20 Dec 2004
I'm setting new records for mean e-mail with today's Snap Judgment QB ratings at ESPN.com, thanks to a look at quarterbacks whose rookie years were similar to Eli Manning. Let's get the angry e-mails out of the way now. Yes, I know there are a number of reasons why Manning has struggled this season that have nothing to do with him personally. Yes, he had a very good game on Saturday and his numbers could look very different in two weeks. But the list of similar rookies is, shall we say, unpleasant, even after taking Saturday into account. The link goes to the ratings; the standard Snap Judgment column is here.
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?