Irsay: Luck needs to protect himself like Peyton did

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Andrew Luck will always be compared to the man he succeeded as the Colts’ franchise quarterback, Peyton Manning. And in one respect, Colts owner Jim Irsay says Luck still has some work to do.

Irsay said today that Luck is fully healthy, contrary to some concerns that he had suffered a shoulder injury while trying to make a tackle after an interception. But Irsay acknowledged that he’d prefer not to see Luck making tackles at all.

“He can throw it 70 yards. He’s ready to play,” Irsay said, via Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. “I’m more concerned about him – and him and I have talked – about he has to protect the football and protect himself. Look, he throws the interception, it’s tough, he’s mad. I know. But no Ray Lewis tackles. Do what Peyton did. You do a little foxtrot, you don’t embarrass yourself, you push a few guys but you stay out of the fray. You don’t see Aaron Rodgers [and] you didn’t see Peyton get involved in those type of frays. That’s when tough things happen.”

Irsay wants to see Luck change his approach.

“He has to change the way he plays only because he is not a 22-year old kid at Stanford who could play tight end or quarterback,” Irsay said. “He has to understand – and he learned from the Denver game – the importance of what it means to stay on the field. Honing his game is the key. There isn’t some kind of chronic shoulder injury or anything like that. I promise you. There are no surgeries planned. He is fine and the shoulder is something that just disappears into the woodwork when he wins his next MVP or when we win a Super Bowl.”

Those are comments you’d usually expect to hear from a coach, not an owner. But Irsay never hesitates to give his opinions, and in his opinion Luck has to get better at avoiding hits.

65 responses to “Irsay: Luck needs to protect himself like Peyton did

  1. The good people of Indiana need to protect themselves from Irsay. He has a tendency to abuse prescription drugs, carry illegal firearms and speed down local freeways with bags full of cash

  2. In other words if he has another injury he can have HGH shipped to his home in his wife’s name and have the same protection Manning did? Got it.

  3. “We’ve changed our model a little bit, because we wanted more than one of these,” Irsay says, flicking up his right hand to show his Super Bowl XLI championship ring. “(Tom) Brady never had consistent numbers, but he has three of these,” Irsay adds. “Pittsburgh had two, the Giants had two, Baltimore had two and we had one. That leaves you frustrated. You make the playoffs 11 times, and you’re out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the Star Wars numbers from Peyton and Marvin (Harrison) and Reggie (Wayne). Mostly, you love this.” Then Irsay flicks up his right hand again.

    Easy to say.

  4. “He is fine and the shoulder is something that just disappears into the woodwork when he wins his next MVP or when we win a Super Bowl.”
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    His next MVP? Don’t you need to win one before you can win a next one? Junkie jimmie needs another intervention.

  5. How about an offensive line? Though I knew he wasn’t going to, Luck should’ve ditched Indy for AZ, Denver, etc. A well run franchise that’s a QB away from perennial SB contenders. Instead he stayed with poorly run franchise who’s a QB away from the #1 pick.

  6. Nothing dates yourself or says you are from Indiana like rolling out the word “foxtrot” in a conversation.

  7. Jim Irsay is a Jerry Jones mini me. Stop trying to talk like you know how to coach and build a team. Do what you do best….write checks

  8. “chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Oct 1, 2016 1:26 PM
    “He is fine and the shoulder is something that just disappears into the woodwork when he wins his next MVP or when we win a Super Bowl.”
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    His next MVP? Don’t you need to win one before you can win a next one? Junkie jimmie needs another intervention.”

    Given that they have AFC championship participanh banners, he’s probably refering to being preseason mvp favorite. Shoot, they probably bought luck a trophy for that and have a duplicate in theor trophy room.

  9. we use to call it the ” sack of potatoes ” play.

    when every somebody got close to Manning he would just drop down like a sack of potatoes. hell one time nobody even touched him he was able to get up and continue playing ! lol

  10. @thereisfootballwestofjersey
    Obviously you have never been to great Hoosier state of Indiana or you would know that that is normal behavior around here.
    Go Blue.

  11. Spoken like the true pharmaceutical friendly guy that he is. So are you saying, Irsay, that you’ll hit him up with some HGH while you are over there?

  12. The coaches haven’t been able to keep Luck out of harm’s way, so the owner is trying. How about telling the coaches to try to stay away from 2nd and long. You do that by throwing short on 1st down, not running up the middle. Sometimes a guy like T.Y. Hilton can turn a short one into a long one. They have three WRs with 4.3 speed. That’s how Joe Gibbs won three super bowls, and none of his QBs were as good as Luck.

  13. In other words, there’s no chance of better players coming to help down the road. You’re on your own son.

  14. Well at least Luck can still take hits and get up. I’m scared the next hit on grandpa Brady will send him into retirement. He finished last season limping and this year he is a year older. Father time is still undefeated.

  15. “Luck has to protect himself. Because I’m really not interested in upgrading the offensive line. There’s no dazzle in that.”

  16. When Robert Irsay was owner of the Baltimore Colts he took over calling plays from the press box. Chemical dependency issues run deep in the Irsay family.

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 1, 2016 3:06 PM

    Well at least Luck can still take hits and get up.
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    He missed 9 games last year. How does that qualify as “getting up”?

