Eli Manning is not backing down to media backlash following his comments in a recent radio show with ESPN 1050 Radio. Manning, when asked if he was in the same elite class of Quarterbacks with Tom Brady, answered he believes he is.
"Yeah I consider myself in that class. And Tom Brady is a great quarterback." Eli later defended his comment stating "What am I suppose to say? No?"
On a later interview with Pro Football Talk Live, Manning staid, “I don’t think it was out of character...The question was if I thought I was an elite quarterback or a top five quarterback, and I answered truthfully and said I was. So I don’t think I said anything incorrectly, I don’t know how else I was supposed to answer that question."
Manning also reiterated his comments with an interview on Yahoo! Sports.
Manning is not the only Giant with some recent bravado and confidence, Giants general manager Jerry Reese has claimed he believes the Giants will make the playoffs even though they have not made any "sexy moves" in free agency this year.
"We won 10 games last year; it wasn't like we were 6-10," Reese said. "We expect to build off that. If we made a couple of plays here and there last year, we would have been in the playoffs. And who knows what would have happened? But it didn't happen, so we will make the plays this time and we'll get in the playoffs and make a run."
Although the Giants haven't made any big free agent signings, one NFC East team has, the Eagles. With all the negative attention circling around the Giants, the Eagles have been all but handed the Lombardi Trophy by the media.
Similar to the Miami Heat in last season's NBA free agency, the Eagles have signed several "superstars" including pro bowl corner back Nnamdi Asomugha. The Eagles in fact have their own cute little nickname just like Miami's Big Three, they are now referred to as the "Dream Team."
However, what the media and fans tend to forget is talent itself can only take you so far. Time and time again we have seen a star studded team fall short of a championship, sometimes even a division title as the Super Bowl favorites Dallas Cowboys showed last year not only failing to make the playoffs, but coming in last place in the NFC East as well.
Having to face the Eagles twice a year is not the Giants' only problem tho, they have to first tackle their own players, before the Eagles'. Number one problem for the Giants, Osi Umenyiora. Umenyiora, who has had his much publicized feud with Giants GM Jerry Reese the past couple of weeks, is now pressummed to be out for at least the preseason opener, and possibly put on the Physically Unable to Perform List, and miss the first six games due to an injured knee.
Umenyiora who only participated in three practices due to his refusal to play under his current contract said, “It was better to do it now as opposed to mid-season,” Umenyiora said in a statement released by the team. “It was going to have to be done, the only question was when. If I’m going to miss a little while, I would prefer it be now than at the crucial part of our season. It’s the best decision for the team and myself.”
Umenyiora is a key player the Giants desperately need to return as fast as possible, they already have lost Kevin Boss, Steve Smith, and many others in free agency they can't lose Umenyiora as well, even if it is only for a few weeks.
The Giants have been in the media a lot lately, and not for the best of reasons, the most troubling this is, regular season hasn't even started yet.
Watch Yahoo! Sports's interview with Eli Manning,