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Irsay wants to avoid sentimental decision: “This isn’t fantasy football”

Jim Irsay AP

Colts owner Jim Irsay denied a report Saturday night that claimed he has already decided to release Peyton Manning sometime in February.

After listening to Irsay’s conversation with Hannah Storm on ESPN Sunday morning, it’s harder to believe Irsay hasn’t made up his mind.

Irsay spoke about all the great things Manning has done for the Colts and his strong relationship with Manning. But he also expressed clear doubts about Manning’s health.  Irsay said it was his “responsibility” as an owner to only put a player back on the field if “its in [the player's] best interests.”

Irsay said back in December that he expects Manning to be with the Colts if he’s healthy. This interview indicated Irsay probably doesn’t expect Manning to be healthy. Has Manning’s lack of progress helped make up Irsay’s mind?

“It’s your responsibility to not make decisions for sentimental reasons,” Irsay said about Manning’s option bonus. “This isnt fantasy football.”

This interview took place before the latest Manning-Irsay volley of words. It was same the interview in which Irsay said he planned to take Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, even if Manning was healthy.

With that in mind, it looks clearer that Irsay has indeed been leaning towards a divorce with Manning for a while.

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77 Responses to “Irsay wants to avoid sentimental decision: “This isn’t fantasy football””
  1. 52crabcakes says: Jan 29, 2012 12:52 PM

    ha ha ha!

  2. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 29, 2012 12:53 PM

    Excuse me Jimmy Boy, but serious Fantasy Footballers don’t make sentimental decisions either.

    It’s all about winning………and the money.

    And we don’t get in front of the media EVERY FREAKING day to spin/PR our decisions.
    And most men that I know don’t use that certain internet site to communicate….ya know….the one thats sounds just like sitter.

  3. trbowman says: Jan 29, 2012 12:55 PM

    Gonna be weird seeing number 18 in another unifom, just like with number 4.

  4. purpleguy says: Jan 29, 2012 12:55 PM

    Why doesn’t this dope just shut up? Every time he talks, he just makes it worse from a public/fan-relations perspective. A wise man knows when and when not to speak.

  5. thraiderskin says: Jan 29, 2012 12:55 PM

    You have sooo many holes to fill in your team, especially with the rumored changed to a 3-4. If you work it right you could have little to no trouble with the transition, but it predicates on keeping Manning (maybe setting youself up for a QB next year, via picks) or trading him. Both of which you seem set on ruining, just shut your pompous, megalomaniac mouth.

  6. 44mpo says: Jan 29, 2012 12:57 PM

    I would say Isray is having to deal with what maybe is one of the tougher sides of the game. That is replacing a very good, but aging player with an eye for the future. The only good that can come from this season for the Colts is a #1 draft pick that can lead them to the future. It seems like Isray is doing that with players and coaches. Probably a wise business desicion.

  7. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:58 PM

    Oh just cut the guy already, ai yi yi yi yi

  8. captainbillyrules says: Jan 29, 2012 12:59 PM

    With the uncertainty of Peyton’s health, why not a compromise? Peyton agrees to a $10m 2012 guaranteed contract and if healthy he is the starter, if not he gets paid to mentor Andrew Luck or RG III for one year. If Peyton shows he is healthy for the 2012 season, a bigger paycheck in free agency comes in 2013.

  9. eknirb says: Jan 29, 2012 1:03 PM

    We’ll take him in SF, oh yes we will.
    Nice comeback this year Alex, but business is business.

  10. jetsuperbowl says: Jan 29, 2012 1:09 PM

    Jets superbowl!!!

  11. bornhauser says: Jan 29, 2012 1:13 PM

    Manning to the Redskins seems like a realistic possibility now…

    … If he’s healthy.

  12. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 29, 2012 1:13 PM

    It’s too bad they can’t maintain the relationship with Peyton reworking his contract and either proving he’s healthy (and mentoring his replacement) or at least not crippling the team financially by not being able to play again.

    Peyton belongs in Indy healthy or not….both sides should recognize that and work something less risky for both sides out.

