Irsay increases the pressure on his employees

Colts owner Jim Irsay recently said that it’s not “Super Bowl or bust” for coach Chuck Pagano.

More recent remarks from Irsay suggest that it eventually will be, for Pagano and everyone else.

“In the Andrew Luck era, we would like to win at least two World Championships,” Irsay said Saturday.

He’d also like to win two titles consecutively.

“When you look at that, we look at how do we build this roster over the next three years to really be able to go on a run where you can win two Super Bowls in a row, when you can really be dominant,” Irsay said.  “Again, that’s working on all phases of the ball.”

It’s hard enough to win one Super Bowl; it’s significantly harder to win two in a row.  But it’s no surprise that Irsay is reminding his employees of the high bar that has been set for the franchise.  Irsay declared in 2013 that, in parting ways with Peyton Manning, Irsay chose championships over stats.

At some point the championships need to show up.  If they don’t, pretty much everyone on the payroll but Andrew Luck will be at risk.

119 responses to “Irsay increases the pressure on his employees

  1. So….the first step was to do almost no improvement to that ghastly run defense that has been the cause of the end of their season for two straight years. “Dominant” lol

  2. Well, you can start with ‘Grigs’ and his inability to acknowledge that the defense side of the ball is in need of play makers.

    How could he–in good conscious–draft a receiver to add to an already potent group at the expense of the defense?

    Luck is a generational type of talent, but no QB does it alone. He needs at least the appearance of a defense to aid in his efforts.

    I’m no Colts fan, but boy o boy, is Luck a marvelous player. Get him some defensive help.

  3. Two of the next three? Good luck with that. Brady’s got at least 2 more years and Russell Wilson is just getting started. You have to go through at least those two before hoisting your first one.
    And guess what… the Colts are in the same place the Seahawks are, one year down the line when your pretty boy jumps to 20m+++ a year on your cap.

    js

  4. The Colts window is already closed. They had Luck on his relatively modest rookie deal and failed to construct a Super Bowl contender around him. Once he gets his massive extension that will make him one of the very top paid QBs in the league, they won’t be able to afford to build one.

  5. Worst owner in Football. His team would do a lot better without his meddling I’m sure. The good owners are those that provide the football people the resources and sit in the owners box and watch.

  6. Andrew Luck still throws too many picks and they still can’t stop the run. They are lucky that they play in the AFC South.

  7. This reminds me of a guy who inherited something his father worked really hard for and has no idea what’s he’s doing. Oh wait…

  8. All that pressure will drive ya to drinking and driving. Er wait…I mean…do as I drink, not as I…that’s not it…see what had happened was…

  9. With that said, Jim Irsay should take notes on how a REAL NFL franchise is run. One that is molded out of decades of hard work which resembles the people that live in the city that bears it’s name, Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is the definition of “Excellence” everywhere you turn to see champions. Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, but SIX Super Bowl championships.

    The Steelers are the epitome of excellence and with the drafting of future Hall of Famer Bud Dupree, the Steelers will once again rise to the top like they always do. No need to cheat. No need to deflate footballs, tape walkthroughs or pump in fake crowd noise. Just the best coaching the NFL has ever seen.

  10. I seem to remember Irsay being quite proud of being able to pull off the Trent Richardson trade. A deal like that doesn’t go down without a meddling owner having a say. Dud moves like that set teams back.

  11. Can you imagine the drug and alcohol binge the town drunk would be on if he ever wins a Super Bowl??

  12. what a bad owner. kinda like eagles jeffrey lurie’s ill fated “gold standard” comment.

    if luck stays injury free, colts will be in the AFC champ gm mix for many yrs. he should just leave it at that.

    he has money yes. but you can’t teach class.

  13. Dumping noodle arm Manning was wise. Denver will also find that out one day, because Peyton ain’t leaving on his own.

  14. When they drafted Luck…from that point on years 3-10 should have been competing for SB. It’s year 4 and they are no closer to that goal then they were in year 2. The problem is the owner is a clown who traded for Trent Richardson and hired a guy in over his head for a G.M. I get the feeling Luck will never quite get there. And it’ll be his fault too.

