If Peyton Manning didn’t already have enough motivation to play his old team, the Indianapolis Colts, more fuel was thrown to the fire the last few days. Colts owner Jim Irsay has been pretty outspoken the past few days, saying recently he was frustrated that the Colts only won one Super Bowl despite an unprecedented 11 postseason appearances under Manning.
Pretty curious timing, Mr. Irsay. Former Colts like Tony Dungy think Irsay is doing this specifically to provoke Manning and maybe get him off of his game. If that is the case it is a very weasely move by Irsay. Manning laid his blood, sweat, and tears out there for 13 years for the Colts organization. While they did only win one Super Bowl Manning put the team on his back often on teams with bad defense and special teams play. I think Manning would have quite the collection of rings if he had a better team around him.
Irsay should be focusing on the here and now instead of dwelling on the past. He has his new quarterback of the future in Andrew Luck, and the future looks to be in good hands with him. In fact, Irsay said Manning actually endorsed the Luck pick after he had his neck injury showing a real act of selflessness on Manning’s part.
Instead, for some insane reason Irsay wanted to criticize and tear Manning down. Now is not the time to pick apart Manning’s game. He is on pace to have an all-time record setting season with the Denver Broncos. He has 22 touchdown passes through six games and is as locked in as any quarterback I have seen in the modern era.
Irsay should keep his mouth shut. The Colts may not even still be in Indianapolis if it weren’t for Manning and has accolades. He made that organization what is today, and Manning is also not the type of guy you want to perturb. I imagine we will see why on Sunday night.