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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: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:07 pm

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

Why would he do that? He has already paid him millions of dollars over the years.

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:52 pm

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

San Fran should take a good look at this guy. He is the person to possibly put them over the hump. Peyton, stay away from Cleveland, unless you want to go thru  more operations. Terrible O line there.
Well, they had fewer sacks allowed than 14 other teams, including Green Bay, Denver, Pittsburgh, AND San Fran.  But why let facts get in the way of a pointless statement?

Cleveland was never gonna be an option for Peyton anyway.  He wants to go to a team that can win the SB right away, preferrably one that plays in warm weather or a dome.  The Browns don't fit in either category.   


Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:08 pm

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

Who the hell is this stupid woman with the stupid shirt?  What does Got Peyton? mean b****?

Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:02 pm
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Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:46 am

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

Kravitz is a cluelesss loser that's been shut out by the Colts so many times that he just makes stuff now up to get some attention, and the writer of this article couldn't be more wrong about Manning and the support he is getting here in Indy. Every single Colts fan wants him to be healthy and play for the Colts. Funny how he could immediately take another team to the Super Bowl but as a Colts he's too old, too injured and has an arm like a noodle. Until you hear something from Peyton, his agent or Jim Irsay might as well ignore it, especially from Kravitz because he's just looking to bunk with the other loser at BSPN that keeps getting it wrong, Schefter.

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:30 am

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

If Irsay had any class, he'd give Peyton a portion of the bonus - say $10 Mil - just for what he did for the franchise - if he is going to cut him loose.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:11 am

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

It is always better to let an athlete go too soon that to let them go too late.  The last time Peyton played in a Colts uniform he was the best in the game.  It is doubtful Manning will be at that level again.  The Colts should let him move on with what is left for his career.  Draft Luck and bring in a veteran who can play to measure Luck against as he develops. 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:04 am

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

The Colts have cleaned house.  New GM and new coaches.  So why is Irsay d!cking around with Peyton?  It is pretty much a given that Andrew Luck will be their first pick.  Start negoitating with Luck and release Peyton, instead of all this finger pointing.  All this is doing is proving Peyton is smarter then Irsay, why?   Because Peyton and his team knew the writing was on the wall as soon as Bill Polian was fired.  They knew a new coach was not far behind, which pretty much meant Andrew Luck.  Just release Peyton, so the fans can move on to which team will Payton sign with.

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:58 am

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

Just because Newton turned out GREAT, doesn't mean Luck will. If Indy gives up Peyton for the CHANCE that Luck will be good, they are complete idiots. It NEVER works that way. Usually you have to wait, Like Rodgers, Like Brady, etc., etc. I personally don't care much for Luck, because I think he is an overrated LUCKY QB.

This will be like the Chicago Bulls, lets get rid of Jordan before he is ready and bring in our guys, SORRY how long did it take for them to recover. Indy, get ready for a long ride of sucking with LUCK!

Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:55 am

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

San Fran should take a good look at this guy. He is the person to possibly put them over the hump. Peyton, stay away from Cleveland, unless you want to go thru  more operations. Terrible O line there.

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