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Irsay complains about “negative agendas”

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If you had “Jim Irsay will externalize blame for his inflammatory comments about Peyton Manning” in the office pool, congratulations.

As expected, the Colts owner has reacted to the reaction to his “championships over stats” comments regarding his former franchise quarterback.

“Those expressing negativity about the concept of building well rounded teams around great QBs 2 achieve Championships have negative agendas,” Irsay say early Wednesday morning on Twitter.

In other words, Irsay believes Broncos coach John Fox has a “negative agenda.”  Along with anyone else who read Irsay’s comments as being a slap at Peyton Manning.

“We’ve changed our model a little bit, because we wanted more than one of these,” Irsay told USA Today, referring to his Super Bowl XLI ring.  “[Tom] Brady never had consistent numbers, but he has three of these.  Pittsburgh had two, the Giants had two, Baltimore had two and we had one. That leaves you frustrated.

“You make the playoffs 11 times, and you’re out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the Star Wars numbers from Peyton and Marvin [Harrison] and Reggie [Wayne]. Mostly, you love [championships].”

Reasonable minds can differ on whether those words amount to a shot at Peyton Manning.  Interpreting Irsay’s comments to mean that Irsay became “frustrated” by Peyton’s inability to play in the postseason like he plays in the regular season hardly emanates from a “negative agenda.”  It’s a fair interpretation of the words that came out of Irsay’s mouth.

The noise doesn’t bother me,” Irsay adds, one tweet after proving that the noise does indeed bother him.  “[T]o quote the most loved Ind Colt of all time ‘I wanted to stay, Jim wanted me to stay, circumstances forced r hand.’”

That’s fine, but why say anything more about the separation than what Peyton said?  Irsay gave it a different feel by trying to explain the circumstances as coming in part from a desire to build a team that doesn’t go one-and-done in seven of 11 playoff appearances.

Irsay is making the situation worse by trying to blame the listener and not the speaker for comments that fairly can be construed as being critical of Peyton Manning.  And that will make Sunday night’s game even more compelling — unless and until the Broncos are up 38-3 at halftime.

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  1. kepdogg23 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:05 AM

    I don’t think he is making it worse. I actually agree with him. The guy comes out and says that they are building a better team. They made an effort to sure up there D and running game this offseason, because that is what they need to go further in the playoffs. I think this is more of a slap to Bill Polian, and to anyone that played defense during the Manning era.

  2. wrongsizeglass says: Oct 16, 2013 9:06 AM

    To those with no Super Bowl rings: How do you like mine? I know you’d kill for one. Too bad your team hasn’t been good enough.

    To those teams with more than one Super Bowl Ring: How do you expect me to win more than one Super Bowl? I only had Peyton Manning as my quarterback. Too bad my quarterback wasn’t good enough to win me more than one.

    - Jim Irsay

  3. sasquatch77 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:07 AM

    Star Wars stats… Guess whose team is about to get twin photon torpedoes shoved right up their thermal exhaust port. lol.

  4. captainvilfo says: Oct 16, 2013 9:08 AM

    I forgot the broncos were the epitome of class when it came to dealing with high profile qbs

  5. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 16, 2013 9:09 AM

    Irsay, saying the Colts “changed their model a little bit” is a whack statement to start with. Are they saying they’d have drafted a different QB than Peyton in ’98? What the heck does that mean? And it sure puts a lot of pressure on Luck, a 23 year old, too.

    He now needs to win multiple Super Bowls – or know the man who signs his paychecks is secretly seething with disappointment.

    Oh, that – and it was a classless comment with impeccably poor timing. Basically, Irsay just Vanderjagt-ed his big chance at a kumbaya moment — and then botched it still further by not apologizing for is own mis-steps.

  6. raiderrob21 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:09 AM

    Irsay must have attended the Jerry Jones school for public speaking.

  7. brutus9448 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:11 AM

    Wow he must have been drinking again. He’s is such a do uche. The worst owner in the NFL

  8. ampats says: Oct 16, 2013 9:12 AM

    As a Patriots fan, I was hoping that the Colts might be able to pull off an upset in Indy,

    BUT Jim Irsay ( insert foot into mouth) has decided with his stupid comments to have Peyton come to Indy and put up his “star war numbers” and will torch the Colts.

    I am so glad he doesn’t own the Patriots because he could be one of the worst owners in the league.

  9. adx321 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:13 AM

    sasquatch77 says:
    Oct 16, 2013 9:07 AM
    Star Wars stats… Guess whose team is about to get twin photon torpedoes shoved right up their thermal exhaust port. lol.

    As a Colts STH… the point is who cares?

    The Broncos will throttle the Colts Sunday night then get throttled when it really matters.

    We’ve seen the song and dance a million times

  10. xelitespecimenx says: Oct 16, 2013 9:14 AM

    “They made an effort to sure up there D and running game this offseason”

    Trent Richardson is a mediocre running back in the NFL. He was DUPED into giving up a 1st rounder for a glorified goal line back

  11. 4ever19 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:14 AM

    Photon torpedoes are Star Trek. Beyond that, I fear my beloved Colts are about to experience what you are talking about. I agree with Irsay about Peyton, though. Great in the regular season; ordinary in the postseason. Not all his fault but a lot. Even in the SB year, he was just average except for the one magnificent half against the Patsies.

