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Jim Irsay: I meant we should have put a better team around Peyton


Colts owner Jim Irsay probably wishes he hadn’t said anything at all about Peyton Manning’s departure from Indianapolis.

But now that Irsay did say that in moving on from Manning he chose championships over stats, and now that Irsay has been criticized in some quarters as taking a cheap shot at Manning, Irsay is continuing his attempt to put the toothpaste back in the tube.

Hours after Irsay said his comments are being twisted by people with “negative agendas,” Irsay returned to Twitter to say that what he really meant with his initial comments was that he wishes the Colts had been able to put a better team around Manning.

Translating from Irsay tweet-speak into English, that basically means, “My comments meant if we gave Peyton better special teams and defense, we would have won more than one Super Bowl, instead of asking Peyton to do too much. It’s hard to see how any individual could understand my comments any other way, but controversy sells, so I understand the games: ‘Let’s get something started.'”

Whatever Irsay meant, his comments have been interpreted as taking a shot at Manning, just as Irsay was widely interpreted as taking shots at Manning in 2011, when Irsay referred to Manning as a “politician” after Manning discussed the Colts’ plans for a future without him. At that time, Irsay said Manning should “keep it in house” and not discuss their relationship publicly. Now Irsay is probably wishing he had taken his own advice.

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99 Responses to “Jim Irsay: I meant we should have put a better team around Peyton”
  1. dodohead418 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:12 PM

    Irsay we all know you meant well, but it still wasn’t smart.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 16, 2013 12:13 PM

    And if the Colts win I’m sure we won’t get an “I told you so” quote from Irsay. He can’t lose, no matter what he will have a witty response after the game. There is no turning that sarcastic smile around.

  3. geniusry says: Oct 16, 2013 12:14 PM

    Why can’t owners (Irsay, Jerry Jones) just shut up and stay behind the scenes?

  4. Bill Belichick says: Oct 16, 2013 12:15 PM

    That is a pretty good back track Jim, but what does this have to do with the name Redskins?

  5. wearethesteelers says: Oct 16, 2013 12:15 PM

    “It’s hard 2C”

    That sums it up.

  6. briscocountyjr says: Oct 16, 2013 12:17 PM

    Um… too late Ir-say. You left open a platform for Fox to jump on and create extra motivation for Manning. The bull in the china shop just keeps thrashing around.

    Fox is one of the most conservative personalities with the media– any wonder why he’s jumping all over this like a trampoline? Queue up the Mile High game plan…

  7. @Cereal_22 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:17 PM

    Irsay may need to go back to rehab.

  8. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 16, 2013 12:18 PM

    First rule when you find yourself in a hole? Stop digging, Jim.

    Every tweet = one more Peyton TD on Sunday. Fox won’t dial up a run until mid-4th quarter.

  9. bringingthepain says: Oct 16, 2013 12:18 PM

    A Twitter account and a moron will always keep us busy.

  10. scrp2 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:19 PM

    Irsay was nearly out of the woods on this one until he described the new Colts: “Better Ingredients, Better Pizza”

  11. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Oct 16, 2013 12:22 PM

    Damage Control!!!!

  12. touchdownroddywhite says: Oct 16, 2013 12:23 PM

    In all fairness to Irsay, he did say they retooled the way they do things, and never specifically mentioned the QB change when referencing SBs.

  13. crubenst says: Oct 16, 2013 12:25 PM

    IMO the team was run much better under Polian. Aquiring DHB and giving up next years #1 for Trent Richardson were bad moves.

  14. raidadon says: Oct 16, 2013 12:28 PM

    Too late Jim! The baby donks gonna get the donkey punch! Peyton throws fer the record! 8? 9? Mebe 10TDS! What’s a coach to do when the stupid loudmouth givin the other team billboard material is the owner. Von is back! The caveman is dead meat!

  15. jjthesportsguy says: Oct 16, 2013 12:28 PM

    Hahahaha. He goes from insulting one player, to the whole team. I’m sure that Edgerin James, Marvin Harrison, and Peyton are really looking foward to their ceremony this weekend…Irsay must be hitting that bottle again.

