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Howard Mudd won’t say whether he told Irsay the offensive line is fixed

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The headline from Colts owner Jim Irsay last week at a town-hall meeting for season-ticket holders emerged from his proclamation that he still expects the team to win plural Lombardi Trophies while Andrew Luck is the team’s quarterback. But something else he said raised even more eyebrows.

“Let me say this: the offensive line is fixed,” Irsay declared. “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.”

This statement hinges on Mudd telling Irsay that the offensive line is fixed. Bob Kravitz of WTHR in Indianapolis asked Mudd whether he said that to Irsay.

“He said, ‘I don’t wanna talk about that,'” Kravitz said on Tuesday’s PFT Live. “I think being a guy with an IQ over 15 in my case, I would venture to guess that they never had this conversation — ever.”

Let that one sink in a bit. And now we’ll continue.

“[Mudd] did say that he talked to [G.M.] Chris Ballard briefly and said, ‘I like the potential of some of your young guys, especially Ryan Kelly and Joe Haeg,’” Kravitz said. “I don’t think he wanted to make Jim look bad by saying, ‘I never said that, I never talked to the guy.’ That was certainly my read on it. Why else would you say ‘I really don’t have a comment on that?’ I heard the comment. I don’t think they ever had that conversation, I think Jim was just being Jim.”

Whatever the reason or explanation for the outcome, Kravitz believes Irsay based his claim regarding the status of the offense on a conversation that never happened. Which serves only to underscore the challenges that Ballard and coach Chuck Pagano will be facing as they try to build and prepare within the confines of reality a football program whose owner’s views and expectations may not be so constrained by those same boundaries of what is and isn’t real.

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10 Responses to “Howard Mudd won’t say whether he told Irsay the offensive line is fixed”
  1. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 13, 2017 4:23 PM

    Irsay is the worst owner in sports, period. He will never win a “championship” with Luck or anyone else.

  2. feckyerlife says: Jun 13, 2017 4:36 PM

    cocaine is a helluva drug

  3. I prefer my Crush to be Orange says: Jun 13, 2017 4:53 PM

    Wouldn’t be the first time Irsay hallucinated.

  4. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 13, 2017 4:56 PM

    “I would venture to guess that they never had this conversation — ever.”

    Of course they did. Hammered Irsay was certain the mannequin he was talking to was Howard Mudd, and certain the mannequin told him the Oline was fixed.

    Then he passed out and the friendly local police quietly poured him into a cruiser and took him home.

  5. goodtogo28 says: Jun 13, 2017 5:43 PM

    just to clear all this confusion, when irsay told mudd to fix a line for him, he wasn’t talking about the offensive line.

  6. threespeedfan says: Jun 13, 2017 5:55 PM

    Soooo…cancel the banner that says “O-Line Fixed 2017”? Or no?

  7. bobthebillsfan says: Jun 13, 2017 6:12 PM

    Why on earth would anyone go to a town hall meeting for season ticket holders to listen to a drug addled owner speak?

  8. brady2gronktd says: Jun 13, 2017 8:45 PM

    Holy crap its gotta suck to be a Colts fan.

  9. TheCakeIsALie says: Jun 13, 2017 10:38 PM

    NOW Kravitz cares about getting the facts right?????

  10. charger383 says: Jun 13, 2017 11:33 PM

    I had an old lawnmower and guy at the shop told me it was fixed until it broke again

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