Browns recognize Manning's strengths

Posted Oct 6, 2012

With his history of fourth-quarter comebacks and two Super Bowl rings, Giants quarterback Eli Manning has the attention and respect of the Browns’ players and coaches.

Since being chosen in the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has earned the respect of his teammates and opponents through his ability to lead the team to come-from-behind victories.

The engineer of two Super Bowl championship wins over the New England Patriots, Manning has led the Giants on 21 game-winning drives when the team trailed or was tied with their opponent in the fourth quarter.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden will matchup against Manning and the Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon. When breaking down what has made Manning so successful in those game-winning drives, Weeden said it was because “he doesn’t try to do too much.”

“He takes his checkdowns,” Weeden said. “He’s a completion junkie. He wants completions. He wants to get the ball into his playmakers’ hands and he doesn’t try to force the ball downfield or force the ball in tight windows. He checks it down and moves onto the next play. From what I’ve seen, that’s why he’s had so much success.”

Weeden hopes he has learned a thing or two about fourth-quarter comebacks by learning from the Manning family.

During the last few summers, Weeden has participated in the Manning Passing Camp. While attending the camp led by Eli, Peyton and their father, Archie, Weeden said he was “like a sponge,” trying to learn everything he could.

“I don’t think I blinked one time,” Weeden said. “I was listening to everything they had to say. (Eli’s) got two Super Bowls. He’s a guy that’s had a lot of success. He’s had to follow in his big brother’s footsteps his whole career, but the guy is a heck of a player. He’s an elite quarterback.

“He’s one of the guys I enjoy watching. I’ll flip on the tape or I’ll watch games when the Giants are playing. He’s a quarterback that I like to watch. I never had a [favorite] team, but watching quarterbacks is something I’ve always done, and he’s one of the guys that I’ve watched.”

Manning has been something to watch through the first four games of the 2012 regular season. He has completed 103 of 160 passes for 1,320 yards and seven touchdowns against four interceptions.

Browns defensive back Sheldon Brown had a front row seat to Manning’s improvement since his rookie season. During his days with the Philadelphia Eagles, Brown competed against Manning several times.

Two of Manning’s 21 come-from-behind victories came against Brown’s Eagles.

“He’s very mature, doesn’t seem to be panicked at all,” Brown said. “Two-minute drives at the end of the game, he’s calm, cool and collected. You can probably argue that he’s right up there with (Green Bay quarterback) Aaron Rodgers. He pulls out a lot of victories in the end. His first two years, the game was fast and he was still learning. Right now, those guys wouldn’t choose another guy to go and play with.”

Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron added, “You can rattle any quarterback if you hit him enough. It doesn’t matter who they are and it’s just not normal to not get a little bit affected by it. He throws a nice ball in the face of pressure. He’ll stand in there and deliver it and deliver it accurately. They have a talented crew around them, so they’ve all kind of grown together.”

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