  12. raiderufan says: Oct 16, 2013 9:15 AM

    I’ve got so many thoughts on this chump I’d fill the whole comments.

    I can’t stand the Broncos but I applaud Peyton for his professionalism. The billionaire child Irsay could take a page or two from his book.

    And dammit! If you say something own it!

    Those comments could not be taken another way!

  13. 4ever19 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:15 AM

    I also believe that Irsay in general needs to eat a great big plate of shut the heck up and stay the heck off Twitter.

  14. crewdawg says: Oct 16, 2013 9:15 AM

    broncos’ d isn’t holding the colts to 3 at halftime, let’s get real here.

  15. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:16 AM

    The truth hurts.

    Peyton Manning can not win big games. He’s like the Marty Schottenheimer of QBs.

  16. kingpel says: Oct 16, 2013 9:16 AM

    I jumped on the guy but now I think I understand what he was trying to say. He isn’t talking about Peyton being the reason they didn’t win championships as much as how the team was constructed with most of its talent on the offensive side of the ball.

    Ok old man. I gotcha on this one. You probably shouldn’t have mentioned Brady by name. Mentioning the Ravens, Giants and Steelers as teams supports this point of view better.

  17. letemplay says: Oct 16, 2013 9:17 AM

    “[T]o quote the most loved Ind Colt of all time ‘I wanted to stay, Jim wanted me to stay, circumstances forced r hand.’”

    That’s weird, I don’t remember Johnny saying that.

  18. gochargersgo says: Oct 16, 2013 9:17 AM

    Star wars reference didnt even make sense. No organized sports whatsoever in the far away galaxy outside of ship racing.

  19. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 16, 2013 9:17 AM

    The single biggest knock on Manning from the media and the fans is Peyton’s lack of rings. So whichever way he meant it (which I believe was the not a knock on Peyton way), what’s it matter?

  20. johnniemayes says: Oct 16, 2013 9:17 AM

    Irsay did just the equivalent of shaking a hornets nest without any protective gear.

  21. adx321 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:19 AM

    ampats

    As opposed to creepy Kraft and his young prostitute friend from last year or all the spygate crap?

    Irsay would be an upgrade over Bob Krap

  22. kepdogg23 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:21 AM

    xelitespecimenx says:
    Oct 16, 2013 9:14 AM
    “They made an effort to sure up there D and running game this offseason”

    Trent Richardson is a mediocre running back in the NFL. He was DUPED into giving up a 1st rounder for a glorified goal line back

    Did you realize the Colts are 6th in the league in rushing??

  23. anhdazman says: Oct 16, 2013 9:21 AM

    Elite QBs like Brady and Montana steps up when the going gets tough. They not only perform excellent during the seasons, but playoffs and on the biggest stage, the SB, these guys do it time and time again. That’s why there’s 7 SB rings between those two QBs.

    Don’t get me wrong, Steve Young was a great QB right after Montana, but like Steve Young and Peyton Manning, perennial Playoff QBs, All Pro QBs, but when it got to the playoffs, they did not take their game to the next level. The elite QBs will shine when the lights are brighter. That’s why I’ll choose Montana and Brady over QBs like Peyton, Favre, and Steve Young.

    Great stats and fantasy football numbers don’t compare to multiple SB rings.

    Too many guys loves stats, loves numbers, but the most important numbers are wins and SB rings.

  24. xlichamps says: Oct 16, 2013 9:22 AM

    Anyone who thinks Peyton is dumb enough to believe the media’s spin on Irsay’s comments and use it as motivation for the game is just as dumb as they think he is.

  25. opneon says: Oct 16, 2013 9:22 AM

    Peyton Manning = Pure Class,

    Irsay and his father = Pure XXass!

    The Irsay family has never been happy with the greatness around them – in Indy or Baltimore – and his guy can’t keep his mouth shut.

    He should be ridiculed!

  26. FinFan68 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:23 AM

    Apparently, we are all just not drunk enough to understand where he’s coming from.

  27. skins21 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:25 AM

    Irsay’s inability to keep his trap shut is becoming legendary.

  28. commonsenseisnotcmonman says: Oct 16, 2013 9:28 AM

    Irsay must be hitting the bottle again, its the only explanation for his non-sensical remarks.

  29. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 16, 2013 9:28 AM

    Don’t feel bad that your owner keeps saying stupid things, Colts fans. The Packers have thousands of owners that all same stupid things all the time.

  30. kmossg says: Oct 16, 2013 9:29 AM

    He definitely was referring to building a solid team around Manning (i.e. switching to a more run oriented, ball control offense). You can’t tell though because the media as usual has hand picked select quotes to make it seem like he is taking a shot at Peyton.

