Jim Irsay breaks silence, says nothing about his coach and G.M.

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Long before Donald Trump was using Twitter as a tool for talking directly to the people, Colts owner Jim Irsay had perfected the craft. To a fault.

But even as the Two-Days-From-Now-Commander-In-Chief continues  to expand his presence on social media, Irsay has been dormant. Until today.

He finally broke his silence, 12 days after declaring that the team had signed a backup kicker. But Irsay didn’t address the elephant on the room; he simply retweeted a “thank you” from the team to retiring linebacker Robert Mathis.

Meanwhile, with mounting reports, rumors, and speculation about his pursuit of a new coach and/or General Manager and/or leader of the entire football operation, Irsay has still said nothing about the status of coach Chuck Pagano and G.M. Ryan Grigson.

Nothing. Not a word. Not a peep. On the record, off the record, nowhere.

There are three logical explanations for this. First, Irsay is still trying to lure Peyton Manning to take over the team, and the two of them are engaged in a negotiation that has yet to result in either man blinking. Second, Irsay had moved on to other candidates to take over the team, and those efforts are still pending. Third, Irsay has given up on finding replacements but it’s gotten to the point where declaring that both Pagano and Grigson will be back would make the delay seem even more conspicuous, so Irsay is simply going to say nothing and eventually act like nothing was happening.

Through it all, Pagano and Grigson have been left in limbo, a situation that surely causes plenty of personal angst and professional embarrassment. Again, what options do they have? They could quit, but they’d forfeit their buyouts.

And so the only solace comes from knowing that they’ll still be getting paid for the next three years, whether working for Irsay or not. At this point, they may welcome the “or not” option.

As to anyone who may be considering wink-nod accepting employment from Irsay while he’s still officially employing Pagano and Grigson, consider this: You could be the next one to eventually be undermined by an owner who looks for your replacement before he fires you.

47 responses to “Jim Irsay breaks silence, says nothing about his coach and G.M.

  1. joke is on us..

    the cba is sol lucrative with the tv deals, the owners can field
    a horrendous product and not feel the pinch

    outside of goodell’s cheating the pats and funny business on park ave, the product has suffered with the quality, bringing ratings down

    to think what goodell has done in a decade to destroy
    the nfl along with the greedy owners

  2. If the Colts fans are lucky Irsay will announce that he is selling the team to someone who actually cares about the team and the product on the field

  3. Perhaps he’s smarter than you think.

    This might all be staged, or he’s purposely quiet to get Grigson/Pagano to work more effectively together, by putting the fear in them.

    When he ends up not hiring anyone, those 2 will have to work together with a sense of urgency.

    Costly to buy out a GM and HC, 1 year after signing them to 4 year extensions.

  4. Why would Andrew Luck waste his career and time playing for the Colts? The guy could have signed a contract with the Broncos and played for a true competitor…..instead he will wither away on a 3rd or 4th place team in the AFC South.

  5. I think its look past the time when owners should be drug tested just like the players…..he should be on his 2nd strike at least…

  6. I don’t think “breaking his silence” means what you think it means if he didn’t address the things he’s been purposefully silent about

    Just sayin’

  7. I’m telling you Irsay does care, if he didn’t he wouldn’t be trying to hit a home run on a coach and gm. He knows what he has doesn’t work. He knows they suck. He wants to win and he is trying. If anything, if he has to stick with grigson and chuck this year well then he had them on pins and needles and maybe they will work harder to be better

  8. Wow I was just reading on PFT that’s it’s the two year anniversary of deflategate. That means the Colts were in the AFC Championship game only two years ago. Grigson and Pagano have never had a losing season. Could it be possible that one of the most successful owners over the last 20 years is happy with the success he’s gotten from these two? I mean, why aren’t we asking about the Saints, who have had 3 losing seasons in a row, and a first ballot HOF QB? Geez, this picking on the Colts all the time is kind of weird.

  9. Bringing in an inexperienced general manager such as Peyton could be a huge mistake. Great players seldom turn out to be great coaches—why would the gm position be any different?

  10. “You could be the next one to eventually be undermined by an owner who looks for your replacement before he fires you.”

    This is how business works. You shouldn’t fire a CEO unless yo have his replacement lined up. You shouldn’t quit a job unless you have the next one lined up.

