On Tuesday, we pointed out some comments by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay about the team's release of Manning in 2012, and mentioned how some of those quotes could be interpreted as an insult to the quarterback.
A string of responses came throughout the course of the day. Denver Broncos coach John Fox called Irsay's quotes "a cheap shot" at Manning. Former Colts general manager Bill Polian said Irsay should be grateful to have a Super Bowl ring at all. And former Colts coach Tony Dungy directly contradicted Irsay, saying that "in hindsight" the owner probably regrets the Manning decision.
The only person who seemingly hasn't chimed in is Manning himself.
As the opinions spilled out, we waited patiently for Irsay's Twitter response. It came late Tuesday night:
Those expressing negatIvity about the concept of building well rounded teams around great QBs 2 achieve Championships have negative agendasâ Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 16, 2013
The noise doesn't bother me,to quote the most loved Ind Colt of all time"I wanted to stay,Jim wanted me to stay,circumstances forced r hand"â Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 16, 2013
(In case you didn't know, that was Manning he quoted.)
So Colt Fans,we're gonna have a fantastic tribute for Peyton..an incredible,historic football game!! Hopefully a memorable,close ball game!â Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 16, 2013
Sunday is a big night for Irsay. It doesn't sound like he's going to let this bit of controversy stop his party from rolling on a positive beat. He ended his Twitter response with a little joke:
4 old time sake,a few Peyton completions to old teammates..only this time defensive old teammates like #41:) :) :) Let's bring good energy!â Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 16, 2013
UPDATE: You thought that would be all we'd hear from Mr. Irsay today, didn't you? Wrong.
Not long after The Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz posted an insightful opinion on the matter -- mentioning the play of defense and specials teams -- Irsay dropped a couple more tweets.
My comments meant if we gave Peyton better SP Teams n Def,we would have won more than 1 Sup/Bowl,instead of asking Peyton 2do too muchâ Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 16, 2013
It's hard 2C how any individual could understand them any other way,but CONTRO sells so I understand the games "Let's get something started"â Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 16, 2013