  31. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:29 AM

    ialwayswantedtobeabanker says:
    Oct 16, 2013 9:09 AM
    Irsay, saying the Colts “changed their model a little bit” is a whack statement to start with. Are they saying they’d have drafted a different QB than Peyton in ’98? What the heck does that mean? And it sure puts a lot of pressure on Luck, a 23 year old, too.
    —————————————-///

    Pressure on Luck???

    That’s comical. Luck’s a fierce competitor and is probably embracing this opportunity to smash Peyton Manning. He’s gonna say all the right things in public, but he’s gonna be out to kick some ass Sunday. He’s just like his old college head coach.

  32. cguy7 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:29 AM

    Dear Jim, the reality is that you do not have a shiny new stadium or that shiny ring on your finger without Peyton, Harrison, or Wayne. Almost as bad offending a hall of fame player on your current team in Wayne… Look in the mirror, your management team got rid of Faulk, your management team unloaded Garcon and replaced him with Donnie Avery and DHB, unloaded Freeney, Clark etc. The truth is that you don’t have the horses to win the bowl this year. You have little defense and your offensive coordinator insists on running the ball, when you have a great young quarterback. You blew a first round pick on a running back, when you should have played Donald Brown, and drafted a stud receiver next year for your QB. I see a team that doesn’t evaluate their own talent well.

  33. concord148 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:31 AM

    Leave Irsay alone. It’s a moral victory for him – he already won, it’s a moral victory – Who cares it’s a moral victory. – And when the Broncos kick our a$$ on Sunday it’s going to be a moral victory. Now we can all sleep tonite because it’s a moral victory. Signed Jerry Jones

  34. therealhardt says: Oct 16, 2013 9:34 AM

    if he is trying to say it is more intelligent to spread your money around the whole team instead of giving a large % to the QB, well that is smart.

    However, in a couple of years he is going to have to pay luck more than he paid peyton if luck continues to play as he has. thus, you’ll be back in the exact same boat (qb salaries have esclalated more than any other position, and the salary cap hasn’t kept up). what will your excuse be then jimmy? I feel sorry for luck that he has to play for this blowhard.

  35. bert1913 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:34 AM

    irsay and jerry jones are bff (whatever that means)

  36. fatcamper says: Oct 16, 2013 9:36 AM

    I can’t wait to see Fox and Peyton’s negative agenda play out against the Colts

  37. gmsingh123 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:36 AM

    Irsay is a big business owner and probably a smart guy, but seem too stupid to understand that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

  38. turtlehut says: Oct 16, 2013 9:36 AM

    Jimmy Irsay might have had a second ring if he had not bought off on destroying the Colts psychic by having Jim Caldwell tank the last two games in 2009 to “relieve the pressure” of going undefeated. But he probably forgot

  39. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 16, 2013 9:37 AM

    “Peyton Manning = Pure Class”
    ——————————————

    Let’s not go overboard here – “Pure Class” would’ve turned down the retired Denver number 18 and taken another number.

  40. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 16, 2013 9:42 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Oct 16, 2013 9:28 AM

    Don’t feel bad that your owner keeps saying stupid things, Colts fans. The Packers have thousands of owners that all same stupid things all the time.

    ———–

    Ha. I’d rather that than a coach who says things like “Christian Ponder is the starting quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings. No wait, it’s Matt Cassell. No wait, it’s Josh Freeman.”

  41. 2qswing says: Oct 16, 2013 9:43 AM

    Uhhh you scored 9 points on the friggn’ chargers.
    How you gonna go from that to the 50 you’ll need this week?
    I’d just shut my yap

  42. claytw05 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:45 AM

    -kepdogg23 says:
    Oct 16, 2013 9:05 AM
    I don’t think he is making it worse. I actually agree with him. The guy comes out and says that they are building a better team. They made an effort to sure up there D and running game this offseason, because that is what they need to go further in the playoffs. I think this is more of a slap to Bill Polian, and to anyone that played defense during the Manning era.-

    Could not agree more. This statement is 100% dead-on. Irsay loved Peyton, he wouldn’t have cried in the press conference when Peyton left if it weren’t so. Irsay is knocking Polian 100% here, and the fans in Indy know that. Polian was the downfall and reason why the Colts couldn’t succeed in the playoffs. You can’t just outscore people in the playoffs and expect to win. If you look at the Colts Super Bowl year they won with defense, with the exception of the 2nd half of AFC Title game. They held Larry Johnson in the first game, kicked 5 FG’s against Baltimore, AFC title game was obviously a mix of both D and Offense. And Super Bowl was all about running the ball and creating turnovers. Colts knew they had to go a different direction, but they knew in order to do that they had to dump Peyton and save some money to get a quality defense (jury still out on that right now) and develop some sort of running game (Currently 6th in the league). You get Luck cheap for the first 3-4 years due to new rookie salary contracts. You can’t build this team with a QB that was due to make 28 mil on just a roster bonus. I love Peyton, he’s my all-time favorite Colt and NFL player, but the time was right and Irsay, in no way, was knocking Peyton. He admires Peyton, loves Peyton, and is having a tribute to him before game on Sunday. But if his comments are taken the wrong way by Peyton, then I feel Peyton will absolutely make it his duty to destroy the Colts on Sunday. This game will either be really close or the Broncos will absolutely destroy the Colts. Hoping for the former rather that the latter.

