Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: We chose Super Bowls over statistics

Peyton-Manning-and-Jim-IrsayWhen Peyton Manning retires, he will have only Johnny Unitas to contend with for the honor of greatest quarterback in Indianapolis (or Baltimore) Colts history. The numbers speak for themselves. Manning is probably the best regular season quarterback in NFL history, and he has a Super Bowl ring to go along with his incredible statistics. However, he has never been known as a phenomenal clutch performer.

Given the way Manning has played during the regular season, you would think he would have won multiple championships by now. Instead, he has a 9-11 career record in the postseason. His teams have had eight one-and-done performances in the playoffs and Manning has thrown more than one game-ending interception, including a pick-six in the Super Bowl against the New Orleans Saints. Is that why the Colts let him go?

“We’ve changed our model a little bit, because we wanted more than one of these,” Colts owner Jim Irsay told Jarrett Bell of USA Today Sports, flashing his Super Bowl XLI championship ring.” (Tom) Brady never had consistent numbers, but he has three of these. Pittsburgh had two, the Giants had two, Baltimore had two and we had one. That leaves you frustrated.

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

That says a lot. Irsay loves Peyton Manning, and he also pointed out in the same interview how pleased he is that Manning got to go to another team where he has a chance to win a Super Bowl. In fact, he said Peyton told him that the Colts had to draft Andrew Luck last year.

“He said, ‘You’ve got to take Andrew,’” Irsay recalled Manning saying to him. “‘You have to. You’re crazy if you don’t.’”

Without Manning, the Colts would likely have zero Super Bowls in the past decade. Chances are Irsay was trying to explain how it made more sense for Indy to not commit a massive chunk of its salary cap to Manning and instead draft a rookie stud, which is exactly what they did. However, he made it seem obvious he expected more than one championship from the Peyton Manning era. As our own LB pointed out a few weeks ago, Denver Broncos fans need to be wary about the fact that Super Bowls are not won in September and October.

Jim Irsay dyes hair blue to get fired up for Colts game against Seahawks


Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is at it again. In many ways, Irsay is hands down the coolest owner in all of sports. The guy once gave away thousands of dollars to a Twitter follower who guessed the score of an NFL game correctly. Not many owners would do something like that. In other ways, Irsay has the ability to scare the s— out of people with his craziness.

On Thursday night, Irsay tweeted that he is planning to give away more stuff on Sunday. He also included the photo you see above, which we probably could have lived without.

Who am I kidding — that picture is awesome. I criticized Irsay for dressing like a d-bag in a designer T-shirt last year to get pumped for the playoffs, but I guess this is just who he is. I don’t know if he’s hammered when he does this crap or what. What I do know is I ain’t mad at him for it anymore.

Jim Irsay on Indianapolis Colts’ offensive line: ‘I DEMAND better’

jim-irsayIndianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is apparently going to hold his team to a higher standard than usual this year. Or, at the very least, he seems intent on publicly criticizing it more when things go wrong, as evidenced by his apology for a “crap” preseason performance a few weeks ago.

The Colts only managed to squeak out a 21-17 win over an inferior Oakland Raiders team on Sunday thanks in large part to poor offensive line play. Andrew Luck was sacked a whopping four times after being hit quite a bit (41 sacks) in 2012. Back in January, Colts GM Ryan Grigson said the team was making it a priority during the offseason to bolster the offensive line. Irsay was still disgusted with the product.

Irsay is right. Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake is one of the best pass rushers in the game. He sacked Brandon Weeden 2.5 times in a win over the Cleveland Browns last week, and Miami will be looking to bring pressure again in Indy on Sunday. If the Colts can’t stop it, who knows what will happen. Considering he wears outfits like this to get geeked for the playoffs, we know Irsay isn’t messing around.

H/T Around the League

Colts owner Jim Irsay apologizes for ‘crap performance’ in preseason loss

Jim IrsayFollowing Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay on Twitter is like watching Mark Sanchez play quarterback — you never know what you’re going to get, but it usually makes you scratch your head. Expectations are high for the Colts heading into 2013 after Andrew Luck made the transition to the NFL level almost seamlessly last year. But on Sunday, Indy began the preseason with a loss to the Buffalo Bills.

