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Manning declines to say there’s no ill will or resentment toward Colts

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When meeting with reporters on Wednesday, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had nothing to say about what Colts owner Jim Irsay had to say about Peyton.

After his media session, Manning talked privately with Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.

The question was simple and direct:  “Do you bear any ill will or resentment toward the Colts?”

Per Kravitz, Manning paused, looked down at the floor, and then shook his head.

“To answer a question like that doesn’t serve me well,” Manning said.  “I feel like the question is based on the [Irsay] comments, so it’s just easier not to answer anything along those lines.”

As Kravitz points out, any response other than “no” means that the truth may be “yes.”  And Manning’s reference to the Irsay comments in answering the question from Kravitz provides a glimpse into how Manning interpreted the remarks.

So it’s not just a media creation, even though some in the media have rushed to Irsay’s defense, describing the interpretation of Irsay’s remarks as a shot at Peyton as foolish or asinine.  Under that standard, Peyton Manning apparently is being foolish and asinine, too.

When the clock strikes zero on Sunday night, there likely will be only one person viewed and foolish and asinine.  And that person will seem even more foolish and asinine if Manning and the Broncos win a Super Bowl or two over the next few years.

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45 Responses to “Manning declines to say there’s no ill will or resentment toward Colts”
  1. skoobyfl says: Oct 17, 2013 9:08 AM

    Peyton’s going to talk on the field.

  2. ehawley01 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:12 AM

    Manning is a class act, just like his dad!

  3. stevenwilliams2013 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:14 AM

    Isray should have kept his mouth shut. By opening his mouth, he has put his organization in an embarrassing situation.

    And now Peyton is gonna get mad and drop 50 on the Colts Sunday night.

  4. overratedsteelerhater says: Oct 17, 2013 9:30 AM

    i am so glad we got a team and got rid of the Irsay’s…Everything has to come in line and have a little luck to win a title.Irsay is just a looser…..

  5. kepdogg23 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:30 AM

    There seems to be a lot of reading into what Manning is feeling, what Irsay meant, how John Fox feels about this, how Tony Dungy, Bill Polian, Peyton’s childhood friends, etc. feel about comments that have been made.

    Can we just agree that Peyton was the face of a Colts franchise, there were circumstances that neither Peyton or the Colts could control, and the moves made ended up being beneficial to both Peyton and the Colts? I for one will give him a nice standing O at the game, and then I will root against him. It is possible to enjoy Manning, and root for the Colts!!

  6. succulentnipples says: Oct 17, 2013 9:34 AM

    It’s funny, the Giants haven’t won a game yet.

  7. wferg1121 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:36 AM

    If Manning wins a Super bowl in Denver, I could see him retiring as a Bronco.. If Peyton is that pissed off at the Colts, the biggest slap to the colts would be going into the HOF as a Bronco… Then everyone will know how he really feels…

  8. wferg1121 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:39 AM

    The irony if Peyton wins multiple championships in Denver… lol

  9. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Oct 17, 2013 9:42 AM

    So much for “privately talking”. Why doesn’t someone ask Manning what he thinks of Bob Kravitz right now?

  10. xlichamps says: Oct 17, 2013 9:42 AM

    I never thought I’d miss talking about Tebow

  11. touchdownroddywhite says: Oct 17, 2013 9:47 AM

    No matter what was said or done or how he feels, Manning is coming to Indianapolis with the sole intention to break the hearts of Colt’s fans everywhere. The man of their dreams should be the subject of their nightmares this week because he’s carrying a chip on his shoulder, right or wrong.

  12. clemenza58 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:47 AM

    Regardless of who said what and who might have hard feelings, the Colts made the right decision and it worked out for everyone involved. Irsay has to own what he said and Manning has to own his playoff record. We’ll see what happens on Sunday and when the playoffs come. Should be fun to watch all of this unfold.

  13. wearethesteelers says: Oct 17, 2013 9:55 AM

    Peyton > the entire Colts organization

  14. crush22 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:59 AM

    Not even 10:00am on the east coast and 2 articles to slam Irsay. Maybe you’ll break your record from yesterday.

  15. cajunaise says: Oct 17, 2013 10:03 AM

    Us Colts fan love Peyton & we love our team today. That’ll be made abundantly clear Sunday night in front of a national audience.

  16. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 17, 2013 10:10 AM

    Irsay’s comments were clearly and unmistakably a big shot at Peyton – the context of his of his remarks start off with him talking about Brady not consistently lighting up the stat sheets, but winning hardware. It went from there – until he finally laid the final slam of Peyton having Star Wars stats – but Irsay was very disappointed by not having more Super Bowl rings.

    If there are people who can’t get what Irsay is saying — those same naive and confused individuals better hope they don’t receive an email from a wealthy Nigerian Prince.

  17. Steeley McBeam says: Oct 17, 2013 10:12 AM

    I sure am glad I dont have the media dissecting every word I say for the world to hear…

  18. lingsun54 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:24 AM

    They paid Manning in excess of $100 million over his career. He should have no ill will whatsoever.

