Some Different Opinions on Peyton Manning

There have been multiple reports over the past few days on Peyton Manning and his health.

The first is from Bob Kravitz, thanks to Pro Football Talk:

“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.

Secondly, Irsay has reportedly seen Peyton throw and is “pleased”. 

Then yesterday, Michael Lombardi of NFL Network said this:

“I think it’s unrealistic to assume (he can return). He can’t throw the ball,” Lombardi said. “I’ve talked to people who’ve caught the ball for him. He can’t throw the ball to his left. He can’t throw the ball across his body, because he doesn’t feel it. People who catch the ball for him say he doesn’t really have velocity on the ball yet.”

Bill Polian offered his take on Peyton:

“It’s marked [improvement] from where he was back in September.  He threw it accurately, he threw it with a good, tight spiral, and he threw it with velocity. Generally, he looked like a pretty confident quarterback out there.”

So did Adam Vinatieri:

“I haven’t watched him the last few weeks, but I did see him at the end of the season.  He was developing nicely. Was he quite all the way back yet? No, probably not. Not to his standards.  But he definitely is not that far off.”


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