  15. 1. You need to draft better.
    2. You need an NFL Defense in all aspects.
    3. You (Irsay) need to meddle less and let the people who know what they are doing, do so.
    4. You need a better GM, one who doesn’t give up a #1 draft pick for Richardson and one who believes in drafting quality defensive players first and not a WR.

  16. It’s a shame Luck’s career is going to waste with numbskulls like Grigson and Irsay running the show.

  17. Yup … that’s the way it usually goes – the one guy in the entire organization who no doubt works the least but has the most is running his pie hole.

    Should we all be so lucky as to inherit a fortune plus an NFL franchise from daddy … get arrested for being high on drugs while driving around town aimlessly with a suitcase full of cash – and yet ‘lay down the law’ for all the employees in the organization.

    Lovely …

  18. Irsay mixing the oxy with Jack Daniels again … Colts will not win a Super Bowl …. Book it !

  19. Unfortunately, a SuperBowl would be another opportunity for Irsay to drink.

  20. Jim Irsay reminds me of Eddie DeBartolo. The fathers built the fortunes, and the sons needed to learn the skills necessary to sustain them. Those skills include knowing how to judge character and hire the right people. Irsay hired Bill Polian as his first GM, and Polian just went into the Hall of Fame. Irsay replaced Polian with Ryan Grigson, and now Grigson appears to be following that same path that. DeBartolo wasn’t satisfied unless his team won the super bowl every year, and Irsay is the same way. I think Irsay has run his team as well as any owner, since his father passed the team along to him. The Colts finished last year just one game away from the super bowl. They’ve shown steady progress through Grigson’s first three years, winning 36 games. The draft is designed for parity, and so the Colts never get the opportunity to draft the best available players. Despite this, Irsay and Grigson have kept the Colts on top. Off field stuff gets a lot of the headlines, but real Colts’ fans love Jim Irsay and feel very fortunate to have him as our owner. The man knows football, and he hires good football people to run his team.

  21. floridaslonechargersfan says:
    May 3, 2015 10:55 PM
    So….the first step was to do almost no improvement to that ghastly run defense that has been the cause of the end of their season for two straight years. “Dominant” lol

    *********************

    That same defense shut down the Broncos and the Bengals, both of which have better run games than NE. That same defense finished 11th overall last year. The thing about NE is that they have Bill Belichick and no one else does. The Colts have been out-coached and out-schemed by NE more than they have been out-played. Every team has holes and because of BB and his staff, the Patriots do a masterful job of exploiting them. If the Colts coaching staff can’t figure out how to stop playing into BB’s hands it doesn’t matter who they trot out on the field.

  22. Look, I can understand that you want to maximize Andrew Luck’s window of him being a prime franchise QB and that’s where these comments originate from. But…

    Optimism is one thing–how about a comment where you state that you’d like to actually be competitive in an AFC title game first? That would demonstrate reality. I still think a healthy Peyton Manning would have beaten the Colts at home the week before, so they kind of slid by that game unexpectedly as well.

    If Grigson and Pagano aren’t the duo to take them to the promised land at least once–and that’s who the comments are actually aimed at–they’ll be gone during the “3 year” time frame issued by Irsay.

  23. I am not a Colts fan but I do like watching Andrew Luck and think he will soon be seen as a MANNING/BRADY/RODGERS…elite.

    That being said…Irsay needs to start getting some O-Line around his prize QB if he wants him to last long enough to create the “ANDREW LUCK ERA”….that kid is running for his life and you don’t draft an OFFENSIVE LINEMAN till the 7th round?????

    Am I missing something….he can’t win the game getting knocked around as much as he has.

    Look it up….100 Sacks in three years….get him some blockers.

  24. Jim,

    Let’s have you set an example by going 2 consecutive years without getting high.