  16. adenaguy says: Oct 16, 2013 12:29 PM

    I am no Irsay fan but anyone that knows anything
    about the Colts situation back then understands what Irsay is saying. Basically keeping Peyton just killed their salary cap, and they would not be able to field an appropriate team with him. Going with Luck allowed him to put some other pieces on the team. This whole “controversy” is just people fishing for something.

  17. marima07 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:29 PM

    Hey Irsay, the jerk store called…

  18. gameover78 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:30 PM

    Manning is the greatest regular season qb, Luck will win you more post season games. Peyton turns into a princess when it gets below 40 outside….I bet he’ll be wishing for a dome at home again come late Dec.

  19. buddysguys says: Oct 16, 2013 12:30 PM

    just stop talking already. Twitter should be shut down for allowing this idiot to post his pointless dribble.

  20. camdenyard says: Oct 16, 2013 12:31 PM

    Too late, dumba$$.

    Peyton is pissed and is going to hang 60 on your sorry team.

  21. somethingsmellsrotten says: Oct 16, 2013 12:35 PM

    Just shut up about this already…screw MegaHead, I hope he get’s what he deserves…which is nothing.

  22. lightcleric says: Oct 16, 2013 12:35 PM

    If Irsay wasn’t Irsay I could actually buy this explanation.

  23. chefbob52355 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:35 PM

    What Jim really meant to say was. Ok now that I’ve sobered up this is what I really mean.

    This guy is a few cards short of a full deck

  24. cbrown386 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:37 PM

    Why would he not just coherently say just that in the interview? He could have easily explained that the Colts couldn’t afford to pay Peyton and put enough talent around him, so they let him go find an opportunity to win while they built around Luck. Boom, conversation over, no one is mad, no one looks stupid.

  25. bleedburgandyandgold says: Oct 16, 2013 12:38 PM

    I personally love all this. is it ridiculous? Yes! will it make for a better game Sunday? I hope so!

  26. elway6532 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:39 PM

    Why is he backing down? He’s right! Stick to your guns and dont be a chicken heart Irsay!

    Manning will choke in the playoffs, as he almost always does.

    Tebow has a better postseason record than Manning with the Broncos!

    Bring back Timmy! Seriously, who cares about stats, we want wins baby!

  27. jc327 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:39 PM

    Have another drink, Jimmy.

    Hell, fix me one too.

  28. elwaysagenius says: Oct 16, 2013 12:40 PM

    Somewhere, Mike Vanderjagt is still drinking.

  29. isphet71 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:40 PM

    I wish people would cut Irsay some slack. NO ONE says everything as eloquently and succinctly as they would like, unless they just STOP TALKING. Sometimes things are said and meant to mean one thing but sound completely different to someone else.

    I’d rather have Irsay talk and communicate than be silent. All the criticism can only drive him to eventually shut up. Which I don’t think we want. Silence is boring.

  30. rhymenosaurus says: Oct 16, 2013 12:41 PM

    “Why can’t owners (Irsay, Jerry Jones) just shut up and stay behind the scenes?”

    Well, that’s what makes them owners. They own the team and can do what they want.

  31. greg2geez says: Oct 16, 2013 12:42 PM

    The great thing about inheriting a fortune is you don’t have to smart to get one.

  32. denverdougz says: Oct 16, 2013 12:43 PM

    Gameover78 so far each one of them is 0-1 in the playoffs on their new team. So I don’t really understand where you’re getting the idea that you get luck if you want to win playoff games

  33. greedleague says: Oct 16, 2013 12:43 PM

    Love the look of total respect and admiration in Manning’s eyes in the picture.

  34. truthfactory says: Oct 16, 2013 12:47 PM

    10 Division Championships
    4 MVP’s
    4 AFC Championship Games
    2 Superbowl appearances
    1 Superbowl title

    All accomplished with a team that had 2-14 level talent around him. Anyone who blames PM for their failures is an idiot. That team would have been a dumpster fire for that decade without him.

