Jim Irsay: I demand better protection of Andrew Luck

Reuters

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck took plenty of shots in the opener against the Raiders, and Colts owner Jim Irsay is now taking some public shots at the people whose job it is to protect Luck.

Irsay took to Twitter on Wednesday to say that the protection of Luck in the Colts’ season-opening victory was unacceptable, and Irsay expects the people who get paychecks with his signature on them to do something to keep Luck upright.

According to Irsay, the offensive linemen, running backs, tight ends and coaches are all on notice that Luck needs to be protected.

Irsay is obviously right that protecting Luck is an important part of the Colts’ success, although it’s a little odd that he decided to call the team out publicly on Twitter. Then again, just about everything Irsay tweets could be described as “a little odd.” This surely won’t be the last time this season that Irsay has something to say about his team in 140 characters or less.

89 responses to “Jim Irsay: I demand better protection of Andrew Luck

  1. Could be a new twitter first. First time an owner/executive gives direction to subordinates over twitter.

  2. This guy is just like any other delusional fan. He takes to twitter.

    Why not be quiet about it and say this to his coaches instead of the general public.

    Go
    Away
    Jim

  3. Remember when Rex Ryan’s honesty and antics were endearing? And how over time they became old and annoying? Yeah. Irsay is getting there.

  4. Better get him protected by Sunday Mr Irsay. The Miami Dolphins are coming to town, and maybe you saw what happened to Weedon last week.
    He had better be ready for this defense.

  5. I would complain too. Without Luck, Colts would still be bleak if they are breathing. A defense that cant stop even the lowly Raiders has potential to struggle against the even the mighty Jags and “Blame you not me” Gabbert.

  6. “I DEMAND” says all you need to know about his arrogance and elitist beliefs. How would you like to work for this guy.

  7. What could possibly be more annoying than a whiney drunk?
    A whiney drunk who is intoxicated with both his favorite adult beverage and with the power that comes with inherited money.

  8. lovefootball4life says:
    Sep 11, 2013 12:32 PM
    Could be a new twitter first. First time an owner/executive gives direction to subordinates over twitter.
    —————————-
    What has this world come to!?!?!?!

  9. “I demand better protection of Andrew Luck”

    ============================

    And Ross demands better protection of Tanneyhill, and Snyder demands better protection of RG3, and Blank demands better protection of Ryan, and so on, and so on…

    Dumb statement Irsay, the coaches know better than you do the importance of protecting the QB. What are you going to do, announce that if opponents get X number of sacks the current regime will be let go?

  10. Part of it is that you failed to address the OL adequately with that ton of cap space you had.

    Part of it is that your Over-rated Boy wonder QB is too indecisive with the football.

  11. This is nothing more than pandering to the fans of his team. Any communications to the staff was surely given in person, if at all.

  12. It is no surprise that the Colts O-line has protection issues.

    Signed,
    Every fan in the NFCN that watched Gosder Cherilus play for the Lions.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:31 PM

    This guy is like a teen age girl the way he twitters away.
    ___________
    &ru luk t8kn 2 mny h1ts:( luv him XO Dmand betr! #feeln b1chyy #no12 #bffs #sundayfunday #likemystatus

    Not that I know too much about twitter, but I don’t think it’s possible to use it without sounding exactly like how girls texted back in high school. And does anybody understand what the tuck an instagram is?

  14. Isn’t it ironic that so many people are using social media to admonish someone for using social media? Irsay spent 100 million in free agency this year… of course he expects better protection for Luck. The people in this thread would take to yelp! to bitch about a 6 dollar lunch they found substandard. It has become “the in thing” to bash Irsay for everything. 90% of the time he deserves it. I have 0 problems with this statement.

  15. deadeye says: Sep 11, 2013 12:54 PM

    “I demand better protection of Andrew Luck”

    ============================

    And Ross demands better protection of Tanneyhill, and Snyder demands better protection of RG3, and Blank demands better protection of Ryan, and so on, and so on…

    Dumb statement Irsay, the coaches know better than you do the importance of protecting the QB. What are you going to do, announce that if opponents get X number of sacks the current regime will be let go?
    ________________
    “I demand better protection for Andrew Luck!”- Jim Irsay
    “The team that scores the most points is gonna win the game!”- John Madden

  16. “thank you Mr. Allen for owning my Seahawks. thank you.”

