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John Fox calls Jim Irsay comments a ‘cheap shot’ at Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning BroncosDenver Broncos head coach John Fox responded to Jim Irsay seemingly slighting Peyton Manning by calling the comments of the Indianapolis Colts owner a “cheap shot.”

The Broncos are visiting the Colts on Sunday for what will be Manning’s first game back at Lucas Oil Stadium since the team cut him following multiple neck surgeries and replaced him with No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck.

In an interview with USA Today, Irsay expressed disappointment that the Colts only won one Super Bowl during the Peyton Manning era. He also took a shot at Manning’s tendency to put up huge numbers and fizzle out in the playoffs.

[Related: Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: We chose Super Bowls over stats]

On Tuesday, Fox responded to Irsay and defended his quarterback during an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio’s “Movin’ the Chains” hosted by Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan.

“I saw the comments. And to be honest with you, I thought it was a bit of a cheap shot,” Fox told the hosts. “To me, in my opinion, they were disappointing and inappropriate.

“Peyton would never say anything. He’s too classy to do that. They sounded a little ungrateful and unappreciative to me. For a guy who has set a standard, won a Super Bowl, won division titles, won four MVP awards. I’d be thankful for that one Super Bowl ring, because a lot of people don’t have one.”

Many insiders believe that Fox calling Irsay’s comments “inappropriate” and a “cheap shot” is also a representation of how Manning feels. Like Fox said, Manning is above responding publicly to avoid joining the circus leading up to the game, so Fox is saying it for him.

Below you can hear Fox’s comments.



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  • Bmore Bruiser

    I am a native of Baltimore and I remember when the Colts left the city and how devastated the fans were. I remember meeting Lenny Moore and Johnny Unitas. It sickens football fans in Bmore that the Irsays took not only the team but our history with them. Well, time heals all wounds. I’m so grateful that we now have a class act team and owner in Bmore. Good “Luck” Irsays, you are going to need it.

  • phil

    Exactly. Jim Irsay is a fool for cutting Manning. He is having one heck of a season so his neck is fine. I hope the Broncos win 49-0 and Manning throws 7 TD passes against his former team.

  • NFL Madness

    No matter how many cheap shots Irsay takes at Peyton, he will never respond. He will always say how grateful he is for the Colts giving him a chance. He has always been classy and he will always be classy. FLUCK IRSAY! UNGRATEFUL AND SELFISH, JUST LIKE HIS DAD!

  • Tumblindice58

    Yah just consider the calibre of the source,That being Irsay because they are so chickensh!t that they left Baltimore in the middle of the night,Be afrad Andrew Luck because he will throw you away when the chance arrises!

  • Steve Terrill

    Like his dad, Jim Irsay is a pig in pig’s clothing, albeit very expensive clothing. I remember stories about Bob irsay and Bill Bidwell fighting over food at the owners’ meetings. Irsay better be glad that Manning did as well as he did and at least got them into the play offs every year with some of the teams they had. Elway took the Broncos to 3 Super Bowls before they got Terrell Davis and Neal Smith to put them over the top and win back to back bowls. No one ever complained about Elway. Irsay made a rather bold move in cutting Manning and drafting Luck and it appears to be working for both the Colts and Manning, So a class act owner would be grateful for all the season tickets Manning sold, merchandise and national publicity and thank Peyton for his years with the Colts and be excited about his current team. Although Irsay does have a lot of class, it is all “low”!

  • Steve Terrill

    I like how Fox sticks up for his players. As a Chiefs fan, I hate the Broncos on the field but admire their organization and the moves that John Elway has made to make the team a winner again. Should be a couple of interesting games in late Nov. and early Dec.

  • Brian Shannon

    Manning is going to make a statement in response to what Irsay said….it will come in the form of 4 TD’s and 475 yards……and the crowd will give him a standing ovation at the beginning and the end of the game. Colts fans know how much Peyton meant to their franchise…it’s a shame the owners are being petty in their attitude towards him. They let him go, he didn’t leave them.