  25. Yea you know So Much as to what Indy has done to address the obvious weak links in the armour. The draft Is Not The Only Way teams bolster their lineups. Grigson brought in a couple vets on defense while releasing underperfoming players that helped contribute in those obvious poor showings vs New England. EVERYONE IS SO QUICK TO JUDGE PAGANO,GRIGSON, AND IRSAY BECAUSE OF THEIR 1ST RD PK, DORSETT. We gonna be alright…but I guess criticism from a Chargers fan means little. Indy has went 11-5 ..3 straight seasons, while advancing one game further in the playoffs each year. What has San Diego done?!?! EXACTLY. ..GO HORSE

  26. Wait a sec..isn’t Isray the blowhard goof on Twitter?

    ..and isn’t Isray the grown man busted for thousands of illegally obtained drugs/pain pills?

    ..and isn’t Isray the same guy who disposes of his women like trash after he’s had his way with them?

    ..and he thinks his team deserves to win at least TWO Superbowls?

  27. Well have to wait for Brady to retire first. So maybe after 2018 you’ll have a shot to win 2. But will still be known by everyone how Luck NEVER beat Brady in a game playoff or regular season

  28. Increased the pressure on his already over taxed central nervous system more like it.

    He’s a friend of Bryan Singers, and all that entails….

  29. Irsay needs to shut up. All he does is yap, makes all these bold predictions that aren’t realistic. Fact is, until Tom Brady and belicheck retire… It’s gonna be damn tough to win 1 championship when you have to go thru the pats. And I’m not even a pats fan.

  30. They wasted a golden opportunity with Luck on a low(ish) salary to stack the roster with some really good free agent defensive players and the right balance between run and pass on offense.

    Luck is great. But they’ve lost the competitive advantage that they had from him and now he’ll be just one of the guys on a high wage.

    The best set up is to then leave him a bit short on O Line, WR or backs and hope he produces enough O to cover for it.

    Then try to stack the defense. It’s the best way to win a title whilst paying full wage for a franchise QB and it took Brady and Belichick a decade to do it. It might take Luck the same amount of time to work out how to cover short comings on the offense each year and for Indy to learn they have to invest big time on D.

  31. Irsay should consult with Jim Beam. Heck, Jim could take over as play caller. Who needs a stinking head coach, anyway?

  32. PhD says:

    Dumping noodle arm Manning was wise. Denver will also find that out one day, because Peyton ain’t leaving on his own.

    ——————–

    So far it hasn’t turned out that way. Noodle arm at least won a Super Bowl before leaving and had two of his best seasons at QB after he left. Maybe if they kept Manning they might have won 1. There are no guarantees in the NFL. Without a defense Luck could be the next Marino.

  33. Memo from the office of Jim Irsay: Having done nothing in my life except inherit my wealth and become a laughingstock, I demand that you Colts excel.

  34. realitycheckbaby says:
    May 3, 2015 11:13 PM

    Heck, if not for massive injuries and a flukey INT the Hawks will have won 3 in a row (after this next season of course).

    ——————

    Remember when the Packers were 13-0 in 2011? All the talking heads where rambling on about the burgeoning dynasty. Then GB lost to KC, showed a weakness and went one and done. Just one Super Bowl.

    The Seahawks lost this Super Bowl. Excuses are irrelevant. Injuries are part of the game.
    They were up by 10 in the 4th quarter and choked it away. That said… you are right. They can write your version of history in the record books, but they have to get back to the game and win it. History says they have a 4% chance.

  35. Most of you (if not all of you) are evidently too young to remember the “Marks Brothers” (Clayton and Duper) of the 1980’s Dolphins. You can’t double team every receiver on the field. Grigson helped the Defense by strengthening the offense with incredible speed with Dorsett.

    Grigson also used 5 of his 8 picks on defensive players with incredible talent and high ceilings in the pro arena.

    Josh Robinson, I think, is going to amaze when he comes in to spell Frank Gore.

    I am personally happy with the moves that Grigson has made in the Draft and in free agency as well. He has made the Defense stronger and the offense more prolific.

