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Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:02 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 10:11 pm
 
Manning says he doesn't want things to get 'personal' with Jim Irsay. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

It's been an odd week for the Colts leading up to everyone and their brother arriving for the Super Bowl. First, there were Peyton Manning's comments on Monday night about how weird a place Lucas Oil Stadium had become with the changes to the Colts organization, among other things. Jim Irsay didn't like what Manning said, and called the quarterback a "politician" who was "campaigning" in his interview.

Manning has responded, via comments to Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star, and he's taking the high road.

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"At this point, Mr. Irsay and I owe it to each other and to the fans of the organization to handle this appropriately and professionally, and I think we will," Manning told Kravitz on Thursday night. "I've already reached out to Mr. Irsay. I wasn't trying to paint the Colts in a bad light, but it's tough when so many people you've known for so long are suddenly leaving. I feel very close to a lot of these guys and we've done great things together.

"It's hard to watch an old friend clean out his office. That's all I was trying to say."

Manning likely knows his time is done in Indy. He has to. But as with his comments on Monday, he's not stirring up his dirt when it comes to what he thinks the Colts will do with his contract.

"I just want to keep rehabbing and working hard, and when the time is right for Mr. Irsay and I to sit down, I look forward to a healthy conversation about my future," Manning said. "I've worked too hard and have such great respect and have so many great relationships inside the building and out, and it's incredibly important that those remain."

Manning also knows how different his legacy in Indy could be depending on how he exits stage right. Which is why he doesn't want things to get personal.

"I want to separate the personal and the business," Manning told Kravitz. "I've seen it get personal in other situations, and I don't want that to happen here."

A perfect example of this is the Brett Favre saga that went down in Green Bay. Things got personal. Things got ugly. And fans in Green Bay hated Favre after he left.

Manning is a smart dude, and he obviously has a ton of love in his heart for Indianapolis and the Colts organization. But he's also smart. Even if his comments on Monday were "campaigning," they weren't part of any type of negative campaign.

Irsay fired the first salvo and now Manning's walking away. If the Colts owner chooses not to do the same things won't get heated, but they will get awkward.

And it's already gotten personal.

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Comments

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:30 pm
 

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

I agree with you mrmojam88. Manning is outstanding and I also watched Marino's career. He too was superior. Only 1 Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning. Rare. Peyton's comments were neither derrogatory or out of house. Simply heartfelt. I think Irsay is feeling a lot of guilt right now and had to lash out to save his own skin. I've read thousands of comments on this saga and the majority are on Peyton's side. Twitterville has been quite silent in past 2 days from Irsay. He overstepped the bounds, not Peyton (who doesn't tweet like a madman). Peyton's been silent for 14 years and would probably just appreciate some honesty from his friend. That's not a lot to ask after all the years of comittment and helping bring success to the Colts organization. As soon as the SB is over, Irsay and Manning should meet and put an end to this torture.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:39 pm
 

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

"Irsay is a buffoon. What kind of guy packs up his team in themiddle of the night and leaves without telling anyone? The people of Baltimore will tell you."  --mykltcollins

"What kind of guy?"  His FATHER. Are you Rip Van Winkle?









Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:41 am
 

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

To FTBALLGEnIOUS You got to be kidding me....Irsay is a buffoon that owes the Colts glory days to Manning....He was a loser before and is a loser now.     I sincerely hope those bashing manning now look at the teams with him and then without him.......Manning is the Colts...without him they are the Oakland Raiders of the East....Just plain suck. WOuld love to see Manning in Miami or Arizona...



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:32 am
 

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

Irsay is a buffoon. What kind of guy packs up his team in themiddle of the night and leaves without telling anyone? The people of Baltimore will tell you. He has loyaty only to his pocketbook and while that is fair, it is discraceful. Peyton is best to now leave withas much dignity as he can...He gets hurt and the owner turns his back....THe Colts were my favorite team when I was a kid....Johnny Unitas was a god!....



Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:25 am
 

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

I agree. In my opinion Manning is the best QB that I ever saw play.  



Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:22 am
 

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

I will never hate you Peyton!! Do not campare ypurself to Farve !! You are much better than that!! 


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Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:51 pm
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Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:37 pm
 

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

By the way the Irsays moved this team from Baltimore under some unsaviory circumstances and is still questionable to this day.  For all Indy fans read how your team was established and stolen from some other city.

Another point is that Brady had a very questionable receiving core during the Super Bowl winning days.  He has never had the high caliber that Peyton has.  What a crock Indy fans are.  Questionable at best.



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:27 pm
 

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

Hey TD44,

I think your post is spot on but take a look at your owner - he is by far 30-32nd in the league!!  Irsay has inherited this and will most likely make the wrong decision, which I have no problem with.  Who says that Manning is healthy?  I have not seen one report that states he is healthy enough to play in the NFL - I would hate to be the Doctor that signs off and something miserable happens.

The CAP is the problem and posting 28 Million is a stretch for someone that has not complteted a physcial.  The Manning family is doing what they do and manipulating the system.  I hate Indy but do think he is very damaged.

Irsay will run this franchise into the ground - good luck Indy!!



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:21 pm
 

Manning doesn't want Irsay talk to get 'personal'

Wow Colts 1844 you are clueless!!!
You play indoors half the season, and more since you play other teams indoors.  You have receivers that were far outclassing the Patriots receivers for years.  Are you crazy?  If you listen to ESPN they love the live talk of Manning when he yells crap on the line and "chaning plays" - give me a break.  Eli may end up being the better QB.

You should go have a stiff drink and think again hick.


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