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Jim Irsay preaches patience for Colts fans

Jim Irsay, Mike Francesa AP

The NFL owner who has repeatedly demonstrated that, when it comes to his Twitter account, he has no impulse control is asking his customers to not be so quick to turn their backs on his rebuilding team.

“The schedule is out and new era is here . . . in 1998 we went 3-13 and it took us until Jan. 2004, almost 6 years, to win 1st playoff game,” Irsay said Wednesday on Twitter.

His one-word request?  “Patience.”

Sorry, Jim.  It doesn’t work that way.  There’s no six-year plan.  There’s not even a two-year plan.  It’s win now, or the fans may scatter.

More accurately, the challenge is to remain in contention as deep into each season as possible.  Even though Irsay is correct when he points out that the Colts didn’t win a playoff game until the seventh season of Peyton Manning’s career (a not-so-subtle slap at the team’s former quarterback), they made it to the playoffs under Peyton in 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

And so while the fans may not bail on the new regime if the Colts don’t win another postseason game until 2018, they’ll need to get to the playoffs by 2013 or the negative comparisons to the Manning era will begin.

Or, even worse, Colts fans will choose to stay home and watch Manning and the Broncos on TV.

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28 Responses to “Jim Irsay preaches patience for Colts fans”
  1. maddenisfordorks says: Apr 19, 2012 12:10 AM

    Win now or fans may scatter?

    Give Indy fans some credit!

    Why the rush?? They just had like a decade plus of winning, and a SB championship. I doubt they’ll “scatter.”

    This is coming from a Jag fan, btw.

  2. neuroscienceathletics says: Apr 19, 2012 12:35 AM

    In my opinion, the positives and benefits of social media immediacy that allows fans to interact with owners is only such if the owner is careful thoughtful and caring – Irsay is an alcoholic and an addict, the very profile that scientific studies shows is tended toward impulsions and even states that (if given the oppurtunity to use social media), ends up exposing the masses to their own deficiencies that were once cloaked behind other things. It is a great misfortune all of his positive character traits can be vanquished in a second from 1 negative impulsive tendency – he could give a million dollars a way and do 1,000,000 acts of charity, but one fowl tweet can ruin his life’s work of deeds and take his goal of providing fans with access to owners and make it a negative rather than the positive it would be with any other personality type

  3. rollteal says: Apr 19, 2012 12:40 AM

    Idk it’s only a decade of winning and just a SB championship with 2 trips with countless 10 win seasons idk that just may not be enough to keep anyone’s fandom they had to go and ruin it with that whole 2-14 season geez.

  4. chawk12thman says: Apr 19, 2012 1:07 AM

    Your point is well taken Mike; Those owners’ that want “Patience” from local fans (regardless of location) don’t get $ from those same fans, if they don’t “Win”……

  5. couldntthinkofaname says: Apr 19, 2012 1:07 AM

    maddenisfordorks says:
    Apr 19, 2012 12:10 AM

    Win now or fans may scatter?

    Give Indy fans some credit!

    Why the rush?? They just had like a decade plus of winning, and a SB championship. I doubt they’ll “scatter.”

    This is coming from a Jag fan, btw.
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    Not a Colts fan either, but totally agree with that statement. Some are angry that Peyton’s gone, but they’ll return to the fold. It was a great run by Indy, and now it’s time to rebuild.

    Irsay, though, can shut his fat mouth any time now.

  6. pacificnw7722 says: Apr 19, 2012 1:23 AM

    We went 3-13 and it took us until Jan. 2004, almost 6 years, to win 1st playoff game,” Irsay said Wednesday on Twitter.

    His one-word request? “Patience.”

    Someone pour that man another drink! :)

  7. urabozoo says: Apr 19, 2012 1:57 AM

    I dont understand why Florio is so negative about Irsay and Peyton. Not a Colts fan but reading this and other articles make me think he has some problem with them. “not-so-subtle slap…” reading way too much into a 140 character tweet my friend.