  43. kubetheman says: Oct 16, 2013 9:48 AM

    Jim Irsay is NFL #2 egomaniac buffoon after Jerry Jones !

  44. turtlehut says: Oct 16, 2013 9:50 AM

    gmsingh123 says:
    Oct 16, 2013 9:36 AM
    Irsay is a big business owner and probably a smart guy

    FYI: Jimmy Irsay got on the Forbes list of 400 richest Americans the old fashioned way – he inherited his money and the Colts!

  45. justsomerandomguy24 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:50 AM

    What do you mean Brady “didn’t have consistent numbers”? Because Brady did pass for 3,500 yards pretty much every year of his career… That might be less impressive in the last few years, but a decade ago, that was still a very impressive number to put up every year.

  46. dcee101 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:53 AM

    Jim Irsay- The Miley Cyrus of the NFL. Maybe his next tweet will be a picture of him sticking his tongue out at Manning.

  47. vikingapologist says: Oct 16, 2013 9:53 AM

    Dude, this is the entertainment industry, this stuff is all for ratings , nothing more

  48. kuranda84 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:55 AM

    I don’t know much about Irsay b/c I’m not a Colts guy, but these comments didn’t seem to be sticking it to Manning. It was more of an explanation of why they went w/ Luck and let Manning walk. He was giving fans insight as to their mindset and what they were whinking. It was a business decision and those are not easy. “Journalists” are making it more than it is and I hope Manning knows that.

  49. xlichamps says: Oct 16, 2013 9:56 AM

    How is stating that you want to build a more complete team rather than one that revolves around your elite QB’s “Stars Wars” like abilities a slam on Peyton? All he’s saying is that he’s been given a second chance with an elite QB and he’s going to do things differently this time. The media puts their spin on it to drum up another storyline for the big game and all you sheep get sucked right in. Baaaaahhhhh! lol

  50. packerman1968 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:56 AM

    Wouldn’t it be great if Peyton, declined to come out for his ceremony. Then tossed 8 touchdowns and flipped Irsay the bird as he left the stadium.

  51. mrsmell says: Oct 16, 2013 9:57 AM

    I still to this day wonder what would the Colts look like if Wayne had decided to leave as well.

  52. ytownjoe says: Oct 16, 2013 9:57 AM

    Awfully sensitive for a guy who runs his mouth a lot.

  53. baddegg says: Oct 16, 2013 9:58 AM

    Jim Irsay has now reached Jerry Jones level of crazy.

  54. rroberti98 says: Oct 16, 2013 10:01 AM

    He never invested a penny in aquiring a decent defense while manning was there. Compare that to Bradys and Elis and Bens teams. Irsay is a joke. Or running game for that matter. MANNING WAS ALONE ON AN ISLAND NOW HE IS ON A TEAM.

  55. lks311 says: Oct 16, 2013 10:01 AM

    Irsay has done the unimaginable. Made fans root against Andrew Luck.

  56. baddegg says: Oct 16, 2013 10:06 AM

    Let’s face it, the Colts did not return to prominence so quickly because of Irsay’s brilliant player management. They returned quickly because they stunk on the right year and got Andrew Luck.

    Do you honestly think the team would be this great, this soon if they had had to go with someone like Dalton, Ponder or Tannehill. Don’t get me wrong, those guys, Dalton and Tannehill are solid NFL starters, but not Andrew Luck.

    Irsay is like the guy who is given a bunch of money then brags like he earned it…wait.

  57. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 16, 2013 10:08 AM

    rroberti98 says:
    Oct 16, 2013 10:01 AM
    He never invested a penny in aquiring a decent defense while manning was there. Compare that to Bradys and Elis and Bens teams. Irsay is a joke. Or running game for that matter. MANNING WAS ALONE ON AN ISLAND NOW HE IS ON A TEAM.
    ——————————————–/-
    Different team, and as of last year same playoff results.

  58. realtheprince says: Oct 16, 2013 10:11 AM

    anhdazman says:
    Oct 16, 2013 9:21 AM
    Elite QBs like Brady and Montana steps up when the going gets tough. They not only perform excellent during the seasons, but playoffs and on the biggest stage, the SB, these guys do it time and time again. That’s why there’s 7 SB rings between those two QBs.

    ————————————————————————–

    so that means Otto Graham is the best QB ever played the game (7 Championship himself) and is better (or equal to) Brady and Montana combined

    And Brad Johnson is better than Dan Marino, Warren Moon
    And Terry Bradshaw is better than anybody (except Otto Graham)

    Football is a team game that includes Coaches and players

  59. furious76 says: Oct 16, 2013 10:14 AM

    I love how he keeps saying ‘more than one of these’ and pointing to his ring. The ring on his finger is more important than a win. Irsay is the Apple user of NFL owners, just wants the logo on his person so he’s “cool”, “hip”, and “trendy”.