  19. mflorihole says: Oct 17, 2013 10:57 AM

    If I were Manning, I’d put out all the stops. Fake spikes, fake kneel downs, 5 wide all game, whatever it takes. After dropping 10 passing TD’s on the Colts, I’d walk off the field, shower up and go bang Irsay’s wife.

  20. lkwalk says: Oct 17, 2013 10:58 AM

    Peyton Manning has given the world a rare chance to witness surpassing excellence. Screw the noise. I’m gonna just enjoy him while I can

  21. davicusmaximus says: Oct 17, 2013 11:02 AM

    Irsay is kind of a goofball anyway. He’s entertaining, but I don’t see why anyone takes him seriously.

    There was no way for Manning to answer that without some kind of controversial interpretation – sort of like the “when did you stop beating your wife” type of thing.

    Let’s play some football.

  22. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 17, 2013 11:11 AM

    Well, look on the bright side: At least Irsay never locked Manning out of the team’s facilities while he was STILL a Colt.

    - Titans Fan who gave Steve McNair a standing ovation when he returned to Nashville as a Raven

  23. scrp2 says: Oct 17, 2013 11:13 AM

    The only person I respect out of all of this is John Elway who hasn’t said one thing. Probably thinking to himself, “It’s just one regular season game”.

  24. 12444uggg says: Oct 17, 2013 11:14 AM

    Am I the only one who noticed the headline and the contents of this article aren’t congruent? Go Colts

  25. humptyfratz says: Oct 17, 2013 11:17 AM

    But there’s probably ill will in the other direction. Didn’t Peyton basically steal his last year’s salary from the Colts?

    Peyton has NO reason to feel ill will towards Irsay; Irsay gave him $27 million for free that last year…

  26. jamaltimore says: Oct 17, 2013 11:29 AM

    Irsay is a genius. He’s hyping the game knowing manning doesn’t respond well in big pressure situations. He’ll probably have 3 picks on Sunday.

  27. azarkhan says: Oct 17, 2013 11:54 AM

    Irsay merely repeated what a lot of shortsighted fans say: that a players legacy (esp. that of QB’s) is purely built on Super Bowl wins. That completely overlooks the fact the football is a team sport in which all three components – offense, defense, and special teams – have to perform exceptionally well for a team to advance to and win a Super Bowl. And even that doesn’t account for coaching or misfortune via injuries to key players.

    The fact the Fran Tarkenton, Dan Fouts, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, etc., didn’t win a Super Bowl doesn’t diminish how great they were. (For example, now many QB’s could direct a high-powered offense year after year in the December freeze of Buffalo like Jim Kelly did?) That they didn’t win a Super Bowl only means that their team met a superior team in the playoffs. It doesn’t detract from their accomplishments.

  28. briang123 says: Oct 17, 2013 12:11 PM

    The real howler are those who know want to argue that letting Manning go was a mistake by the Colts. At the time, who knew if Manning could still play? it would have been derelict to risk your team’s future on Manning with Andrew Luck sitting there for the taking. Oh, and call me when Manning wins in 10 degree weather in the playoffs.

  29. kastout11 says: Oct 17, 2013 12:13 PM

    Peyton is the man. There is no way he will throw 3 pick. Irsay iritates me. I want to like the Colts because I am a huge fan of Luck, but I cannot stomach rooting for a team that is owned by a jerk like Irsay.

  30. chefbob52355 says: Oct 17, 2013 12:20 PM

    Us Colts fan love Peyton & we love our team today. That’ll be made abundantly clear Sunday night in front of a national audience.

    Well said!
    Peyton will always have a place in my heart and Irsays comments have no bearing on what real colt fans think

    True colt fans still love Peyton but love the blue more.

  31. danoj14 says: Oct 17, 2013 12:51 PM

    If I’m a Colt defensive back I’m pissed at Irsay…

  32. conormacleod says: Oct 17, 2013 1:00 PM

    And what if the Colts also win a couple SB’s in the next 10 years? Was it still a bad move? The Colts got their SB with Manning, and now might be able to get one with Luck. Manning got paid. Irsay is filthy rich. I forget, who are the losers in all of this again?

  33. doubleogator says: Oct 17, 2013 1:12 PM

    For all of you that believe Peyton Manning exudes class, go back and look at the end of the super bowl loss to New Orleans. Manning grew up with the Saints, they let him practice and mingle with them when he was still in high school. If he were to lose to anyone in the super bowl, he should have been glad it was New Orleans. He walked off the field without shaking hands, his lame excuse after he came to the realization that he was being classless, was “I didn’t want to take away from the moment” a statement arrogant in itself. Even as kids we were taught to congratulate the opponents after a loss…yeah he’s got class.

  34. crush22 says: Oct 17, 2013 1:20 PM

    atleastimnotaraidersfan says:
    Oct 17, 2013 9:42 AM
    So much for “privately talking”. Why doesn’t someone ask Manning what he thinks of Bob Kravitz right now?