  13. buzzbissinger says: Jan 29, 2012 1:14 PM

    Just retire already, Manning. Can’t pass a physical, no triceps strength, same operation ended Sterling Sharpe’s career.

  14. cunningstunts96 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:18 PM

    In other words, “The decision to cut Manning was made weeks ago.”

    Got it.

  15. lostsok says: Jan 29, 2012 1:18 PM

    He’s right. This isn’t fantasy football. THIS IS A REAL PERSON…who gave his all to raise your team from mediocrity (in a good year) to glory…and, for a while, class.

    Not a real welcome mat to be laying out for perspective free agents.

  16. dabreesknees says: Jan 29, 2012 1:18 PM

    Unbelievable. Guy can’t keep his mouth shut. Age-old Scholars said “Check your wisdom with silence”. This guy is proving how wise he really is. Come on, man. Just shut up.

  17. nabz034 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:21 PM

    Irsay is right, this is a multi billion dollar business, not FFB. You don’t pay someone $20M if you don’t know if they can play regardless of who it is.

    I read a comment of someones who said that he deserves the money Because they’ve been in the playoffs for the last ten years, that’s had to of been the dumbest thing I’ve ever read and it’s obvious if you ever ran your own business with that mentally it would fail horribly over and over.

    Manning is gone, if he can still play Football he won’t be playing in Indy, that’s for sure

  18. booonly says: Jan 29, 2012 1:23 PM

    Peyton to Dallas! PLEASE!!!!!

  19. r0b1b0y says: Jan 29, 2012 1:24 PM

    its a business….PM grew up in NOLA and neither attended LSU nor Ole Miss, he set sentiment aside and went where he wanted to go and rightfully so. Mr. Irsay will make a decision and move on from PM and start rebuilding and rightfully so. PM will be a free agent and get to choose between about 25 NFL teams of where he wants to play and make millions and rightfully so. I don’t feel sorry for him and ………

  20. jpk6044 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:25 PM

    “It’s your responsibility to not make decisions for sentimental reasons,” Irsay said about Manning’s option bonus. “This isn’t fantasy football.”

    The exact reason why Manning is a lock to be the starter for Daniel Snyder’s 2012 Washington Redskins!

  21. jaggedmark says: Jan 29, 2012 1:26 PM

    Hannah Storm always does well getting great answers. Very disarming.

  22. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 29, 2012 1:27 PM

    Peyton is done. I wish his fans could see the writing on the wall.

  23. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 29, 2012 1:34 PM

    Renegotiation? The CBA prevents any of until the next season, starting Mar 13, 5 days after the mar 8 option date.

  24. link49 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:42 PM

    Sorry Jim, Fantasy Football never play around with a Franchaise Player the way you are playing. In the Monopoly Football( which you are part of it ) we can find the most insensitives persons in our country, with the exception of very,very few owners….You cut P. Mannning hours later the last surgery !!!

  25. daddyb1gdrawz says: Jan 29, 2012 1:43 PM

    I am hoping Manning goes to the 49ers or Redskins. Those are the only teams that makes sense. Miami now runs the west coast offense. Manning has never run the west coast offense. Fins, sign Matt Flynn as your starter with McNabb in a backup role. McNabb is a west coast QB who is marginal at best currently. Makes too much sense.

  26. rexryanstoecheese says: Jan 29, 2012 1:46 PM

    thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 29, 2012 12:53 PM

    Excuse me Jimmy Boy, but serious Fantasy Footballers don’t make sentimental decisions either.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    2 words that should never be in the same sentence together:
    Serious and Fantasy-Footballers

    However, TOG, you are correct, FF players will drop a player a heck of a lot faster than Irsay ever would, especially since we could add a a player with the click of a mouse..