    Colossal Jackass.

  60. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Oct 16, 2013 10:15 AM

    no one would be mentioning jim irsay at all this week (or any other week for that matter) if not for his less than intelligent comments.

    and anyone who thinks this is a shot at polian, well polian isn’t coming to indy this week.

  61. daddyb1gdrawz says: Oct 16, 2013 10:16 AM

    Irsay you are an idiot!! You have now made a fraction of fans root against Andrew Luck. Peyton Manning is NFL royalty. Not only am I now hoping Denver clobbers the Colts this Sunday Night but am rooting for them to win the Superbowl. I am now hoping Andrew Luck fails to provide the Colts with a championship as long as you are the owner. Its a shame too because I actually like Andrew Luck. He appears to be a humble good dude. Sometimes silence is golden Irsay. Even Polin has chimed in by saying Irsay’s comments were in poor taste. Its possible Irsay meant to imply having a balanced team wins championships but that is not how it was interpreted. (In my Will Ferrell from Wedding Crashers voice) What an idiot!!!

  62. All-American Voltron says: Oct 16, 2013 10:16 AM

    Jim Irsay and Aaron Rodgers, first official members of “Team Shut Up Already” …

  63. mogogo1 says: Oct 16, 2013 10:18 AM

    Irsay probably doesn’t even remember making the original comments. He externalizes blame for everything because he’s constantly in a drunken stupor and doesn’t realize what is going on.

  64. larceneaux78 says: Oct 16, 2013 10:20 AM

    He only said the truth. Some people just can’t handle the truth.

  65. rdrs68 says: Oct 16, 2013 10:24 AM

    Starting to really really dislike this guy.

  66. matt2calvin says: Oct 16, 2013 10:29 AM

    Isray is an idiot.

    Don’t tell me that he can’t be an idiot because he owns an NFL team.

    He didn’t build that…

    He was born with the silver spoon in his mouth and couldn’t land a real job to save his life. His daddy was the real man, the son is just a buffoon…

    He IS an idiot.

  67. jasonculhane says: Oct 16, 2013 10:35 AM

    I think his comments were aimed more at Bill Polian then Peyton Manning. But he used poor choice of words by comparing quarterbacks to quarterbacks when perhaps he should have compared GM’s to other GM’s.

    Its pretty obvious Peyton didn’t construct those Colts teams and Polian did. If Polian would have drafted Luck, he would then have all or most of the same defensive issues to shoulder as did Manning in those days.

  68. kingpel says: Oct 16, 2013 10:39 AM

    People talk about Peyton Manning like he hasn’t been to two Super Bowls, winning one of them.

    Brady had a good run with three but hasn’t won anything in over a decade. Rodgers and Brees have only been to one Super Bowl each. Does that make these guys suck?

    Perspective people. These guys all come up short year after year. This is the NFL.

  69. dexterismyhero says: Oct 16, 2013 10:40 AM

    anhdazman says: Oct 16, 2013 9:21 AM

    Elite QBs like Brady and Montana steps up when the going gets tough. They not only perform excellent during the seasons, but playoffs and on the biggest stage, the SB, these guys do it time and time again. That’s why there’s 7 SB rings between those two QBs.

    Don’t get me wrong, Steve Young was a great QB right after Montana, but like Steve Young and Peyton Manning, perennial Playoff QBs, All Pro QBs, but when it got to the playoffs, they did not take their game to the next level. The elite QBs will shine when the lights are brighter. That’s why I’ll choose Montana and Brady over QBs like Peyton, Favre, and Steve Young.

    Great stats and fantasy football numbers don’t compare to multiple SB rings.

    Too many guys loves stats, loves numbers, but the most important numbers are wins and SB rings.
    ==================================
    You are an a$$hat with that comment. It is a team game you fool. Don’t ever bring up fantasy football here.

  70. dbfan4ever says: Oct 16, 2013 10:41 AM

    Let’s not go overboard here – “Pure Class” would’ve turned down the retired Denver number 18 and taken another number.

    ————————————————————-

    The late Frank Tripucka told Manning that he would be honored for Peyton to wear his #18 and wanted Peyton to wear it. Nice try, though.

  71. cmgww says: Oct 16, 2013 10:59 AM

    After reading the many articles and spin put on his USAToday interview…again I ask, where is Irsay wrong?!? He was spot on about the Manning era stuff, like it or not, and he was dead right about the media turning it into a big negative attack on Manning when it clearly wasn’t meant to be. And all the comments calling him a “drunken idiot” and the “worst owner in football” just reinforce his point. One of the most successful franchises of the past two decades can’t have the “worst owner in football.” Sorry, it just doesn’t work, over reactors. You do realize the Colts have missed the playoffs only 4 TIMES since 1995 (’97,’98,’01,’11)….a lot of owners would sell their children for that kind of success. He is also crazy, like a fox (not John Fox either). He has the entire sports media talking about this game. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED???