    Why should Irsay not be able to upgrade his organization? And why would he announce if he was kicking tires on potential upgrades? What if it doesn’t work out? What a disaster for everyone. See Ross/Sparano/Harbaugh. He should always be looking at ways to upgrade.

  11. I don’t understand why this is embarrassing for those two. They are under contract, they are supposed to work for their employer, unless they quit. Is an owner supposed to tweet our make announcements about the return of every single player who’s under contract for another season?
    The only embarrassing thing is that Grigson and Pagano are still employed by the Colts.

  12. Irsay on a bender would be a good call, for the previously aforementioned Irsay.

    However, changing the way he does his business is exactly what Colts fans and the media called for these past few years: Shut. Up.

    Look, I bust this guy’s balls every chance I can get because law enforcement gave this guy such a huge pass, but one thing is for certain: He’s totally going in a different direction. Someone, NFL-wise, clearly got to him. His whole past Twitter thing smacks of bush league owner. Fans/media called for him to grow up, now they’re getting it.

    Changing up the whole organization is an owner’s prerogative, right or wrong. He really does not need to promote his plans to anyone. Keeping it out of social media is how the winning teams do it. Irsay not following his usual pattern of behavior should be a good sign to all ….

    … or he could be on a bender, funding local hookers and Oxycontin dealers.

  13. Luck needs to pull a lebron and have both of those morons fired. Neither have done enough to deserve to keep their jobs. Irsay is so lost in the sauce he probably doesn’t even know what day it is let alone who is hc/and go are. He probably still thinks Peyton is running the show.

    It doesn’t matter, their are a handful of owners who really care about winning and the others are just along for the ride. The fans are slowly starting to realize this and the bubble has already burst. The greedy owners are to arrogant to realize it. Soon players will have to take pay it’s and less money, then youngster won’t want to play football anymore as they can take less of a beating and earn more money in basketball or baseball. Talk about killing a golden goose.

  14. j0esixpack says:
    Jan 18, 2017 8:57 PM

    I don’t think “breaking his silence” means what you think it means if he didn’t address the things he’s been purposefully silent about

    Just sayin’

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    In the context of Irsay any indication that he hasn’t choked to death on his own vomit yet counts as news.
    A short neutral tweet instead of a ‘definitely on a bender’ tweet could even mean he is relatively sober.

  15. If Andrew Luck is anywhere near the talent the media makes him out to be then the GM and HC needs to be replaced for how poorly he has been coached!

  16. In a sense,Twitter is like streaking—it is great when a hot, 20 something coed does it, but something else completely when a flabby, old disturbed guy is involved.

  17. Do nothing and pretend that it’s a carefully considered strategy.

    The method used by every ThanksDad fool who was given too much responsibility because Daddy owns the company.

  18. There are three logical explanations for this.
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    There’s a fourth….no wifi or cell service at Detox Mansion.

  19. The main thing this article neglects is that Ryan Grigson is married to Jim Irsay’s daughter, which is how and why he rose so fast thru the organization. It will be hard to fire your son in law. If anything Grigson will have to be promoted instead of demoted. He can be promoted to president or coo, where he doesnt have to deal with the day to day actives of the team.

  20. There’s also a 4th option. None of the things Bob Kravitz and Jay Glazer have been speculating about are true. Irsay is a bit strange and has a gigantic ego which means he probably peruses sites such as this looking for stories about himself. He reads the story a few weeks ago about the kicker tweet then about all the speculation on his silence and what it could possibly mean. He’s a master troll so he takes a social media hiatus and stops doing press.

    Last year he extended both Grigson and Pagano and then declared that they could work together and would improve the team. His ego doesn’t want him to be wrong about that and it especially doesn’t want him to be wrong about it in the first year.

  21. Jan 18, 2017 9:39 PM

    Bringing in an inexperienced general manager such as Peyton could be a huge mistake. Great players seldom turn out to be great coaches—why would the gm position be any different?
    ___________________________________
    see John Elway.

  22. feckyerlife says:
    Jan 19, 2017 8:52 AM
    The main thing this article neglects is that Ryan Grigson is married to Jim Irsay’s daughter, which is how and why he rose so fast thru the organization.