    ________________________________

    You’re kidding, right?
    The word ‘private’ in this case means it was a one on one interview with Kravitz after the press conference…..not something Manning told him in the elevator and just hoped a REPORTER wouldn’t leak out.
    Geez…..

  35. packmanfan says: Oct 17, 2013 1:25 PM

    No matter what team you root for, this is one to circle on the calendar.
    Not a fan of either team but looking forward to this match up.
    Should be a great game no matter who wins and loses.

  36. packmanfan says: Oct 17, 2013 1:27 PM

    I bet Peyton will get a very nice reception from the Colts fans.
    And there will be another difference between him and that Brent guy who played for the Packers.
    Whenever Burt came back to play in Lambeau for the Vikings, he was booed. Each time.

  37. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 17, 2013 1:31 PM

    No Peyton made well over 175 million with colts and one SB to show..and against a turnover proned rex grossman..peyton didn’t have a good playoffs that year..the D and run game stepped up

  38. rodh32340 says: Oct 17, 2013 1:32 PM

    The Colts did to Manning what Miami did to Marino although the Colts were premature in thinking Peyton’s career was over. For those ppl who think Manning was paid too much money…the field they play on wouldn’t exist if Manning did not play for Indianapolis. They were fortunate to take advantage of their position and acquire Luck for someone they believed had played his last game. Manning as a Bronco HOFer can be answered by winning one more Super Bowl than he did as a Colt, Irsay was along for THAT ride and Coach Fox will be along for those.

  39. stickh20 says: Oct 17, 2013 1:33 PM

    Peyton has class. I used to be a Colts fan, still am. But Irsay threw Peyton under the bus. Peyton helped Colts have best record in Nfl for 14 years. Peyton is first ballot Hof. Only four time MVP. He is going to to torch the Colts.

  40. historyisyourfriend says: Oct 17, 2013 2:44 PM

    Regardless of what Peyton does or does not do to the Colts this Sunday doesn’t change that Irsay did put facts in what he said. As great as Manning’s regular season accomplishments are, it is almost an inverse ratio to what he hasn’t accomplished in the playoffs.

    The one year Peyton won a championship his postseason stats were 4TD/8INT. His defense and dual running attack carried him.

    Bottom line is Irsay should keep his mouth sewn up from now on in, but lets not torch him for stating facts.

  41. 63deuceman says: Oct 17, 2013 3:40 PM

    “For all of you that believe Peyton Manning exudes class, go back and look at the end of the super bowl loss to New Orleans. Manning grew up with the Saints, they let him practice and mingle with them when he was still in high school. If he were to lose to anyone in the super bowl, he should have been glad it was New Orleans. He walked off the field without shaking hands, his lame excuse after he came to the realization that he was being classless, was “I didn’t want to take away from the moment” a statement arrogant in itself. Even as kids we were taught to congratulate the opponents after a loss…yeah he’s got class.”
    ___________

    And then he learned from that and congradulated Ray Lewis last year.

  42. steelerben says: Oct 17, 2013 4:08 PM

    Irsay’s comments can easily be looked at as a slam on Manning. They can also easily be looked at as a slam on the defense because they put up crazy numbers on offense and still couldn’t win the big one. They can also be easily looked at as, “Man, he put up better stats than Brady, Eli, Roethlisberger, and both Ravens quarterback. He deserved to win more big games. We had to change out model to be able to build teams that win championships and needed money to do it.”

    The reply from Manning of basically, “No comment,” could be interpreted as having ill will towards the Colts franchise. It could also be interpreted as not wanting to continue dealing with this overblown story and trying to let it die by not fueling it.

    The interpretations that lead to the most controversy get the most air time, though. Because being reasonable isn’t exciting.

  43. jasonculhane says: Oct 17, 2013 4:40 PM

    I think Irsay is a typical business owner.

    Where ownership blames management and everything underneath that regime for everything. Let’s be honest, he fired Polian and Manning. They had to go look for other jobs.

    Of course Irsay isn’t gonna back peddle and say it was a mistake or praise a former employee for all the great things he or they did for the organization.

    Like most owners they feel like that’s the past and in order to sell thier product they have to save face for fans to feel like the team is moving forward in a postive, winning direction. Some are even dillusional into thinking they will even do better.

    That’s most owners in business, admitting a mistake is failure. But then you got tools like Irsay and Jerry Jones who b.s themselves in the mirror every morning convincing themselves their NOT the root of each and every problem.

  44. reedly says: Oct 17, 2013 8:20 PM

    This is all such a bunch of orchestrated ratings whoring if ever I’ve seen. Please keep debating it lovely Sheeple, just what they want.

  45. lanman11 says: Oct 19, 2013 1:32 AM

    The statistical manipulation nees to stop. The best regular season team and QB has been the Patriots and Tom Brady. Let’s not even get into playoffs…..

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