After the Colts introduced their new head coach on Thursday, the owner addressed the status of their possibly former quarterback.
Rosenthal pointed out earlier in the day comments that Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star communicated via Twitter. Kravitz now has a full article based on the things Irsay said to Kravitz and other reporters.
It’s now even more clear that Manning and Irsay are positioning themselves to absorb minimal blame for a possible divorce. Manning wants to create the impression that, if he leaves, it will have been the team’s decision. Irsay’s comments suggest that it will be a joint decision — and thus that any blame should be shared.
“We’ll work it through and we’ll work it through hand in hand, and we’ll talk and we’ll continue to talk as we get into February and get closer to the league year,” Irsay said. “That’s kind of where it stands right now.”
Still, it’s clear that Irsay isn’t happy with things Manning recently said, including his characterization of the team facility as “not . . . a very good place for healing” due to all the recent changes. “There’s not any sort of bad situation around here for healing or anything like that,” Irsay said. “That’s not a correct perspective. Like I said, you keep it in house, your family, you talk to each other if you have problems, and he knows that.”
Irsay believes Manning’s remarks undermine the team. “I don’t think it’s in a good interest to paint the horseshoe in a negative light, I really don’t,” Irsay said. “He’s such a big part of that and everything else, but the horseshoe always comes first.”
Manning may disagree with that. He thinks the people come first, and right now Manning undoubtedly is thinking about his own interests — as he should.
And so the ball is now back in the court of the quarterback Irsay called a “politician.” While it’s still never wise to get involved in a land war in Asia, Chuck Pagano’s new boss is the Vizzini in this rapidly unfolding battle of wits.