  27. lemmam says: Jan 29, 2012 1:46 PM

    two things – someone tell irsay to D T F U and fantasy football is just that – a fantasy

  28. franknunley57 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:49 PM

    interesting situation:

    is he healthy ?
    does he want 1 more big pay day? (wash, mia)
    or does he want a chance at winning now & not come in & financially wreck that team’s current roster? (SF)

  29. norcal031 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:53 PM

    Fantasy football. First Sunday of no nfl…..this is so boring. Guess the patio will be cleaned up today……

  30. Derty Ernie says: Jan 29, 2012 2:03 PM

    Colts just got a new head coach and gm and they already have a new oc and def coor picked. Looks like Irsay is making the decisions and everyone else is playing follow the leader.
    Ya that should work.

    I think Manning is done and he knows it. I got twenty that Manning has been trying to sit down with Irsay and has been dissed the last few weeks and that is why he’s coming unglued.

    Irsay knows Manning is toast and doesn’t want to confront him.

  31. baredon says: Jan 29, 2012 2:03 PM

    Does anyone who knows a damn thing about football believe Irsay is going to pay $28 million to a man who may never play again…??

    If you do, I have some beach front property in Arizona…..

  32. lionpride10 says: Jan 29, 2012 2:06 PM

    I don’t like the 49ers, but if they bring in #18 they will be the favorites to win it all next year. They will be the most complete team in the NFL.

  33. chicagosundevil says: Jan 29, 2012 2:09 PM

    this guy is the definition of a disaster.

  34. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 29, 2012 2:14 PM

    With a little bit of “Luck” thrown in, I can give
    you 28 million reasons why the Colts won’t be
    sentimental about this decision.

    If Peyton isn’t 100%, he’s definitely outta there.

    I believe he’s outta there either way, anyways…

  35. philyeagles5 says: Jan 29, 2012 2:16 PM

    has Irsay ever played fantasy football? i dont think ive ever had much difficulty dropping a guy while hurting his feelings…

  36. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 29, 2012 2:17 PM

    I think Manning is done and he knows it. I got twenty that Manning has been trying to sit down with Irsay and has been dissed the last few weeks and that is why he’s coming unglued.

    Irsay knows Manning is toast and doesn’t want to confront him.
    ****************
    Last year’s contract was signed without a physical, i think?
    A real head scratcher.
    I wonder whose decision that was? Polian?

    And what did Manning know then? A physical is standard, so he had to have negotiated that out, right?

  37. motownroaren says: Jan 29, 2012 2:19 PM

    Sounds like he’s gone, but this guy should really keep his thoughts and plans to himself. He demonstrates poor business skills.

  38. lowleadman says: Jan 29, 2012 2:19 PM

    I’d like to ask all of the posters who want Manning to come to their team. Has it dawned on you that Manning has had 3 major neck surgeries in the last 18 months, that he has been in the leage since 1990, that he has won a SB and satified that milestone, that he has been successful in television commercials and is a shoe-in to be a color guy on some NFL broadcast, and most importantly, Manning is not a stupid guy. While he would love to come back because the competitive juices are still flowing, his physical condition will make it very dangereous to play the game at an NFL level.

    Any team stupid enough to lay down huge bucks because of what Manning once was, well, you will never get that opportunity to be so dumb because Peyton is all done playing. He was 6 months ago, and he is more than ever now.

    Peyton Manning will not play another game and would be foolish to.

  39. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 29, 2012 2:20 PM

    baredon says:
    Jan 29, 2012 2:03 PM
    Does anyone who knows a damn thing about football believe Irsay is going to pay $28 million to a man who may never play again…??

    If you do, I have some beach front property in Arizona…..

    **************************************

    Quite a few New England fans would be interested in that arizona beachfront property…………………….they also believe Bilichick only “misinterpeted” the rules and no cheating occurred

  40. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 29, 2012 2:23 PM

    49ers with Peyton Manning will be #GameOver. Peyton Manning playing with pro bowlers and all pros instead of a bunch of Undrafted Free Agents over achieving.

