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An interesting take on Reggie Wayne’s remarks

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On Thursday morning, once we caught wind of Reggie Wayne’s inflammatory comments about the Colts’ decision to sign quarterback Kerry Collins, I went straight to the Indianapolis Star for the exact quotes.

The only problem?  The Star left out the best stuff (or, from the Colts’ perspective, the worst stuff).

Last night, the Star offered up more quotes from Wayne, again omitting the best (worst) stuff from Wednesday.  Philip B. Wilson of the Star led off his column by applauding Wayne for supporting teammate Curtis Painter, even as Wayne tossed new teammate Kerry Collins under the same bus where the offensive line was pitched by Peyton Manning after that 2005 division-round playoff loss to the Steelers.

And then Wilson offered up an intriguing theory/explanation/excuse for Wayne’s outburst.  Wilson thinks Wayne said what he said in order to get Peyton Manning even more motivated to return to the field by Week One.

The possibility of the Colts bringing in Brett Favre was mentioned.  Said Wayne, “Brett Favre . . . I feel the same way about Kerry Collins walking in this door, that’s going to push Peyton even more to want to play, you know what I’m saying? That’s just what it is.  I got nothing against T.O. or whatever receiver is out there, you bring them in here, I guarantee my game is going up some more.”

The idea makes some sense, even if the ability of sheer will to speed the regeneration of nerves remains medically unproven.  That said, Wayne’s decision to trash Kerry Collins seems to be unrelated to the motivation that Collins’ presence will provide to Manning.

And the Star seems to be going out of its way to prevent Wayne’s remarks from causing any trouble for the home team.

Our own theory is slightly more simple.  Wayne hasn’t been happy with his contract for well over a year, and the team has done nothing to address his concerns.  Thus, on the rare occasion (for the Colts) when a potentially controversial team-related topic lands in Wayne’s lap and he can choose to toe the presumptive party line or say whatever he wants no matter the mess it may cause, a guy who thinks the team isn’t treating him right naturally will gravitate toward the latter.

At least the Colts still have a local media that is all too happy to grab a mop.

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31 Responses to “An interesting take on Reggie Wayne’s remarks”
  1. bengalsown says: Aug 26, 2011 10:27 AM

    Why do you continue to harp on the offensive line comment made by Peyton? What he said was true and obvious to everyone watching. As fans, we should appreciate when a coach or player doesn’t sugarcoat everything, because it’s rare. Same with Reggie Wayne. Thanks for being straight with everyone.

  2. ozz2012 says: Aug 26, 2011 10:27 AM

    Wilson is definitely a shill for the team. A complete brown-noser. Kravitz, on the other hand seems to speak his mind, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better either.

  3. rayvens says: Aug 26, 2011 10:30 AM

    An interesting take on Reggie Wayne’s remarks
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    After reading the article id have to say it’s rather boring…..

  4. jtbndy says: Aug 26, 2011 10:30 AM

    This is nothing new. Indianapolis media does surprisingly great job stifling anything negative about the Colts.

    They’re especially adept at keeping Manning’s marriage drama out of the news.

  5. golonger says: Aug 26, 2011 10:30 AM

    Should I just go ahead and start calling them the LA Colts???

  6. richm2256 says: Aug 26, 2011 10:32 AM

    “I got nothing against T.O. or whatever receiver is out there, you bring them in here, I guarantee my game is going up some more.”
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    So Reggie Wayne is basically saying that he knows he CAN raise his game, he just hasn’t chosen to, yet?

    Apparently a Lombardi Trophy isn’t motivation enough for him????

  7. abr173rd says: Aug 26, 2011 10:34 AM

    Reggie Wayne is OVERRATED!!!! It is also sad that Reggie Wayne admits he needs competition to elevate his game level, and basically saying he doesn’t give 100% every game……

  8. denardsbig10inchdong says: Aug 26, 2011 10:34 AM

    for only having half a training camp, this has felt like the longest offseason ever.

    season needs to start. NOW.

