Jim Irsay asks himself: “How come you were so stupid?”

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Yesterday was a day of rave reviews for the Colts hiring of Frank Reich as their Plan B head coach, with Reich’s affable, professional demeanor exactly what they needed after being suddenly jilted by Josh McDaniels last week.

In fact, it was so good that it made owner Jim Irsay why they didn’t realize Reich was such a good fit sooner.

As he recalled his first meeting with Reich, Irsay told Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star he was struck by how natural a fit it seemed to be.

“I know you would think [this is] natural for me to say,” Irsay said. “But the more I think about it, the more I thought, ‘Jim, how come you were so stupid? How could you not have seen the clarity of this sooner?’”

Colts General Manager Chris Ballard said that Reich was on their initial list of potential candidates when they fired Chuck Pagano, but his name was culled as they shortened the list and interviewed candidates in January. The fact Reich hadn’t yet helped lead a backup quarterback to a Super Bowl win probably had something to do with that.

“I’ve thought a lot about that, too,” Ballard said. “I thought about it after I got done interviewing him. I go, ‘My Lord, what was I thinking?’”

Reich might have been easy to overlook, because the top spot on the depth chart was never really his as a quarterback. But as he did in so many comebacks in his career, Reich showed Tuesday he’s good on his feet. When asked by former Colts punter Pat McAfee whether he loved or hated McDaniels for the situation that led him to this point, Reich replied: “The back-up role has suited me well in my career.”

It was a perfectly timed one-liner, and perhaps the perfect answer for a Colts team that has overcomplicated simple things in recent years.

75 responses to “Jim Irsay asks himself: “How come you were so stupid?”

  1. Still remember that Houston game. Up until SB 51 it was the greatest comeback ever IMO, score differential notwithstanding. Evidently, based on current opinions, both Reich and Kelley were “system” QB’s. How else do you explain a backup stepping in and saving the day in place of one of the best of his day? In fact, if you think about it, Starr-Bratkowski, Unitas-Morrall, Griese-Strock etc. In the “good old days” it was quite common for a b/u to step in when a starter was not getting it done.

  2. Reich’s biggest problem as HC is going to be an actively dumb owner. But Jimbo, putting aside the fact you shouldn’t have signed McD’s assistants until McD was signed, now that we know at least one of McDaniels’ chosen assistants (Jerry Schuplinski, NE) never signed a Colts’ contract, can you please come clean from your salty lie that Josh fooled all his assistants into signing for you?

  3. People, including owners, get enamored by the so-called “BB coaching tree” without realizing that that “tree” sucks. Not one successful HC has come from it that I can find. Instead you have the likes of McDaniels, Weis, and Crennell, and they were not successful outside of NE. That’s what he got wrong.

    To be fair though, the NFL tends to hire a lot of retreads. How did Rich Kotite keep getting jobs? He’s only doing what everyone has been doing for decades.

  4. Uhhh, for the same reason you thought Andrew Luck would be back on the playing field for the past 18 months ?

  5. For once I agree with Irsay. Amazing to me that people still think that just because someone coached under Belicheck he is a great head coach possibility. Failures = Weis,McDaniels (impulsive jerk), Cremel, etc…Successes = O’Brien! Not a good track record.

  6. streetyson says:
    February 14, 2018 at 7:01 am
    Reich’s biggest problem as HC is going to be an actively dumb owner. But Jimbo, putting aside the fact you shouldn’t have signed McD’s assistants until McD was signed, now that we know at least one of McDaniels’ chosen assistants (Jerry Schuplinski, NE) never signed a Colts’ contract, can you please come clean from your salty lie that Josh fooled all his assistants into signing for you?

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    The assistants that they signed were done before McDaniels backed out. As a Pats fan, thats the crappy part of that, those guys signed thinking they were working with/for a different coach.

  7. I read the headline and I thought he was finally going to admit that he didn’t understand seventh grade science, and that’s why he thought the Patriot’s actually deflated footballs ! When as ,any one with a brain knows it was Mother Nature.

  8. chmba, so you must be agreeing with his declaration of stupidity because he hired in your words an impulsive jerk . Agree what McDaniels did was wrong but you can’t overlook the fact that Irsay and Ballard bypassed Reich who didn’t even make their short list to hire McDaniels. If Reich actually succeeds it will be in spite of not because of Ballard and Irsay .

