Double Coverage: Eli Manning vs. Philip Rivers
|Eli Manning and Philip Rivers were the centerpieces of a 2004 draft-day trade.|
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson and Matt Mosley
Our Double Coverage went the way of audio again this week as NFC East blogger Matt Mosley and AFC West blogger Bill Williamson squared off in a podcast.
Mosley and Williamson engaged in a spirited podcast. Mosley took Manning, while Williamson stumped for Rivers.
The following is an explanation from both debaters on why they fought the fight they did:
Mosley: The Super Bowl ring is the knockout punch, but I decided to go beyond that. Williamson bragged about Rivers' regular-season record at length. What he failed to mention is that Rivers compiled that record against teams from the awful AFC West. Manning has spent his career in the best division in football -- and he's succeeded big time. We'll let you guys decide the winner -- since our moderator (Jason Soderberg) made a poor decision. All my best.
Williamson: I realize going against Manning and his Super Bowl ring is tough and I respect the job he has done with the Giants. However, I just think Rivers is the better player. He is a leader, a clutch player and I think he will continue to get better. Making this trade even more impressive for San Diego is the fact that the Chargers received star linebacker Shawne Merriman and kicker Nate Kaeding as a part of the package. Rivers, Merriman and Kaeding are three big reasons why the Chargers have been a legitimate Super Bowl contender the past few years.
Who's the winner? You decide by listening to the podcast.