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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 28, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:49 pm

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

assuming peyton gets healthy and colts cut him,there's only one team he should end up with.HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!jones has plenty of money and a billion dollar stadium,and they are in bad need for a new "sheriff"in they can easily trade romo for a high pick,mayb even 2 picks in first 3 rounds.think how good this team could be with manning playing q.b.?

Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:34 pm

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

In Irsay's defense not many people stay around after a 2-14 season in any orginazation , the lose one man and they cant win a game ? Polian deserved to be fired he didnt have a back up quarterback and his son also , who only had the job because of daddy , and any coach will lose his job after a 2 win season of course unless he is john mckay with those 76 bumbling Bucs. Haha

Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:34 pm

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

Ummm yes please bring up Favre as an example. Give me a damn break Favre and Manning are/were great NFL QBs the resemblance stops there. If you were looking for a pertinent example try Montana's departure from SF. Favre retired, unretired, screwed his team, embarrassed himself and those close to him......Manning hurt his neck and is the epitome of class.

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:32 pm

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

Manning brought class to a organization that needed him.  Now the roles have changed,  but who is to say the Colt's LUCK may run out. What goes around comes around.

Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:20 pm

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

Manning is right so many changes so drastic Irsay was a classy owner supposedly different from his dad but his recent firings of so many people were not necessary front office and coach changes make sense but getting ride of trainers etc. is not good at all.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:51 pm

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

I listened to an Irsay interview 2 years ago.  The question was how the Colts turned things around to become a perinneal winner.  The guy patted himself on the back for what seemed like 5 minutes talking about his personnel decisions, coach hires, front office, brilliant talent evaluation and draft picks.  Not once did he mention Manning's name.  I hope they return to where they were pre-Manning.  Oh yeah, they already have.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:23 pm

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

Irsay,you sre not Jerry Jones,and the Colts are not the Dallas Cowboys.If it was not for Payton Indy would  have been a 2-14 team every year..He is the Horseshoe,the horse foot and hell the damm horse. Leave Payton alone,the boy from Stanford,nice kid,nice quarterbaack but he aint going to be your LUCK-Y horseshoe,not without  running backs,offensive linemen ,a defense and someone to teach him the ropes.

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:10 pm

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

Peyton is above Irsay and the Colts, he iconic.  He should stay above the fray.  If he can play, he will make more than 28 million ANYWHERE else.  I likely will be a fan of that team immediately.  I am glad Irsay FIRED that IDIOTIC Caldwell.  They just need to cool it for now.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:02 pm

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

Manning is the horseshoe! This is not the Baltimore version of the Colts. He is everything, look at this season as example #1. Take Brady off the Pats they still make a run for the playoffs, take Manning off and they are garbage. Irsay cannot win this, Release him and he will win a Super bowl somewhere else. Luck is the smart move, 12 more years of good QB play, but he will never be Manning. You will have to actually build a team around Luck for him to win. I do not even like Manning or the Colts, I am a Titans fan so please let him go.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:57 pm

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

the divorce dance has begun!!! peyton needs to start looking for houses in phoenix...

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