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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 7, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:29 am

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

I bet if you watched Peyton do any physical workout after a year off he'd look all over the place, not just throwing. That was a jab that just wasnt necessary unless you are over him, and who the hell is this guy to say anything without seeing it firsthand? Im sick of this Peyton drama myself but can do without the second hand crap too. Grow up, this guy actually built the stairs that led out of the NFL basement....

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:13 am

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

tigerhater... you are pathetic!!  You are calling Eli a "bitch" and saying how much you hate him for not playing in SD... So predictable you LOSER... tigerhater is FROM SAN DIEGO!!!!!!  He is pissed because Philip Rivers has laid many a golden egg, while Eli is a 2 time Superbowl winner and 2 time Superbowl MVP!!  I LOVE IT!!!  tigerhater actually LOVES Eli Manning or he would be happy that Eli doesn't take snaps for his pathetic, under- achieving dysfunctional SD Chargers!!  Go get your Padres gear out, tigerhater!!!

Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:04 am

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

The Colts or any other team for that matter shouldn't be willing to pay the amount of money he is owed in a few weeks, the guy who hasn't shown he can play nor has he been cleared to play.  It shows it really don't matter who you are or how great people think you are no player is ammune to the media's stupidity. Cut Manning already let him move on let your organization to move on and look to the future. If Manning can play and that's a big IF IMO let him go and start over in his new city, he owes Indy nothing he has done everything for the city and team and the Colts rode the Manning train a long way.

And why is a writer in Indy stating his arm is a noodle, is he a doctor? Has he seen Manning throw the ball lately? Stick to reporting actual stories instead of making BS up.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:53 am

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

Journalism, and this journalist in particular, is broken. He's clearly saying things that he thinks will help him get his 15 minutes. The whole part about Manning hijacking the Super Bowl? I'm sorry, but it wasn't Peyton's fault that Eli was beraded with questions about him during his press conference. It wasn't Peyton's fault that, on the podium and with trophy in hand, Eli was asked about his brother. Come on now. With a game chock full of storylines in front of them, many journalists deliberately chose to accentuate the Indianapolis/Peyton Manning angle. It doesn't make any sense to throw that back in the guy's face other than to do what this guy is quite obviously doing: attempting to make a little bit of a name for himself before it's too late.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:51 am

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

It will never happen, but Peyton should go to Dallas. They'd have a good shot at a SB instantly.

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:49 am

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

In a related article, an Indy sportswriter's brain is atrophied due to substance abuse.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:44 am

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

Writing something like this - even if its true - will get you hanged in most NFL circles which is ridiculous.

Kind of like writing Jeter was overrated or that Favre and Michael Jordan were sadist jerks.  All of these things are/were true but their fanatical followers refuse to see the light and will torch you accordingly for the objectivity.

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:38 am

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

Kravitz is a slime ball.  He always has been.  Always trying to break stories with gossip (as he is always trying to feed his ego by reporting "news" first....then hoping it comes true after the fact...)

Can Kravitz provide us with the results of the poll he conducted on Indiana residents?  What was the sample size?  I can't stand these local "gossip" writers who make claims, just to get their name in the news.  These beat writes and blog sites such as do the same's garbage reporting.

Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:29 am

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

Ryan Wilson eh.  You seem to be a very small sort to post this.  Your suspect in my book now.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:22 am

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

Luck is coming into a tough situation. The team needs rebuilt, and people expect him to be the next Peyton Manning. I am not sure why Luck has to play now. Sitting behind a legend for a few years certainly didn't hurt Rodgers. Kravitz sounds bitter, and I find it funny that he has not seen Manning throw. What a shocker after not playing for a year that his arm is out of shape.

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