  72. metalhead65 says: Oct 16, 2013 11:08 AM

    what did he say that was not the truth? 11 playoff appearances and 1 superbowl. they could not afford to pay more for a good defense with the money tied up in manning. manning chose to leave,he was not forced out out. he could have taken a pay cut after making 28 mil. for doing nothing but chose not to. good god they are honoring him and he is still playing. quit your whining already. not a colts fan but they did the right thing by letting him leave,look at the team they have now. this will make it all the more sweeter when the broncos and manning choke again this year.

  73. longdrive2011 says: Oct 16, 2013 11:12 AM

    Those of you whining about as Irsay inheriting the Colts are displaying one of the ugliest if human traits; petty jealousy. Irsay has performed tremendously with the wealth he was given. Most of you would have run it into the ground.

  74. bullcharger says: Oct 16, 2013 11:16 AM

    Manning has too much class for any of this stuff. He’ll come out to Indy, be respectful to the fans, play as good a game as he can and leave it at that.

    Irsay appears to be a spoiled brat rich kid who doesn’t appreciate what he had.

    You have to like Andrew Luck so far, but he’s a long way from Peyton Manning. I expect we may see that this weekend.

  75. billp73 says: Oct 16, 2013 11:25 AM

    As a Colts season ticket holder…and as someone who deals with Irsay as more than just a Twitter personality….I have no problems with him as an owner. The guy is all about winning. Put him, Kraft, and the Rooney family on my top 3 list of best owners.

    I think if you understand his personal fondness for Peyton, you also can understand that it was not a personal shot at 18 directly. It was a criticism/regret of the way that the last decade occurred in general. A criticism for everyone involved…Polian, the players, the coaches to some degree, and upon himself.

    Bottom line, if you have the best QB in the history of the game, one Super Bowl simply isn’t satisfactory. Peyton would surely agree too if you were able to get a few drinks in him. Just not sure why this is a mega-controversial stance.

    And people complain when athletes, coaches, and owners are too vanilla with their statements and comments. This is exactly why most of them are.

  76. gochargersgo says: Oct 16, 2013 11:28 AM

    anhdazman says:
    Oct 16, 2013 9:21 AM

    “…Too many guys loves stats, loves numbers, but the most important numbers are wins and SB rings.”

    Too many guys forget that its a team game, and that a QBs greatness is not measured by super bowl rings alone. In all other aspects of life, consistency is the measuring stick for success. For example, Eli Manning is very occasionally great, (before this year anyway) occasionally awful, and most often somewhere in between. The same can be said for Flacco. But you are essentially saying players like Eli and Flacco are better than Peyton based on their performances in one or two games out of hundreds, while simultaneously ignoring the data from those hundreds of other games. Ignoring the trends, focusing on the outliers. Does that seem logical?

  77. trashymenace says: Oct 16, 2013 11:29 AM

    He does have a point though. They changed their model by going with the next QB instead of paying Peyton 20 to 25 million per year. This freed up a lot of money with the new rookie wage scale to spend on building a defense.

    Though that defense looked very poor vs the Chargers on Monday night.

  78. trashymenace says: Oct 16, 2013 11:31 AM

    And let’s be honest, do you really believe Manning will “try harder” now that Irsay made these statements?

    I don’t believe Manning can try harder. He gives it his all every game.

  79. BringBackTheFlex says: Oct 16, 2013 11:32 AM

    Irsay’s real problem is that he thinks Tom Brady, or any QB for that matter, win Championships by themselves.

    Elway didn’t win a SB until he got a running game.
    Brady doesn’t win two of those SB without a kicker.
    Warner doesn’t win his without the #6 defense and #5 running game.
    Roethlisberger doesn’t win his two SBs without top ten defenses.
    Montana doesn’t even get to his first SB without a defensive stop.

    QBs are important, just not as important as people make them out to be.

    Here’s Tom Brady in his prime, Jim. Now we are going to take away his coach, his defense, his WRs, and his running game. Good luck.

  80. BringBackTheFlex says: Oct 16, 2013 11:42 AM

    anhdazman says: Oct 16, 2013 9:21 AM

    Elite QBs like Brady and Montana steps up when the going gets tough. They not only perform excellent during the seasons, but playoffs and on the biggest stage, the SB, these guys do it time and time again. That’s why there’s 7 SB rings between those two QBs.

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

    This is the most ridiculous statement that gets echoed time and time again. Neither one of those QBs won every playoff game they were in or every SB they played in. If they performed so “excellent” in the playoffs then why did both Brady AND Manning end their teams playoff games last year with INTs?

    Brees, E Manning, and Roethlisberger (5 SB wins between them) didn’t even make the playoffs last year. Why is that? Maybe because the rest of their team didn’t perform? Hmm. That must mean it’s a TEAM GAME.

  81. Rockets GM says: Oct 16, 2013 11:46 AM

    NBC says: “Thank you Jim for stirring the pot, we’re going to have incredible ratings!”

