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Jim Irsay: I demand better protection of Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of their NFL football game in Indianapolis 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.

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89 Responses to “Jim Irsay: I demand better protection of Andrew Luck”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 11, 2013 12:28 PM

    Have another drink, Jim.

  2. scaredhitless says: Sep 11, 2013 12:29 PM

    Jim Irsay is starting to become the Chris Kluwe of the NFL twitterverse. No one really cares what they tweet.

  3. runmarshawnrun says: Sep 11, 2013 12:29 PM

    Some people should not have Twitter accounts.

    Most people, actually.

  4. nice2meetumarco says: Sep 11, 2013 12:30 PM

    His Twitter was hacked, far too intelligible to be a genuine Irsay tweet.

  5. myhawks1976 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:31 PM

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

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

    This guy is like a teen age girl the way he twitters away.

  7. mvp43 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:31 PM

    Holy crap………… who does this guy think he is, Jerry Jones!

  8. elwaysagenius says: Sep 11, 2013 12:31 PM

    Then get out there yourself, big guy

  9. 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.

  10. dspyank2k11 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:36 PM

    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

  11. buddysguys says: Sep 11, 2013 12:36 PM

    so draft better lineman idiot.

  12. cjjones5656 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:37 PM

    Mr. Irsay, we respectfully decline your request to make sure that Andrew is safe and protected.

    Sincerely,
    The Miami Dolphins

  13. hanifmiller says: Sep 11, 2013 12:37 PM

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

  14. mrcosio says: Sep 11, 2013 12:38 PM

    What was Jim Irsay’s life before twitter?

  15. onlythebest36 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    1 Scotch, 2 Scotch , 3 Scotch I DEMAND!

  16. jcmeyer10 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    Irsay is taking Twitter tips from Hugh Douglas and Marcus Vick.

  17. whoisrdymlz says: Sep 11, 2013 12:41 PM

    I feel sorry for Colts fans.

    And, how did this guy get his money? His personal brand presents as less-than likely to acquire such wealth.

  18. dalcow4 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:42 PM

    Lucky for Irsay he was born into a family with money. There’s a trailer park somewhere missing a would-be resident.

  19. 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.

  20. annes22 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:45 PM

    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.

  21. mrsmell says: Sep 11, 2013 12:46 PM

    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.

  22. noaxetogrind says: Sep 11, 2013 12:46 PM

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

  23. tvjules says: Sep 11, 2013 12:48 PM

    I demand lower prices for worthless pre-season games.

  24. norseyapper says: Sep 11, 2013 12:50 PM

    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.

  25. skylark70455 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:51 PM

    Suit up and get out there then big guy. You gonna talk like that, the fans DEMAND it. lol

  26. cfeeley52 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:51 PM

    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!?!?!?!

  27. awdlmd says: Sep 11, 2013 12:52 PM

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

  28. honkeyt says: Sep 11, 2013 12:52 PM

    Luck won’t be the only victim of the Raiders vaunted pass rush.

  29. trojanmaaaan says: Sep 11, 2013 12:53 PM

    ….after all, you tanked an entire NFL season to get him!!!

  30. chiadam says: Sep 11, 2013 12:54 PM

    No, YOU get out of the car, occifer!

  31. 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?

  32. mc1439 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:56 PM

    Maybe get a pacifier?

  33. firejimmy says: Sep 11, 2013 12:58 PM

    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.

  34. karlton3 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:59 PM

    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.

  35. purpleguy says: Sep 11, 2013 12:59 PM

    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.

  36. thirdistheworrd says: Sep 11, 2013 1:02 PM

    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?

  37. quadya says: Sep 11, 2013 1:04 PM

    good luck with that when the dolphins come to tow on Sunday. their front 7 will dominate

  38. dynasonic says: Sep 11, 2013 1:04 PM

    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.

  39. thirdistheworrd says: Sep 11, 2013 1:05 PM

    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

  40. 12seahawks says: Sep 11, 2013 1:06 PM

    “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.

  41. titans4evr says: Sep 11, 2013 1:10 PM

    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.

  42. artvan15 says: Sep 11, 2013 1:12 PM

    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.

  43. chiadam says: Sep 11, 2013 1:14 PM

    Irsay seems like he probably enjoys building things with his Legos just to knock everything over and watch the butler clean it up.

  44. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 11, 2013 1:16 PM

    hey dolphins fans, so yr gonna beat us like yal did last year? not!!! we beat yal

  45. expertop says: Sep 11, 2013 1:17 PM

    “Glug, glug, glugDEMANDglug”

  46. tombradyswig says: Sep 11, 2013 1:17 PM

    I’m sure his next DEMAND was another round of drinks!

