John Fox says Jim Irsay's comments about Peyton Manning were ungrateful

The Colts will be honoring Peyton Manning before Sunday's game, but is it really an honor?

10/16/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Mar 7, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay (right) announces that quarterback Peyton Manning (left) will be released and become a free agent during a press conference at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsPeyton Manning was arguably the greatest Colts player of all time. For the first time ever, he will be playing in Indianapolis as the visitor, this time against the Colts.

The Colts have planned a tribute to him, and many people are questioning the motives behind it.

Everyone knows that Manning is a creature of habit. He has a very precise pre-game ritual, and has it timed down to the minute. A tribute to him will likely have to occur without his participation, and the only thing it could possibly do for Peyton is interfere with his normal routine.

For obvious reasons, he most likely has no interest in participating, and just wants to play football as normal. But of course, the Colts are insisting on honoring him somehow, and Colts owner Jim Irsay is also talking a bit about Peyton this week leading up to the game. That's also causing some contention, particularly with Broncos coach John Fox, who says Irsay is being 'ungrateful.'

First, Irsay's comments:
"We've changed our model a little bit, because we wanted more than one of these. [Irsay holds up his Super Bowl ring] 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 and Reggie. Mostly, you love this[the ring, again]."

Irsay went on to say that when the Colts finally DID win the Super Bowl, it was because they ran the ball and they stopped the run. Basically, it wasn't because of Peyton Manning.

The thing is... Irsay is right. When the Colts won the Super Bowl, Manning wasn't spectacular. He wasn't awful, as he was in many of their playoff losses, but he also wasn't brilliant. He was just ok. But as Irsay said, they stopped the run and ran the ball well. That's what earned them the win.

John Fox feels like that was a slight against Peyton, and spoke out against Irsay:
"I saw the comments. And to be honest with you, I thought it was a bit of a cheap shot. 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 four MVP awards ... be thankful of that one Super Bowl ring, because a lot of people don't have one."

Fox might be overreacting a bit, and I don't think anyone in Indianapolis is ungrateful for the time that Peyton Manning spent there. Particularly Jim Irsay, who realistically gained the most from the Peyton Manning era.

We'll see if this has any impact on Manning and the Broncos' performance on Sunday night, and hopefully it's a great game either way.
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10/16/13   |   Jess   |   35116 respect

(Edited by Jess)

Annnnd...if they didn't have Peyton then, who's to say they would have gone to the SB in the first place? Maybe he chokes in the post season, but a lot of QB's can't even get that far. So let Peyton take you to the playoffs, and work as a TEAM (ie: run the ball, stop the run, do what you have to do) to take it the rest of the way.

Irsay is starting to turn me off of the Colts.