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Peyton Manning addresses arm strength with quote popularized by Popeye (vid)

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said that players in Denver Broncos offense are still in the process of getting to know each other and “all continue to learn” as he discussed the substandard offensive output — at least for an offense led by him — during Sunday night’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Discussing a game where he threw three interceptions in the first quarter alone, Manning later attempted to sidestep an inquiry related to speculation that he has not regained his arm strength needed to make downfield throws during a media session on Wednesday.

While not encouraging, Manning’s honesty related to his arm strength may be refreshing to some, but also reveals exactly where Manning believes he is in his recovery process.

After insisting that the team has moved on and now is focused upon this week’s opponent, the Houston Texans, Manning addressed speculation that he lacks the arm strength to make the throws he has routinely made throughout his long NFL career, Manning inadvertently said something that caused me to think of a quote long popularized by Popeye the Sailor Man: “I am what I am, it is what it is. Whatever expression is appropriate for that. So, I really don’t know what to tell you.”

Granted, Popeye said it more like “I yam what I yam,” but work with me, people. And maybe Manning could toss the long downfield throws with more accuracy if he bulked up his forearms like Popeye. I guess what I’m getting at is that perhaps Manning needs to start eating more spinach or something. Or maybe the Broncos could sign Alice the Goon and use her in offensive sets as a blocking fullback to help protect Peyton’s wonky neck. I bet the broad can ball, man.

And with that, we conclude SoB’s “Inane Popeye References” for the day. Hope you enjoyed it. “Arrg ug ug ug.”

Boy, this entire exercise was profoundly stupid. But hey, you learned that Peyton Manning still has a long way to go to get back to where he was two seasons ago. But I bet he will fight to the finish.

[Denver Post]