too bad the God of Egregious Scheduling didn't schedule the Giants in any of those seasons against playoff bound teams who considered games with them meaningless. By the same token, how many SB contenders - at least legitimate ones won 7 games in a season when their opponents were actually trying to beat them? Eli is certainly more "elite" than any self-serving definition that includes a weak 7-7 team that would have never sniffed the playoffs finishing at best 8-8!
How many elite QBs miss 3 of 4 postseasons in a mediocre division? how many SB winners won 9 & 10 games? I'm sorry he's not elite.
Wisdom from a "QB Whisperer::
"No we have our FRANCHISE QB and I want to keep him rather than get 2 guys who may or may not be productive NFL players.
Palmer's situation is different and if I had my choice between Palmer and buttfumble, I'd take buttfumble"