  41. metalhead65 says: Jan 29, 2012 2:26 PM

    How is Irsay the bad guy here? he paid manning 26 million not to play last year and so far it looks like he will not be ready to play to start next season. as for keeping him and then trading him who will give them anything for him now? if you wait until he might be ready to play during training camp you still will not get anything much in return and stunt the growth of whoever you take in the draft. he has done allot for the team and the city but he has also been well compensated for it over the years. manning set the contract up the way it is so if there is anyone to blame then blame him. the colts knew about the first surgery but did they know he would have 2 more after he signed it? hey he may come back and play and still be great and good for him if he does but the franchise should not be held hostage while he waits to find out if he can. if it is not about the money and he just wants to play we will know when he signs a contract with another team when the colts cut him. see if he makes anybody else pay what he wanted the colts to pay him.

  42. 0sakpo says: Jan 29, 2012 2:27 PM

    Manning to REDSKINS. We get a wr or OL man 1st round without moving up. Get the 3rd QB behind Luck n Griffin at 2nd round n Make sure he would learn everything from Payten like Roger did with Farve…. that would b the best for us not by gamble wit the 2nd Ryan Leaf.

  43. ruggerlad says: Jan 29, 2012 2:35 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Jan 29, 2012 12:55 PM
    Why doesn’t this dope just shut up? Every time he talks, he just makes it worse from a public/fan-relations perspective. A wise man knows when and when not to speak.

    ————————————————————-

    I would be bitter if I paid millions for someone who waited until the last minute to have surgery on a potential career ending to have him then sit on the bench all season. Many owners are jerks but so are the Mannings.

  44. ruggerlad says: Jan 29, 2012 2:36 PM

    How many times did Manning throw his o-line under the bus? More times than Irsay.

  45. bangitfootball says: Jan 29, 2012 2:36 PM

    The Colts helped make Peyton a rich man, and Manning brought the Colts a superbowl. It was a two way street. Neither owes each other anything. Payton was paid 25 million this year alone and he didnt play a down. Irsay would be crazy to pay him another 28 million not to play. Its just business. The Manning era is sadly over. The Luck era is here.

  46. ruggerlad says: Jan 29, 2012 2:37 PM

    Please sign Peyton Wasgington or Cleveland.
    Thanks
    Fins fan

  47. daknight93 says: Jan 29, 2012 2:46 PM

    this soap opera is bigger than the up coming super bowl…Irsay just can’t keep his mouth shut…geez

  48. vincentbojackson says: Jan 29, 2012 2:48 PM

    Irsay’s right. In fantasy football you typically have a serviceable backup QB on your roster in case your starter goes down.

  49. jontarbox says: Jan 29, 2012 3:05 PM

    If your Andrew Luck or RG3 why do you want to play for this guy? Is it possible for him to just shut up?

  50. frank booth says: Jan 29, 2012 3:30 PM

    There are few players in the league that have meant more to his franchise and built more value for a franchise than Peyton Manning. I don’t have an issue with him being released, but for Irsay to leave him swinging in the breeze is reprehensible. Plus, it’s bad PR for the team. It’s not like Indianapolis is a major destination for free agents, and this can’t help.

  51. norton20 says: Jan 29, 2012 3:30 PM

    Stop talking about it tweetmaster Jim and just DO IT already!

  52. brintfatre says: Jan 29, 2012 3:34 PM

    HUH? Didn’t they give him that huge contract after he was hurt??? Was that not for sentimental reasons???

  53. skinsfantom says: Jan 29, 2012 3:45 PM

    lowleadman you nailed it; amen norcalo

  54. stinkfoot51 says: Jan 29, 2012 3:58 PM

    If I’m Peyton Manning I decide I’m already rich enough with plenty of earning power left off the field, and I do the best thing for myself and family and call it a ball game. He’s one hard hit from being in a wheelchair the rest of his life.

  55. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 29, 2012 4:01 PM

    Irsay, Payton made you a lot of money just shut up !

