Who's the Big Apple's quarterback?



Mazzeo By Mike Mazzeo

Eli Manning is having the worst year of his career, while Geno Smith just helped the Jets beat the almighty Patriots.

So why not? Why not ask who's better: the two-time Super Bowl MVP or the rookie who has made just seven career starts?

We do live in a "what have you done for me lately" society. No?

Sure. And it would be one thing if Geno was putting up Pro Bowl-caliber numbers. But he isn't.

Eli leads the NFL with 15 interceptions, while Geno has thrown 11 picks and been sacked 25 times -- second-most in the league.

Maybe Geno will be better than Eli one day. But as of now, he isnt. And as of now, theres only one quarterback in this town's history who's ever won two rings, and that's Eli Manning.

Regardless of what you think of his facial expressions or his sometimes cringe-worthy decision-making, Eli's 2-0 record against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in championship games speaks for itself.

You can't take that away from him. You may want to, because maybe you don't like him. But you can't.

As for Geno? Well, he hasn't even won a playoff game yet. Or put together a winning streak, for that matter.

Are you really going to tell me you'd take Geno over Eli in an NFL Reality Draft?

Are you really going to tell me you'd take Geno over Eli if you had to win one game? Yeah, it's best to save this debate for a later date.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com


Winthrop By Jon Winthrop

Their Monday-night win over the Vikings likely guarantees the Giants won't finish with the worst record in the NFL. So, the temptation to draft another potential franchise quarterback like Teddy Bridgewater won't exist. It's amazing how 23 games has changed the narrative on Eli Manning. From an elite quarterback on the verge of punching his ticket to Canton, Manning has become the second most dependable passer in New York.

That's right, Geno Smith has put all of Gotham on notice.

Four game-winning last-minute drives in seven games will do that. It's something no other quarterback has done to start a career since the NFL merger. But, that only tells part of the story on Geno though, because he's doing it with weapons that would make the Jacksonville Jaguars cringe. Imagine what he might accomplish with targets like Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks or Rueben Randle.

Eli Manning has two Super Bowl rings, but to quote Hilary Duff that was "So Yesterday." Sports stops for no one. Geno is a win in Cincinnati away from taking this city by storm. What's scarier is the Jets, unlike the Giants, aren't saddled with a $100 million quarterback who isn't earning his keep.

Geno, a second-round pick, comes at a bargain-basement price. Look no further than the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers for an example of how advantageous those savings can be. There's a reason both teams can afford great defenses. Geno may not have the weapons now, but once Mark Sanchez's and Santonio Holmes's contracts are jettisoned, expect John Idzik to buy his franchise signal-caller some new toys. He'll be able to snap up a few trinkets that can run under those deep spirals Geno is so adept at throwing.

The smart money is on Geno moving forward; fortunately for the Jets, not too much of it.

Jon Winthrop produces the "Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco Show" on ESPN New York 98.7 FM.