Super Bowl Recap: The return of the Empire

For the sixth time the New England Patriots are the Super Bowl Champions. On this jam-packed episode we break down the big game from Bill Belichick proving why he’s the greatest coach in NFL history. Why it will be hard for the Los Angeles Rams to recover from the loss, what Patriot is playing himself into Canton, and why this could be just the beginning of a new Patriots dynasty. All this and more only on Rich Sports Talk.

Super Bowl LIII Preview

It is finally here! This year’s Super Bowl features the reigning dynasty in the NFL taking on what many believe could be the next up and coming dynasty in the league. On this episode I give you my pick for Super Bowl 53 and what the game means for each team, quarterback, and head coach.

An all New England Super Bowl? The Rams & Patriots connection to Connecticut

The Rams and Patriots will face off in the Super Bowl and many will make the connection between their first Super Bowl meeting in 2002. However, both franchises are connected in another way. At one time both strongly considered moving to Hartford, Connecticut. The Patriots did agree to move which we covered on another podcast which is below and you will want to check it out. On this episode we highlight the Rams considering to move to Connecticut in 1994 and could you imagine this Super Bowl being the Hartford Rams vs. the New England Patriots? I talk about the relocation plans and which Connecticut actor was the head of a group that wanted the NFL in his home state.

No Lasergate? Why nobody is talking about this happening to the Patriots

For years New England has been scrutinized for Spygate and Deflategate. However, Lasergate isn’t being talked about. What’s Lasergate? It’s when in the AFC Championship game a fan shined a laser in Tom Brady’s face on multiple occasions. If you’re wondering why you just heard about this or why it hasn’t been a big deal in terms of coverage I break down all the reasons why people are ignoring this and how it stems from how football fans in general view the New England Patriots.

ELIte? Manning not an Elite Quarterback?

Eli Manning an elite quarterback? I’m not buying it.Eli-Manning-Manning-Face-Hall-Of-Fame-Game Throughout his career Manning has always flirted with the elite status bouncing from Super Bowl hero to an interception machine. Entering his eleventh season in the NFL it is safe to say that Eli Manning is not an elite quarterback.

For the Giants fans who are most certainly screaming at the top of their lungs that this is blasphemy there are many reasons that Eli is not an elite quarterback. However, he is still a very good quarterback and probably a top ten quarterback in this league. This is why he is not an elite quarterback.

Most critics would argue that the two Super Bowl rings that Manning has accumulated is proof that he is an elite quarterback. Well, not exactly. True it is one more ring then his brother Peyton, who is clearly the more talented of the two, but this is misleading.

In 2011 there is no question that Eli carried that Giants team to the Super Bowl and played a superb game against the Patriots. Even in 2007 he did have a good postseason. The problem? The Giants defense carried them throughout those playoffs and in the Super Bowl. Let’s not forget that the Giants’ defense allowed only 14 points to a Patriots offense which, before this years Broncos, had scored the most points in a season. If the Giants didn’t beat the Patriots when the defense held Brady and company to 14 points you don’t think Eli would have been run out-of-town?

Another reason why Eli is not elite is he is one of the streakiest quarterbacks I have ever seen. He’s either on or off, nowhere in between. Just look at his postseason career. In his two Super Bowl runs Manning threw 15 touchdowns to 2 interceptions. His other postseason starts have been disasters. Not only are the Giants one and down in those playoffs but Manning has only 2 touchdowns to 5 interceptions.

When we think of elite quarterbacks they are consistent. We all know what to expect out of elite signal callers like Peyton Manning, Rodgers, Brees, and Brady ever season. Eli is either great or terrible. Last season was the third time in his career where he led the NFL in interceptions. Put it this way, Geno Smith threw less interceptions as a rookie with less talent around him then Eli Manning with a better team and who has played in the NFL over ten years. I’m sorry, but elite players don’t lead the league in mistakes three times.

Manning still is a capable quarterback. He still is a great quarterback in the fourth quarter and two-minute drill. Also, when he is on he is one of the best in the game. Unfortunately for Manning, the Giants offense is rebuilding and he does;t have the pieces to be a contender. Unless Eli can finish his career strong and with some consistency, he will never be considered an elite NFL quarterback.