“There’s no doubt in my mind that Eli will lead his team to a Super Bowl, probably more than one,” Peyton said. “I know how hard he works. There’s no question he’s going to be fine.”
I am so glad to hear that Peyton is selling us insurance on this Super Bowl. Please note he did not say that the NY Giants would win a Super Bowl. That is because Manning will be a (more cost-effective) retread on his third team by the time he wins it, IF he wins it.
Stop dreaming, Giant fans. Manning was surrounded with talent and was the weakest link 2 years in a row. Until he starts yelling and plays with fire consistently for 4 quarters, he is not going to win it. He is reluctant to be the leader, and that is part of the job description of QB, like it or not. There is a small glimmer of hope that perhaps with Barber’s exit there might be an opening for him to become the leader of the offense, but if you see that meek and quiet guy out there on the sidelines and in the huddle next season, you’ll know it is the same 2nd string QB masquerading as a 1st stringer.