sebringc4 wrote:Let me caveat that I'm a Giants fan. I try to use the facts, as best as possible, to assess someone's "elite" status, similar to selecting fantasy football players. And I'm not saying I understand all nuances, such as QB ratings. Ialso don't care for the QB rating because for all QBs, I don't believe interceptions should be attributed to QBs if the ball bounces off their receivers hands and other similar situations. Just my opinion.
As some mentioned before, someone can have an "elite" season or an "elite" career. With all the comparisons regarding current QBs and their histories, we seem to be talking about "elite" careers.
Ben 2004 class 26,579 yds 165 TDs 100 int 92.1 rating 2 Superbowl Wins 2 Sb appearances
Rivers 2004 class 24,285 yds 163 TDs 78 int 95.5 rating 0 Superbowl Wins 0 SB appearances
Eli 2004 class 27,579 yds 185 TDs 129 int 82.2 rating 2 Superbowl Wins 2 SB appearances
Compared to Ben, Eli averaged more in everything, including interceptions unfortunately. Over 8 years, he averaged 125yds per season, 2.5 TDs per season and 3.5 int per season. A wash IMO.
Brady 2001 class 39,979 yds 300 TDs 115 int 96.4 rating 3 Superbowl Wins 5 SB appearances
Brees 2001 class 40,742 yds 281 TDs 146 int 94.0 rating 1 Superbowl Win 1 SB appearance
If you average Eli's last three years, to equalize the number of seasons to Brady and Brees, with the understanding is that he progressed from his rookie season, he may have:
Eli 40,435 yds 272 TDs 184 int
Peyton 1998 class 54,828 yds 399 TDs 198 int 94.9 rating 1 Superbowl Win 2 SB appearances
If you add the three year average again to make it six years, to equalize Peyton, Eli may have:
Eli 53,491 yds 359 TDs 239 int 4 Superbowl Wins 4 SB appearances (just kidding here!)
Comparable in yards. Comparable in TDs. What he loses in interceptions, I believe he makes up for it in Superbowls.
At this rate, if Tom, Drew and Peyton are elite and a HOF candidates, then IMO, so is Eli.
And if anyone believes Ben is included in this conversation, then so should Eli.
The real outcome will be decided in approximately 6 years!
Your trying way to hard here.