New York Giants

Chris Canty Is Right About Eli Manning Being No. 1 in NFL

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants celebrates after Runningback Ahmad Bradshaw #44 ran the ball for a 6 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Giants defeated the Patriots 21-17.   (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Lou RomContributor IJuly 1, 2012

Chris Canty says No. 10 is No. 1 on his NFL depth chart, no matter what the latest NFL Network player survey says.

And it's hard to argue with Canty.

At least, it's harder to argue with Canty than it is to argue with the NFL Network's ranking of Eli Manning. The two-time Super Bowl champion (and two-time Super Bowl MVP) came in at No. 31 in the recently released Top 100 Players of 2012.

"He's No. 1 in my book, there's no question about it," Canty tells The New York Daily News.

That's the problem. To pay homage to another famous New Yorker, recently departed screenwriter Nora Ephron—somewhere between 31 and the best is your problem.

You might say you don't have a problem. But if you believe there are really 30 players better than Eli  Manning in this league, you do have a problem.

The Giants’ dissed and disrespected quarterback had an amazing 2011, passing for a franchise-record 4,933 yards, throwing 29 touchdowns versus 16 interceptions, and completing 61 percent of his passes.

But how did he fare against those quarterbacks ranked higher than him, such as Aaron Rodgers at No. 1, Drew Brees at No. 2 and Tom Brady at No. 4, you might ask?

Can you say Win, Win, Win?

OK, I mean, can you say Win, No-Show, Win? I keep blacking out whenever I think about the Giants' Week 12 blowout loss to the Saints.

On top of Rodgers, Brees and Brady, the diminishing Ben Roethlisberger is even ahead of Manning.

But let's get back to the 1, 2 and 4 spots.

No. 1 Rodgers: Gaudy numbers, one ring, but 0-for-the-playoffs last year. Next ...

No. 2 Brees: Ditto Rodgers, gaudy numbers, one ring, but 0-for-the-road in his playoff career. Next ...

No. 4 Brady: Gaudy numbers, great cleft chin, but 0-for-2 in his last two Super Bowls, hasn't won a ring in seven years and has lost his swagger at home.

Manning on the other hand? Two Super Bowl rings in five years and a sterling 5-1 road playoff record.

But when breaking down the Top 100 Players of 2012 you can't stop with just the quarterbacks.

The Top 30 is full of players past their prime, not yet in their prime, and well, things that make you cock your head like a puppy looking at a camera.

Ray Lewis at No. 20? Maybe five years ago.

Troy Polamalu at 19? The long-haired wonder isn't near the force he was years ago.

The Patriots' Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker at 21 and 23? How may rings do they have?

The bottom line is this: Eli has two rings. That is two more than 16 players ranked higher than him combined.

Winning counts. Winning rings counts more. Players, more than anyone else, should know that.

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