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Jim Irsay still trying to hire Peyton Manning in Colts’ front office

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Colts owner Jim Irsay was spurned by Jon Gruden, but he’s not done trying to make a big-name hiring in Indianapolis.

Irsay is trying to hire Peyton Manning to oversee the Colts’ front office, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports.

According to Glazer, Irsay’s initial plan was to have Manning and Gruden working together, with Manning as head of football operations and Gruden on the sideline. Now Gruden has said no to the coaching part, but Irsay isn’t done working on Manning.

Manning had a great playing career in Indianapolis, and Irsay is no doubt trying to capture some of the same magic that John Elway has had in Denver, where he led the team to Super Bowls as a quarterback and then as a G.M. It’s unclear at the moment whether Manning will take the job, and also unclear whether that would lead to the departure of both G.M. Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano.

What is clear is that the situation in Indianapolis still bears watching, two weeks after the season ended.

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40 Responses to “Jim Irsay still trying to hire Peyton Manning in Colts’ front office”
  1. bert1913 says: Jan 14, 2017 3:52 PM

    give peyton complete control and he might think about it

  2. mongo3401 says: Jan 14, 2017 3:57 PM

    Give Peyton 50% share of the team and he may consider thinking about it

  3. jm91rs says: Jan 14, 2017 4:03 PM

    Honestly I have no idea if Peyton Manning would be any good at it, but his first move would undoubtedly be to fire Grigson, which couldn’t be a bad thing.

  4. kcchefs58 says: Jan 14, 2017 4:09 PM

    Irsay is just trying to find a new pill guy.

  5. weepingjebus says: Jan 14, 2017 4:11 PM

    Just a washed up pill popper. And then there’s Irsay.

  6. gregoryw1965 says: Jan 14, 2017 4:22 PM

    Manning and Coach Dungy

  7. whiteybulgersson says: Jan 14, 2017 4:25 PM

    Peyton would be a sick OC. Doubt management though

  8. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 14, 2017 4:27 PM

    Maybe Ashley can help too.

  9. yahdoood says: Jan 14, 2017 4:27 PM

    Bout time he made some moves. Luck has only so many good years left to try to beat the Patriots.


  10. bocadiver1 says: Jan 14, 2017 4:28 PM

    TAKE THE JOB! I, for one am sick of seeing his goony face and wimpy voice ad nauseum in commercials.

  11. SouthStander says: Jan 14, 2017 4:33 PM

    Too toxic to work there.

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 14, 2017 4:36 PM

    Manning has made over 1/4 of a billion dollars.

    Buying into ownership I could see. Working for a franchise? What possible motivation would he have for that? Retirement with that much money is a better option.

  13. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Jan 14, 2017 4:41 PM

    I’m all for it if the Colts stop hanging stupid banners for marginal accomplishments.

  14. celticsforever says: Jan 14, 2017 4:56 PM

    Irsay figures if manning can get all his PEDs into the country sight unseen, what could he do for Irsay’s crack ???

  15. celticsforever says: Jan 14, 2017 4:58 PM

    What is the best way to keep the marshmallow factory in full production? Hire manning. If there’s anyone who knows about soft teams with awesome stats then forehead is your guy.

  16. mcjon22 says: Jan 14, 2017 5:13 PM

    Not going to happen,

    You can’t take subtle swipes at the greatest player in your franchises history because he didn’t win ‘multiple championships’, and then expect him to come work for you.

    Peyton isn’t wired like that.

  17. 12444uggg says: Jan 14, 2017 5:15 PM

    If the difference between getting or not getting Peyton is Grigson remaining on board, I’m telling you all, I might… I don’t know, but I’ll be pissed!

  18. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jan 14, 2017 5:19 PM

    As a Patriots fan I don’t like this move. Manning had Belichick’s number on the field, can you imagine him in front office? He knows what it takes to beat the Patriots especially in the playoffs. Please stay retired Peyton.

  19. Dave Fouchey says: Jan 14, 2017 5:28 PM

    If the egos can work out between him and Irsay maybe, he would be a good fit, though personally, I would rather see him as an O.C. or QB Coach, but I don’t think he would settle for that.

  20. raiderinva says: Jan 14, 2017 5:28 PM

    If Irsay is trying to recapture the Elway magic with Peyton, he will need to hire Jim Sorgi as the head coach.

