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Be An NFL GM Semifinals: Eli Vs. Bush
Authored by Paul Falewicz - 5th September, 2006 - 4:21 am

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The second final four match-up is between two of the NFL?s younger, and more promising, offensive players. Eli Manning has shown flashes of the brilliance the Giants hoped for when they got their hands on him just a few seasons ago. Meanwhile, the city of New Orleans has already anointed Reggie a Saint and he hasn?t even played an official down yet.

The Case For Eli

Eli showed a tremendous amount of progress last season, improving his quarterback rating by twenty points in 2005, while leading the Giants to a 11-5 record and a NFC East title. If he turns out to be a fraction of the player his brother has been, then he?s a good pick to start an NFL team. Being a quarterback bodes well for him in this contest. If Eli can advance past Bush, and his brother Peyton can vault past Brady, it would make for a thrilling Manning vs. Manning final later next week.

The Case Against Eli

He may forever be compared to his older brother, a comparison that isn?t fair to the younger Manning. Peyton is the most talented quarterback of his generation, and Eli may end up caving to the pressure that the media and fans have placed on him. If he continues to excel that won?t be a problem, but if he fails to improve this season, New Yorkers will be calling for his head. Reggie Bush holds an advantage over Eli because he brings an intangible feeling of excitement to the field that Manning doesn?t.

The Case For Reggie

Reggie Bush is one of the most hyped rookies in the history of the NFL, and rightfully so. He dazzled his way to the Heisman Trophy in his last season at USC, and just fell short of winning a national title against Vince Young and the Texas Longhorns. Bush is a freakish athlete whose athleticism is only matched by his blazing speed and cool charisma. He is the kind of player who could end up winning games, and putting millions of people in the stands at the same time.

The Case Against Reggie

He might be the most athletic of all NFL running backs, but Reggie?s yet to prove that he can be the most durable. At USC, he shared carries with fellow rookie LenDale White, and often handed the ball over to White near the end zone. The question remains as to whether Bush can carry a full rushing load in the NFL, and whether or not, he?s durable enough to keep going after he?s been tackled thirty times. The only advantage Eli has over Reggie is that quarterbacks have been the name of the game in our ?Be an NFL GM? contest thus far.

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