  47. baltimoresnativeson says: Sep 11, 2013 1:18 PM

    Not to speak ill of the dead; but the apple doesn’t fall far.

  48. nflfan1326 says: Sep 11, 2013 1:20 PM

    I just realized something. I love Shad Khan.

  49. howiehandles says: Sep 11, 2013 1:21 PM

    “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.

  50. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 11, 2013 1:22 PM

    @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.

  51. wearethesteelers says: Sep 11, 2013 1:25 PM

    Draft better then.

  52. hrmlss says: Sep 11, 2013 1:26 PM

    Stack your empties around him= impenetrable wall!

  53. trollaikman8 says: Sep 11, 2013 1:27 PM

    Irsay: Leave the bottle!

  54. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Sep 11, 2013 1:28 PM

    Luck is going up against the Dolphins defense on Sunday. Good luck not getting sacked lol.

  55. sportsbastard says: Sep 11, 2013 1:33 PM

    I just realized that Irsay is pre K-12 Billy Madison. All the cool kids pee their pants!!

  56. staffordsyear says: Sep 11, 2013 1:34 PM

    I demand nicer wallpaper!!!

  57. MyTeamsAllStink says: Sep 11, 2013 1:35 PM

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

  58. tfaulk says: Sep 11, 2013 1:35 PM

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

  59. truths4all says: Sep 11, 2013 1:38 PM

    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.

  60. taintedlombardis says: Sep 11, 2013 1:40 PM

    Luck holds onto the ball too long. Which is pretty bad considering he is the dink and dunk king.

  61. taintedlombardis says: Sep 11, 2013 1:45 PM

    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.

  62. granadafan says: Sep 11, 2013 1:50 PM

    What if his offensive players don’t have Twitter accounts? How will they get the memo??

  63. 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.

  64. denverwally says: Sep 11, 2013 1:55 PM

    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.

  65. crush22 says: Sep 11, 2013 1:59 PM

    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!!!!

  66. ccjcsr says: Sep 11, 2013 2:11 PM

    Beer Muscles

  67. bigassbiscuit says: Sep 11, 2013 2:11 PM

    I DEMAND an extra large cheese pizza.

  68. judsonjr says: Sep 11, 2013 2:19 PM

    With as many picks as he threw last year, it’s probably a good thing as he’ll draw some personal fouls to overturn them.

  69. sbchampsagain says: Sep 11, 2013 2:44 PM

    Did Irsay mean hashtag 12 or number 12?

  70. szwhtsup123 says: Sep 11, 2013 2:44 PM

    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!

  71. devildog911 says: Sep 11, 2013 2:59 PM

    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.

  72. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Sep 11, 2013 3:05 PM

    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.

  73. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Sep 11, 2013 3:08 PM

    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.

  74. turtlehut says: Sep 11, 2013 3:31 PM

    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.

  75. stratomaticfan says: Sep 11, 2013 3:33 PM

    Wasn’t the Heyward-Bey hold that kept Hayden from crushing him on the TD run enough protection?

  76. deltaoracle says: Sep 11, 2013 3:36 PM

    “Demanding” doesn’t cut it anymore. You have to “de-damn-mand!”

  77. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 11, 2013 3:36 PM

    Irs don’t want liberties being taken with his prize Blue Ridge Mountain hog Andrew Ziffel.

  78. paulbdotcom says: Sep 11, 2013 3:44 PM

    I’m surprised Weeden can still walk and breath after Sunday.

    Luck you better know how to run, and fast. The Dolphins “Speed” package is going to get you!

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

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

    _____________________________

    Stopped reading after that line.
    How embarrassing……

  80. conanweb says: Sep 11, 2013 4:00 PM

    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…

  81. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 11, 2013 4:02 PM

    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…

  82. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Sep 11, 2013 4:06 PM

    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.

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

    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.

  84. blueintheface12 says: Sep 11, 2013 4:13 PM

    As an Indianapolis resident and lifetime Colts fan, I wouldnt want any other owner than Jim Irsay. Involved in the community, fun, and always expecting improvements.

  85. george1859 says: Sep 11, 2013 4:19 PM

    Geez, did we miss the “just dropping knowledge” line here?
    What a silver spooned fool.

  86. crush22 says: Sep 11, 2013 4:27 PM

    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]

  87. conbro8 says: Sep 11, 2013 4:31 PM

    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.

  88. mackcarrington says: Sep 11, 2013 4:53 PM

    Born on third base and ordered a triple.

  89. elektro9 says: Sep 11, 2013 4:54 PM

    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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