The cases are laid out before you. It’s up to you to decide in the Hater Poll in the left-hand margin.
- Peyton Manning’s failures have been well documented back to his college days at Tennessee. The year 2005 was a new low—even for a Manning. Peyton went from the cusp of a perfect season to not even winning its only home playoff game. And don’t forget that interception he threw to Troy Polamalu. With Edge moving down to Arizona following the season, that might have been Peyton's best shot.
- J.J. Manning had a growing reputation of a big-game choker, despite what Dick Vitale tried to tell you. His horrible performance on senior night gave a small indication of what was to come in the NCAA tournament. Manning went 3 of 18 in Duke's loss to LSU. In Manning's four career tournament losses, he shot 13 of 60 (21 percent). A true Manning.
- Eli Messiah had quite the playoff debut. The guy he replaced, Kurt Warner, passed for like 800 yards in his playoff debut (while leading he St. Louis football team to the Super Bowl). Eli passed for 113 yards and three interceptions. The Giants had hoped they had acquired a younger version of Peyton. They did. But not in the way they had imagined.
It's a tough call. Make your case in The Hater Nation Forums and don't forget to vote in the Hater Poll.