    Be honest without letting jealousy fuel your response. The majority of you hate the Colts organization because they “Luck”ed out and transitioned from a HOF quarterback to a top young prospect that appears to be the real deal in a matter of ONE season. Irsay signs the checks and unlike his old man, WANTS to win and is willing to spend to do so. He’s eccentric yes, has his personal demons yes, but you couldn’t ask for a better NFL owner. He wants to WIN, he acknowledges what the community has given to him and gives back to the community regularly and he actually HELPED better Manning’s career. Manning wasn’t going to win another Super Bowl in Indy with that roster, healthy or not.

  82. footballchic777 says: Oct 16, 2013 11:50 AM

    Per the usual, Jim Irsay speaks, people react, Jim Irsay clarifies, people react, Jim Irsay says “I don’t care what people think.”. I think this is all set up by Irsay trying to get in Peyton’s head for this game. Well, he has probably accomplished his goal. I am sure Peyton is now more determined than ever to not just win the game, but to WIN THE GAME!!! If you have never gotten the chance to watch Peyton at practice, you would see that he is as focused at practice as he is during games. Everyone talks about Peyton choking during playoffs. The problem is him having to play catch up or keep up. Defense sorely lacked many of those years, and I don’t think it is so much choking as trying too hard to make plays to keep in step with opponents. And by the way Irsay, Peyton has never been a number chaser. This is a guy who gave up salary to keep players, sat out games when you could have went 16 and 0, etc. One of these 2 guys is a class act………I will let you choose which one.

  83. Rockets GM says: Oct 16, 2013 11:50 AM

    BTW, I know this is a Manning/Irsay story but you can get off of Tom Brady’s j o c k now, he’s choked away the 06 AFC title game, and 2 superbowls in the last 10 years. Yes, its been a DECADE since the Pats won it all.

    It’s a TEAM sport.

  84. cmcjab says: Oct 16, 2013 11:51 AM

    Jon fox says Peyton is to “classy” to say anything about Jim, I guess Peyton wasn’t to “classy” when talking about his teammate. “Our idiot kicker”. I believe he blamed vanderjacgt for losin in the playoffs that year. I love manning for what he did in Indy, but call. Spade a spade, an spare his feelings.

  85. fatsolio says: Oct 16, 2013 11:52 AM

    Irsay is a moron as are any clueless fans who agree with his implied shot at Manning as though Peyton was the reason why they kept sucking it up in the playoffs.

    In at least 3 playoff losses with the Colts, Manning LEFT THE GAME LATE IN REGULATION WITH A LEAD only for the defense/special teams to blow it and they lost where he never got a chance to get back on the field. Please explain how it is the quarterback’s fault to leave a game with a lead and the team loses when he didn’t even get to step back on the field. NO OTHER QB WOULD GET BLAMED FOR THAT yet there is the media and the fans with double digit IQs trashing him.

    He’s also had a couple losses where shanked FGs did them in at the end. Again that’s Manning’s fault I guess.

    Then there was the loss to the Ravens where he once again left the game with a lead only for the defense to make a historically awful screwup. Yes, Manning’s pick in OT was brutal but again, he left the damn game with under a minute left and them leading by seven and the Ravens 80 yards from the end zone. No way that loss was his fault.

    It’s interesting how Tom Brady never gets any criticism and is seen as “clutch” simply because of what the TEAM did early in his career. So let’s see…3 titles with an elite defense in the first 4 years and ZERO in the next 7 seasons he played when he didn’t have the elite defense. Interesting but hey, it’s all Tom even though he is a better player now than he was then and has zero rings to show for it.

    Then there are the stats and Manning has a higher career passer rating in the playoffs than Brady does. We’ll ignore that of course since any evidence that goes against the “Manning is a choker while Brady is pure clutch” meme needs to be swept under the rug.

    Then there is the most recent playoffs where Manning left the Ravens game with a lead while Brady played the SAME TEAM the following week and they lost by double digits and he had a WORSE game than Manning. Oh wait, I forgot it was the Pats defense that caused that (even though it wasn’t as the offense blew it) while the Denver D had NOTHING to do with them losing. We’ll ignore that too just like how in 2010 when the Colts lost to the Jets (after a last second Jets FG) in the playoffs Manning was blamed even though he had a solid game (and again, LEFT THE GAME LATE WITH A LEAD) while the following week the Pats lost to the Jets and Brady was lousy and….no blame for him. Teflon Tom is never part of the reason for losses!

    I could go on and on about the idiocy of blaming Peyton for all the playoff losses, the idiocy how Brady never gets any criticism for playoff losses, and the idiocy of the media/fans acting like QBs are solely responsible for playoff success/failure when football is a team sport and NO QB has ever won a ring by himself and without a solid defense behind him (and solid coaching), even if the defense/coaching was only solid in the playoffs, but I won’t since it’s not worth my time and anyone with a clue already knows this and anyone who doesn’t know this is too dumb to grasp it.

  86. realnflfan says: Oct 16, 2013 12:02 PM

    Acts more & more like his father everyday! I used to think Jerry Jones & Dan Snyder were the worst owners in Football – but this JackA$$ takes the cake!