    Indeed!

    Players most likely love their team and respect their coaches. One would hope that respect goes all the way up to the owner(s).

    I can’t imagine this tweet doing anything helpful for the Colts franchise. Does Jim Irsay really believe the coaching staff isn’t already working on this? Luck gets taken to the mat and he thinks he needs to “demand” better from the team? As if they are okay with Luck getting sacked? What a goober.

    thank you Mr. Allen for owning my Seahawks. thank you.

  17. You DEMAND it Jim. Go ahead. That’s always the best way to get better performance from someone who isn’t doing their “job” to your satisfaction. I’m certain everyone on that squad, which has shown great improvemnt over the last season, will really pick it up because you DEMAND it.

    What’s your backup plan Jimmy if you can everyone? If there were instantly suitable improvements to your protection issues readily available, shouldn’t you have them on your team already?

    Now I want a drink.

  18. Wish if that is all it takes Mike McCarthy would demand that the Packers offensive line would protect Aaron Rodgers better. Oh…..and demand run blocking better.

  19. “Jim: Your players earned the right to be part of your team. You didn’t. You should remember that.”

    True. But he who signs the paychecks generally can do what he wants.

  20. @securb2013 says:Sep 11, 2013 12:43 PM

    “Randy Starks will be directing his hand gestures towards Irsay’s owners box this week after multiple sacks of Luck.”

    Is that Dolphin smack I hear? Looks like beating the mighty Browns has gone to a few heads in Miami. Lolz.

  21. The Raiders have no pass rush and they got to him 4 times.Imagine what happens when a good team faces him.

  22. Irsay should demand MUCH, MUCH BETTER protection… Cam, Olivier, Dion, Randy, Paul, and Jared are coming to town, not the Raiders a second time.

  23. Too bad the Bidwills did not demand better protection for Kurt Warner before Warner realized the shoddy protection standards that Rod Graves and Ken Whisenhunt were only going to get him more concussions and probable permanent brain damage. If the Bidwills had put the wood and fire to Graves and Whisenhunt to force better judgment and performances from these proven losers, the Cards may have been able to keep their Super Bowl championship chances alive instead of falling from the NFL penthouse to the NFL outhouse.

    Now history is being repeated with Bruce Arians and his faith in his 7th year pro, his Elite left tackle Levi Brown who has continued to demonstrate he cannot repeatedly block speed rushers or power rushers. Arians believes that all 7th year pro Levi Brown must do is improve his technique, hands placement, leg placement, and play better. Hey, Mr. Arians, if Levi Brown could really improve his hand placement, his leg placement, his techniques and his lack of speed by his 7th year as a pro, don’t you think he could have by now? Why do you believe Brown can muscle memory and technique, but Tebow can’t so they have written him off? Sounds like Carson Palmer will be showing up on the Injured Reserve list sooner than later.

    BTW, now that Irsay has stepped up, where is Michael Bidwill in protecting the first professional NFL QB the Cards have on their roster since Warner? Now you know why the Cards always remain in the bottom except when they got lucky with a rejuvenated Kurt Warner who finally got the freedom to play his way through Todd Haley running interference for him to stop Whisenhunt from screwing the offense up by insisting on his robotic play calling system.

  24. He tanked a season for this chump. He doesn’t want to see this bust go belly up. Flyover country won’t spend $$$ if they don’t have some savior at QB to worship.

  25. Myeeeh, the inbred W. Va. hillbilly has all day to throw the ball compared to Gabbert. Blaine was sacked 6 times in the game all within 2.5 seconds of the snap. Pressured another 11 times within 2.5. Eventually injured and had to leave the game. Quit whining, crazy old man.

  26. The man has done nothing in his life but be born into a wealthy family and be GIVEN a pro football team. Yet he feel comfortable in publically calling out people who have actually fought for whatever they have earned.

    Gee, thanks dad.

