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Indy writer on Peyton: His 'arm is a noodle'

Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:37 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 2:51 pm
 
Assuming he's healthy, all signs are pointing to Manning playing elsewhere in 2012. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Peyton Manning's change in fortune has been swift. Prior to the 2011 season, the general perception of what he meant to Indianapolis went something like this: he had singlehandedly saved the Colts from themselves, led them to a Super Bowl title in 2006, and his accomplishments were the currency that helped fund Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Now, days removed from Super Bowl XLVI -- hosted in Indianapolis by the way -- Manning has gone from patron saint of the city to public enemy No. 1. Maybe that's a slight exaggeration but not by much.

In the weeks prior to the Giants-Patriots matchup, Manning spoke with the Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz about his future with the Colts. The takeaway: Peyton had no intentions of retiring, even if his future wasn't with in Indy.

Owner Jim Irsay fired back, calling Manning "a politician," the two then issued a joint statement professing great love and admiration for one another. And that appeared to be that. Neither side spoke in specifics about their situations during Super Bowl Week … until Thursday evening, when Manning's camp leaked word that Manning had been medically cleared to play. This was news to everyone, including Irsay, who tweeted hours later that "Peyton has not passed our physical nor has he been cleared to play for The Indianapolis Colts."

And it was at that point that the public, which had firmly supported Peyton basically since the moment he was drafted in 1998, began to view the franchise quarterback differently.

During a Wednesday appearance on "The Tony Kornheiser Show," Kravitz talked about the he-said, he-said back-and-forth posturing by both camps and what it means for the future of Peyton and the Colts.

"I think people are starting to sway over to Jim Irsay's side on this," Kravitz told Kornheiser. "… It's such a no-brainer. It's been a no-brainer since they went to 0-13. He could give them money to play football. Andrew Luck has got to play, okay? It's not even about the $35 million anymore. I mean, the guy's arm is a noodle, he can't throw like an NFL quarterback, and by March 8, there's no way of knowing whether he's going to be ready or not."

Wow. "Arm is a noodle" is nowhere near "been medically cleared to play." But that doesn't mean Manning won't be healthy at some point. It's just that nobody knows when.

“I know some of the people that have seen him throw,” Kravitz continued. "They say he’s not throwing like an NFL quarterback yet. That doesn’t mean he never will.  This thing is going to take time. Structurally, he’s sound. Structurally, he can take a hit.”

In response to a question from Kornheiser that "Manning hijacked the Super Bowl," Kravitz responded, "I'm quite sure [Peyton] did it deliberately.

"I lost a lot of -- I don't want to say respect for him -- but I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and not say that his conversation with me was political and calculated, but there's no doubt in my mind that that story breaking Thursday night right around the time every single TV station is doing an exclusive on Andrew Luck (and, it turns out, blog).

"It comes out on Thursday night about six o'clock -- that doesn't come out unless the Peyton Manning camp wants it to come out. They're putting public pressure on Jim Irsay. It was calculated, it was deceptive, I didn't think it was a good time to do it. And, yes, he absolutely stole the Super Bowl. … I don't think there's any doubt that he stole some of the attention away from the Super Bowl.

"Look, that story was going to be there whether he opened his mouth or not, but he had given us every indication that he was going to go underground and only do his Gatorade and DirecTV thing and then shut the hell up," Kravitz said. "And he didn't do that. I thought that that was kind of smarmy. …

"You got Andrew Luck, just start over, I wish they could make the decision today or tomorrow and move on with it. Instead we're just … holding onto something that doesn't really exist."

So, yeah, if it wasn't obvious before, we think it couldn't be clearer now: Peyton's played his last game for the Colts, and Eli was the last Manning to play in Lucas Oil Stadium during the 2011 season.

Now the only question is if the Redskins are still interested in Manning's services. (Obvious answer: of course they are!)

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Comments

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:44 pm
 

Indy writer on Peyton: His 'arm is a noodle'

Bobby Kravitz is a tool who is still mad at Peyton for not letting him sniff his used strap.



Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:43 pm
 

Indy writer on Peyton: His 'arm is a noodle'

Bobby Kravitz is a tool who is still mad at Peyton for not letting him sniff his used strap. 



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:43 pm
 

Indy writer on Peyton: His 'arm is a noodle'

And it was at that point that the public, which had firmly supported Peyton basically since the moment he was drafted in 1998, began to view the franchise quarterback differently.
Who? Where? They aren't on here.



Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:41 pm
 

Indy writer on Peyton: His 'arm is a noodle'

one more thing justin tuck had more to do with eli's 2 rings then eli did, peyton doesnt miss the playoffs 2 years in a row after his SB win. when eli wins on a regular basis , then come talk to me. eli is jim plunkett



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:37 pm
 

Indy writer on Peyton: His 'arm is a noodle'

Who the hell is this guy? Kravitz says he knows people who have seen Peyton throw and his arm is a noodle. What a crock of crap. This guy has written negative articles about Manning ever since he came into the league. Why anyone gives this guy a platform for his moronic reporting is beyond me.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:31 pm
 

Indy writer on Peyton: His 'arm is a noodle'

Trading? Dude, he either is a Colt on MArch 8 or he is cut. There is no trading involved. I think you should get your facts straight before you make a fool out of yourself on a blog.




Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:30 pm
 

Indy writer on Peyton: His 'arm is a noodle'

This article is a run down of the useless media hyping over the past 3 weeks, of which nothing has changed. You would think that large media outlets would learn to stop using Kravitz as a source. He has repeatedly shown he knows as little as the average fan can guess. The Colts organization keeps him at arms length because of his attitude and writing headlines before they happen based on guesses. Exhibit A: Kravitz wrote a headline on the Stars website that the Colts were holding a press conference to announce who was going to stay in terms of coaching staff and that Caldwell would remain. This very site repeated that story. 2 hrs later Caldwell's firing was announced, story redacted. Kravitz has been with the Star for way to long. I am suprised the Colts give him any information at all and allow him on the premises of any of their facilities.  



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:23 pm
 

Indy writer on Peyton: His 'arm is a noodle'

They've also been picking near the end of the first round of every draft. There's a lot of teams picking well above them getting the same, or even less results. Sanders, Bethea, Wheeler, Collie, Garcon- any of these names ring a bell in terms of draft picks?
They'll start to do better now that they are picking 1st! 



Since: May 1, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:23 pm
 

Indy writer on Peyton: His 'arm is a noodle'

As a big fan of the Colts, I hope the trading of Peyton Manning doesn't create a "Bambino Curse" for Indy like the Boston Red Sox went through after getting rid Babe Ruth. Andrew Luck hasn't played a down in the NFL yet and they think he will be the next great NFL quarterbac. I seem to remember quite a few can't lose #1 draft picks that didn't hack it in the pro's. Throw Luck into that pourous offensive line and he may not last. Most great q-backs at least started with a reasonably good team structure.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:22 pm
 

Indy writer on Peyton: His 'arm is a noodle'

if peyton is healthy it wont take himlong to get his arm in shape. it is not only that he is 6-6but it is his intelligence and his desire that will bring himback quickly. he is not that old. he has rested a year. if his neck is sound peyton will do whatever it takes to be a good quarterback and take whatever team he is on to the playoffs. that is assuing he goes to the right team. there are a few teams out there that have the defense, have good enough receivers and a decent running ga,e. peyton will take those teams to the playoffs. also he need aa oc smart enought to let him call his own plays most of the time.


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