  56. craigsimsrules says: Jan 29, 2012 4:10 PM

    I never thought i would dislike an nfl owner more than jerry jones. And then bam, this idiot continues to annoy us. Irsay has replaced jerry jones as the biggest moron owner in sports

  57. sover2423 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:11 PM

    There is no pill harder to swallow than watching irsay FINALLY make smart GM and coaching moves, and watch P get ran out of town in the middle of it. Are you telling me that peyton deserved to have a terrible defense every year he has been in the league? Having to score 30 points a game? Which he obviously did. Consider if he was healthy, none of this would be happening. Jim your eyes were FINALLY opened cause of a well timed P Manning injury. Fans have been saying for years, dump the tampa 2, dump caldwell and his staff, dump christenson, and most of all…Polian missed WAY more than he hit…..so for that, thank you. But cut Peyton? Not one single Indy fan is ok with that! Luck may be great….but he is no sure thing. Restructure, 2 yr 20 mil. Put it right on the table, if you can play, play! if you cant, this will be your last season in an Indianapolis uniform. Put an opt out clause in a new 2 yr deal! Please Mr. Irsay, we owe it to P…he is not bigger than the horseshoe, but put your sword away, if he can play. Please try and pair him up with this new defense, and great staff you are putting together

  58. prmpft says: Jan 29, 2012 4:18 PM

    Unless Manning cannot physically perform, Irsay should be put away for letting – without a 2010-11 snap – arguably the best QB in the NFL walk. In the realm of conflict management, that can only be considered a dysfunctional, emotional, personality, manifest conflict. There’s the way to win a championship – IDIOT! It is not Peyton’s fault that the BONEHEAD paid him without a physical! I would demand HIS resignation for that alone!

  59. dabreesknees says: Jan 29, 2012 4:20 PM

    Ha ha, gotta love the delusional Cowboys fans thinking PM is going to Dallas.

    A. He’s one sack away from being paralysed, so it would be a surprise if he played another down.

    B. Why on earth would he want to play in the same division as Eli?
    And that’s IF he’s healthy.

  60. kevpft says: Jan 29, 2012 4:45 PM

    “Irsay said he planned to take Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III”

    Who does he think he’s kidding?

  61. phqu2 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:50 PM

    First… The Irsay Clan has never been too saavy in dealing with “public announcements”. Remember how the Team vacated Baltimore?

    Second… Organization knew Peyton was done the minute surgery was decided. So, let’s purposely “throw” the season ensuring Draft Selection Placement to secure a topnotch QB.

    Third… How many Indy Fans remember how Jim Harbaugh took the Team to within 1 game of the Super Bowl prior to Peyton’s reign? Peyton will fade just as another great Colt named Unitas.

    Fourth… With the “current concern” over player injury and the looming litigation potential, I’ll bet Irsay’s decision is based more on liability than on Peyton’s health.

    Fifth… Idiot or not, the Francise and the League will move on without Peyton until they figure out how to perfect cloning or making contacting the QB an executable offense.

  62. waxedagain says: Jan 29, 2012 5:14 PM

    I do not think there is any precedent in the NFL where the starting first ballot HOF QB has a serious injury that may preclude him ever playing football again. Clearly if there was any health progress, Manning’s camp would be spinning it. It is the media who is pressuring updates from Manning, Irsay, or anyone else who may have inside information. If Irsay chooses to use Twitter to make a direct statement to the public, that is much better than allowing the media to twist his words or meaning. Without any health progress by Manning, Irsay has to make a very unique business decision that no other franchise has had toface.

  63. mjkelly77 says: Jan 29, 2012 5:14 PM

    Manning is done. Irsay just wants to see if there’s any interest in him. To pay Manning $28 million to hang around is crazy. Cut him loose just before any contract obligation kicks in. And I don’t feel sorry for Manning. The Colts paid him $24 last year for nothing and he already knows he’ll never play again but he’s still trying to milk the cow. With endorsements, he’s made over $35 million each of the last two years. Forbes estimates his net worth well over $100 million. To make him sound like some altruistic hero who saved the Colts is ridiculous. He’s been paid well and it’s tme to retire instead of being greedy .

  64. jimbo75025 says: Jan 29, 2012 5:14 PM

    Would love to hear some input on this whole sitution from an actual old school Indy fan (not those who became Indy fans in oh say 1999 or so when everyone realized PM was going to work out in a big way)……..