  9. Just another variant of the annual Colts season tickets grift. Soon they’ll have Reich out there hanging banners and saying “there’s no reason to think Luck won’t be out there week 1 and winning multiple Super Bowls.”

  10. The owner having a conversation with himself.
    In this instance we have to wonder, hallucingenics again? Or just bat crap crazy?

  11. 4thandgoaltogo says:
    February 14, 2018 at 7:50 am

    streetyson says:
    February 14, 2018 at 7:01 am
    …now that we know at least one of McDaniels’ chosen assistants (Jerry Schuplinski, NE) never signed a Colts’ contract, can you please come clean from your salty lie that Josh fooled all his assistants into signing for you?
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    The assistants that they signed were done before McDaniels backed out. As a Pats fan, thats the crappy part of that, those guys signed thinking they were working with/for a different coach.
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    But 4thandgoaltogo, you didn’t read – we know at least one assistant DIDN’T sign and so we now know the only side we’ve heard of it was at least partly lying, so I’d like to know how much else was a lie. After claiming “all” we now know Colts actually only signed 3, and I’d like to know whether those 3 were really hired all/only at Josh’s bidding or were Colts’ preferences to which Josh had merely said he was ok with.

  12. This had nothing to do with Irsay (for once). Kraft and Belichick sat down and collectively decided on an ultimate plan of transition and that included McDaniels. They made McDaniels an offer so good, that he had a change of heart. All three of them knew that it would be a bad look, but all three wanted to move ahead together. Belichick and Kraft could have done this earlier. They need to own that criticism and McDaniels has to own the criticism that he backed out on his word.

  13. I think Reich is a great hire – primarily because he’s some new blood. What McDaniels did was really bad form and it’s been a difficult situation. Just be happy with who you have, no need for all the retroactive “why didn’t we think of this before?” nonsense.

    You didn’t think of it before because you wanted McDaniels.

  14. pastabelly says:
    February 14, 2018 at 8:32 am
    This had nothing to do with Irsay (for once). Kraft and Belichick sat down and collectively decided on an ultimate plan of transition and that included McDaniels. They made McDaniels an offer so good, that he had a change of heart. All three of them knew that it would be a bad look, but all three wanted to move ahead together. Belichick and Kraft could have done this earlier. They need to own that criticism and McDaniels has to own the criticism that he backed out on his word.

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    Th detail being left out there is the week before info came out that suggested the Colts had not been honest with McDaniels on the status of Andrew Luck. So suddenly McDaniels is looking at being stuck with a team without its QB and bosses that he cant trust to be honest with him. Thats why he got distant on the topic the week before the SB, you will recall sportswriters picked up on it and reported the possibility. Kraft and Belichick did not come into the situation until after the SB. People can talk about ‘his word’ but speaking for myself if I caught a future employer, even one I had already agreed to terms with, lying to me I would step back too. Catching your employer lying to you is about the most alarming thing possible to a career, if you have a way to stay back from it thats a no brainer. And if your current employer, whos honesty borders on the brutal, tells you they want you and is willing to sweeten the pot then thats an easy choice.

  15. brwmstr says:
    February 14, 2018 at 8:03 am
    Worst franchise in sports. The owner is a joke… a bad joke.
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    You do realize that there is an NFL team out there that has a 1-31 record the last two years and their franchise QB wasn’t hurt right? Just sayin

  16. It wasn’t Irsay’s fault – it was Ballard’s. But I have advice for Irsay: you are better off putting Josh in your rear-view mirror immediately and keeping your disappointment to yourself. And give Ballard a ration for his failure to put horse before cart.

    NE remains the dominant force in the league – win, lose, innocent, guilty, ugly, pretty, in-season or off-season.

  17. Wow Jim after everyone else declined to coach a team owned by a stupid meddler it was clear that only one guy would put himself in the cross hairs.

  18. You dodged a bullet there Jimmy. History has shown us that nothing good comes out of that shady, corrupt cesspool in New England. Belichik the rat makes sure he controls everything and does not impart any wisdom on his coaches.