  18. el says:
    Oct 1, 2016 1:25 PM
    “(Tom) Brady never had consistent numbers, but he has three of these,” Irsay adds.

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    Make that four Jim…..you must have missed the last one while you were out on a bender….

  19. 9 games after he got obliterated weekly because management can’t give him a running game and an offensive line.

    He’s still out there getting obliterated.

    This owner annoys me more than Jerry does, and that’s pretty incredible.

  20. The easiest way for a qb to stay on the field is to get an offensive line that isn’t considered one of the worst in the league for the past 3 years. That is another way to protect the qb, upgrading the people paid to protect him. Ever plan on doing that?

  21. carloswlassiter says:
    Oct 1, 2016 3:24 PM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 1, 2016 3:06 PM

    Well at least Luck can still take hits and get up.
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    He missed 9 games last year. How does that qualify as “getting up”?

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    He got up plenty of other times. You must have missed them.

  22. So in other words fall on the ground like a girl whenever you see a sack coming. LOL. Peyton was the biggest sissy QB we have ever seen. Nobody dives on the ground like he did.

  23. How about not talking a mega contract that limits your team to only have 2 or 3 franchise players. Luck made a business decision to take as much as he can now, which will over time limit his career and his worth since he has nothing to work with.

  24. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 1, 2016 4:15 PM

    He got up plenty of other times. You must have missed them.
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    Do you mean in college? Of course he got up from the hits in college, the defenders were smaller and slower there.

  25. henke1966 says:
    Oct 1, 2016 1:44 PM

    Must be tough to always be compared to the greatest QB of all time…
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    He’s not, he’s being compared to Pay-a-ton Manning.

  26. If he wasn’t a member of the Lucky Sperm Club and inherited the Colts, no one would care in the slightest about anything Jimbo has to say. Even though he IS, they still don’t.

  27. Luck is good, very good. He’s not elite… yet. Time will tell if he ascends to the Brady, Peyton, Rodgers, Brees level or not.

    With that being said, the Colts weren’t able to put a good team around him when he was on his “cheap” (compared to now) rookie deal.

    Now that he’s signed his big bucks deal, the Colts have a LOT less money to spend on the other 52 men on the roster.

    The Colts defense has been suspect for years as well as their running game.

    Overall, the roster, while not devoid of talent, isn’t as talented as many other teams and Isray and company couldn’t build a decent team with a good QB on his cheap rookie deal so I have practically zero faith that they’ll have a good team overall within the next few years.

  28. idiedpretty says:
    Oct 1, 2016 1:57 PM
    LOL! All 31 NFL owners consider Irsay to be an idiot.

    ———————————————————————-Sorry, you are wrong…All 32 owners consider Irsay to be an idiot. You left out Irsay’s vote for himself.

  29. As a pats fan, I assumed by this time Luck and the colts would be running things in the AFC. I underestimated Irsay’s drug intake. And luck’s utter lack of self respect. Garbage GM, Garbage coach. I hope you make it to the playoffs so you can be humiliated again. You deserve it. Worst franchise in the NFL. You lost in a trade with the browns. If anyone goes to London it should be you.

  30. religionisanidiot says:
    Oct 1, 2016 4:24 PM

    nhpats says:
    Oct 1, 2016 1:10 PM
    He needs to order the HGH in his wife’s name?
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    Worthless basement dwelling loser.

    ________________________________

    Apparently, facts offend him. Typical Lib.

    Peyton*

  31. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 1, 2016 3:06 PM
    Well at least Luck can still take hits and get up. I’m scared the next hit on grandpa Brady will send him into retirement. He finished last season limping and this year he is a year older. Father time is still undefeated.
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    As are the Pats, your NY Jests not so much.
    In 4 years l

  32. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 1, 2016 3:06 PM
    Well at least Luck can still take hits and get up. I’m scared the next hit on grandpa Brady will send him into retirement. He finished last season limping and this year he is a year older. Father time is still undefeated.
    ————————

    In 16 years Brady has missed 16 games to injury, Luck has missed 9 games in 4 years.

  33. carloswlassiter says:
    Oct 1, 2016 5:15 PM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 1, 2016 4:15 PM

    He got up plenty of other times. You must have missed them.
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    Do you mean in college? Of course he got up from the hits in college, the defenders were smaller and slower there.

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    Why do you insist in sounding dumber than you really are?

  34. Russell Wilson is a better QB on one leg then luck is healthy.

    People assumed the colts would be running the AFC right now because they thought luck was actually going to live up to his hype.

  35. Its not in Luck’s DNA to protect himself, he likes to improvise too much and extend plays even when nothing is there. Good Luck with that Wish

  36. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 1, 2016 7:21 PM

    Why do you insist in sounding dumber than you really are?
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    You think I sound dumb? Wow.

    You’re the one who is is trying to make the argument that Andrew luck can “take a hit’ better than Brady, even though Luck has been an injury machine, including last year when he missed NINE GAMES after “taking a hit”.

  37. So sick of reading the stupid comments saying Peyton had HGH sent to his own home in his wife’s name. You’re telling me the smartest quarterback the league has ever seen is stupid enough to send drugs with receipts to his own house? C’mon Man!

  38. I do like Luck. But good grief he is one of the most overrated players in the NFL. He’s not bad by any means. Pretty solid. But still terribly overrated.

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