  • chas territo

    so what? Irsay spoke his mind, how is that bad? He spoke the truth, Peyton is a choke artist, his record shows that. I have always liked Peyton, but facts are truth. Why get your panties in a bunch when the truth is in your faces? Grow a set, please.

  • Steve Oliver

    That is a head coaches job, to defend his QB. Even though the comments from the Colts owner were true and personal feelings, he should have left them personal. I do agree with the Fox reply that he should be happy for that 1 Superbowl ring. I believe that Luck is a good QB, but after he wins his 2nd Superbowl for the Colts then Irsay can make his comments.

  • Steve Oliver

    Well said!

  • chas territo

    I agree, Irsay should have kept his mouth shut, it is a closed door thing and should not be public, but it is.I stand by my reply, he spoke the truth that many have not said.GO BILLS!!

  • Ryan

    So not winning is all on Peyton? he didn’t have the greatest defenses. You can’t expect him to throw 5 touchdowns a game. I’m a broncos fan and even I am saying that Denver’s defense has to figure it out quick or they won’t be winning it all this year.

  • lflm

    Peyton Manning is a Class Act, great quarterback and really a Team Player. I am an ardent fan of Peyton Manning. Broncos, protect your quarterback and win the Super Bowl – your fans are rightfully counting on you – you have the Best Quarterback in the league – a truly good man!!!

  • hatchet35

    Payton is a great quarterback but not the only one. He is a media darling. A owner looks at bottom line Super Bowls means $$$ .Evan little brother has more rings. What he said is right.

  • oxymoronx

    Chas territo: Peyton’s many acomplishments, while contributing immensely to the Colt winning record and always keeping them in the running, reflect upon Peyton and his team, not Mr. Isray, who has acomplished zip. He is a rich man, but no thanks to him. He inherited it all from his father. Isray, himself, has done nothing, other than inexplicably trade away a QB that Ray Lewis calls the greatest of his generation, Isray is getting some heat for his stupid trade, and he is trying to defend it by saying Peyton did not come through where it counted – winning the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl trophy, while awarded to the winning team, goes to the owner. It’s his trophy. I guess Isray feels people would be handing out accolades to him instead of Peyton if he could be photographed in front of a trophy case with four or five Super Bowl trophies in it.. Isray is just jealous and embarassed because he made such a dumb decision in trading Peyton away. And for you to call Peyton a choke artist is one of the dumbest football statements I have ever read. If I had to pick a QB to play for my life, I’d pick Peyton in a micro second. I’ll grow a set if you will grow a brain.

  • Anthony13

    I’m certainly not defending him, but Jim Irsay may or may not be ungrateful. He may have simply used a poor word choice of words. He is, without doubt, ignorant of the difference between not winning and losing. And there IS a difference. Peyton Manning gave Indianapolis the opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl almost every year he was with the team. I bet at least half of the NFL franchises would have loved to have had him, and those opportunities. I’m also betting that Peyton Manning doesn’t really give two sh*ts what Irsay thinks. I’m sure he’s too busy winning in Denver to be bothered.

  • http://www.11phenomenon.com/ 11phenomenon

    So one Super Bowl in 14 year is great. Tebow getting a playoff win after inheriting a 1-4 team in his first close to full-time shot was worthy of being tossed aside. What genius!

  • http://www.11phenomenon.com/ 11phenomenon

    And then Manning chokes again in the playoffs. Against the Colts.

  • http://www.11phenomenon.com/ 11phenomenon

    He was classy wanting a bunch of money after serious injury. He was also classy jumping into Tebow’s spot. Then classy again when he didn’t get the playoff win Tebow got. So if you don’t run your mouth you are classy. Got it.

  • http://www.11phenomenon.com/ 11phenomenon

    A lot of people were complaining about Elway being a loser. Remember it well.

