Written by TheGreatMisdirect
I was listening to Peter King's podcast this week and he had Kurt Warner on. It's a pretty good discussion they have about the Super Bowl and Eli's growth as a quarterback, stuff like that. Later on, though, they end up comparing Peyton and Eli. The conversation starts around 30 minutes. You can listen to it here: http://ht.cdn.turner.com/si/peter_king/audio/2012/02/07/020712.king_papa_warner.mp3
TL;DR: Eli needs to be more consisten season to season. Peyton is one of the best at giving his team a chance to make a run. Kurt looked (accurately, for once) at the Colts and saw that basically the only difference was Peyton not being there this season. Kurt calls Peyton one of the top 5 QBs to ever play the game.
Wonderful find, TheGreatMisdirect. Warner is usually interesting and his opinions are rational, not based on hype. He upheld that streak in this interview.
@Goeland - Thanks. Yeah, I found Warner to be very objective and logical in his thinking. So it looks like not only was he a pretty awesome QB, he's one of the better analysts out there right now (even though most of them seem to be full of crap). His QB perspective on the game is better than most and he understands the idea behind how a QB works within a team and that just because the team doesn't win, doesn't mean the QB didn't play well. I'm sure Kurt's been in a few games like that.
I just finished the podcast and Kurt talks briefly about speaking with Peyton during the past week about his injury and how he feels. He felt, based on not only what Peyton was saying ("I feel great"), but also how he said it that Peyton will definitely be playing in this next season. He talked some more about how while he didn't have the greatest arm in the world, he knew that he could make all of the throws and put the ball where it needed to be to get the job done. He felt extremely confident that Peyton could do the same, even if his injury does hinder how well/far he could throw the ball. Talks some more that because Peyton knows so much about where his receivers are going to be and where the defenders are going to be, that his arm strength doesn't matter as much.