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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: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:29 am

Peyton Manning

Does no one realize what Peyton Manning has done??? He may not have won as many championships as Montana or Brady, but................


Through his own innovations----no-huddle, calling plays on the fly based on the defense---he is the most dynamic player in decades. He is the only NFL quarterback since Johnny Unitas to actually call his own plays on the field, because he knew the playbook better than the head coach (Dungy certainly was aware of this) as well as the Offensive Coordinator!!!

EVERY quarterback---NFL, College, or High School----imitates Manning's style of play these days (even his brother). He was not MVP FOUR TIMES for nothing!!

Folks, this is a legend that you may be priveledged to watch again.....I am NOT a Colts fan, but I certainly appreciate the excellence that Peyton Manning has shown....

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:04 am

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

Unless Peyton Manning says he cannot play he is too good of a PROVEN player to cut or trade.  Especially to take a chance on an unproven college QB named Andrew Luck. 

With Mannings style of play if he can throw the ball without it hurting his neck or shoulder all the Colts have to do is make sure he doesnt get hit a ton and he could easily last another 10 years in the NFL.  His #1 asset is reading defenses, and #2 is his accuracy.  He was never a runner so this injury doesnt affect that. 

Even Manning at 75% hes better than Tim Tebow, 80% of the other NFL starting quarterbacks and even yes Andrew Luck.  I just dont understand how you can drop Manning without knowing if he can go knowing how good he was.  And if he can't go you ask him to be the offensive coordinator. 

No matter what if the Colts are smart Manning will only leave Indianapolis when he retires from footbal entirely or dies.

Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:50 am

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

26 million?  I'm pretty sure he owes peyton a hell of a lot more than that even.  He's sticking up for the people he fired. Get a clue.

Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:44 am


 Of course a business owner has, and should have, the calls for his own business. BUT, NFL football is NOT like "any other business", especially when you got handed a club on a silver platter that you had contributed absolutely NOTHING!! (Unlike Curly Lambeau, George Halas, Paul Brown, et al.)

EVERYONE works for somebody else….be it a railroad CEO, an Automobile president, or a meat packer. Like the cattle baron that Duke plays in “McClintock”…&rd
quo;I work for every person who buys a steak in a restaurant.”

Peyton Manning has done more for the Indianapolis Colts than anyone else (especially silver-spoon Jimmy-boy Irsay)---they were losers before him, and they’ll be losers when he makes the smart move to move on to a REAL contender.

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:35 am

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

Hey, can we lose that awful picture?  It was bad enough the first time. It looks like it came straight from a tabloid and only lacks a cut & pasted Irsay glaring back.  What next, headlines of marriage rumors and weight loss tips?

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:32 am

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

Will Brinson, are you nuts?  You up the antie with inflammatory words like "hate" between Green Bay and Favre (wanna ask how many Packer fans still love Brett Favre, however odd the exit?), you exercise poor judgment bringing that into the Manning situation (which is NOT a perfect example), and all but peg Manning gone (do you know something the rest of planet earth doesn't?).  You do well to put the dialog into perspective, but stop the unnecessary parallels that risk Manning's reputation and slant the content. No spin necessary.  Life's tough enough for Peyton and Colts fans without your help.

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:08 am

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

Methinks that Andrew Luck's camp is paying close attention to this situation. Me also think that he's more likely to pull a John Elway to the Indianapolis Colts. 

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:24 am

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

Manning should go ahead and put on a Redskins, Dolphins or 49ers jersey and call it a day. I hope Luck Blows and there are many more 2-14 seasons in the Colts future. It is clear after this year that Manning built the Colts and not the GM or owner. They built a 2-14 team that was the worst in football that Manning magically turns into a contender EVERY YEAR! If Manning is healthy they should trade the #1 pick and reload around Manning. Luck is not the bad guy here. It is the owner 100%.

Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:21 am

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

Property is cheap, cheap, cheap in Arizona. Peyton will do well, he'll get himself a nice spread, great weather, great golfing, great situation.  Peyton will bring a Super Bowl to the desert !!!

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:13 am

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

"But its funny to read about him telling Manning to put the horseshoe first (or some stupid thing he said) while tweeting away for the world to see."

@Monex, I see your point. One problem, my friend: Irsay  owns the team. Any one of us posting here would reserve the right to do as we want with OUR team if it WERE our team. Anyone saying they wouldn't is a damn liar. 

That being said, sorry, but I once knew Bob Irsay, you know, Jim's dad. Here's the reality: Bob moved the Colts from Baltimore when the league or the city didn't want him to. Football life moved on.  Bob told John Elway to high-tail it when he didn't want to play for the Colts. Again, football life moved on. Get the picture?  At the end of the day, if you're an owner of a franchise (i.e. any business) you DO own the right to do what and as you please with it. It's your money. Any fool that does NOT understand that can never, ever own a business. Those individuals are sentenced to work for somebody else, relegated to do as they're told, and if they don't like it they can go find a job elsewhere...just like Peyton now. Get it?  In the end, it's Jim Irsay giving Peyton money for his service, not the other way around. Don't get me wrong, I like, respect and admire everything Peyton's done on the field. But he's no politician or lobbyist; he's a football player. As soon as he gets that, he'll shut up and move on. 'Nuff said.  

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