  9. mrbigass says: Aug 26, 2011 10:34 AM

    So, the Colts spent 4 mil to motivate Peyton? Yes, that sounds about right……

  10. terripet says: Aug 26, 2011 10:37 AM

    Reggie shut up and play. Don’t worry Manning will be there for the first game.

  11. sj39 says: Aug 26, 2011 10:42 AM

    If Payton is done, so are the Colts – for a long time.

  12. depotnator says: Aug 26, 2011 10:53 AM

    “…even as Wayne tossed new teammate Kerry Collins under the same bus where the offensive line was pitched by Peyton Manning after that 2005 division-round playoff loss to the Steelers.”

    It’s not the same bus to anyone who understands apples and oranges. Wayne wasn’t blaming Collins for any loss with his comments. Wayne said it would be difficult for Collins to learn the complicated offense in a short time – a matter of common sense, not blame.

  13. jsho55 says: Aug 26, 2011 10:57 AM

    I’m sure Peyton Manning needs a 38 year old Kerry Collins to get himself motivated…..

  14. indycolt45 says: Aug 26, 2011 11:08 AM

    Rich, I thought the SAME EXACT THING.

    I’m ready for this dude to go.

  15. dbarry14 says: Aug 26, 2011 11:14 AM

    The Indy media is as soft as a pillow. I live here and its ridiculous. They are all Peyton jock sniffers. I can’t wait to see what happens when Peyton is done and the Colts are perennially 4-12.

  16. willyalistentothis says: Aug 26, 2011 11:19 AM

    If Reggie Wayne was getting paid for his thoughts, he would be broke. Reggie, Stick to route running, ball catching and touchdown making.

  17. robf2010 says: Aug 26, 2011 11:28 AM

    I’m certain a first ballot Hall-of-Famer, who just got the largest contract in NFL history and knows the offense better than anyone, is concerned about a journeyman who is older than him and is just in off the street.

  18. spicktacular says: Aug 26, 2011 11:33 AM

    So does he mention T.O. because the Colts asked him how he would feel if they brought T.O. in?

  19. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 26, 2011 11:42 AM

    Kerry Collins is garbage.

  20. hateonjags says: Aug 26, 2011 11:43 AM

    Playoffs? Playoffs? You talking about playoffs? So long Indyyyy

  21. benacci says: Aug 26, 2011 11:44 AM

    I’m sure none of you guys would “step your game up” even more so if some Intern, or snot nosed punk came in to your workplace gunning for your job or atleast sniffing around it. Give Wayne a break!

  22. CKL says: Aug 26, 2011 11:45 AM

    jtbndy says: Aug 26, 2011 10:30 AM

    This is nothing new. Indianapolis media does surprisingly great job stifling anything negative about the Colts.

    They’re especially adept at keeping Manning’s marriage drama out of the news.
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    I have 0 to back this up but my opinion of how PM handles the media but I think he needs Indy as much as they need him. In Indy he can be THE big fish in the little pond. He couldn’t handle a major media market whose reporters would hold him accountable.
    The other angle on these comments is that Wayne is taking a smack at PM in a way. Not really surprised. He doesn’t seem like a guy who players would love to play with.

  23. indianaviking says: Aug 26, 2011 12:00 PM

    And the Star seems to be going out of its way to prevent Wayne’s remarks from causing any trouble for the home team.
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    With the exception of Bob Kravitz, the Indy media market is the biggest group of ballwashers on the planet. I’ve never seen a bigger group of homers!

  24. adx321 says: Aug 26, 2011 12:23 PM

    It seems Reggie thinks everyone has forgotten he cut short the route that ended up an interception in the late minutes of the SuperBowl against the Saints.

    Reggie we’ve loved you here in Indy but feel free to go someplace like the Bengals or something and see how happy you are.

  25. granadafan says: Aug 26, 2011 12:45 PM

    Wayne can expect his stats to go down this year as Collins looks him off and passes to someone else. Or maybe he’ll have to stretch just a little more for the ball right in front of a charging safety.