    Btw: PM has a better QB rating than Tom Brady in the postseason

    Teams win (and lose) Championships

  35. 6ball says: Oct 16, 2013 12:47 PM


    NFL’s answer to Lady Gaga


  36. FinFan68 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:49 PM

    He could have easily said that initially but he didn’t. Remember all the strife about whether or not Peyton would play that last year in Indy and then the drama about whether they would keep him or release him? That is what this is about. Irsay chose to take Luck and find some other players rather than pay Peyton $28 Million without knowing if he would still be able to play. It is a shift in philosophy but the way Irsay started out this “contro” was most definitely a bit of a dig and lack of appreciation for what Peyton Manning did for Irsay’s Colts.

  37. sarcasm says: Oct 16, 2013 12:51 PM

    If Irsay thinks he’s taking a beating now. Wait till Sunday.

  38. don2074978 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:51 PM

    John Elway carried the Broncos on his back for 15 years 10x playoffs 5x to the SB 2 SB wins. It would be more if he had better defense and special teams on his side.

  39. eastcoastninerfan says: Oct 16, 2013 12:52 PM

    I think Irsay was the one handing the booze to Vanderjack now, SMH

  40. sportsbastard says: Oct 16, 2013 12:53 PM

    Jim Irsay’s twitter account should have a breathalyzer plug-in.

  41. samphilvista82 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:53 PM

    Peyton Manning is probably the greatest QB of all time. But isn’t the likelihood that the Colts would have won more than 1 SB if Brady is QB and Belichick is the coach? I’ll go with just swapping out Dungy with Belichick. Those Colt teams had the talent to win more than one. A lot of this comes down on the HC on the sideline and the most important player on the field. Fact, not opinion.

  42. jacksonjames4 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:55 PM

    How who acts like a 16 year old a successful nfl owner?

  43. hoops737 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:03 PM

    “Just because my former owner got liquored up…” – Peyton Manning

  44. rm1369 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:04 PM

    Irsay said exactly what he meant to say and anyone with decent reading comprehension (and not needing to stir the pot for motivation or views) knew exactly what he was saying. He never said anything about changing the QB because he only won one SB, he said they are changing the “model” they build the team too. It was a shot at Bill Polian, not Manning. Doesn’t take a genius to understand. But hey, it’s more fun call Irsay and idiot. Even though he is 100% correct.

  45. justalonewolf says: Oct 16, 2013 1:05 PM

    johnnyjagfan The only thing Fox dials up is Coach Manning’s game phone!
    Other than that, we all know Irsay and his Colts played the draft very well, in that his team lost to win, to win the chance to draft Luck, it’s common knowledge no one will admit it but it’s true. Ok that’s my ramble

  46. jimfix says: Oct 16, 2013 1:05 PM

    “Whatever Irsay meant, we don’t care because this is a story and we know Peyton and Luck won’t give us anything we can construe to be controversy before Sunday night so IRSAY!”

  47. justalonewolf says: Oct 16, 2013 1:05 PM

    Oh and Denver and Peyton Mannings team will beat the Colts, take that to the book.

  48. stinkfist5 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:05 PM

    So he back tracks and bashes Bill Polian??

  49. nobby821 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:08 PM

    Twitter should only be allowed until the age of 17.

    …and then one must learn to speak like a grown-up.

  50. zoxitic says: Oct 16, 2013 1:11 PM

    Here’s why I dont believe you Irsay.

    You said “Brady has 3 rings”, comparing his 3 to Mannings 1.

    Backstepping has become an art form for you.

  51. pigskinaholic says: Oct 16, 2013 1:15 PM

    Irsay is a boozed up loud mouth.

    He should stay quiet and let the product on the field speak for itself.

    Ask Rex about that.

  52. araidersfan says: Oct 16, 2013 1:17 PM

    When it comes to stupidity and acting like a moronic ass, it looks like the apple didn’t fall from the tree in the Irsay family.

    It’s too bad. I can’t stand the Broncos and was hoping Indy could upset them but now it looks like P. Manning has all the motivation he needs to give the Colts a beat-down in their own house.