No big deal, right? It is only the first game of the preseason, after all. Apparently the 44-20 was important to Irsay, who says he reprimanded his staff for the poor performance.

And you thought Irsay was just some rah-rah fan of his team who busts out designer T-shirts when he’s pumped for the playoffs? Think again. This dude wants to win, even in early August. I ain’t mad at him.

Jim Irsay reminds Drew Rosenhaus he has ‘SERIOUS coin’ for Ahmad Bradshaw

Jim IrsayThe Indianapolis Colts have been exploring the possibility of signing Ahmad Bradshaw to bolster their backfield. Any time a team is looking to sign a player who has tremendous upside but a history of injuries, negotiations can be tricky. However, Colts owner Jim Irsay just cannot seem to contain his excitement.

Irsay is currently recovering from hip-replacement surgery, but he took a few moments on Monday night to reach out to NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus, who happens to represent Bradshaw.

While the Colts owner did not mention Bradshaw by name, there’s a strong possibility that is who he is referring to. Rosenhaus responded by expressing a desire to finalize a deal as well.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wisely points out that it is the job of Indianapolis GM Ryan Grigson, who is the NFL’s reigning executive of the year, to negotiate a contract for Bradshaw. By admitting that the Colts are willing to pony up “serious coin” for the free agent, Irsay is crippling Grigson’s ability to negotiate from a point of leverage. Perhaps Jim should wait until he’s off the painkillers to start tweeting.

Then again, this isn’t the first time Irsay has become overly excited about free agent moves. At the end of the day, he’s more of just a fan who happens to be loaded.

Jim Irsay was super pumped about the Colts’ free agent moves!!!!!!

Jim IrsayThe Indianapolis Colts didn’t have the most notable day in free agency Tuesday, but the Twitter feed of team owner Jim Irsay sure suggested otherwise.

Irsay was promoting the team’s moves on his Twitter account, and you would have sworn the Colts had signed Mike Wallace and traded for Percy Harvin the way he was acting.

Shoot, after a tweet like that, you had to be excited. So what was the big news?

The Colts reached deals with OT Gosder Cherilus, DB Greg Toler, LB Erik Walden, OG Donald Thomas, and LB Lawrence Sidbury — none of whom are notable stars.

Because of the way he was hyping up the team’s moves, fans were understandably disappointed with the deals. That prompted a response from Irsay:

What a doofus.

Jim Irsay gave a Twitter follower $8,500 for guessing Patriots-Ravens score

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Hardly anyone predicted that the Baltimore Ravens would hold the New England Patriots to 13 points and defeat them with relative ease in the AFC Championship Game, let alone correctly guess the score of the game. One lucky (or brilliant) fan did just that, and he is now $8,500 richer because of it.

On Sunday, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted that he would give away $8,500 cash to one of his followers who predicted the exact score of the Pats-Ravens game before kickoff. Irsay offered a one-point cushion on either side of the score, and a Colts fan named Jason predicted that Baltimore would win 27-14. The Ravens beat the Patriots, 28-13. On Monday, Jason shared his story on a Phish message board (Fluff Head is a reference to a Phish song) and posted the photo that you see above of the package Irsay sent him.

Jason wasn’t the only person to win a contest stemming from Irsay’s Twitter account on Sunday. The Colts owner also asked his followers to guess the winner of the NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, the quarterback rating of the winning quarterback and the total score of the game. That contest was worth $2,000. He also gave away $500 to a follower who guessed who would win the Patriots-Ravens against the spread, which was New England -7. For any contest that had multiple winners, Irsay drew a name from a hat. It’s unclear if the other winners have received their prizes, but they did receive a congratulatory tweet from Irsay. Our guess is he paid up.

“I think (Irsay) is the best owner in the NFL,” Jason wrote on the forum.

Say what you will about Irsay and his love of tweeting (and himself), but that was one awesome Twitter giveaway. Can he afford it? Of course — he owns an NFL team. That doesn’t mean he has any obligation to going giving his fortune away to complete strangers. He’s probably the only owner that would do something like that.

H/T Deadspin