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Phil Simms says Eli Manning is not an elite quarterback

Giants' slump gets critics fired up Brad Biggs

Print This November 14, 2012, 09:26 AM EST
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The New York Giants are in a slump and that is bringing out critics from all corners.

Including former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, who says that Eli Manning is not an elite quarterback.

Yes, Simms is critiquing Manning, who has two Super Bowl titles to Simms’ one as a starter. Manning has been named Super Bowl MVP twice to Simms’ one. Soon, Manning will pass Simms in the Giants’ record books.

No, he is not one of the elites,” Simms said on CBS Sports Network’s “NFL Monday QB,” according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

Manning has not played well in New York’s recent slump and he has acknowledged that. He has thrown 12 touchdown passes vs. 11 interceptions this season.

“When I hear the word elite, I’m thinking about guys that can make unbelievable plays on the field by themselves," Simms said. "There are very few quarterbacks in that category. So yes, Eli has been a tremendous team player. He has been MVP of the Super Bowl twice. I know that. But the way I look at it, the answer is no.”

There were similar criticisms of Manning at this point a season ago. If he leads the Giants deep into the playoffs this year, we’ll see what is said about him then.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune


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