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Jim Irsay keeps the bar high for the Colts

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When not hijacking a podcast with a stream of consciousness that saw the host ask not a single question until nearly 15 minutes elapsed, Colts owner Jim Irsay continues to keep the bar very high for his underachieving-of-late football team.

“I’ve said it before — we’re into plural Lombardis,” Irsay said at a town hall event with season-ticket holders, via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. “That’s what our goal is. And I’ll be damned if we don’t go out and get them.”

Based on Irsay’s past comments, he’s not talking about adding a Super Bowl trophy to the one the team won 11 years ago. Irsay wants two during the remainder of Andrew Luck’s career, which enters Year Six in 2017. To make that happen, the Colts need (at a minimum) an offensive line that can keep Luck from getting injured. Irsay believes he has it.

“Let me say this: the offensive line is fixed,” Irsay said. “I’m telling you guys, the offensive line is fixed. The reason I’ll tell you it’s fixed is because [former longtime Colts offensive line coach] Howard Mudd told me it’s fixed. If Howard Mudd tells you it’s fixed, trust me, it’s fixed.”

All due respect to Mudd, it makes more sense to see what the offensive line does, or doesn’t do, when the games that count commence. And it’s not just the offensive line that needs to be fixed; even with top-five-all-time quarterback Peyton Manning on the roster, the Colts needed a star-studded cast of characters to win one Super Bowl. They won’t get a second one (technically, third, but no one really remembers Super Bowl V) until they get more great players. And that’s the job of new G.M. Chris Ballard.

“I just have to tell our fans that Chris Ballard is the real thing,” Irsay said. “I’m telling ya, there are many a team out there that wanted him. He wanted to be here.”

That’s one point on which we’ll wholeheartedly agree with Irsay. Ballard has had plenty of chances to take a G.M. job, and he consistently said “no” until the chance came to commandeer a team that has a franchise quarterback and not much else. If Ballard can put some great players around Luck, the Colts will have a chance to get halfway to the unreasonable goal that Irsay continues to set for his team.

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46 Responses to “Jim Irsay keeps the bar high for the Colts”
  1. nsm70 says: Jun 10, 2017 12:22 PM

    Is it bad to say Luck is not a bust but not the guy the media makes him out to be? Is he really that great? I mean I keep hearing it but I feel I have only seen a sprinkle of it, how many more years of “if and when” Luck will win. Maybe he is not that great, hype machine is getting old. Anybody else feel like this?

  2. mongo3401 says: Jun 10, 2017 12:44 PM

    Can’t believe it will be 6 years Luck is in the NFL That went fast.

  3. bert1913 says: Jun 10, 2017 12:46 PM

    I see what you did

  4. ajpineda86 says: Jun 10, 2017 12:55 PM

    Jim Irsay and Bar. Theres a joke in there somewhere.

  5. ricko1112 says: Jun 10, 2017 1:00 PM

    The only thing high for the Colts is Jim Irsay…

  6. rmavs says: Jun 10, 2017 1:00 PM

    The NFL is getting lame…

  7. tekoamt says: Jun 10, 2017 1:05 PM

    It’s not that the bar is set high, rather, it is just “well-stocked.”

  8. weepingjebus says: Jun 10, 2017 1:05 PM

    Keeping something high, anyway.

  9. 1historian says: Jun 10, 2017 1:09 PM

    He’s a decent enough QB but with the Colts’ management and their inability to build a team that can win, we’ll never know how good he can be.

    Being a fan of the BALTIMORE Colts, this makes me happy.

  10. burtmustin says: Jun 10, 2017 1:12 PM

    nice photo.

  11. megnailsit says: Jun 10, 2017 1:14 PM

    Oh, and the overhyped, overpaid Luck isn’t even throwing the ball yet, but yeah, why not declare your team winners of two Lombardi’s? From the Rex Ryan school of dooming your chances.

  12. mongo3401 says: Jun 10, 2017 1:18 PM

    Jets are doing ” Suk for Luck ” scenario this year 🙂

  13. vinzclorth0 says: Jun 10, 2017 1:31 PM

    The Colts play in the worst division in football. And they can’t even win it. So pathetic.