  8. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 19, 2012 2:13 AM

    colts fan here, sad bu we do have alot of fair weathered fans, its sickening!! but i have patience and i know better days are ahead of us again, we could be the jags and always suck(nothing personal jags fans) im ready to finally have a balanced team out there

  9. toiletking says: Apr 19, 2012 2:14 AM

    Great story, bro!

  10. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 19, 2012 2:26 AM

    doesnt gm grigson look like mark sclereth of nfl live on espn?

  11. bears354 says: Apr 19, 2012 4:52 AM

    Do you know why an NFL team can’t spend a few years rebuilding? It’s the media’s fault. ESPN and every other outlet won’t let it happen. I’m only 35 years old and I can remember when teams drafted a QB, regardless of what round it was, and let him develop. That can’t happen anymore because the media won’t allow it. You draft a QB in the first round, if he’s not an instant success, he’s a bust. Unfortunately, too many fans have followed this line of garbage and have allowed it to be their gospel. This ADD society sickens me. To prove my point, you say that Manning took a 1-15 team his rookie year and went to the playoffs the next year. They didn’t win a playoff game, but that’s a pretty damn good turn around if you ask me. Calm the eff down people, let your team build. Most of the “top” teams in the league haven’t always been at the top of the standings. Chill out and have a freaking beer! Rant over.

  12. usuallysneeringatyou says: Apr 19, 2012 5:45 AM

    Guy dumps — dumps — Peyton Freaking Manning, and blows up the team Manning won with, and does most of his talking on Twitter.

    Yeah, I agree with him — it will take this guy years and years to build a winning organization.

  13. colts01 says: Apr 19, 2012 6:10 AM

    True fans of any team would never scatter. I’ve been a Colts fan since 1977….the 80′s and 90′s were rough but when your a TRUE fan your colors never bleed. All the rest of you fly by night fans or fair weather fans who only pick the Super Bowl winner from the previous year as your team are a joke! All I can say to Irsay is you dismantled it now fix it! We are thin in all areas on this team now go out and get some free agents and at least play competitive football! It all starts with your offensive line, protect your QB and you give him a shot no matter who he is, build a solid defense and you will always be in the game. As my pee-wee coach always said…offense scores the points…defense wins the games!

  14. furtigan says: Apr 19, 2012 6:39 AM

    So the terrible consequences of not winning immediately is that the media might make negative comparisons? That not as many people will come to Colts game

    Irsay has mountains of money, and I don’t think he gives a wet crap what ya’ll think of him. Nor should he.

  15. divermode says: Apr 19, 2012 6:48 AM

    Real team fans understand what it is rebuild. We stick with our teams, through good and bad. Some will leave, seeking the current team on top. But, when the Colts return, so will they.

    I can’t agree that Irsay was taking a ‘not-so-subtle slap’ at Manning for not single-handedly winning a playoff game instantly. That interpretation makes no sense, because, if true, the expectations and pressure now on Luck are equally unfair.

    I don’t think you get Irsay at all.

  16. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 19, 2012 6:53 AM

    If the Indianapolis fan base quits on this franchise after one bad season, I really have to question whether they deserve an NFL franchise. I was envious of the colts for years because they had Peyton Manning and I was stuck watching Jake Delhomme.

  17. jimbo75025 says: Apr 19, 2012 6:57 AM

    Sorry Jim, but the decision you were faced with was:

    1. Trade the #1 pick for a boatload of picks who if you chose wisely in the draft, make a few more runs with a HOF QB who seems like he will be more than ready when the season starts.

    2. Cut ties with Manning and hope Luck can quickly become a franchise QB and your team is set at the most key position for the next decade.

    You made your choice, now live with it and quit trying to talk out of both sides of your mouth. Much as your were lauded as a genius for picking Manning over Leaf, you had to again make a difficult call and better hope this one turns out as well as the last one.

  18. hotstampjax says: Apr 19, 2012 6:59 AM

    Colt fans will stay at home this year and watch Peyton Manning joining the Jag fans who will stay at home to watch Tim Tebow.

  19. fitzmagic1212 says: Apr 19, 2012 7:19 AM

    This is a joke right? My bills are on a 12 year rebuilding process and our fans are still here.

