Eli Manning was on ESPN’s Sunday Conversation today, a week before facing the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. So of course the topic of conversation was … Peyton.
That’s not entirely true. There were plenty of other things to talk about with Rachel Nichols. But the Peyton stuff was pretty interesting.
“Peyton and I, we talk and we're very close,” Eli said. “I've talked to him a good bit these last couple weeks. It's just different for him this year, and obviously not being in that locker room, not competing every day at practice, or preparing for a game, and also seeing your coaches get fired that you've been with, some of the coaches he's been with for fourteen years. But I think with the way the whole season has gone, and being injured, and missing a full season, actually, I thought he's handled it better than I thought he would. I thought without football that he would just go crazy, but he's handled it well, he's kept his good spirits, he's stayed strong. You know, he's always a great support, and someone who I can talk to, just because he understands and he's been in these situations. He is proud of me, and he is rooting for the Giants hard."
Manning was also asked about the criticism that’s been piling up on Mark Sanchez:
"I don't think a lot of it's fair sometimes, and I've dealt with it myself over the years,” he said. “As soon as you make mistakes, or you have an off year, even if it's not your fault as a quarterback ... I've always said the quarterback and the head coach always get too much blame when you lose and too much credit when you win."