    Focus on beating the Texans/Jaguars/Titans before trying to take on the big boys, Colts fans.

    Try the swinging gate again this year.

  14. jssebastian2014 says: Jun 10, 2017 1:33 PM

    The secret sauce to success for Irsay is Gin.

  15. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Jun 10, 2017 1:40 PM

    didn’t this fool get caught with $29K and prescription meds in his Toyota Highlander (?) not long ago..? Set the bar high for urself Jimbo….

  16. terripet says: Jun 10, 2017 2:11 PM

    Colts will win 3 Super Bowls in the next 7 years

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jun 10, 2017 2:27 PM

    The Colts have always had abysmal offensive lines going back to Manning days. I’ll believe that the offensive line is fixed when I see it.

  18. jstamper3377 says: Jun 10, 2017 2:51 PM

    ask Belichick or Brady how many more superbowls they are going to win and they will tell you they are focused on the next practice. I prefer that approach. It seems to work pretty well.

  19. patriots123456 says: Jun 10, 2017 3:05 PM

    I think Luck has a lot of talent.

    But, he has also taken a terrible physical beating so far.

  20. stipez says: Jun 10, 2017 3:09 PM

    He’s GOING TO the bar high, that’s for sure.

    Looks like he’s gonna be dammed cause 1000 monkeys with 1000 typewriters might win one super bowl but definately not two.

  21. sidepull says: Jun 10, 2017 3:13 PM

    Yea more participation banners to rally the troops.

  22. 4ever19 says: Jun 10, 2017 3:27 PM

    I like our chances better than I liked them last year (except for the fact that our QB and many of our DBs are still hurting) but multiple Lombardis may be a bigly stretch.

  23. nhpats says: Jun 10, 2017 3:56 PM

    I would like nothing more than for the Colts to somehow make the playoffs and have to play the Patriots again. NE will beat them like a drum once again. Softest team in the NFL and it’s not even close.

  24. mcjon22 says: Jun 10, 2017 4:11 PM

    If there is one thing Irsay does well, it’s keeping the bar ‘High’

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 10, 2017 5:37 PM

    “Try the swinging gate again this year.”

    The Colts version is the “rusty gate” lolz

    “Colts will win 3 Super Bowls in the next 7 years”

    You’ve gone off the deep end now Terripet. I understand abandoning the Bills as the team you cheer for, but to go from them to the marshmelloy soft Colts?

    Hilarious. Simply hilarious

  26. Hooboy says: Jun 10, 2017 6:01 PM

    A headline about Irsay with the words ‘bar’ and ‘high’ both in it. I guess you cant blame all the trolls that participated in this banner moment.

  27. tylawspick6 says: Jun 10, 2017 6:10 PM

    terrichit was a bills fan and now a fan of a former
    afc east team?

    lol!

    i wonder what tonight’s dessert is
    at magnolia manor for him?

    fruit cup?

  28. genericcommenter says: Jun 10, 2017 6:18 PM

    Believe me, a lot of people do remember the Johnny Unitas days.

  29. irsaysneedle says: Jun 10, 2017 7:22 PM

    well, hey, whether they win it or not (which we KNOW they won’t), we know it won’t stop them from raising a couple banners!

    ‘Tried really hard, 2017″

    “Almost scored on the Patriots, 2018”

  30. hawks4me says: Jun 10, 2017 7:56 PM

    Interesting picture in Irsay there. Looks like he’s getting ready to take a snort. Maybe that’s why he’s talking about winning Lombardis

  31. ravensbob says: Jun 10, 2017 8:00 PM

    Super Bowl V was the Baltimore Colts. The real Colts.

  32. midnightcusk says: Jun 10, 2017 8:35 PM

    “We’re into plural Lombardis”

    And by Lombardis he means bottles of jack

  33. infectorman says: Jun 10, 2017 10:11 PM

    So far, Luck has been a good fantasy QB…..in leagues that don’t penalize for INTs. That’s about it

    Dolts will never win another SB with that druggie owner calling the shots.

    #karmaisntdonewithyouyet

  34. pondbridge says: Jun 10, 2017 10:11 PM

    Luck’s six years as a prisoner in Irsay’s crash pad must have seemed like 20.