  19. Th detail being left out there is the week before info came out that suggested the Colts had not been honest with McDaniels on the status of Andrew Luck. So suddenly McDaniels is looking at being stuck with a team without its QB and bosses that he cant trust to be honest with him. Thats why he got distant on the topic the week before the SB, you will recall sportswriters picked up on it and reported the possibility. Kraft and Belichick did not come into the situation until after the SB. People can talk about ‘his word’ but speaking for myself if I caught a future employer, even one I had already agreed to terms with, lying to me I would step back too. Catching your employer lying to you is about the most alarming thing possible to a career, if you have a way to stay back from it thats a no brainer. And if your current employer, whos honesty borders on the brutal, tells you they want you and is willing to sweeten the pot then thats an easy choice.

    “”””

    You do not know this to be fact. You’re assuming. Then why did McD accept the job and then discuss assistants with Ballard and tell Ballard he had his suit picked out for the press conference. McD was taking the job until Kraft and Belichick changed his mind. The Pats don’t care about integrity. It’s all about winning at all costs. Poor role models.

  20. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    February 14, 2018 at 7:56 am
    I read the headline and I thought he was finally going to admit that he didn’t understand seventh grade science, and that’s why he thought the Patriot’s actually deflated footballs ! When as ,any one with a brain knows it was Mother Nature.

    “””””

    If it was 7th grade science then a 7th grader would need to actually test the footballs used under the same environmental circumstances as existed during the AFCCG. None of the so called expert or arm chair scientists have performed this test.

    Lol, Pats fans continue to bring up and deny deflategate.

    Deflategate was real because

    Grigson suspected it
    A guy called himself the deflator
    The deflator took footballs without permission
    Deflator lies about it and said he used a urinal that didn’t exist
    Suspicious texts
    Pats not fully cooperating
    Brady not fully cooperating
    Brady lied about knowing deflator and his role

    If none of the above happens then Brady is likely innocent

    Instead Patriots claim conspiracy theory and science which not one of the expert or arm chair scientists tested the footballs used in the AFCCG

  21. To start, the obvious answer to the question is: drugs. Now that we have that out of the way, I think it is telling that these guys are openly bad mouthing McDaniels (in a passive/aggressive way). I’m not saying it isn’t justified, sure they thought they had their guy and he ditched them at the altar. That’s not ok. But the fact that they don’t have the decency to just stick to Reich is astounding. Why do they have to have this big dog and pony? They can just say “we made choices and decisions, they ultimately didn’t work out, and we were able to bring in Frank Reich and we are very happy about the way things worked out”. That’s it. Done. But this whole overly dramatic “when we finally got Frank in here, we realized that we were just soooo stupid to think that other loser could be a success, we were just blown away by our dumb decisions, blah blah blah”. Move on already… In someways they are giving McDaniels ammo, for people to say, “the way they are talking, he made the right decision, they are a clown show in Indy”. Whether that’s reality or not, I don’t know, but what ever reservations JM had, seem to be legitimate at this point

  22. filmex2000 says:
    February 14, 2018 at 7:24 am
    Uhhh, for the same reason you thought Andrew Luck would be back on the playing field for the past 18 months ?

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    I really think the Colts knew that and duped their fans. That’s what it looks like to me.

  23. Jim Irsay go back to drinking at least you had an excuse for saying stupid things! Do you and your fans know what a good owner is? It’s an owner that hires 1 guy to be in charge of your football team and that’s it! If he needs any advice from you he will ask for it! Say what you want about McDaniels but he finally had time to wake up and smell the coffee. Andrew Luck maybe if he gets on the field and TY Hilton that’s it. Heck Irsay you will probably run the draft but be my guest run the team. Still you question why McDaniels pulled out of the puppet JOB please!

  24. I remember when Marv Levy was hired in Buffalo. “Why him? Did you see how bad his Chiefs were? He’s a USFL coach for God’s sakes.” Hall of Fame coach.4 consecutive Super Bowl appearances.

    I remember when Bill Belichick was hired in New England. “Why him? Did you see how bad his Browns teams were?”. Future Hall of Fame coach. 8 Super Bowl appearances. 5 wins.

    I remember when Dick Vermeil came out of retirement to coach the St. Louis Rams. “Why him? He hasn’t coached football since the early 80’s. He quit because he was burned out. He won’t do anything!”. One Super Bowl championship.

