The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Colts

October 16, 2013

Irsay goes on defense

INDIANAPOLIS — Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday his comments about frustration over the lack of Super Bowl championships during the Peyton Manning era have been misconstrued.

Speaking inside the team's practice facility while surrounded by local and national media, Irsay reiterated he has the highest respect for the Denver quarterback and is proud of the team's accomplisments during Manning's 14 seasons in Indianapolis.

"There was never a negative comment towards Peyton," Irsay said. "(Broncos) Coach (John) Fox, I have great respect for him. I think he's just a tremendous man of integrity and an outstanding coach. I don't think that the comments, however they came back to people, I know they were misperceived."

The quote drawing the most ire comes from Tuesday's edition of USA Today. Irsay first told reporter Jarrett Bell he was frustrated watching New England, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and the New York Giants win multiple championships. Then he talked about the need for more balance on his own football team.

"You make the playoffs 11 times, and you're out in the first round seven out of 11 times," he said. "You love to have the 'Star Wars' numbers from Peyton and Marvin (Harrison) and Reggie (Wayne). Mostly, you love this."

At the end, Irsay flicked up his right hand to display his ring celebrating the Colts' Super Bowl XLI victory against Chicago.

During a Tuesday radio appearance, Fox called the comments a "cheap shot" directed toward Manning. He didn't back down during a conference call Wednesday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center but made it clear he was finished talking about the issue.

"I made those comments, they were yesterday's comments," Fox said. "I stand by them. Really, any commments moving forward will have to deal with the ballgame Sunday night there in Indianapolis."

Text Only
Colts
  • SPT - HB0322 - Grigson art Grigson happy with offseason additions Though he stopped just short of declaring his shopping spree over, Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson made it clear Friday he's happy with the team's offseason haul.

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0318 - Bremer mug George Bremer: Irsay's plight not about football Jim Irsay has a problem.

    March 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • George Bremer-2.JPG George Bremer: Irsay's plight not about football

    Jim Irsay has a problem.

    March 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • news_irsaymugshot.jpg Colts owner Jim Irsay arrested

    Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested Sunday night in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel on preliminary charges of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance, Hamilton County Sheriff's Department Deputy Bryant Orem said.

    March 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0316 - Nicks photo Nicks betting deal with Colts will pay off Hakeem Nicks is betting on himself. The 25-year-old wide receiver with a Super Bowl ring and a long injury history from five years with the New York Giants chose a fresh start in Indianapolis because he believes the pieces are in place for the franchise to make a long postseason run.

    March 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0315 - Nicks art Colts add WR Nicks on one-year deal The Indianapolis Colts wide receiver corps was severely depleted in the second half of the 2013 season. On Friday, the franchise bought an insurance policy for this fall.

    March 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0314 - Jones art Colts DL Jones comes from fighting family If nothing else, Arthur Jones is up for a fight. Most older brothers are confident they can best their younger siblings. But it jumps to another level when the younger brother is UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones.

    March 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0313 - Alex Mack Colts quiet on free agency's second day Wednesday was relatively quiet for the Indianapolis Colts, as general manager Ryan Grigson appeared content to let the market settle on Day 2 of free agency before making his next move.

    March 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0312 - Arthur Jones art Colts' focus mainly internal on Day 1 Ryan Grigson crossed his top offseason priority off the list Tuesday as the Indianapolis Colts spent the first day of NFL free agency largely retaining their own talent.

    March 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0311 - Bremer mug George Bremer: Free agency season is upon us The Colts are about to lose cornerback Vontae Davis. Unless, of course, the sides are about to agree on a new deal. Depends on whom you're following on Twitter and when you last checked your timeline.

    March 11, 2014 1 Photo

Colts Video
Twitter Updates
Reader Photos From Camp


Share your camp photos with us.

Colts Camp Webcast Archive