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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: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:33 am

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

Tiger you know what other QB refused to play for the team that drafted him John Elway.  But I suppose Peyton is better then Elway too...hahahaha.  Gimme Eli over Peyton ANY day of the week.  Eli 2 rings peyton 1, peytons lastsuperbowl throws a costly pick 6 Eli 2 SBS 2 rings 2 MVPS  Peyton is only half that good peyton wins games...Eli is just like Elway...Mr. Clutch who just wins championships...

Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:24 am
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Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:22 am

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

Its funny how Kravitz and Kornheiser all of a sudden fliped a 180 and miraculously have this whole new point of view.  Peyton has been one of the most humble superstars (when i say superstars im talking one of the FEW pro athletes of the sport never mind their current era) and now these two weasels are basically portraying him to A-Rod like. Did Irsay slip them a few dollars in an attempt to turn this around on Peyton and make Irsay and the Cols look like the victims. These two reporters are just a flash in the pan compared to Peyton. Of all players to bash I am stunned. Granted I maybe wrong but after 13 years Peyton has never displayed the behavior that these two cockroaches are trying to portray. I am disgusted in this whole situation. Irsay yourmind is made up, stop jerking round and announce your decision so that this debauchery come be settled before Peytons name and your own fo that matter do not get dragged through the mud anymore than they have.  

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:43 am

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

The press badgers Peyton Manning for interviews, a statement and update on his health and when he satisfies the press for talking they accuse him of "stealing the Super Bowl".  The media has gone overboard on Manning, let the guy recover and play his career.  The media is doing to Peyton what they did to Favre.  Begging for him to be in the spotlight to get an exclusive and than bashing him.  Peyton Manning is still a good guy and he has the right to want to play football just like he has for years and he has the right to fight back from an injury.

Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:00 am
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Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:58 am

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

Kravitz is a clown. Somebody get booted out of a locker room, kravitz? When you hve something besides a third person quote, keep it to yourself.

Since: Sep 28, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:54 am

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

I wish the Colts and their "savior" Andrew Luck...uhhh.........luck!!!  Rookie Qb's do not just come into the NFL and lead a team to the Super Bowl!! All praise to Dan Marino (although he lost!!) Jim Irsay and the Colts are idiots for alienating and as it looks...kicking to the curb, not only one of the best Qb's in NFL history...but also an incredible football mind that could prove valuable to the franchise in the distant future!!  My hope is that my hometown Seahawks can somehow get him here so we can reap the benefits of not only his play on the field, but his mind as well!!  Go Peyton!!!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:48 am

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

"hijacked the Super Bowl"? This writer is off base. Peyton wasn't even at the super bowl... And he is kissing irsay's ass. Talk about having an agenda against manning.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:42 am

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

let's see before peyton came to indy in 16 seasons i believe it was stated, that the colts i belive had that many qbs's, yet when they drafted peyton he gave them 12 seasons, and yet again there wanting to kick peyton to the curb like luck will be a savior, what if luck isn't all that, and they take around 5 years too get back too where they were, you know how ticked the colts fans will be, escpcially if peyton is healthy and i believe he will be, and what i hope is whoever does pick up peyton, that when the cotls face off against that team that peyton throttles them every time, becuase irsay has turned into his dad, and made ti about him, i mean peyton stayed quiet as long as possible and how two-faced is kravitz.  Really kravitz he doesn't have  astrong arm, then why did he throw for a record at the time 49 td's and oh yeah has 399 td's in his career, i mean this situation, peyton did keep quiet as long as possible and has been professinoal yet all the writers and ownership just want too kick him to the curb.  I mean again the colts were butts of jokes and every year we have the viedo of irsay's dad going after mel kiper jr., for criticizing irsay for the bad pciks the team constantly made usually at qb

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:32 am

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

   This just might be the biggest brown nosing job in the history of pro sports. These so called sports writers are not wrong about Peyton not being with the Colts next season. It's sad for us fans, and we all wish it weren't so, but a decision has to be made. Irsay owns the team he's not going anywhere, neither are these so called sports writers. So if they feel its better for thier careers to bend over for the boss have at it, However if they think for one minute they can sway the opinion of true Colts fans just by spewing some BS about peyton being public enemy #1 in Indy along with all the other nonsense coming out of thier mouths, then they are not worthy of the positions they hold. there are journalistic ethics being abused here. The truth is Colts fans are fans of the TEAM meaning the PLAYERS. No fan really gives a damn who the owner is. That doesn't mean you don't have an opinion on them, thier just not who your rooting for on Sunday. To say fans are starting to side with Irsay is pure jiberish. Show me one true Colt fan that feels Peyton has ever done anything detrimental to this organization. I'm sure this is the toughest decision Mr Irsay has ever had to make about this football team. Be an owner, do your job,make the call,and move on in a proffessional manner. People will understand. But if your using the press to force  public opinion than shame on you. I've been a Colts fan all my life and will continue to be one, however If Peyton is able to resume his career on some other team,and that team happens to play the Colts it will be the first time in 45 years Ill be rooting for someone other than the Colts if just for 1 game, and if i feel this way i'd like to believe most true Colts fans do also. Thanks Peyton It was a hell of a ride.

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