Eli Manning was getting criticism from the usual know-nothings in the media and among fans when he struggled as a rookie quarterback at the beginning oflast season. All rookie quarterbacks struggle before succeeding (or not succeeding as the case may be), but patience is never a long suit when it comes to fans and the media judging white football players. By the end of last yearEli was already significantly improved, and keeps getting better this year. The Giants have one of thebest offenses in the NFL so far, which no one predicted. Did anyone seriously thinkEli was going to be a flop, given his pedigree? On the road Sunday night against an extremely hostile crowd of white San Diego fans who couldn't wait to irrationally take their penned-up aggressions and frustrations out on him, Manning was stoic and outwardly as calm as can be, and threw for a career best 352 yards, completing 24 of 41 passes. He deserves a lot of credit for that performance even though the Giants lost because their defense couldn't stop the Chargers offense. Here's hopingEli becomes as good a QB as hisolder brother.