Dungy thinks Irsay has a plan


During today’s PFT Live, we suggested that Colts owner Jim Irsay possibly has a method to his apparent madness.  Irsay, in subtly calling out former Indy quarterback Peyton Manning, could be trying to raise the stakes of a regular-season game, making it more like one of the postseason games in which Manning has routinely failed to deliver.

Someone who knows both guys well agrees with that outside-the-box notion.

I think that’s what he’s trying to do,” former Colts coach Tony Dungy told ESPN in a text message. “Have him make it such a big game he doesn’t perform well.  I can’t figure any other reason to go this way.”

Consider the implications of that statement, given that Dungy worked for Irsay and coached Peyton for seven years.  Dungy believes that Irsay is trying to psyche Peyton out — and that Peyton possibly could be psyched out.

Still, Dungy disagrees with Irsay’s words.

“Without Peyton, there would be no Lucas Oil Stadium,” Dungy told ESPN.  “This team would be playing in L.A. right now. I don’t understand Jim saying this. . . .  Jim is making this personal.  I’m surprised.”

Still, it’s not surprising if Irsay thinks that the man who went one-and-out seven times in 11 playoff appearances is capable of laying an egg in a big spot — and that Irsay is willing to publicly twist Peyton’s tail in order to provoke him into making the game so significant that he reverts to his more-common-than-not postseason form.

46 responses to “Dungy thinks Irsay has a plan

  1. It’s a freeroll.

    If Peyton has a bad game he looks like a genius. If Peyton has a good game, well we all expected it and you misunderstood what he was trying to say anyhow and he already has a rep for being silly with Twitter so he loses no downgrade on his image.

    Free stab to score huge ego points, that’s all this was an attempt for.

  2. Irsay seems to forget that Luck also lost in the first round last year against a wild card team. So he may not want to build up the intensity of the game…

  3. I don’t think that people fully appreciate how hard it is to win a Superbowl. So many great players never gotten one. Peyton Manning has won a Superbowl, shattered records, and routinely turned almost every team he has played for into a playoff contender. The fact that he has so many playoff losses is more a testament to the increased level of competition in the playoffs, rather than him being a “choker”. You can’t lose in the playoffs unless you get to the playoffs, and I can think of many teams/quarterbacks who wouldn’t love to be in the thick of the competition in January as often as Peyton Manning is. The truth is that the Broncos’ 2013 offense is probably the best offense ever. The Colts have never had an offense of that caliber. I’d be shocked if the Broncos don’t win the Superbowl this year.

  4. Dungy, you will soon be getting a call from the Buccaneers. Pick up the phone. It will be the Godfather offer. The city is in need of your services once again.

  5. Every time I see Jimmy do this stuff, I am reminded of his father. The apple does not fall far from the tree. Thank the Lord he left town and gave us Steve B.

    Were it not for Peyton that team would have left Indy long ago. And once the losing starts anew, he will end up going somewhere else.

    He is a brat who was born on third thinking he hit a triple.

  6. Should be a great game. I just wish Isray would have kept his mouth shut and let the chips fall.

  7. Wait, wasn’t Dungy the coach of the team that he says would have been moved with out one player? This guy is wildly overrated as a coach, and between him and Polian, you’ll find as much blame to be shared for not winning a few more SBs. This whole thing is getting weird, and I don’t like Dungys implication, especially because he was getting paid to make sure the team won.

  8. Luck probably will go down as the second best quarterback in this draft. Let alone the second best quarterback of all time. Irsay get off the sauce.

  9. The only person who has a plan is Jeff Fisher. We rams fans have known that he is the greatest coach in the league.

    What many of u don’t kno is that we Rams fans have greatness in our bloods. Once led by the lengendary qb Kurt Warner, he passed down his talents to amazing qb after amazing qb. Finally the talent has been passed to Bradford. laugh all u want but Sam Bradford is a top 3 qb. Rams nations laughs at all of ur pathetic teams


  10. Irsay didn’t take any shots at Peyton. If you actually read the interview he said that the Colts failed to put a good enough team around Peyton.

    …but don’t let the truth get in the way of a good controversy.

  11. Professional sports is weird. If Mark Cuban did this in the NBA that little toad David Stern would hit him with a $400,000 fine. Meanwhile, Irsay does some trash talking and it’s the topic of conversation for God knows why. Now we have a story with Tony Dungy saying “I don’t know what’s going on.” I guess this takes up space so we don’t have to talk about what’s going on with brain injuries.

  12. It seems that Jim Irsay (who was handed everything he owns from his daddy) is trying to become a celebrity.

    Jim is like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian… all didn’t do anything to become rich and famous.

  13. So who is responsible for the Caldwell hire?

    Remember some of those timeouts he would take?

    Just as guilty as Peyton on some of those losses.

  14. It’s easy to say the Colts would have won more Super Bowls if they had a defense in Indy. But a lack of defense didn’t stop them from countless divisional titles did it?

    Manning just simply isn’t the same in the playoffs. Even the year they won the Super Bowl, he still didn’t play as good as normal in the postseason. He threw two picks in the wild card game vs KC. Didn’t throw one touchdown in the divisional game vs Baltimore. And finally had ok games against New England and Chicago to win the SB. The Colts still won the SB in spite of Manning’s performance.

  15. Irsay is behaving like Jerry Jones, which is something I don’t like. But … he’s manipulated the press into making the story of this game into himself vs. Manning, instead of Luck vs. Manning. That takes pressure off of Luck. It’s a very clever thing to do. Karl Rove would be proud of him.

  16. Irsay is a tool, but he’s right. Peyton’s career in Indy was a major disappointment when it came to the playoffs and all that talent around him.

  17. I called this on my Facebook earlier in the week, I think it was Sunday night, and I got laughed at. Who is laughing now?

  18. Yeah I’ve never bought the Peyton chokes in the playoffs stuff. It’s more like those were incomplete teams, that were always a bit lacking on D and a bit to easy to box into one dimension on offense.

  19. Am I the only one to notice how incorrect the the inconsistency of brady claim is.

    Its not inconsistent to have a qb rating of 85+ almost every single season to go along with 25+ td passes and less than 14 INTs. He also tosses in 3-6 rushing tds a year. For every 1 yd td pass people claim pads mannings stats, brady had a goalline qb sneak.

    You dont throw from the 1 to dallas clark or an offensive lineman to pad stats.

  20. Playoff wins vs playoff loses…hmmm…wait, oh yeah…

    Your TEAM has to get INTO the playoffs before that happens!

    My guess is most of the “playoff choke” cheerleaders have no clue what it feels like to even be in a playoff.

  21. yeah smart move taking the pressure of luck and his receivers/offense they just got taken down by a bottom 5 defense which held to them to 9 points.

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