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John Fox laughs off questions about Peyton Manning’s arm

Denver Broncos Manning is congratulated by Fox and McCoy in their NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Denver

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (C) is congratulated by head coach John Fox (L) and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy after Manning threw a long touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers in their NFL football game in Denver September 9, 2012. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


Questions have been raised this week about Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s arm, and whether he can throw the football as well now as he could before the neck surgeries that cost him the 2011 season. Broncos coach John Fox finds those questions funny.

Asked about Manning’s arm today, Fox suggested that the questions come from ignorant people who haven’t really watched Manning play.

The people that look at the tape and study it would think it’s semi-comical,” Fox said, via Paul Gutierrez ‏of

It’s not surprising that Fox doesn’t want to give any credence to the questions about Manning’s arm, but the reality is that people who do know what they’re talking about and have watched tape, like former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, have said Manning isn’t throwing as well as he used to.

The best news for Fox, however, is that even if Manning isn’t throwing as well as he used to, he can still play quarterback at a high level. Manning threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns, with no turnovers, against a good Texans defense on Sunday. If that’s what a bad day for Manning looks like, that’s pretty good.