    Oh, and Grigson’s picks have enabled the Colts to advance every year in the playoffs since he has been in charge.

  36. Jim’s Dad, Bob Irsay got progressively more crazy and difficult to work with as he got older. He also had drinking issues and ended up moving the Colts from Baltimore to Indianapolis.
    Maybe Jim inherited some of these attributes from his Dad where he learned how to put enormous pressure on Coaches, GM’s and players (Peyton’s exit wasn’t as friendly as it was portrayed). But at the end of the day Jim’s still a billionaire and you’re not.

  37. doublezero74 says:
    May 3, 2015 11:02 PM

    This reminds me of a guy who inherited something his father worked really hard for and has no idea what’s he’s doing. Oh wait…

    ______

    That had me cracking up until I remembered that I’m a Lakers fan and then I started crying.

  38. Go figure, a Colts story that brings out the Colts hating TROLLS in droves. LOL, you’re all so pathetic and predictable.

  39. I think the Cubs will win a World Series before Irsay’s “inflated” Colts win a SB. LOL. I am a Red Sox n Pats fan…

  40. Instead of wild predictions, Irsay should just concentrate on the next “story” when your team is getting blown off the field in the playoffs.

  41. Somewhere in there they must have edited out,” I want to bring a championship to Baltimore”. Drunk, high. A chip off the old block.

  42. The clown shoes for Irsay’s comment are quite large. Greedy bastard wants 2. How about starting off with a SB appearance? The GM can’t even draft a memo and Irsay’s is higher than a kite. You want a dynasty, Jim? Fire the inept GM the day before selling the team.

  43. Im sorry but I cant take a drug addict seriously. I wouldnt want to work for this clown. Everytime I hear about this guy I picture that ridiculous outfit he was wearing when he got busted. To rxpect 2 championships in a row w no defence or o line shows hes still on drugs.

  44. They have the same strategy as the rest of the AFC: wait for Brady and Belichick to retire, then act like you were always better than them but didn’t feel like showing it.

  45. realitycheckbaby says:
    May 3, 2015 11:13 PM

    Heck, if not for massive injuries and a flukey INT the Hawks will have won 3 in a row (after this next season of course).

    >>>>>>>>>>>>

    Seahawks used up all their destiny in getting to the Super Bowl…actually in getting to the 1 yard line.

  46. Pats have 4 Super Bowls in the Brady era. We don’t have the same problem. Yup yup, life is good.

  47. Jim Irsay knows what incompetence is. Mid 90’s he was fired , via the media, as GM by his father Bob and replaced by Vince and Bill Tobin, who were replaced by Bill Polian. Luckily for Colts fans, the team started winning with a management team that knew football.

  48. All of you haters are hilarious. Would you expect your owner to say anything else? Would you want the owner of your team to say “We don’t expect to compete for a Super Bowl in the next decade”?

    Get over it. Jim owns the Colts, he’s a massive Colts fan, and he actually was a Colts employee for 15 years before taking ownership of the team.

    And Grigson’s done a pretty decent job building the team from scratch.

    Irsay+Grigson+Luck = 33-15 record and 3 playoff victories in the first 3 years.

    Irsay+Polian+Manning = 26-22 record with no playoff victories in the first 3 years.

  49. Hey look at me, I know more about what a football team needs to do than guys that actually do this for a living!! The Colts drafted BPA in the 1st. If they can’t retain TY after this season, hopefully Dorsett is a viable replacement. They drafted two interior linemen, and a safety that is best at run support, so I guess that is “doing nothing”. The truth is no one knows if these are good moves until they play the games.

  50. Grigson didn’t build the team from scratch–I could do what he did, get handed the #1 pick and take Andrew Luck. It was the biggest tank job of all time the year before that, and there should be rules in place to prevent the sand-bagging that went on over there.

    Without Luck, they’re not even close to pretending to compete for a title, which is what they currently do. If they got by the Patriots, they would have lost the Super Bowl by 30 points.