    False. Irsay has three daughters: Carlie, Casey and Kalen. Grigson’s wife is named Cynthia. They med at Purdue University.

    Stop spreading lies. Do your homework.

  23. 1) Grigson is not married to Irsay’s daughter. I have no clue where that idiotic rumor came from, but Grigson has been married 15+ years to someone he met in college. A quick Google could help you figure that out.

    2) Irsay may have a lot of personal issues….but he cares a lot about winning. To say otherwise is ridiculous. He’s had a long, successful streak since he took over ownership…..it’s a 180* turn from what it as like in the Bob Irsay days. Maybe people don’t recall what an idiot Bob was. He brings in football people and then gives them whatever they ask for to succeed. Owning a team isn’t just a status symbol thing for him, like it is for a lot of owners. Again, not a perfect guy, but still would take him over 2/3rds of the owners around the league.

    3) Pagano/Grigson are clearly not the answer. Irsay clearly sees that too, and wants a major upgrade. But just canning them, and hiring some other unproven guys is a risk as well. He’s looking for a big hire that’s close to a sure thing. If he doesn’t get it, he’ll stick with what he’s got. So what? Teams make that call with players every single day. GMs and coaches should be able to handle it as well. It’s a business. They are still getting paid. Don’t feel sorry for them.

  24. Hey Grigson and Pagano know they work for a drug addled, alcoholic boss who makes money no matter the product on the field.

    Irsay can say he’s looking for a new guy anywhere in the organization at anytime. Does it motivate the guy who thinks his job is on the line or does it piss him off because he has a long term contract in place and now waits for his buyout?

    Either way it show the DISFUNCTION within the organization. And that shows with the product on the field. But I digress because what else to the Colts fans have to do 2 Saturdays and 8 Sundays a year????? Except prop up another poor NFL owner.

  25. The big story is that nobody has seen Irsay in weeks. That is interesting/troubling. But his GM and coach are both under contract so he’d have no reason to comment on either of them. That part is just the press wanting something to chew on.

    If he did give them full support we’d instantly see the “kiss of death” articles about what that REALLY means is he’s ready to fire them tomorrow.

  26. The media…so full of yourselves. Grigson nor Pagano care about your speculation and tabloid headlines. They care about the large checks they are paid on a weekly basis.

  27. ruascott says:
    Jan 19, 2017 9:58 AM
    1) Grigson is not married to Irsay’s daughter. I have no clue where that idiotic rumor came from, but Grigson has been married 15+ years to someone he met in college. A quick Google could help you figure that out.

    2) Irsay may have a lot of personal issues….but he cares a lot about winning. To say otherwise is ridiculous. He’s had a long, successful streak since he took over ownership…..it’s a 180* turn from what it as like in the Bob Irsay days. Maybe people don’t recall what an idiot Bob was. He brings in football people and then gives them whatever they ask for to succeed. Owning a team isn’t just a status symbol thing for him, like it is for a lot of owners. Again, not a perfect guy, but still would take him over 2/3rds of the owners around the league.

    3) Pagano/Grigson are clearly not the answer. Irsay clearly sees that too, and wants a major upgrade. But just canning them, and hiring some other unproven guys is a risk as well. He’s looking for a big hire that’s close to a sure thing. If he doesn’t get it, he’ll stick with what he’s got. So what? Teams make that call with players every single day. GMs and coaches should be able to handle it as well. It’s a business. They are still getting paid. Don’t feel sorry for them.

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    I almost reported this comment for being way too logical

  28. ruascott says:
    Jan 19, 2017 9:58 AM

    2) Irsay may have a lot of personal issues….but he cares a lot about winning. To say otherwise is ridiculous.
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    I’ll give him credit for that. How many other owners would be willing to tank an entire season just so they could get the #1 draft pick to get a sure fire franchise QB and ensure a somewhat smooth transition from a previous hall of fame QB?

  29. I can’t believe no one can see it. Irsay is the GM !! Grigson is nothing more than his puppet that Jimmy hides behind when things go bad. If he fires Grigson then he fires himself. Irsay will give team puppet 1 more year, if it doesn’t work out then he will hire Jim Harbaugh and a real GM !!

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