There was always a new angle with Eli Manning. There was a new angle or a new drama from the day Ernie Accorsi made the trade to move up and draft him, when Accorsi made the play of his whole long football life. And the first one was easy: Was Eli worth it? And was he really better than either Ben Roethisberger or Philip Rivers? Or had Accorsi lost his ever-loving mind?
“People wanted me to doubt the kid,” Accorsi said not long ago, “especially when they were doubting him in the bad times. But I can tell you that I never did.”