Manning during his junior season at Ole Miss. Eli played Auburn that day in 2002. It reads:
Wears left knee brace… During pregame warmup, didn't look like he had a rocket arm… As game progressed, I saw excellent arm strength under pressure and the ability to get velocity on the ball on most throws. Good deep ball range. Good touch. Good vision and poise.
Sees the field… In shotgun on most plays and his only running option is a draw… his offensive line is poor. Red-shirt freshman left tackle. Eli doesn't trust his protection. Can't. No way he can take any form of a deep drop and look downfield. With no running game (10 yards rushing the first half) and no real top receivers, he's stuck with the three-step drops and waiting til the last second to see if a receiver can get free. No tight end either. No flaring back. So he's taking some big hits. Taking them well. Carried an overmatched team entirely on his shoulders. I imagine, except for Vanderbilt, his team is overmatched in every SEC game… He's big, never gets rattled. Rallied his team from a 14-3 halftime deficit basically all by himself. Led them on two successive third quarter drives to go ahead, 17-16. The first touchdown, a 40-yard streak down the left sideline, he dropped the ball over the receiver's right shoulder. Called the next touchdown pass himself, checking off to a 12-yard slant… Makes a lot of decisions on play calls at the line of scrimmage, but they ask too much of him. They don't just let him play. This is a guy you should just let play… When he's inaccurate, he's usually high, but rarely off target to either side… Plays smart and with complete confidence. Doesn't scold his teammates, but lets them know when they line up wrong or run the wrong pattern… Threw three interceptions. Two were his fault. Trying to force something both times. He could have run on one of them, a fourth down play. He has a lot to learn.
Summary: I think he's the complete package. He's not going to be a fast runner, but a little like Joe Montana, he has enough athletic ability to get out of trouble. Remember how Archie ran? In that department, Eli doesn't have the best genes, although I never timed mom Olivia in the 40. But he has a feel for the pocket. Feels the rush.
Throws the ball, takes the hit, gets right back up… Has courage and poise. In my opinion, most of all, he has that quality you can't define. Call it magic. As [former Baltimore Colts defensive back] Bobby Boyd told me once about Unitas, “Two things set him apart: his left testicle and his right testicle.”... Peyton had much better talent around him at Tennessee. But I honestly give this guy a chance to be better than his brother. Eli doesn't get much help from the coaching staff. If he comes out early, we should move up to take him. These guys are rare, you know.
Ernie Accorsi Link
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'In shotgun on most plays and his only running option is a draw…'
almost carrying Ole Miss to a win against LSU on his own.
2 things define him. His left testicle and his right testicle.
I';d like to read this on air this week.
With your permission, of course.
Has courage and poise. In my opinion, most of all, he has that quality you can't define. Call it magic. As [former Baltimore Colts defensive back] Bobby Boyd told me once about Unitas, “Two things set him apart: his left testicle and his right testicle.”...
| Makes a lot of decisions on play calls at the line of scrimmage, but they ask too much of him. They don't just let him play. This is a guy you should just let play
and I'm glad the guy known to many around here as "The Rug" can enjoy retirement, knowing he marshalled one of the most important decisions in Giants history
I was wondering if she had been reading BBI prior to that haha.
Was 1 for 2 for the Giants.
Dead right about Eli, dead wrong about Coughlin.
Too bad Eli didn't get that gene.
I've consulted with my legal department and they say it's ok. This will serve as your legal cover so make sure you print and save a copy because I can't vouch for the ethics of my heirs.
'“He walks on the team bus and the whole team sees him and thinks, ‘We have a chance.'”—former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi on the importance of having a great quarterback'
'If people wanted to say that luck or Tyree or God won the Super Bowl for the Giants in 2007, they now have to admit that Eli won it in 2011. He’s firmly excellent now, with a good chance to be historically so, and has the numbers and rings to prove it. And Giants fans are fully aware of how lucky they are to have him. These guys are rare, you know.' Link
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"The first touchdown, a 40-yard streak down the left sideline, he dropped the ball over the receiver's right shoulder. Called the next touchdown pass himself, checking off to a 12-yard slant…"
Reminded me of "The Throw" to Manningham followed by the Hot route to Nicks into Easy FG position. Obviously different, but it made me think of it.