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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: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:53 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.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:49 am

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

Sounds like Bob Kravitz is trying to bask in the glow of the spotlight himself.  This guy's a journalist and he makes the comment that "every single TV station is doing an exclusive on Andrew Luck."  First of all, he was probably one of the guys doing a story on Luck so his story gets back-burnered and he has his little reporter feewing huwt.  Second, he's a reporter.  Shouldn't he understand the concept of an "exclusive?"  If everyone's doing a story with/about Luck then it ain't "exclusive!  And on the topic of someone in the media understanding media concepts, doesn't he realize that the MEDIA made Peyton the story?  They're the ones who were talking about him all damn week!

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:42 am

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

Maybe Peyton Mannings arm isn't healed... but I hate these reporters that come out and quote "unidentified sources" as if they were and are gospel. Time will tell us all.   

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:36 am
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Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:25 am

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

When I broke my hand and first started moving it again, I could barley more it at all.  It was one of the worst feelings i've ever experienced.  My hand felt paralyzed due to the atrophy.  Needless to say, after rehabing it every day with a stress ball as the doctor had suggested, it took a week to be able to make a fist again and a few more weeks to gain complete strength.  Peyton just started throwing again about two months ago.  The time frame before he started throwing again was probably the longest he's gone without throwing since he was a kid.  So yea his arm is a noodle, but I bet it wont be come next football season. 

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:21 am

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

Let me get this straight:  Kravitz states that he does not like Manning for putting pressure on the Irsay via the media, but he says this during a media interview which has same effect of putting pressure on Manning?  This story is sooooo small and petty outside Indy,  No one cares!  Payton will go to another team, just like Favre, Montana, and a boat load of other aging QBs.

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:53 am

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

More words of 'wisdom' from Bob LetMeStepOutsideAndSeeWhichWayTheWi

ndIsBlowingToday Kravitz.  Since when do 'he's not throwing like a NFL quarterback yet' and 'his arm is a noodle' equate?  Peyton is a story right now, and Crapits is grasping for his 5 minutes of fame.  And by the way, Crapits doesn't invent a story and then hope it comes true, what Crapits does, and has done for years and years, is invent a story and then actively lobby for it to come true.  He did it with the Polian's, he did it with Edge, he did it with Knight, and now he's doing it with Peyton.  Why the Indianapolis Star keeps this hack on staff is a huge mystery...I can only assume Crapits has some dirt on the Star's publisher....

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:50 am

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

I don't know if Peyton can play or wants to stay in Indy, I hope he can play and is able to contribute to the Colts. If Peyton can play and wants to stay in Indy he needs to do fot the Colts what he would probably offer to other teams - a contract structured to pay him for matching incentives instead of huge $ up front. How can Irsay not go for that? (Assuming Peyton passes the physical and has arm strength)

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:41 am

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

First of all, who is Bob Kravitz?!?! And who cares! Bob Kravitz hasn't even seen Peyton Manning throw the ball personally and so he should stick to reporting on facts and not rumors and hearse. It's unbelievable how many people are trying to grab headlines nationally by talking about Peyton Manning. Second of all, Jim Irsay is the ultimate politician here and is basking in the national spotlight, otherwise he would have cut Peyton Manning already and ended all of this.

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:34 am

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

Anyone who reads the Indianapolis Star knows Kravitz is a pathetic excuse for a writer.  His mindless drivel has only been used by the Star to gain ratings, much like CBS uses Doyel's sensationalism.  Both are simply publicity whores.

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