  20. 1historian says: Apr 19, 2012 7:25 AM

    In re Irsay – Don’t forget that this is the guy who threatened to move the Colts to Los Angeles back in 2002 when he was browbeating the Indy City Council into financing the building of his new stadium. If he had not succeeded folks in Los Angeles would have heard this “Ladies and gentlemen, your world champion los angeles colts.”

    You can have him.

    FYI – I am a Pats fan now and I used to be a fan of the BALTIMORE Colts.

  21. Rockets GM says: Apr 19, 2012 7:43 AM

    Fans haven’t scattered in Indy. I live there. There is STILL a freakin’ waiting list for season tickets!!!

  22. realtimeeyes says: Apr 19, 2012 7:45 AM

    Irsay is the T.O. of owners; he just wants to hear himself talk! And just like the media with T.O., PFT is his enabler..

  23. whatswiththehate says: Apr 19, 2012 7:48 AM

    Oh Please, we all know this is only to protect Luck in case he stumbles out of the gate.

    Remember these media folks were the same folks who boasted that Luck was better than Peyton. If that is the case, then he should be able to take the Colts to the play-off his rookie season.

  24. beeronthefridge says: Apr 19, 2012 7:59 AM

    The best way for colts fans to show patience is by not going to the games!

  25. gmen1987 says: Apr 19, 2012 8:19 AM

    Jimmy Tweets seems to be getting crazier every day.

  26. packerman1968 says: Apr 19, 2012 8:34 AM

    maddenisfordorks says: Apr 19, 2012 12:10 AM

    Win now or fans may scatter?

    Give Indy fans some credit!

    Why the rush?? They just had like a decade plus of winning, and a SB championship. I doubt they’ll “scatter.”

    This is coming from a Jag fan, btw.——————————————————

    I live in Indy, the fans have already started to jump off the bandwagon…..The Colts have 4,000 season tickets not sold yet. And they have already went through the waiting list.

    Last year I was able to buy tickets below face value after the first 5 games. I look forward to seeing the Packers in town on Oct 7, and i will get tickets for less then face value then as well.

    Indy fans in general are bandwagon jumpers. They do it to all the teams in the area. The bandwagon has to replace its brakes very often.

  27. toolkien says: Apr 19, 2012 11:24 AM

    Impatience doesn’t necessarily mean fans bolt, just that they will begin to complain loudly, boo at the games, and flood sports radio with “solutions”. My take on the time line for a turnaround is three years. The brain trust gets two mulligan years, and if poor to bad, the griddle gets turned on, ready to use when the third, if unsuccessful, year winds down.

    To this football fan’s view, there have been a handful of teams that are just terrible so that even the benefits of free agency and salary/cap floors have made little difference for the most part. And the rest of the NFL is three shades of mediocre with teams moving up and down in short order. If you are the owner/manager of one of those cellar dwellers, you deserve expression of discontent loud and often. If you’re one of the rest, you have a few years to recover from a downturn. But you should be able to do it in reasonably short order to move from the bottom of the broad mediocre tier to the top (and of course back down again in a short time span).

    All teams need to do is make the playoffs and win the turnover margin today. Being no less than 12th best in the league should be manageable over a 3 year period, and make a splash in the playoffs at least once. Do that, and I think fans of your team will be cool.

  28. CKL says: Apr 19, 2012 1:09 PM

    sportsmeccabi says: Apr 19, 2012 6:53 AM

    If the Indianapolis fan base quits on this franchise after one bad season, I really have to question whether they deserve an NFL franchise. I was envious of the colts for years because they had Peyton Manning and I was stuck watching Jake Delhomme.
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    …..who got to a SB and played well in it before PM had one playoff win under his belt. But by all means, want your team to build every single part of its franchise around one player and one player only. Then watch as it’s your D and run game that wins you a SB, like Indy did.

    This is why I think Irsay wasn’t smacking PM, he was smacking the way Polian built the team. Every move he’s made tells me that he let Polian do things his way, but no more, from dumping Polian and his son, to hiring the first real strong minded HC they’ve had since Mora. The Colts WILL NOT take until 6 years into the Luck era to win a playoff game, because they will finally be a TEAM.

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