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Thursday, 09 February 2012 09:17
Passing On Peyton, Eli Manning Debate
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eli-manningPEYTON NOT THROWING LIKE 'NFL QB' -- Bob Kravitz of Indy said Colts quarterback Peyton Manning  is not throwing like an NFL quarterback yet. That doesn't mean he never will. Structurally, he's sound and can take a hit.

When referring to how Peyton's been throwing the ball, Kravkirtz used the phrase "noodle arm."

Peyton said he's not jealolus of his younger brother, Eli, who has two Super Bowls compared to his one.

The Peyton vs. Eli is comical. Peyton will go down as one of the top NFL quarterbacks of all time. Last season, Eli wasn't named by fellow NFL players as one of the top 100 players in the league (that was silly).

Peyton joked about all the reports of where he might land next.

"I've always wanted to meet 'source' or 'they,' said Peyton. "'Sources' and 'they' seem to know an awful lot, but they aren't always accurate."

Having written this, reports are that Peyton has been working out with David Cutliffe, head coach at Duke. Cutliffe coached Peyton and Tennessee.

SAINTS NOTEBOOK -- New Hall of Fame inductee Willie Roaf sees Drew Brees as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. "When he finally decided to hang it up, with the way he's playing and how great a career he's had, there's no question he should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He'll be at the top of the echelon of hierarchy (of QBs)." said Roaf. Roaf on Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson: "He would look like he was loafing during practice during my first couple of years with the Saints. Then Jackson turned it on during individual drills against me. He'd try to kick my butt. That helped me become NFL ready right away."  

The Super Bowl is returning to New Orleans next year so the Mardi Gras parade schedule will be split to accommodate the NFL's championship game.

Instead of 12 straight days of parades and parities culminating the day before Ash Wednesday, the parades will begin early.

The Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 3. Mardi Gras lands on Feb. 12.

Ten years ago, the parade schedule was split when the 9/11 attacks delayed the Super Bowl for a week. That was last time the Super Bowl was played in the Superdome.

It's unclear whether or not the parade schedule will impact rumored plans to play the Pro Bowl on Jan. 27 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

 DWORACZYK GETS SIXTH YEAR --  LSU offensive guard Josh Dworaczyk has been granted an extension to his five-year clock and will get a sixth year, the NCAA announced.

Dworaczyk suffered a season-ended knee injury during training camp in August and missed all 14 games in 2011.

"I'm excited to be able to get another year so that I can finish my career on the field," said Dworacyk. "I felt like I had some unfinished business so being able to get this additional year is a blessing."

"This is great news to our program," said Tigers coach Les Miles. "Josh is a tremendous Representative of our program  and it's nice to see that he's going  to get a chance to finish his career on the field."

A two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2009-10, Dworaczyk has played in 38 games during his career. He started al 13 games for the Tigers in 2009-10.

Dworaczyk and the rest of the Tigers start preparing for the 2012 season on March 1 when spring practice begins in Tiger Stadium.

Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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