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Eli Manning & Jamarcus Russell: All Things Equal?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants shakes hands with JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders after their game on October 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Raiders 44-7.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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John TolliverContributor IApril 8, 2010

Eli Manning and Jamarcus Russell where both the number one pick in their perspective draft classes and both billed as the franchise savior.  Manning has already been to the pro bowl and won a super bowl.  Jamarcus Russell is trying to hold on to his job in Oakland.  If all things equal lets see how these teams have helped their young signal callers.

Coaching:  Eli Manning has had the same  head coach and offensive cordinator since he has been in the league.  Jamarcus Russell has had two head coaches in three years and is on the third offensive cordinator (offically second cordinator because head coach Tom Cable called plays so there was no cordinator last year).

Offensive Line:  In Eli Mannings first two full years of playing quarterback he was sacked a average of 1.7 times a game.  The Giants offensive line has always been viewed as a solid line and they even had two lineman start in the pro bowl last year.  In Russell's almost two full seasons he was sacked a average of 2.4 times a game.  The Raiders have not sent a offensive player to the pro bowl since Russell has been quarterback.  The giants also have one of the better running games in the league where as the Raiders are in the bottom half of the league.

Recivers:  Jamarcus Russell started last year with two rookie wide receivers.  He only threw three touchdowns the entire season where as Eli Manning started two three year pros. The Giant receivers were very productive and helped Manning reach his record for touchdown passes at 27.

Defense:  The giants have sent defensive lineman to the pro bowl the last two years.  Their defense is always in the top half of the league and a year ago their defensive cordinator was promoted to a head coaching job.  The Raiders for the last two years have been last in run defense and nearly last in pass defense.  They were able to send one player on this squad to the pro bowl the last two years, Nnamdi Asomugha.

I know that leadership, work ethic and heart can not be measured.  But If all things equal given the same advantages with coaching, O-Line, Recivers and defense discussed would Manning have done just as well if he had been the quarterback of Oakland?  Would Jamarcus Russell be doing better than he is to date in New York? Are all things equal?

 

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