Bashing former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has become a cottage industry over the years, so much to the point that many are campaigning against his inevitable induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
For Giant fans, Eli is a lead-pipe cinch for Canton, finishing his career in the top 10 in many of the all-time passing categories such as passing yards, completions, consecutive games started and touchdown passes. He also never missed a game due to injury and, oh, almost forgot, he won two Super Bowls in which he was named MVP in both games.
Yet, the bashing continues.
Below is a stat that further illustrates how the Giants tried — and succeeded — to fail Manning during his career. The Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI was one of the worst rosters to ever win a Super Bowl.
So, if Eli was such a bum, how’d he pull it off?
Eli Manning in 2011 had the worst supporting cast and team (rushing game and defense) out of any QB to make the Super Bowl since 2010. And it’s not even close. pic.twitter.com/N588ovO29n
— Bleeding Blue: Giants History Podcast (@Bleeding__Blue) February 8, 2022
Manning led the Giants to a Super Bowl victory four years earlier, in 2007, which was the first year of Jerry Reese’s tenure as the general manager. Most of that team was contracted by his predecessor, Ernie Accorsi.
Reese managed to add some talent in his first several years through the draft and free agency but his drafts were largely fruitless, leaving the Giants with little depth.