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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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Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:26 pm

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

With all Manning has done for the team and city over the years the folks ranting in this article are the only thing "smarmy". Besides, why does Jim Irsay need people swaying to his side? Cut Manning and move on with Luck. There is no need for the drama of getting people on your side when you're the owner.

What a goofy third person "He said/she said aticle". The article belongs on TMZ or National Enquirer, not CBSSports.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:20 pm

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

Enough already!  Peyton Manning doesn't deserve this stupidity coming from a beat writer that's close to the owner.  Enough!  Separate, Divorce, Move On - don't pay him the 28M that he's owed.  The Colts will stink anyway - with Manning or Luck!  Let Peyton move - he doesn't need the 28M and he doesn't deserve to be humiliated by the owner of a franchise that he saved and gave the fans and the organization many wins and palyoff appearances along with - let;s not forget a Super Bowl!  If Peyton has a noodle arm then Dan Snyder and The Redskins will take it along with The Dolphins, Cardinals, Cowboys, Jets, Raiders or any other team that wants a QB that can bring it every week!  Let's let this end and let Peyton move on!  Good Luck Andrew!  You'll need it with this classless, wishy, washy owner!  By the way I'm a Pats fan and most hate Peyton!  But let the man get the respect that he deserves!

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:11 pm

Not an idiot...

...but not real bright, either.  National writers are usually immune to under the table incentives to spin their stories.  A local guy in their local rag would be more likely to take money than any national reporter.  Most reporters at newspapers are begging for jobs at places like CBS, because they realize the old "newspaper" model is rapidly approaching the day when it is no longer viable.  

In the meantime, kissing a rich owner's bleep and taking a few extra bucks for slanting a story might not be a bad idea for any of the local guys.  Even if they get fired, it's not like their jobs are going to be around much longer anyway.  However, I can't see the guys at CBS Sports or any of the larger national outlets being in a position where the money is worth risking their job over.

Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:08 pm

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

wow, Kravitz, i guess your objectivivity flew out the window.  'hijacked the super bowl'?  i guess you would be the unindicted co conspiritor on this one, huh?  guess this will end any exclusive interviews you'll ever get from the Manning family.  why dont you go back to covering IU hoops?  that way you can bully 18-19 year old kids instead of dealing with adults.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:01 pm

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

haha a sportswriter saying a QB has a noodle arm!  Isn't that how a sportswriter becomes a sportswriter?  By having a noodle arm of their own?  kravitz is being PAID big bucks under the table from Irsay to spin this whole thing into a positive for Irsay and villianizing Manning...
You're an idiot.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:54 pm

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

haha a sportswriter saying a QB has a noodle arm!  Isn't that how a sportswriter becomes a sportswriter?  By having a noodle arm of their own?  kravitz is being PAID big bucks under the table from Irsay to spin this whole thing into a positive for Irsay and villianizing Manning...

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