  51. coltscamp says: All of you haters are hilarious. Would you expect your owner to say anything else?
    ———————-
    Look at the Patriots, Packers, Seahawks, the dominant teams of the decade. Do their owners yap about winning 2 out of the next three superbowls. Sure they want to, but that doesn’t mean yapping via the press and twitter. Even Jerry Jones is embarrassed by Irsay!

  52. If he wants 2 superbowls then why did he let his G.M. draft a WR in the first round when there defense has black holes in it.

  53. oliveyang says:
    May 4, 2015 2:29 AM
    Never seen Luck have a good game. – Pats Fan
    __________________________

    That’s also what they said about Eli Manning.

  54. Two win two in a row, you’re gonna need to run the ball sometimes. Just ask Seattle.

  55. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    May 3, 2015 11:06 PM

    With that said, Jim Irsay should take notes on how a REAL NFL franchise is run. One that is molded out of decades of hard work which resembles the people that live in the city that bears it’s name, Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is the definition of “Excellence” everywhere you turn to see champions. Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, but SIX Super Bowl championships.

    The Steelers are the epitome of excellence and with the drafting of future Hall of Famer Bud Dupree, the Steelers will once again rise to the top like they always do. No need to cheat. No need to deflate footballs, tape walkthroughs or pump in fake crowd noise. Just the best coaching the NFL has ever seen.

    ————

    The 4 out of 6 in the 70s was amazing. The 2 in the last 35 years is just ok. There are 5 teams with three or more Super Bowl wins in that stretch and also 4 other teams with 2 wins like your Steelers.

  56. I often times hear that teams “stick to their board” in order to draft the “BPA”. A team with a generational “can’t miss Qb” with veteran Andre Johnson, speedster Ty Hilton, and Moncrief up and coming, two young athletic T.E. Fleener and Allen, and new pick up Rb in Gore, there should be no doubt in my mind that any 1st Round investment in the offense should have went to the 0line. As good as Manning was all those years, even he needed a more potent defense. The Colts will learn the hard way of what happens when the investment in defense is secondary.

  57. bullcharger says:
    May 4, 2015 2:55 AM
    PhD says:

    Dumping noodle arm Manning was wise. Denver will also find that out one day, because Peyton ain’t leaving on his own.
    ——————–

    So far it hasn’t turned out that way. Noodle arm at least won a Super Bowl before leaving and had two of his best seasons at QB after he left. Maybe if they kept Manning they might have won 1. There are no guarantees in the NFL. Without a defense Luck could be the next Marino.
    —————–
    Noodle arm used to be better. Though he’s choked more than not. My point is he’s over the hill yet Denver keeps paying him like he’s going back up the hill and win it all for them. Ain’t gonna ever happen again and Peyton will never – by his own volition – walk away from the millions to keep the false hope alive in CO.

  58. Unless you are with the New England, Packer, or Seahawk organizations, then you have absolutely no room to talk, because you are in the rear view mirror. Someone from Pittsburg or Baltimore having the gall to make comments about the Colts, when you are becoming more irrelevant each season as the Colts continue to rise. Poor, poor, people, I do feel sorry for your complete lack of common sense and reality!

  59. The Colts will win this year. They are much better, and with 2 burners stretching the field and AJ and two good TE’s down the middle to go with Gore, Ballard, and Bowling Ball running the ball and Luck passing the Pats won’t be able to run as much because unlike last year there is no way they can cover all those players with the roster the Colts now have. Wait and see. Seattle or Green bay vs. Indy this year and maybe for years to come. The Pats will wait another ten years or maybe more.

  60. The truth is, without a good QB most teams are garbage and if they lost their starter their season is gone. There are exceptions ( a few) but the majority of NFL teams are out if they lose their starter. So the argument of this team is no good without Luck is stupid – no kidding! Only an idiot would believe there is no talent on the Colts roster – it is littered with it. Injuries and scheme hurt them last year, If the coaches do not adjust during a game to counter 6 lineman, then the coaches should go.

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