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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 22, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:32 am

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

With Colts Peyton Manning looking at a 28 or whatever the amount of a million dollar bonus coming up, I don't see how the Colts can keep and still sign Andrew Luck to a decent contract. There are plenty of other organizations who love to woo and bid for Peyton. Geez, he's one of the greatest QBs of all time...and if he's healthy, I'm sure there will be a lot of suitors.

Just think for a moment...the Redskins, Vikings, Seahawks, Cardinals, just to name a few. Also, I'm tired of hearing about Brett Favre...his name and the debacle with the Packers always has to come up. Leave Brett at home where he belongs. I don't think he will replace Alex Smith with the 49ers...but who knows. The Dolphins are another target...there are plenty who need him.

I hope he lands in a good spot with a good situation...Peyton has been a good ambassador for the NFL and he should have a shot at another ring. I think his brother, Giants QB Eli Manning will have 2 after next weekend. Don't ask me why, just a feeling I have.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:21 am

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

hey pat fan get oveer yourself! brady is great no one argues that but manning ranks right there with him.

dotneck - agree with most of your post but the one thing everyone is missing here - peyton called irsay out for not communicating with anyone what his plans are and basically has told the fans"your team may be crap so dont purchase those season tickets just yet!"

that is irsay biggest fear - $$$$$ fans wont support luck and the crap load of rookies there are about to bring in... and i dont blame them! who looks forward to a 5-11 season and that is only due to the fact that they will play a last place schedule. good LUCK (yes i know weak) with bringing fans in to see that crap. maybe they can play Stl every week and get to .500

peyton - enjoy SF! no one has mentioned that team and with Smith in a contract year dont be surprised to see peyton head to a natural grass team with a boatload of talent!      

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:05 am
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Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 7:39 am

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

If Manning says that he wants to keep it professional, then that is almost like asking to be released.  I think anyone looking at this situation from a purely football standpoint sees the same thing:

Why would you in the midst of a rebuilding process want to give a huge roster bonus and big contact to a player who is in the last few years of his career, coming off of major surgery that might alter his play (if he is even able to play at all) when you can pick the #1 QB the past two years and start fresh?

To me it is a no-brainer from a professional standpoint.

I agree with all the posters who say there is a loyalty factor.  Peyton made the Colts, he made their owner a lot of money, and should be compensated.  But to look at it from a purely professional, purely football standpoint, I am not sure there is any way to justify keeping Manning on board.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:49 am

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

Its already a done deal Irsay is overhauling the Colts Peyton will go on to have success elsewhere why the colts wait for Luck to develop! and Peyton isnt only longtime colt they maybe gone in offseason reggie wayne is free agent and they might let dallas clark go also they are completely changing the team in INDY and will regret it before its all said and done when they watch Peyton get another Ring in Teal and Orange(gotta hope)

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:46 am

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

Jim Kelly wasnt the only one to call his own plays Dan the Man did it his entire career in Miami!!!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:39 am

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

Assuming Peyton finds himself in the healthy camp over the next 6 weeks, I'll be interested to see how things unfold.  More so than just about any other professional scenario...Peyton has, is, and always will be, The Colt.  Mr. Irsay would do quite well to understand the man who has buttered his families bread!

To create a villain out of Peyton will not sit well with anyone.  It is Peyton who suggested his contract be structured in such a way that would allow the Colts to exercise his option (or not), come March.  The roster bonus was put in place, at $28 million, to allow the Colts the 'out" in the event Peyton had not recovered.  And it was Peyton's idea, to protect the organization. 

To have Irsay get testy with Manning, while keeping in mind everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, that Peyton has done....WOW! 

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:24 am

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

Much as it pains to me to say as a patriot fan you are 100% right dotneck, peyton has done alot for the game and made the colts an awful lot of money so what is his reward?  He will be tossed aside like a bag of rotten tangerines, i hope this luck kid falls flat on his face and this all blows up in the Colts faces.

I wish peyton all the luck in the world in whatever team he goes to next, just hope its not the jets!  He should try Arizona and play with Larry Fitzgerald, that would be something. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:18 am

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

@dotneck335  ....While I agree Manning is a great QB and in fact he is in the conversation as one of the greates of all time,  its absurd to say he is the ONLY one since Unitas to call his own plays.  As far as his innovations, do you remmber Jim Kelly and the Bills teams from the early 90's?  If not , watch some film.   Who is the link between the Kelly era and the Manning era?  Bill Polian.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:32 am

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

The Colts are in the dysfunctional family syndrome right now. The first rule is 'don't tell anyone about it'.
It helps reinforce the denial. Irsay's not going to be able to pack up and drive away in the night on this one.

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