Twisted Sister wrote:All I have to say - Tiki Barber in Eli's first 2 years. Eli was HORRIBLE his rookie season... and Tiki Barber was $$$$$$$.
Eli was mediocre 2nd season, and Tiki was $$$$$$$
The elite backs will produce, don't overthink the QB situation.
LT is my #1... he is PROVEN year-in and year-out... through good QB play and bad.
IMO - he is also the safest pick of the three because of his multi-faceted game play (running, receiving, and occassional passing).
Twisted Sister, what color is the sky in your world? Last year Eli was 5th in passing yards and 6th in TD passes and you call his season mediocre???
In '04 you're overlooking the fact that Warner started 9 games. Over that 9-game stretch, Tiki had 6 games of 100+ yards and 10 total TD's. Over Eli's 7 games, Tiki had only 3 100+ games and only 5 total TDs.
There was a visible dropoff in Tiki's production when the rookie QB stepped in (and don't kid yourself, Rivers is little more than a rookie.)
Tiki avg with Warner: 103 rushing, 51 receiving, 1.10 TDs
Tiki avg with Manning: 84 rushing, 16 receiving, .71 TDs
Comparing Rivers and LT2 to the Losman/McGahee situation might not be all that far off the mark.
The elite backs will produce, but they'll produce much better in favorable situations. LT2 does not rank ahead of LJ or Alexander. End of story.