Peyton said nothing to his teammates about Irsay’s remarks

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning wisely said nothing publicly about Colts owner Jim Irsay’s “championships over stats” comments this week.  So what did he say privately?

Per multiple league sources, Manning said nothing about Irsay’s comments to any of his teammates.  It’s believed that he talked about the remarks only with family members.

On Sunday night, Manning will try to do his talking on the field.  While many have suggested that he’ll hope to hang 50 points on the Colts this year, why not aim instead for something historic?

In recent years, several quarterbacks have flirted with Norm Van Brocklin’s 62-year-old single-game passing yardage record of 554.  Peyton’s career high is 472, set way back in 2004.

Alternatively, Peyton could aim to break the single-game passing touchdown mark he shares with five other players.

Regardless, we suspect that Peyton is aiming higher than scoring a bunch of points or winning the game.  We think he’ll want to walk out of Lucas Oil Stadium having done something no one ever has done before.

16 responses to “Peyton said nothing to his teammates about Irsay’s remarks

  1. The only one making a big deal of this is Bob Costas wanting to be invited to a gala event. The other is the three on Football night in America, Mr. comedian or thinks he is Dan, spend more time with family preacher Tony and oh how good the Patriots are Rodney. Has to be the worst pregame show ever.

  2. Why does everyone assume Peyton will have his way with Indy? He can’t just show up and put the boots to them. He has to play the game and Indy has more than enough fight in them.

  3. So let’s review: Irsay paid Manning $200 million or so over his years there, then after an amicable parting, he said he would like to have won more Super Bowls with Manning.

    What exactly was there for Peyton to react to?

  4. Irsay is entitled to his opinion. But it shows little class to trash a former employee who did nothing but dig your company out of a grave (Steve Emtman, Quentin Coyatt anyone?) and make you billions of dollars.

    It was a mutually beneficial relationship for 15 years. And a mutually beneficial breakup. Regardless of the terms of Manning’s departure, Irsay looks foolish airing his dirty laundry.

  5. If all Irsay said to Peyton is he wished he had more Superbowls with him, that is not a bad thing. I am a prof of management and marketing and when i teach students about employer-employee relations in human resource management, I tell them that if there is a parting of ways, there is nothing wrong with an employer saying i wish something more would have happened as long as it is said kindly, and in private and the employer also expresses appreciation for the employee’s service. I know Irsay and the Colts management did just that.

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