  53. adx321 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:17 PM

    buddysguys says:
    Oct 16, 2013 12:30 PM
    just stop talking already. Twitter should be shut down for allowing this idiot to post his pointless dribble.


    dribble is what you do to a basketball

  54. lscratchingthesurface says: Oct 16, 2013 1:21 PM

    Mr. Irsay:
    Again?!?! People wonder why coaches or players have extra motivation when playing against or coaching against their former teams; however, people who say the things or do things to disrespect them it’s natural why. Sometimes former teams welcome them back or pretend to do so but everyone knows why. You are pathetic and I pray Peyton puts 100 on you.

  55. azarkhan says: Oct 16, 2013 1:24 PM

    Irsay is stupid for saying what he said, but the canard spread by Peyton Manning fans that Peyton never any good players on those Colt teams is a absurd. To mention just a few: Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Edgerrin James, Joseph Addai, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Bob Sanders, Adam Vinatieri. Even as a rookie, Manning had HOF Marshall Faulk to give the ball to.

  56. jpiro says: Oct 16, 2013 1:26 PM

    I had no idea Jim Irsay was a 13 year-old girl.

    Thankfully, he allowed me 2C the error of my ways.

    LOL, BRB, OMG!

  57. siknutty says: Oct 16, 2013 1:26 PM

    I would love to see Peyton stick it to this clown by retiring and entering the hall of fame as a member of the Denver Broncos. Will probably not happen since Peyton is too classy for that.

  58. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Oct 16, 2013 1:26 PM

    who cares! its the truth all this talk about how manning is so great but he chokes in the playoffs and only ONE RING! BRADY IS BETTER!!

  59. dualprime says: Oct 16, 2013 1:29 PM

    Hmm… Elway figured out how to pay Peyton AND surround him with talent. Stop talking Mr. Irsay or you’ll be in China before you get out of this hole.

  60. lscratchingthesurface says: Oct 16, 2013 1:31 PM

    Why do I feel Andrew Luck will apologize to Peyton for Mr. Irsay’s comments??

  61. toybkshr says: Oct 16, 2013 1:35 PM

    Musta sobered up – now he’s tryin to put the toothpaste back in the tube!

  62. cguy7 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:39 PM

    Dear Jim, the first step is to admit you are powerless over alcohol, second step is to disconnect your Twitter Account, third step is step away from the cliff you have backtracked towards for the last 48 hours, and please hire a new G.M before Grigson trades away all your draft picks and burns the rest of your cap on the rest of the leagues castoffs… I’ve got Luck in a Dynasty league and you are killing me. Should have re-signed Garcon and you would be killing it…

  63. dubblelznhell says: Oct 16, 2013 1:41 PM

    Why does irsay type like an idiot?

  64. eaglesnd18 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:46 PM

    John Fox is as irrelevant of a coach as Erik Spoelstra of the Heat. They get paid to stand there and then feel like they have the right to stir things up. All that matters is the Post Season. Regular season wins and stats are nice, but Post Season defines the greats from the good. Ask Dan Marino and Donovan McNabb. Irsay is right and just because you think Irsay was drunk you are trying to discredit anything he says.

  65. kepdogg23 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:51 PM

    crubenst says:
    Oct 16, 2013 12:25 PM
    IMO the team was run much better under Polian. Aquiring DHB and giving up next years #1 for Trent Richardson were bad moves.

    Your opinion is not well thought out. They had a rookie RB, WR, 2 TE’s, and QB on the offense last year. Jerrell Freeman was a great find, TY Hilton was a 5th rounder, and the Colts would be screwed right now without Richardson (who is worth a pick in th e end of the 1st round).

  66. veetan says: Oct 16, 2013 1:52 PM

    There’s an old saying down south: ” you’re in a hole…… Stop digging”

  67. malvaren18 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:53 PM

    Is time for Manning to show the Colts what they gave up on, Bronco’s 58 – 21 .

  68. malvaren18 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:54 PM

    Manning 7 TD night could be exactly what the Doctor order.

