Jim Irsay insists optimism about Andrew Luck was “completely warranted”

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Colts owner Jim Irsay took part in a press conference with General Manager Chris Ballard on Monday that was ostensibly about the decision to fire head coach Chuck Pagano after six seasons on the job.

That decision may not have been made if quarterback Andrew Luck played at all during the 2017 season and that meant that Luck’s health was a big topic of discussion. So was Irsay’s vow that Luck would be ready for the start of the season after having right shoulder surgery last offseason, something that has been widely criticized as an intentional misrepresentation given how things played out.

On Monday, Irsay pushed back at that interpretation. He said that his optimism in Luck’s return was “completely warranted” and that he would never have believed that Luck would be out for so long. Irsay then doubled down on the optimism when it came to Luck’s status for the 2018 season.

Irsay said that Luck would be back with “fierce fire in his eyes” and that it is “really exciting” to see the progress that Luck has made in his recovery. Irsay went on and on, making it clear he has “no doubt” that Luck is going to return to do “great things” as an NFL quarterback.

Luck was less fiery during his own press conference last week, but did say he expects to be ready for the offseason program this year.

30 responses to “Jim Irsay insists optimism about Andrew Luck was “completely warranted”

  1. Chris Ballard has to be the unluckiest guy in the world. If he’d have waited 6 months he’d be the GM of the Chiefs and dealing with the Hunt family. Now he’s attached to one of the goofiest owners in the NFL. Clark Hunt’s father has his name on the AFC trophy. Irsay’s father is linked to Mayflower moving vans skulking away in the snow to Indy

  2. Just look at the Green Bay Packers. Everything was going great until their superstar QB went down with an injury. None of these teams are going anywhere without their QB. Irsay isn’t a shoulder specialist. He only knows what the doctors tell him, and half the time they don’t even know.

  3. Say what we will about junky jimmy but when you get the stuff he can afford the world has a tendency to take on a rosie glow. At least he’s entertaining in an obnoxious birth lottery winner kind of way. Irsay sort of believes his own bs which is more than anyone can say for Mara who always looks like he needs more bran in his diet and lies like a rug.

  4. Does Jim Irsay actually think anyone gives any validity to what comes out of his mouth?

    The guy acts like he’s Jerry Jones or something. While I’m not a Jones fan, at least he usually walks the walk instead of just talking the talk. This is the problem when trust fund kids inherit a business and assume they can run it just like daddy did.

    Pretty sure even Mark Davis laughs at this guy.

  5. He needs to say this so a good coaching candidate will think they’re having an elite QB. If he says they’ll be without luck no good candidate would choose this team over the other openings.

  6. charliecharger says:
    January 1, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Just look at the Green Bay Packers. Everything was going great until their superstar QB went down with an injury. None of these teams are going anywhere without their QB. Irsay isn’t a shoulder specialist. He only knows what the doctors tell him, and half the time they don’t even know.
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    At least you have ‘toned’ it down a bit from when you were posting as tonebones and were telling us Irsay was the best owner in sports lol

  7. Of course when he made this statement, Irsay’s pupils were approximately the size of tonight’s super moon.

  8. I wish Pagano luck in finding another job. While changing jobs stinks, six years was more than long enough to have to put up with Irsay. If he ends up as an assistant somewhere, he may make less money, but his life will be better without Irsay in it day to day.

  9. Irsay is such a bad owner, if it wasn’t for drafting Peyton Manning
    The Colts would of been in Los Angeles years ago.

  10. ‘He said that his optimism in Luck’s return was “completely warranted”’

    I want what he’s on.

  11. Is Luck really going to make a big difference? He had a couple decent seasons, years ago. I’m not even sure I’d place him in the top half of the league at this point.

  12. it is “really exciting” to see the progress that Luck has made in his recovery.
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    That man is probably lying again.The issue with Luck was that it was a 2 year old injury that caused the surgery last January. In October it hurt when he threw the ball so he went on IR and headed to Europe for some mystery treatment. He has not thrown a football since, so what progress is Irsay talking about?

  13. patsrthegreatest says:
    January 2, 2018 at 10:20 am
    Sure, Jimmy. Kinda like Peyton coming back from his neck surgery; optimism was completely warranted then, as well.
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    Don’t be so unkind. Jim Irsay is just your typical struggling billionaire huckster trying to feed his family.

  14. I just saw Jim Irsay on the Herd show playing a clip of the Irsay’s interview. That red glowing face could scar little children into the years of therapy.

  15. Interesting that the Ravens and Colts haven’t made the playoffs since they colluded with the NFL to perpetrate the DeflateGate scam. Bad things come to those who lie!

    Enjoy another Patriot run to the Super Bowl. I’ll smile at your lame responses about cheating. 🙂

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