Kravitz: Manning not “throwing like an NFL quarterback yet”

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We’ve established that Peyton Manning’s neck has recovered enough to play football again.

The question is whether the nerves in his arm will regenerate enough to allow him to play football well again. For now, Manning doesn’t have his fastball back.

“I know some of the people that have seen him throw,” Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz said Tuesday on the Tony Kornheiser Show on 980 ESPN. “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.”

This is where we are in February with Peyton Manning. He can play again, but he may only be able to play like a late career Chad Pennington. Kravitz used the phrase “noodle arm” to describe Manning’s throwing. No one knows how much that will change by August.

Kravitz, who said he didn’t think Manning was being “political” when he spoke to Kravitz two weeks ago, was less generous talking about Manning’s strategy during Super Bowl week.

Kravitz called leaking the story to ESPN about Manning’s health a “calculated” and “deceptive” move by Manning that had the opposite effect of its intent.

“I think people are starting to sway over to Jim Irsay’s side on this,” Kravitz said.

68 responses to “Kravitz: Manning not “throwing like an NFL quarterback yet”

  1. People like Manning; People don’t like Jim Irsay. No one is beginning to lean toward Irsay. I’m sorry. Peyton wants to play. What do you expect him to say.

  2. Ninety-three Taco, Buffalo buffalo buffalo, Ice Cream, fifty-four! Fifty-four! Arizona forty, swing-set, trophy, Sixty-three!

    Can’t wait to see him back.

  3. In that picture Peyton looks like he’s in one of those circus mirrors that gives you a massive five-head!!

  4. Given that Rob Lowe had already weighed in on the situation, I thought somebody had asked Lenny Kravitz what his thoughts were.

  5. Kravitz to benacci: no you shut up
    Ben to mommy: he told me to shut up
    Kra to mommy: he said it to me first

  6. Sounds like Kravitz is more worried about his job being in jeopardy after Manning leaves town. Who are you going to obsess over Bob, Jeff Saturday? (btw, he’s probably going to Miami too!)

  7. If Peyton Manning was so confident that he’ll be able to play again then he should delay his $28 million dollar payment until opening day.

    Sack up Peyton and put your money where your mouth is. Or just continue to lie and create a smoke screen to rip off the Colts or some other sucker G.M. that signs you.

  8. Kravitz has been trying really hard for the past several months to turn this into a battle of Peyton vs Irsay. He just wants Peyton to leave. It’s a lot easier writing, stirring up controversy , and being critical of a bad team than it is a winning team. For the past several years, all he could really write about is how unfairly Polian treats the media. He wants there to be a clash between Manning and so he has something new to write about.

  9. What does “This thing is going to take down.” mean? Also, who gives a damn about Bob Kravitz’ thirdhand opinion? “I know some people who saw him throw.” Ridiculous.

  10. Kravits is a reporter who needs to report facts. He has hearsay information about PM throwing. I’ve read several stories where PM has been throwing to teammates and they say he is not far off. Hmm maybe that’s my report.

  11. Krapits knows nothing and has been spewing his vile against Manning for years because it gets people riled up. He speaks for no one in Indianapolis.

  12. Um… Let’s see… Kravitz and Irsay don’t play football and um…. I like Manning, but I’m not a Colts fan, so um… Yeah, don’t really care.

  13. So, Manning is willing to do a performance based contract with other teams but not the team that just paid him 26 mill to be a cheerleader? Great.

  14. hey suprinelolskins – most people in indy ARE on irsay’s side, belive it or not. while manning is a great qb, he is as greedy, or greedier, than every other nfl qb.

    he could care less about the franchise, all he wants is his paycheck. but you know what, i don’t blame him. isn’t that what we all want anyway….a paycheck???

  15. Well, Peyton Manning would have to be pretty stupid to think he could fool anyone much less team doctors, etc. Kravitz sounds bitter if you ask me. Very much a non story

  16. Poor Chad. He had such a great football intelligence but his arm did him in. He would have been a top 7 qb in the 2000s with an arm.

  17. neko1980 says: Feb 8, 2012 4:32 PM

    hey suprinelolskins – most people in indy ARE on irsay’s side, belive it or not. while manning is a great qb, he is as greedy, or greedier, than every other nfl qb.

    he could care less about the franchise, all he wants is his paycheck. but you know what, i don’t blame him. isn’t that what we all want anyway….a paycheck???
    ———————-

    After watching this team drop to 2-14 without him, it appears he was still grosely underpaid. He was the entire team and has made them relevant for the past decade… Without him, they would be just like the cleveland browns (no offense to cleveland fans)

  18. “He can play again, but he may only be able to play like a late career Chad Pennington.”

    – That made me LOL

  19. indyspeedo says:
    Feb 8, 2012 4:10 PM

    Kravits is a reporter who needs to report facts. He has hearsay information about PM throwing. I’ve read several stories where PM has been throwing to teammates and they say he is not far off. Hmm maybe that’s my report.
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    Well, technically Kravitz is a COLUMNIST not a reporter.
    There IS a difference.
    I learned the difference between the two in grade school when we had Read the Newspaper Week.

  20. IT not going to get any better. Regardless of what the doctors say, he will NEVER be the same quarterback. He may get 10-15% of the arm strength back, but don’t expect more than that. I’ve had three of these same surgeries and it only gets worse.

  21. i think he is done but it has got to drive him crazy watching eli. not jealousy mind you but just pure regret he is where he is now. after being king for so long it is tuff to be a non factor. personally i am sad. i loved watching him play.

  22. reebsta says:
    Feb 8, 2012 4:03 PM
    Well is he at least throwing like Tim Tebow because if that is the case he will be fine.
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    It cracks me up to see how the blog trolls will find anyway possible to make themselves feel better by typing in the word Tebow. Good for you. Bet that made your day! TROLL.

  23. landroo says:
    Feb 8, 2012 5:17 PM
    Matt Stafford looks like a midget next to Frankenmanning
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    That is ridiculously funny. Made me LOL at my desk. Thank you!!!!

  24. fjd10 says:
    Feb 8, 2012 4:05 PM
    Any decrease in arm strength would hurt because he never had a strong arm to begin with.
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    Did you fall off a turnip truck yesterday?

  25. “He can play again, but he may only be able to play like a late career Chad Pennington.”

    So, wait. Is this an insult? And to which QB?

    And as far as: “This thing is going to take down.”
    That line will officially be my new signature on all business correspondence.

  26. If Manning IS the team like some of you manningfans (not Colts fans, they are usually reasonable)postulate, that means HE and HE ALONE also owns that crappy postseason record. But manningfans go to the “team let him down” when the Colts lose in the playoffs. See how ridiculous that premise is? Nahh…you don’t.

  27. Season Ticket holder here and I’m totally behind Irsay on this move. Gotta do what’s best for “The Horseshoe”!

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