  69. ekny729 says: Oct 16, 2013 2:02 PM

    this football planet is out of their minds saying manning is not a winner in the playoffs. lets not forget he won a superbowl which if you ask anyone is extremely difficult to accomplish, lets not forget that he rallied the colts from 18 points down to win the AFC championship vs the beloved Tom Brady to get there!!!

    lets not forget the last time Tom Brady won a Superbowl George bush Jr was in his first term as president!!!

  70. expertop says: Oct 16, 2013 2:04 PM

    I think it’s hilarious that Irsay’s tweets read like he’s some sort of drunken, illiterate half-wit.

    Wait. What?

  71. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Oct 16, 2013 2:06 PM

    There are a handful of owners I am SOOOO glad don’t run the team I root for, and Irsay is one of them. (And this comes from someone whose team is owned by Mike Brown.)

  72. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Oct 16, 2013 2:12 PM

    Sobered up, eh?

  73. pesotmato says: Oct 16, 2013 2:15 PM

    Jim Errsay is becoming more like Jerry Jones now.

  74. nygrwy says: Oct 16, 2013 2:17 PM

    2C……Man you own a football team and you sound like a 15 yr old girl with your tweets…KKkk

    Act like a grown ass man….

  75. torkzilla12 says: Oct 16, 2013 2:23 PM

    What team with more then one Super Bowl in the recent has had an owner that acted like this…?

  76. eriewarrior19 says: Oct 16, 2013 2:32 PM

    Well, it looks like the Colts are off to a good start building a better team for the future. Especially when you trade a future first round draft choice for a bust running back in Trent Richardson.

  77. omegalh says: Oct 16, 2013 2:32 PM

    And then he tweeted a photo of what he was having for lunch?

  78. fdugrad says: Oct 16, 2013 2:37 PM


  79. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 16, 2013 2:39 PM

    What he really said is “Ofcourse I didn’t mean THAT. You are stupid to have thought i meant that.”

  80. olcap says: Oct 16, 2013 2:42 PM

    Irsay really looks a lot like Foster Brooks, if you remeber who that is.

  81. dmitchell624 says: Oct 16, 2013 2:44 PM

    “sportsbastard says:
    Oct 16, 2013 12:53 PM
    Jim Irsay’s twitter account should have a breathalyzer plug-in.”

    I think this is one of the best comments I have ever read!

  82. nard100 says: Oct 16, 2013 2:45 PM

    Nice try Jim, but we all got the original message loud and clear. If that’s what you believe (idiotic though it may be), at least have the guts to stand by it!

  83. matthewgloudemans says: Oct 16, 2013 2:46 PM

    We’re talking about our idiot owner who… well, he seems to be liquored up all the time

  84. sarcasm says: Oct 16, 2013 2:48 PM

    The more Irsay talks the more I wish Peyton would have gone the way of Eli did with A.J. Smith and San Diego.

    Ron Burgundy said it well.

  85. granadafan says: Oct 16, 2013 3:27 PM

    I don’t like the Broncos, but I hope they stomp all over Irsay with Peyton throwing for 6 TDs.

  86. lanman11 says: Oct 16, 2013 3:28 PM

    “Uhm, what I meant to say is Bill Polian and Tony Dungy put wussy teams on the field and that’s why Peyton faled to deliver. Yeah, that’s what I meant….”

    Too late! The wrath of “The Sycophants of MegaDome” is upon you! You shall not escape their scrutiny and subjective media manipulation until all have bowed at the feet of….MegaDome!!! !

  87. lanman11 says: Oct 16, 2013 3:31 PM

    Irsay is right though…. they could have let Peyton go sooner but instead paid him a huge 30 million dollar option when they knew he was leaving anyway just to soothe his ego, as a kind of “Thank You” card, and then he stepped out the back door and politicked his way out of town.