  • http://www.11phenomenon.com/ 11phenomenon

    Bottom line is about winning. True enough.

  • http://www.11phenomenon.com/ 11phenomenon

    I think it was too close to the truth. That is why some people are upset.

  • http://www.11phenomenon.com/ 11phenomenon

    Tebow got the Broncos farther than Peyton did. Peyton’s team was a year more experienced… Tebow was somehow the one they wanted out. So run up the stats in the regular season boys… Lets see if Peyton can get the ring Tebow was given less than one year to get.

  • Concretejimmy

    Against a sorry Steeler team. What are the Steelers doing now?

  • Concretejimmy

    I think he purposely tried to destroy Baltimore football. I bet he is the reason the NFL wouldn’t give Baltimore a football team. And Modell said ” Then I will”. And Baltimore had a CFL team that won a championship in it’s 2nd season. I went to some games. Baltimore just wanted an NFL team. Not the Browns history or name. Irsay is a POS. Like father, like son.

  • Concretejimmy

    Watching the Ravens stomp the Colts in Baltimore was great. A lot of people thought the Colts would win. I knew they didn’t stand a chance. What did Andrew Luck do? Absolutely nothing. Throw about 6 picks. LOL

  • Concretejimmy

    On to Denver. The rest is history.

  • Concretejimmy

    Fox and Del Rio are good coaches. Don’t buy into the Broncos defense isn’t that good. They don’t have to be right now. Saving it for the playoffs. Von Miller will be back.

  • Steve Terrill

    He was the QB on three teams that got totally destroyed in the Super Bowl. But he also believed in himself enough to keep trying to prove that he was a winner and the owner and the coach believed in him enough to surround him with more talent and when they did, he won back-to-back Super Bowls! It’s more than one player, no matter how good he is. The Colts have won no Super Bowls without him so we will see how they do with Luck at QB. I personally doubt if Manning even makes it through the whole season. If the Faguars can put that much pressure on him and knock him down 5 times like they did, he is going to have a hard time staying healthy.

  • Steve Terrill

    You are right, Manning will be in the Hall of Fame and Irsay will just be in a hall.

  • Steve Terrill

    I would be more worried about their OL after their performance against the Faguars last week resulting in Manning get knocked down 5 times than their defense. Be interesting to see how good Miller is without drugs.

  • Steve Terrill

    Gotta remember that the Irsays and the Bidwells (owners of the Cardinals) used to get in fist fights over who got the last of the food at NFL dinner meetings! Jim Irsay is just like his dad: cheap, classless, mean spirited and delusional about his contribution to the Colts success.

  • Steve Terrill

    The Steelers team that Tebow beat wasn’t anywhere close to the caliber of the Ravens last year. Tebow is his own worst enemy. Peyton is a leader, Tebow is a whiner

  • Steve Terrill

    He didn’t trade him, he cut him

  • http://www.11phenomenon.com/ 11phenomenon

    What a lame response. The Ravens are 3-3 this year so I guess they weren’t that good last year. I guess the Chiefs aren’t good this year because they sucked last year. And the Giants games from last year don’t count because of their record thus far. Speaking of the Giants. Their quarterback (little brother) has a couple Super Bowls. The Steelers game was two years ago and they were big favorites. Lol. And by the way, Peyton didn’t beat any team in the playoffs last year.

  • Steve Terrill

    Who do you think the Giants would rather have right now, Peyton with his one ring or Eli with his two?

  • NFL Madness

    I’m glad you got it.

  • Signal Hill

    Jim Irsay is a complete, classless clown!!! He will never amount to anything, other than a big mouth owner….a jerk to fans of football, and especially fans of one of the best QB’s of all time, Peyton Manning!!! Go Peyton Go!! You are the best!!!!!!

  • chas territo

    He may be like you said, but…? He has amounted to something. letting your anger make you stupid is, well, stupid. The man has millions and yes, some was inherited, but more was made by him.