  21. realtruthteller100 says: Jan 14, 2017 5:35 PM

    ♫Oxy-con-tin I abuse♫

  22. pfatalbert says: Jan 14, 2017 5:54 PM

    Hire Papa Murphy as the OC

  23. kissmytaintpatriotswinagain says: Jan 14, 2017 5:55 PM

    Isray to Manning, does you wife still have that hookup?

  24. jacktatum32 says: Jan 14, 2017 6:07 PM

    Irsay to Manning “Everyday Peyton you can go harass the trainers while I steal pills from them….deal?”

  25. maestro1899 says: Jan 14, 2017 6:08 PM

    Who leaked this story and for what reason?

    I bet Irsay’s side didn’t as he wouldn’t want to scare off Manning. And Manning likes to keep everything quiet and out of the press.


  26. riraider says: Jan 14, 2017 6:10 PM

    They can use each other as drug suppliers.

  27. snakeiz says: Jan 14, 2017 6:17 PM

    Didn’t Peyton sit for 16 games and was
    on the sideline while Jeff Sorgie went 1-15
    ? Couldn’t he at least enlightened him enough
    to keep the team semi competitive that season?
    Seems like whatever Peyton’s got ; he can’t
    teach it ..

  28. bsizemore68 says: Jan 14, 2017 6:59 PM

    Don’t forget the midnight ride from Baltimore. Or I guess talking pills sounds better. Bill

  29. grogansheroes says: Jan 14, 2017 7:23 PM

    The only way Peyton works for the Colts is if he buys the team.

  30. Darryl Thomas says: Jan 14, 2017 7:43 PM

    Pagano & Grigson need to do their jobs better. Kudos to Irsay if this is true… it’s the only way to hold those two accountable for their tenure.

  31. thetruthstings says: Jan 14, 2017 8:09 PM

    Manning the GOAT should STILL be PLAYING!!! The “Haters” Drove him away. 55 TD’s in 15 1/2 Games Just 3 years ago…..

  32. donbat67 says: Jan 14, 2017 8:09 PM

    Somebody take his phone away , now !

  33. thetruthstings says: Jan 14, 2017 8:10 PM

    Manning > Brady

  34. thetruthstings says: Jan 14, 2017 8:17 PM

    The Manning haters FALSELY Accusing him of Drug Use, should be Shot in the legs with a BB Gun, Sued and Jailed. These are America’s “Trailer Park Trash!!! Step Off PUNKS!!!

    ” The Manning’s are the Finest Human Beings in the NFL by Far!!!

  35. 12brichandfamous says: Jan 14, 2017 8:27 PM

    irsay is showing a devious, untrustworthy side. shopping jobs while retaining the people who will be replaced is misguided and weakens their position. Great job emasculating your own organization and ensuring everyone in the league thinks you are a doofus

  36. stoneydog1000 says: Jan 14, 2017 8:33 PM

    Archie says “No!!”

  37. broncoschick says: Jan 14, 2017 8:34 PM

    Irsay, so NOW you want PFM. Go to hell.

  38. ak185 says: Jan 15, 2017 6:07 AM

    Jeez, and Pats fans talk about how Pats articles bring out the haters in force…

    He can keep Pagano, but Grigson’s gotta go. Pagano’s had success in the league, even though the last few years he’s made some very big dumb moves. But the Colts’ biggest problem is how their GM refuses to build the team’s defense in any meaningful way (i.e., not signing 100 year old vets in free agency and wondering why your run defense can’t plug a soaked paper bag, let alone a 250 pound running back in Gillette Stadium in December). All this is true whether or not he actually hires Peyton Manning. Grigson for sure has to go.

    Pagano may have to as well, but Grigson for sure has to. Who drafts Phillip Dorsett in the first round when your o-line, d-line, secondary, and linebacking corps is THAT old, injury prone, or just plain bad? Not even a Colts fan, but sheesh, those folks are getting screwed in Indy.

  39. coloradofort says: Jan 15, 2017 11:00 AM

    Gruden is 10 years out of the league……please stop feeding his agent leverage……he is not going back to coaching much to everyone’s chagrin……he gets paid millions to be awful on TV, why would he leave that?

  40. moonriver22 says: Jan 16, 2017 1:28 PM

    Just because Gruden said no to Irsay doesn’t mean he’d “never return”. He’s said several times he might consider it if there’s a promising young QB needing development. But only a total moron would go anywhere near Irsay. Same applies to Jethro Jones.

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