  88. mrharper21 says: Oct 16, 2013 3:31 PM

    How bout you just mean to shut up for a change ………

  89. concord148 says: Oct 16, 2013 3:32 PM

    Jim Irsay will you please get off my reckon ball – Signed Miley Cryus

  90. thejimthorpejamsession says: Oct 16, 2013 3:34 PM

    Wow. Can I join the writing team? People out there don’t seem to see the forest for the trees on some basic issues. If this topic is that newsworthy and confusing, allow me to cut through the chaff and get to the heart of things here for everyone.

    Everyone involved is talking about everything BUT the truth about this topic, which is not complex, but apparently sensitive, relates to one thing: AGE.

    Peyton was/is an older quarterback on the tail end of his career. Due to the impact of his injury absence, the team had a rare shot at a new franchise quarterback who could lead them for a decade-plus, just as Peyton did.

    The promise of further competitiveness for the next ten-to-fifteen years vs. the possible inability of Peyton to return from his illness, and likely shorter remaining years of playing if he dd made the situation a no-brainer in the interests of the franchise.

    There. I said it. Peyton is older. How many years he has left was in doubt but was surely going to be many less than Luck would be able to supply. Not rocket science.

    But I guess we don’t like to admit that our brightest stars can age and that there’s a time, especially in sports, when they will no longer shine. We all know it, we just hate to acknowledge it.

  91. onebucplace says: Oct 16, 2013 3:41 PM

    Brad Johnson has as many Super Bowl rings as Peyton. This generations choke artist is Matt Ryan, a common trait among all choke artists is their huge foreheads.

  92. brimab says: Oct 16, 2013 3:57 PM

    Oh I get it now….he wasn’t taking a shot at Peyton, he was taking a shot at Bill Polian.
    Ok, thanks for clearing that up Jim. Sure glad you don’t own my favorite team…

  93. warnertobruceallday says: Oct 16, 2013 3:59 PM

    When ur owner is as bad as this man what u get is a garbage team like the colts. Unlike our great organization. where only the best can play.


  94. aljack88 says: Oct 16, 2013 4:00 PM

    don2074978 says:
    Oct 16, 2013 12:51 PM
    John Elway carried the Broncos on his back for 15 years 10x playoffs 5x to the SB 2 SB wins. It would be more if he had better defense and special teams on his side.


    Those last 2 years with those 2 SB wins came with a team that was over the salary cap. If those prior years’ teams weren’t good enough, then they paid for what they needed.

  95. mackcarrington says: Oct 16, 2013 4:11 PM

    “I meant that I should have had a whiskey sour instead of a martini.”

  96. northstarsmitty says: Oct 16, 2013 4:12 PM

    There are too many comments on here to read, so this may have already been said, but I am giving my spin on this anyways. I think Jim Isray made the RIGHT decision by letting Manning go! Denver only needed a QB to step into an already potent offense. Indy needed a ton of help to be a contender even with Manning. $ was not there to build around Manning. Plus, when one decision could affect your team for years to come, you almost have to steer in the direction of safety. Of course he wanted to keep Manning, but he understood that could cripple his organization if even one thing went wrong or if Manning failed to meet expectations. It’s hard to logically argue against him when you consider the bigger long term picture. The Colts will only get better and soon enough be a driving force in the AFC, long after Manning retires

  97. aljack88 says: Oct 16, 2013 4:27 PM

    “…Peyton was/is an older quarterback on the tail end of his career. Due to the impact of his injury absence, the team had a rare shot at a new franchise quarterback who could lead them for a decade-plus, just as Peyton did….”


    yea, the rare shot to tank the season to get the #1 pick. The Colts players on the field that season gave it their best but no effort was made by Polian to get the best talent out on the field. Manning was kept on the active roster well after it was clear he wasn’t playing that season. There really wasn’t any need to get someone who play on the roster? yea, right

    Just another black mark on the Irsay legacy.

  98. cantonbound13 says: Oct 16, 2013 4:51 PM

    Just shut up & sign the checks.

  99. dalvar1001 says: Oct 16, 2013 5:25 PM

    Manning is a great quarterback, but football is not about one player. Especially if that player does not like playing in the cold or getting hit. Little bro has proved more than big bro and that is why he has multi SB rings…

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