    The entire scene is rough.

    Face it, if no PM in Indy for the last decade plus (Leaf selected #1 instead), chances are that the Colts are playing in LA by now. He saved the franchise in my mind.

    On the other hand paying PM $28 million at this point is foolish.

    Luck looks like the real deal, but any QB is a gamble. If they cut Manning and only go with Luck, the pressure on the kid is going to be off the charts-if the Colts start out bad next year the criticism is going to come fast and furious-especially if Manning goes elsewhere and starts lighting it up. Even worse, what if Luck breaks his foot in camp or something and you are looking at another season of Orlovsky (sp?)

    Seems to me the best solution for all parties is to work out a 2 year transition plan (Manning delays the bonus) and Luck learns for 2 years from one of the best. Without those few years behind Favre does anyone think Rodgers could have stepped in as a rookie and immediately started off like a rocket? Granted Favre did not help him much but just being able to see the defenses, play calls, etc contributed greatly to Rodgers being able to step in when it was his time.

  65. jimbo75025 says: Jan 29, 2012 5:27 PM

    phqu2 says:
    Jan 29, 2012 4:50 PM

    Third… How many Indy Fans remember how Jim Harbaugh took the Team to within 1 game of the Super Bowl prior to Peyton’s reign? Peyton will fade just as another great Colt named Unitas.
    …………………………………

    Yes, but the Harbaugh run and the Manning draft were a few years removed. Colts stunk it up for I believe 2 years (96 & 97) between those occurrences. There were also some woefully bad teams in the 80′s following the move from Baltimore. I am sure there were some times in there where some Indy fans would have traded their firstborn for a playoff appearance. With the exception of last year, Indy was pretty much stenciled in to be playoff bound for the last decade.

  66. mwcarolina says: Jan 29, 2012 5:54 PM

    i personally would LOVE to (as a Redskin fan) sign Peyton Manning, draft in round 2 Nick Foles and then in either round 5, 6 or 7, draft Aaron Corp (who i also like) and have both of them learn for years behind Manning, but i doubt highly that Manning will be a Redskin and McNabb will be brought up when that is talked about.

  67. dmcgrann says: Jan 29, 2012 5:55 PM

    phqu2 says:

    “First… The Irsay Clan has never been too saavy in dealing with “public announcements”. Remember how the Team vacated Baltimore?…”

    A more apt description might be that the “Irsay clan” has never been too savvy in dealing with Real Life.

    Jim Irsay is the NFL’s version of Amy Winehouse.

    Maybe Bob was more of the Amy, and Jim is just the son born addicted to smack.

    Best of luck, Indy fans,

  68. kvanhorn87 says: Jan 29, 2012 6:29 PM

    Manning to the Eagles, Vick to fins.

  69. tmkelley1 says: Jan 29, 2012 6:33 PM

    Sorry, but I’m not buying that Peyton is healthy, or ever will be healthy enough to play for anyone again. Hey, we’re talking about his NECK! You screw that up, you are screwed for life. I can see James Harrison picking him up and slamming him to the ground, head first, and that, my friends, is the end of Peyton Manning.

    How about a compromise? If Peyton can’t play anymore for the Colts, the Colts hire him as the QB coach for whomever they draft at No. 1.

  70. bigtrainrr says: Jan 29, 2012 6:35 PM

    Jimmy knows Peyton is done. Peyton knows he’s done, he just can’t come out and say it. Peyton’s just playing the game, he’s gauging interest in case he can come back. Indy will have to rebuild and it’s better if Irsay is the bad guy in all this. Indy should pick up Flynn and trade the #1 draft pick for multiple picks.

