Simms: Eli isn't elite

Eli Manning is in a slump and Phil Simms thinks it has nothing to do with the possibility of a tired arm.

Eli Manning

Eli Manning

#10 QB
New York Giants

2012 STATS

  • Att364
  • Comp223
  • Yds2641
  • TD12
  • Int11
  • Rat81.8

The former Giants quarterback and CBS football analyst said on "NFL Monday QB" on CBS Sports Network that he doesn't believe Manning is an elite quarterback.

"No, he is not one of the elites," Simms said on the show when the topic of Manning being elite came up. "Because when I hear the word elite, I’m thinking about guys that can make unbelievable plays on the field by themselves. There are very few quarterbacks in that category.

"I always bring up Aaron Rodgers," Simms continued. "He is one of them. 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."

Dan Fouts, the former Chargers star quarterback, disagreed.

"You can’t spell elite without Eli," Fouts said. "The pressure situations that Eli has thrived in over his short career, in my mind, make him an elite quarterback. Because that is when you’re judged. How well do you do when the pressure is on, when you’ve got to win the game? And all you have to do is look back at his two Super Bowl wins and the way he beat the Patriots. I have to give him a nod and say Eli is elite."

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