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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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Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:13 pm

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

Sorry but no way does Brady win half the games Manning did if Brady played for Indy! Brady stands behind a great Oline for 5 seconds and then throws the ball while Manning gets rid of it in 2 seconds or less because of a bad line. Manning has never had a good D while the Pats have had very good D's in the past with Brady. Manning would have had more rings than Brady if he had been in Parsie land!

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:10 pm

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

Come on dude, the fans always supported the Baltimore Colts...Assray just went into a temper tantrum because he didn't get his way. At least when we got Cleveland's team we gave them back their name and uniforms. We didn't bend them over the table like Assray did to Baltimore. Now listen to Assray Jr. trying to talk his way out of the bonus and PM put his club on the map. Must be nice to poop on people you claim is your family.

Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:33 pm

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

I agree 100% you are dead on with your comment and I live in Indy its crazy now around here.

Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:29 pm

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

I agree 100% they also better hope that its not the Jets I myself do not want him to go there or Miami I am a Patriots fan and I
am tired of the hype between him and Brady he is not in Bradys league to me, he will not get another Super Bowl ring that ship has
sailed he should just retire while he is on top.

Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:21 pm

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

Irsay left Baltimore at the last minute,  before the city could steal hiis team away from him, and after the fans refused to support his team.
I went to some Baltimore Colts games and thought the fans were down to earth, but they did not stay with the team when the team was in a losing state. Manning is well paid and Irsay has not said anything against him till he butted his nose in front office business.  

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:09 pm

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

I highly dislike Irsay.  He has proved to be a real windbag.  He is one of those that runs around thinking his money means he can be a priick.  I hope he lets Manning go so Manning can go elsewhere and continue to pound on the Colts like everyone else.  Irsay is an idiot to let Manning go if he is healthy.  The guy is more than special.  He not only plays QB and leads the team, but also is the Offensive coordinator in calling the plays.  There has never been a QB like him with his success.  He may be gone for them, but every NFL team out there that wants to try and win a SB, should be itching to get ahold of him.  If they don't like what they are paying him, don't have an OC. 

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:06 pm

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

Now that Irsay has rebooted the organization with Grigson and Pagano, now is the time for Irsay forthrightly address the PM issue.  The handwriting has been on the wall for a good while, and even more so after the club has failed to communicate with PM about its new direction. 

Delaying the looming divorce is an injustice for all involved – the club, PM, and fans.  The ball is squarely in Irsay’s court to commence dialogue with PM today – not tomorrow.  Then soon after the Super Bowl make the announcement to allow everyone to move on with their lives.

It seems that Irsay is trying to position himself to schmooze things over with PM and fans in hopes of maybe convincing PM to retire and take a coaching position with the club, but increasingly it seems that Irsay is painting himself into a corner.  Irsay needs to quit dawdling.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:11 pm

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

Peyton is not as smart as I thought.  Open mouth, insert $28 million dollar foot.  Good-bye.  Irsay is even dumber.  In commenting to the press about Manning keeping his remarks in the family, Irsay did exactly what he accused Peyton of doing.  It would have been cool if Irsay had shut the hell up.  But he is the owner.  Newt stands next to his mistress turned wife and wants to be a family-values forgiven Catholic.  Irsay says Peyton shouldn't have made remarks to the press and then does the same.  And he doesn't get it.  But he is the fat-cat owner and a hog-joweled blustery bag of wind. 

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:05 pm

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

Manning IS gone but there will be no trade. if he is not healthy enough by march then Assray will have no choice but to not pay the bonus thereby making Manning a free agent. Then let the sweepstakes begin! if this guy can play and is healthy and sure seems mentally ready, Assray better hope he leaves the afc or the horseshoe is gonna get a spanking from whatever team he plays for. hopefully miami so he can do it twice!

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:49 pm

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

The writing has been on the wall since the middle of the regular season that Peyton Manning's done as an Indianapolis Colts player. Then all the moves owner Jim Irsay's made since the end of the season are the icing on the cake, but I'm shocked at how many people keep talking like Manning may stay, wake up he's gone and stuff has already gotten personal.

The only question left is how will Manning leave? Will he be an unrestricted free agent after being released or will there be a trade of some sort? Or ...........does Manning retire and ride off into the sunset? Anything is possible in my opinion.

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