  35. tonebones says: Jun 10, 2017 10:23 PM

    I’m with Irsay on this one. The offensive line was pretty much taken care of in Grigson’s last draft, and they also have a lot of good young defensive players. Ballard added a couple more in this last draft, and now I’d say they’re ready to compete for those Lombardi’s. Now they just have to get out of the habit of handing off to Gore on first down, and start utilizing the skills of Luck. Don’t be afraid to throw the football. The play calling is what’s been getting Luck killed. You’re not going to win a lot of games if you’re getting out-coached every week.

  36. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 10, 2017 10:44 PM

    What is he putting into his nose?

  37. ibillwt says: Jun 10, 2017 11:52 PM

    Kid of misses the point that you need a coach more than anything. Excellent coaches can win multiple ways even without a great QB as proven by some of the past SB winners who won with defense and mediocre QBs: Denver SB 50, Tampa Bay, Redskins, Giants, etc. It’s a pretty long list. You do need an excellent QB to be consistently competitive, but you’re going nowhere without the coach.

  38. mzew233 says: Jun 11, 2017 4:11 AM

    You are damned, and will be damned until Brady retires. 3 more years of Brady means 3 more years Colts do not win a SINGLE championship never mind MULTIPLE.
    Putting luck 9 years into his career with only 1 AFCC appearance.

    Given the looks of Garropolo also, if he immediately replaces Brady, I really dont see this working out well for the Colts. And Jim Irsay will infact be damned.

  39. nhpats says: Jun 11, 2017 9:34 AM

    tonebones says:
    Jun 10, 2017 10:23 PM
    I’m with Irsay on this one. The offensive line was pretty much taken care of in Grigson’s last draft, and they also have a lot of good young defensive players. Ballard added a couple more in this last draft, and now I’d say they’re ready to compete for those Lombardi’s. Now they just have to get out of the habit of handing off to Gore on first down, and start utilizing the skills of Luck. Don’t be afraid to throw the football. The play calling is what’s been getting Luck killed. You’re not going to win a lot of games if you’re getting out-coached every week.

    ———–

    The Colts will be lucky to compete for third place in the AFC South. SBs? You are delusional

  40. jagsfanugh says: Jun 11, 2017 12:08 PM

    I think pads need to be on before stating such nonsense. That goes for almost all teams that had issues with their respective lines.

  41. PFT loves the Steelers says: Jun 11, 2017 12:18 PM

    patriots123456 says:
    Jun 10, 2017 3:05 PM
    I think Luck has a lot of talent.

    But, he has also taken a terrible physical beating so far.
    _____________________

    Meh. Andy Dalton has been sacked just as much (every 16.9 attempts) as Luck (every 17.0 attempts), yet Dalton has the better Passer Rating and Completion %. Yet Luck gets hype and excuses while Dalton gets bashed to death. Nevermind that Dalton plays for a coach that can’t get guys ready for the playoffs. Not that Luck has been good in the playoffs either. Dalton > Luck.

  42. blah773 says: Jun 11, 2017 1:26 PM

    3rd place afc south.

  43. mototax says: Jun 11, 2017 2:35 PM

    Clowney is fixed too! Add to that JJ Whats-his-name is healthy and those multiple SB wins seem a little far fetched.

    I agree with most above, 3rd place (maybe 4th) in the AFCS.

  44. bullcharger says: Jun 11, 2017 3:52 PM

    You won 1 Super Bowl with Peyton Manning, who still had enough in the tank to win the division every year and get to two Super Bowls after leaving the Colts. It wasn’t him, it was you!

    Luck is a great player, but he’s not the next Peyton Manning.

  45. bullcharger says: Jun 11, 2017 3:59 PM

    terripet says:
    Jun 10, 2017 2:11 PM
    Colts will win 3 Super Bowls in the next 7 years

    —————

    We’ll they aren’t winning one this year. So I guess you are saying 3 in the next 6 after that.

  46. ibillwt says: Jun 12, 2017 10:20 AM

    Luck is a great player, but he’s not the next Peyton Manning.
    —————-
    Agreed. Unlikely we’ll ever see that string of playoff choking again. Like my chances better with Luck.

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