    Wouldn’t be surprised at all if he returns to his Roots in 2-3 years and Takes the team to LA in the middle of the night!

  87. fatsolio says: Oct 16, 2013 12:04 PM

    And more comments on Irsay…

    He implies that they are building a more balanced team now that they couldn’t with Manning because of his salary. Here’s the problem with that:

    -Irsay was the guy who kept wanting Manning to be highest paid. In the off season before the 2011 season he stated he was going to make Peyton the highest paid player even though Peyton said he didn’t want to be. So for Irsay to act like he wasn’t responsible for manning’s or ANY other Colts’ high salary is moronic.

    -Irsay used to worship Bill Polian and defend him even when it was obvious Polian was building a poor roster and just relying on Manning to cover the flaws as was clear to everyone in 2011. Now he is trashing the work Polian did. Don’t know about others but I don’t put much value in flip floppers, especially when they act like they never did the flip flop.

    -He seems to be clueless that Luck is going to get a monster contract once his rookie deal is up in a few years and they’ll be back to the same thing with a high QB salary taking up a large portion of the cap and other guys they drafted like Hilton will probably get big contracts too.

    -It may be better for him to actually wait for the Colts to win a playoff game with Luck as the QB before basically throwing Manning under the bus and acting like Luck is going to lead them to a billion superbowl wins. With any luck they’ll go one and done again so I can laugh at how big a moron Irsay is.

    I am sure many will say Irsay isn’t a moron as how could a moron own a NFL team and be as wealthy as him….keep in mind he inherited this team from his daddy. It’s pretty obvious that had Irsay not been born with the silver spoon in his mouth that he’d probably be working at Walmart as a greeter right now. His comments whenever he opens his mouth show how low his intelligence is.

  88. awdlmd says: Oct 16, 2013 12:06 PM

    Irsay: Everyone hates you because you haven’t done anything worthwhile your entire life except inherit a sports franchise and you think you are somehow relevant.

  89. awdlmd says: Oct 16, 2013 12:09 PM

    “Star Wars stats… Guess whose team is about to get twin photon torpedoes shoved right up their thermal exhaust port. lol.”

    “Just like Beggar’s Canyon back home”, commented Manning after his eighth TD pass of the game.

  90. metrocritical says: Oct 16, 2013 12:28 PM

    The coach and QB are so likeable. Irsay is so repugnant. How does an outsider root for this team and still hope that the owner suffers?

  91. steeltuff says: Oct 16, 2013 1:13 PM

    The real “negative agenda” for Irsay and the Colts was sneaking out of Baltimore in the middle of the night.

  92. granadafan says: Oct 16, 2013 1:17 PM

    Yeah, it’s all the big bad “main stream media’s” (to borrow a T-bagger phrase) that Irsay took a shot at Manning. His comments were all over the talk shows and almost every single one of the talking heads and fans interpreted it the same way.

  93. artvan15 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:36 PM

    If he wasn’t so stupid to open his mouth in the first place. Did you just get to planet earth? Anytime you have something to say it is going to get twisted around by the media. Shut up next time you stupid bafoon!

  94. artvan15 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:40 PM

    Any idiot who plays on twitter like this jack rabbit does asks for what he gets. Shut your fat trap next time.

  95. hammertoe11 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:57 PM

    Jim Irsay, how about shutting up for once in your life. You put your big foot in your big ass mouth. Deal with it. Jerry Jones and Jim Irsay are the worst NFL owners i ever seen.

  96. guitarzan1230 says: Oct 16, 2013 2:29 PM

    Why is it that everyone and their red headed step brother wants to turn this into Irsay dogging on Manning???
    Look, they have a much better running game with Richardson and Ballard (if Ballard were healthy and active). They improved their receiving corp. The D is better than in years past and they have a tough mobile high caliber QB in Luck.
    I have a hard time in attempting to interpret Irsay’s comment as being negative towards Manning. And I would bet that Manning is smart enough and man enough to realize that Irsay would not be dogging the man that built Irsay’s new dome.
    Oh, and the press and media all interpret things the same way because they need material to write about no matter how limited the validity may be. Wake up and smell the teabag.

  97. dbeehner says: Oct 16, 2013 2:44 PM

    I’m neither a Colts nor a Broncos fan. I am, however, a Peyton Manning fan. Dude has class, not to mention incredible QB smarts.
    I hope he lights the Dolts up for 600 yards and seven TDs.

  98. iowahbr says: Oct 16, 2013 3:07 PM

    Here I thought Old Faithful at Yellowstone was shut down because of the problems in DC and now I find out the Irsay has been blowing his mouth every 57 minutes about Manning as a fill-in. Does that make Jim our newest national treasure or just an interesting place to visit in Indy? Every night Elway must thank his lucky stars!

    I say we send Irsay to Congress.

  99. iowahbr says: Oct 16, 2013 3:10 PM

    It is making the grounds for a good game even better. If only we could get Faith Hill back for one more appearance.

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