  71. frank booth says: Jan 29, 2012 7:26 PM

    mwcarolina says:
    Jan 29, 2012 5:54 PM
    i personally would LOVE to (as a Redskin fan) sign Peyton Manning, draft in round 2 Nick Foles and then in either round 5, 6 or 7, draft Aaron Corp (who i also like) and have both of them learn for years behind Manning, but i doubt highly that Manning will be a Redskin and McNabb will be brought up when that is talked about.
    ====================================
    It makes no sense to sign a quarterback coming off of a severe injury and then draft two untested prospect QB’s who you don’t even know will make it in the NFL or not, especially when you have other needs to be addressed. Then again, Dan Snyder would be just the guy to do it.

  72. dachozen1 says: Jan 29, 2012 7:26 PM

    Oh, yes it is. Have you seen the silly penalties and new rules. This sure isnt American football.

  73. gmen1987 says: Jan 29, 2012 8:35 PM

    Good for Irsay for telling the way it is and the truth.

    It’s not you idiot fans or Peyton fangirl’s money that is being spent, it’s Irsays.

    Wonder how many of you tools are going to not be cheering for Indy if Andrew Luck does well with the team in a couple of years,

  74. frank booth says: Jan 29, 2012 9:49 PM

    gmen1987 says:
    Jan 29, 2012 8:35 PM
    Good for Irsay for telling the way it is and the truth.

    It’s not you idiot fans or Peyton fangirl’s money that is being spent, it’s Irsays.

    Wonder how many of you tools are going to not be cheering for Indy if Andrew Luck does well with the team in a couple of years,
    ====================================
    Telling it “like it is” is saying that the NFL isn’t like fantasy football? Wow, that’s news!

    If he were “telling it the way it is”, he would have given an answer on Manning, who is all but out the door.

    Thanks for letting us know that it’s Irsay’s money that is being spent. Most of us couldn’t figure out what NFL owners did. You’ve cleared that up.

    I’m not a Colts fan, but Manning should be treated better. He was instrumental in bringing a Super Bowl to town, getting a new stadium, and increasing the value of the franchise. Anyone could see his value to the franchise by through his absence last year. It’s not an issue if Irsay releases him or not, but at least Irsay could “tell it like it is” to one of the players who has meant more to his franchise than most.

  75. nightrain42 says: Jan 29, 2012 9:56 PM

    He shld pay him…then trade him. U let him go…u get nada. Someone…..Dan Snyder…will overpay to get him

  76. jessethegreat says: Jan 29, 2012 11:42 PM

    lowleadman,
    I’d like to ask all of the posters who want Manning to come to their team. Has it dawned on you that Manning has had 3 major neck surgeries in the last 18 months, that he has been in the leage since 1990
    —————————————————————
    Peyton Manning was the 1st overall pick in 1998. I agree that he’s done though. Ask Sterling Sharpe if he regrets his decision to walk away with a similar injury to his neck.

    Walk away while you still can Peyton!

  77. bskillz80 says: Jan 30, 2012 12:14 AM

    I love how the majority of you just take what the media says and then run with it. Manning will never play again? Manning is going to be cut? I saw the majority of blogs and news outlets saying it was almost assured that Tressel was going to be the next head coach. Even Dungy said that was what he was hearing. Then all of a sudden it was Pagano. Irsay loves riddles and games. He is a hippy. He’s definitely not stupid. He did something his father could never realize. He hired people that knew football. He built success by using a business model to place the right types of people at the time in the right positions. Do any of you even realize that he played the entire 2010 season with the injury. That’s right. It occurred in week one v. the Texans. The man had to go through some weird stretching and therapy to make it back on the field each half. And for another point, does anyone remember the fact that right at the end of the season he had started practicing again? Hi own teammates were quoted as saying that his passes looked crisp. Peyton was healthy enough to play at the end of the season. Polian shut it down. His son was a dumbass who couldn’t draft or make healthy cap decisions. If you look at how things have worked out, might it actually be pissible that Manning was just irritated that he wasn’t informed of such decisions. He thought he had more clout or baring in the organization than maybe he did. A new GM who has to deal with a legend, obviously doesn’t want to have to deal with that if he doesn’t have to. That’s why there was no talk. It will take Grigson some time to fix the holes C. Polian helped create. Manning is healthy. He will play. Let’s just see if Irsay sticks to what he originally said.

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