Peyton Manning Ducks: Proud of His Wobbly Throws in Criticism Response

Friday, 31 Jan 2014 06:38 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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After Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman accused Peyton Manning of throwing a lot of "ducks," the Denver Broncos quarterback isn't denying it. In fact, he's proud of it.

Last month, Sherman named Manning in first place among the five smartest NFL quarterbacks, but critiqued his arm. “His passes will be accurate and on time, but he throws ducks,” Sherman wrote on the Monday Morning Quarterback website.

Ducks are throws where the ball wobbles in the air.

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Manning was good-natured about the criticism.

“I believe it to be true," Manning told reporters at a news conference. "They say he's a smart player, and I don't think that's a real reach what he is saying there. I do throw ducks. I've thrown a lot of yards and touchdowns ducks. So I am actually quite proud of it."

When asked if he could put together his own list of top quarterbacks, Manning instead described what would be a perfect combination of a quarterback.

“Take a little piece of everybody," Manning said. "Take John Elway's arm, Dan Marino's release, maybe Troy Aikman's drop-back, Brett Favre's scrambling ability, Joe Montana's two-minute poise [and] naturally, my speed in there."

The Internet community had quite a field day with Sherman’s comment about Manning’s wobbly throws, but Bleacher Report pointed out that Sherman was much more complimentary about his opponent than critical.

“To refresh: Manning is an incredible quarterback and sharp mind who Sherman has great respect for, but accurately observes doesn't have the best arm strength,” the Bleacher Report wrote of Sherman’s comments. “You know what, let's all just focus entirely on that last part, shall we? That's what we do, right?”

The Bleacher Report appreciated Manning’s humorous answer to the “duck” issue, and said, “Manning isn't dumb. He knows his arm strength isn't top notch.”

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