Manning ranks low in passing metrics

Editor's note: This is an expanded version of a passage that appears in Scientific Football 2006.

I have to admit that I have a bit of a stubborn streak when it comes to Giants quarterback Eli Manning. I keep reading and hearing about how he is the next star quarterback in the NFL, but I still don't see it.

Don't get me wrong: Manning's 2005 metrics were much-improved over his 2004 numbers, but they still were not that good. I rank quarterbacks in eight major metrics, and Manning ranked quite poorly in most of these: