bay game is a good example.
We've also seen games like Cincy, where Eli basically gift-wrapped a loss.
Given the offense Gilbride has installed, and given the defense Fewell employs, Eli has become completely indispensable.
Defensively, this is a bend and and hope for a turnover defense....they give up huge chunks of yardage, and can't get off the field on 3rd down. If the offense doesn't score at least 24 points, the Giants are screwed, because the defense is soft, as TC put it.
So people can argue if Eli is elite or not (I think 2 SB MVPs settles that debate, but that's just me)......but given the team he's got, it's pretty much mandatory that he plays well, otherwise it's likely going to be a loss.
No average QB could make the playoffs with today's Giants.
"They come to the line of scrimmage and the first thing they do is start looking for me....I know, and they know. When they’d find me they’d start screaming: 56 left ! 56 left!....So there’s this thing I did. After the play was over I’d come up behind them and whisper: don’t worry where I am. I’ll tell you when I get there."
- Lawrence Taylor