  26. rculross7 says: Aug 26, 2011 1:31 PM

    Aug 26, 2011 10:30 AM
    Should I just go ahead and start calling them the LA Colts???
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    Um, no. They don’t call Lucas Oil Stadium “The house that Peyton built” for nothing. The Colts are locked in to playing in Indy for 30 years. It was part of the stadium deal.

  27. duece5 says: Aug 26, 2011 1:47 PM

    Several things:

    1. The Indianapolis market is the SOFTEST NFL market by FAR….

    It seems that the media is afraid of being black balled by the Colts……Kravitz does speak his mind, but sometimes he speaks it to stir, I think, versus having a TRUE, SOUND reason.

    2. Wayne was THE REASON Porter got the INT. He quit the slant. I thought the media would be ALL OVER IT, but no, few mentioned it, hee-hawed about it….”oh it was a communication error”….baloney!!! NO ONE IN THE MEDIA HAS THE BALLS!!!!

    3. Wayne is NOT underpaid….HE GOT HIS $$$ UPFRONT with his signing bonus-guaranteed $$ when he signed his last contract, at the time, was one of the highest for a WR. So, it lowered his base, BUT HE ALREADY GOT HIS jack!!
    That’s what I hate when guys like him start clamoring about being underpaid, especially when his agent got him millions guaranteed UPFRONT!! He can just zip it and play….he got his.

    4. If you don’t speak highly of #18 at all times, whether it is football life or private life…..forget it.

    No one dares to speak negatively of Manning.

    I know he is one of the best QBs, and I have a lot of repsect for him. But, it is NEVER even handed criticism when it’s needed.

    6. How about Peyton’s surgery?? Very few people are being critical, AT ALL, on why Manning didn’t have it earlier…..was he mis diagnosed? Did he personally say no to it early?
    No one in the media is critical of the Colts on these points. They ask a few questions that slide around the issue, get a vanilla response from Caldwell or Polian, and they call it a day…..tht’s how it is here in Indy!

    I personally like the Colts, but I am a Viking fan, so I don’t really have anything against them. I do root for them to win, unless they play the vikes.

    It’s just painfully obvious how the media are all mop-up people to the team. It’s ok to be critical, and still do your job……that’s what most people do in the media….well, unless your ESPN…..you’re in bed with everyone with the 4 letter.

  28. lean6 says: Aug 26, 2011 1:48 PM

    I guess I kinda got a sense that Reggie Wayne said some bad things about Kerry Collins, about which there were other links in this article that promised to not tell me what he said either…as this one didn’t. Drama about drama. Fascinating…not.

  29. TheWizard says: Aug 26, 2011 1:52 PM

    Kerry Collins is garbage.

    He’d probably kick your @ss up and down

  30. Deb says: Aug 26, 2011 2:26 PM

    When James Harrison gave an interview making stupid comments about his teammates, you were all over it, and I don’t recall any theories about how the remarks were intended as incentives to help them step up their game. But even Harrison wasn’t stupid enough to tell the coach and general manager which players to hire and start. Wayne just sounds like an arrogant idiot. And the idea that he or anyone else would think Peyton Manning needs extra incentive to get back to the field is probably the silliest excuse since “the dog ate my homework.”

  31. sylar1888 says: Aug 26, 2011 2:30 PM

    abr173rd says:
    Aug 26, 2011 10:34 AM

    Reggie Wayne is OVERRATED!!!! It is also sad that Reggie Wayne admits he needs competition to elevate his game level, and basically saying he doesn’t give 100% every game……

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    Wait a minute… did you just say Reggie Wayne is overrated?? Reggie has over 100 catches 3 out of the last 4 years, makes 5 pro bowls in a row so far, he has 787 career rec and almost 11,000 yards with 69 TD’s. He was the NFL receiving yards champion, NFL receptions champion in (2007). Not to mention if he stays healthy, those numbers will rise putting him in and around the top 5 receivers all time. Is Reggie the best receiver in the league? NO.. But he’s definitely not overrated like you stated above..

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