    I remember when Jimmy Johnson was hired to coach Dallas. “Why him”? He’s a college coach. Winning a national championship is easier than winning a Super Bowl. They fired Tom Landry for him?. Future Hall of Fame coach. 2 Super Bowl appearances. 2 wins.

    I remember when they hired Bill Cowher as head coach of the Steelers. “Why him? What’s he ever done? You don’t replace a legend like Chuck Bill with a nobody.”. Future Hall of Fame coach. 2 Super Bowl appearances. 1 win.

    Shall I go on?

  25. Sure Irsay, it was “such a natural fit” after the 1st interview with Reich didn’t make the short list and they went all-in on someone else…but now realize that he was “the one” all along and are completely happy.

    Take some more pills, have a few drinks, and drive around Indy again with a bag full of cash. I still can’t believe this guy isn’t locked up.

  26. bullcharger says:
    February 14, 2018 at 10:21 am
    filmex2000 says:
    February 14, 2018 at 7:24 am
    Uhhh, for the same reason you thought Andrew Luck would be back on the playing field for the past 18 months ?

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    I really think the Colts knew that and duped their fans. That’s what it looks like to me.

    2 1 Rate This

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    Irsay is a snake oil salesman into duping people. He wotked with Goodell to instill Deflategate, for example.

    He, along with the Ravens and Goodell were caught red handed in a federal court with the framejob.

  27. tylaw

    Irsay is a snake oil salesman into duping people. He wotked with Goodell to instill Deflategate, for example.

    He, along with the Ravens and Goodell were caught red handed in a federal court with the framejob.

    —————
    If it was a conspiracy how to you explain all the circumstantial evidence below? If they were caught red handed why was the suspension withheld?

    Your answer will be based upon lies and hate.

    Deflategate was real because

    Grigson suspected it
    A guy called himself the deflator
    The deflator took footballs without permission
    Deflator lies about it and said he used a urinal that didn’t exist
    Suspicious texts
    Pats not fully cooperating
    Brady not fully cooperating
    Brady lied about knowing deflator and his role

    If none of the above happens then Brady is likely innocent

    Instead Patriots claim conspiracy theory and science which not one of the expert or arm chair scientists tested the footballs used in the AFCCG

  28. Reich was asked about telling his agent he wouldn’t accept an interview before the Eagles’ were done playing. He explained that it was true. That he wanted to concentrate on his job.

  29. Theevidencesaysotherwise says:
    February 14, 2018 at 11:33 am
    tylaw

    Irsay is a snake oil salesman into duping people. He wotked with Goodell to instill Deflategate, for example.

    He, along with the Ravens and Goodell were caught red handed in a federal court with the framejob.

    —————
    If it was a conspiracy how to you explain all the circumstantial evidence below? If they were caught red handed why was the suspension withheld?

    Your answer will be based upon lies and hate.

    Deflategate was real because

    Grigson suspected it
    A guy called himself the deflator
    The deflator took footballs without permission
    Deflator lies about it and said he used a urinal that didn’t exist
    Suspicious texts
    Pats not fully cooperating
    Brady not fully cooperating
    Brady lied about knowing deflator and his role

    If none of the above happens then Brady is likely innocent

    Instead Patriots claim conspiracy theory and science which not one of the expert or arm chair scientists tested the footballs used in the AFCCG

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    There is no person known as the deflator. And that word was never used in texts by anyone that was working as a Patriots employee. You cannot say otherwise without twisting facts. Since your whole premise seems to ride on those points I guess it should be discarded as incorrect.

  30. imadirtyskunk says:
    February 14, 2018 at 10:41 am
    Let me count the ways.

    Signed, J. Unitas
    _______________________
    You are aware Jim Irsay was 12 years old when Unitas left Baltimore, right?
    SMH

  31. I remember lots of similar comments a few years back lauding Chuck Pagano and how he was a leader of men and would bring toughness to the Colts.

  32. walker1191 says:
    February 14, 2018 at 12:37 pm
    I remember lots of similar comments a few years back lauding Chuck Pagano and how he was a leader of men and would bring toughness to the Colts.
    ____________________
    You didn’t hear it from Colts fans.
    Nobody knew who he was.

  33. Jimbo consider the following thought:

    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”

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