It’s always interesting to see what reporters in other cities ask Giants players about on their conference calls. While those who cover the Browns had Eli Manning on the phone this week they asked him about a few topics like local boy Domenik Hixon, the Giants’ big-play offensive philosophy, and all the comebacks last year. Those are things we usually hit Eli up on when he speaks with us.
But then there are times when out-of-town media that doesn’t get to talk to Eli Manning regularly has its shot and have to ask some questions that they never get a chance to otherwise. Questions that he’s rarely asked about around here. Questions about Peyton.
Yes, even after two Super Bowl wins, Eli Manning still gets the questions about being a young quarterback and being compared to Peyton. Peyton Manning, not Hillis. Here’s what he said about that yesterday:
“I guess I always thought being compared or mentioned in the same category as Peyton was a great compliment and still is,” Eli said. “I knew he played for the Colts and I was playing for the Giants. I had different offenses and different schemes and different things going on so I had to just work on becoming a better player and getting to that level. It wasn’t going to be overnight and it wasn’t going to be in year one or year two. It was just going to take time and continue to grow and grow. Each year I’m just trying to get better. I’m not trying to be better than Peyton or anything. I’m trying to be the best quarterback I can be and win games for the Giants.”
Eli was also asked about Brandon Weeden and what he thinks it would have been like to be a 28-year-old rookie quarterback:
“I know Brandon a little bit. I watched him play in college. He’s a good guy, very mature, and he has all the skills. Hey, it doesn’t matter how old you are, you’re still a rookie into this league and learning a lot with a lot thrown at you with a new offense and new players. The NFL game is just a little bit different. He’s learning. Obviously he came in and was starting Day 1 and there are going to be some good days and tough days and in betweens. I think he’s doing a good job competing and keeping his team in games and they’ve been very close to winning a lot of games.”