Canty prefers Flacco over Manning

May, 25, 2013
5/25/13
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One thing to love about Chris Canty is his candid and often direct point of view.

The former Giant usually doesn't hold back anything he says, like when he declared that the Giants suffered from a Super Bowl hangover last year.

So when Canty was asked on NBC Sports which Super Bowl MVP quarterback he prefers between Joe Flacco and Eli Manning, the defensive tackle went with Flacco over his former two-time Super Bowl-winning teammate.

“Joe Flacco," Canty said when asked Flacco or Manning on NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk. "Because he won a Super Bowl and he’s one of the best deep-ball throwers in the National Football League. Absolutely. Take a look at the tape.”

Of course, Canty predictably picked his new quarterback in this case. He signed with the Ravens in the offseason after being a cap casualty cut by the Giants.

“He throws a beautiful deep ball," Canty said. "He puts it only where the receivers can get their hands on it when you talk about the vertical passing game. And they’ve got some vertical pass threats. They got Torrey Smith. They’ve got [Dennis] Pitta. They’ve got [Ed] Dickson. They’ve got some good weapons for him to use down the field.”

Canty did praise Manning for proving time and time again that he is one of the clutch quarterbacks in the NFL.

"Eli is good in clutch situations," he said. "When you got to have that fourth-quarter drive, that two-minute drill, Eli can deliver."

At least Manning isn't Canty's favorite former teammate to sack. Canty said Tony Romo is his favorite quarterback to sack "by far."

"I'm on Tony Romo more than the Dallas media," Canty said of being inspired when facing his first team.

OK, guys, Eli or Flacco? Let me know what you think!
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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