Phil Simms Says Eli Manning Isn't Elite, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistNovember 14, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 01:  CBS NFL gmae analyst Phil Simms speaks during a press conference for the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year in the Super Bowl XLVI Media Center at the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis on February 1, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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This stuff is cyclical and downright tiresome. Someone says Eli Manning isn't "elite," whatever the hell that means. Manning proves them wrong. Everyone shuts up. Manning enters back into a slump. Someone new says he isn't "elite."

This year's culprit is Phil Simms, which makes the headline font just a little larger than usual since Simms is another former Super Bowl MVP Giants quarterback. 

"No, he is not one of the elites," Simms said on CBS Sports Network's NFL Monday QB this week, per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. "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.

"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."

His definition of elite is problematic for me, considering how many phenomenal plays Manning has made despite a lack of support in the offense. I've taken a lot of heat from readers for my belief that Eli is overrated based on the two Super Bowls, but I still think Simms is overreacting to his recent struggles. 

Here's what else is being talked about in the league's most popular division:


Dallas Cowboys

From's Tim MacMahon: DeMarco Murray is "dying to get out there."

Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News explains why he doesn't believe Rob Ryan would be a candidate to relieve Jason Garrett...but Mike Holmgren would.


New York Giants

Newsday's Tom Rock has details on why David Wilson is spending the majority of his rookie season on the sideline.

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post examines the myriad issues plaguing the Giants offense.


Philadelphia Eagles

Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News suggests that both Nnamdi Asomugha and Jason Babin could be playing elsewhere in 2013.

CSN Philly's John Boruk takes a look at who the Eagles might bring in to help with personnel oversight if Andy Reid is cut loose and replaced by a coach who doesn't have a stoke in that fire.


Washington Redskins

Keith McMillan of the Washington Post looks at the possibility that the Redskins win the NFC East with an 8-8 record.

Rich Tandler of points out that the 'Skins are trying to break out of a four-game post-bye losing streak.