  27. thegreatgabbert says:
    Sep 11, 2013 1:51 PM
    Myeeeh, the inbred W. Va. hillbilly has all day to throw the ball compared to Gabbert. Blaine was sacked 6 times in the game all within 2.5 seconds of the snap. Pressured another 11 times within 2.5. Eventually injured and had to leave the game. Quit whining, crazy old man.

    __________________________________Gabbert……..HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  28. Hey Irsay,
    Bet you love social media – it allows you the opportunity to throw your team under the bus regularly without having to take the silver spoon out of your mouth. How convenient!

  29. Fish fans on here keep yapping their mouths on how their team will sack Luck numerous times. Year in and year out you guys talk smack and yet fall flat and never make the playoffs. Last year the Colts had worse OL than this year and yet last year you lost…really fish fans? Keep talking smack cause you’re just embarrassing yourself and your team.

  30. The Dolphins are one of those teams in the NFL that people expect to see fail, which is fair considering all of the terrible seasons they’ve had in recent years. As a Dolphins fan, I pride myself on being objective and realistic. The Dolphins and colts seem to have similar strengths and similar weaknesses. Both teams have potentially great Quarterbacks. Both teams have pretty weak offensive lines. Both teams have a seemingly non-existent run game. The only significant difference I see at this time is that the Dolphins defense is terrific on a good day, and decent on a bad day. I believe that will be the difference in the game on Sunday. All in all, both teams are in the same boat. Good, not great, with the ability to take that next step forward once they figure out how to put it all together.

  31. The dolphins lost to the colts last year by just a couple of points, and the colts were the better team by far at that time. That’s a testament to the Dolphins’ competitiveness and coaching. Now that the talent has evened out, it will be fun to see the Dolphins get the win.

  32. Someone on Forbes 400 list of richest Americans (who earned his position and fortune the old fashioned way: he inherited it), and a history of substance abuse problems, should take some of that money and hire a personal aide to prevent continually making a fool of himself.

  33. shaundolphinsfan23 says:
    Sep 11, 2013 3:05 PM
    The Dolphins …………. Both teams have potentially great Quarterbacks.

    _____________________________

    Stopped reading after that line.
    How embarrassing……

  34. these comments are not from Colts fans…. looks like mostly Dolphin spammers…so they should be ignored…Irsay spent alot of money to protect his franchise player…without whom they they have no change to make the playoffs…he needs to put some coaches on the hot seat as well…

  35. one thing for sure- the nut didn’t fall far from the nut tree in this case. or alternatively, the old man had a warehouse full of booze left when he passed, and jimmy is working though it case by case….

    this cat was born on third base and seems to think if he twits like an idiot people will forget that and think he hit a triple…

  36. I wish the parents of Ravens fans would have demanded better protection on their wedding nights. But I digress. The Colts are the best team in Football and you all know it. Jim was just saying that he demands perfection and the boys were a lil off. We won, unlike a lot of other teams (Hi LogicalVoices), and will continue to be the the best team in the NFL.

  37. crush22 says:
    Sep 11, 2013 3:57 PM

    Stopped reading after that line.
    How embarrassing……

    _____________________________

    We’ll see how embarrassing it is at the end of the year when Luck regresses and Tannehill progresses. Football fans have had the Luck, RG3, and Wilson hype crammed down our throats all off season. Sure, all of them had good seasons last year. You can’t take that away from them. But when you look at the lack of talent around Tannehill last year, his season was almost just as impressive as any of those other rookies. Yet, we never hear his name. You’ll hear his name after this week.

  38. shaundolphinsfan23 says:
    Sep 11, 2013 4:11 PM

    We’ll see how embarrassing it is at the end of the year when Luck regresses and Tannehill progresses

    _________________________________

    [facepalm] BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
    [/facepalm]

  39. Say what you will about Irsay’s tweets, but the man has a right to call out the team. He is, after all, the man with the checkbook. Watching the game Sunday, I felt that the protection was much better than last season, but there is still some obvious room for improvement.

  40. I’d hate having a blowhard boss. Threats aren’t real good motivators. For the morale of his own players, he ought to cool it. I’m sure they know what their jobs are.

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