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Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:59 am
Edited on: January 29, 2012 10:59 am
 
Irsay denies he's already made a decision on Manning. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Saturday we brought you the report that a decision on Peyton Manning's future was made "weeks ago," and that Jim Irsay and the Colts were prepared to move on without No. 18 before they ever hired Ryan Grigson as the team's general manager.

That news spread like wildfire and eventually made its way into Irsay's ears, which means that his opinion made its way onto his Twitter feed.

"No he hasn't been released nor was a decision reached weeks ago," Irsay tweeted on Friday night.


Of course Manning hasn't been released: Manning wouldn't be talking about himself as the Colts quarterback if he'd been released. And he'd probably already be negotiating with other teams.

And perhaps a decision, in the official sense of the word, hasn't been reached yet. Irsay has until March 8 to make a final call on Manning and jumping the gun on his final decision wouldn't be prudent, particularly considering that Manning could make progress, physically, over the next month or so.

Neither would admitting that Manning's done in Indy immediately before the entire world turns its collective football-watching eyes onto the Colts hometown for the next week plus.

And maybe Irsay's simply leaning strongly one way and giving himself the option to flip-flop as the deadline nears.

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:59 pm
 

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

Unless some team is willing to give him the veterans min. and have him sign more than a few documents stating that this yet unknown team will not be responsible if anything happens to his neck. 

WHAT?  If Peyton Manning plays he's going to make MASSIVE DOLLARS and a ton of up front money will be included in his new deal. The veterans minimum?  He wouldn't get outta bed for that kind of money.   Were you joking when you typed that?

Peyton, you were great. But why in the world would you risk literally your life to play football?


Do you believe what you just typed?  You really think Manning would take ANY CHANCE at all of risking his life to play football?  

You don't know a thing about that injury, since a family member of mine just had a similar surgery a few months ago I know a little bit.

As long as the surgery was successful and Manning's neck completely heals and the fusion takes, he's no more at risk of getting hurt then any other qb in today's NFL.




Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:50 pm
 

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

see below in quotes, a 2007 article regarding peyton's older brother cooper manning who also had a degenerative nerve condition in his neck. does this sound familiar? peyton is "done" and if he tries to play football again he is dumb.. go out on your own terms, bro

"Things are good for Cooper these days. He underwent another surgery, a cervical fusion, and his only restrictions are avoiding serious jolts. So he has given up physical sports such as skiing. "The most dangerous thing I do is drive a car," he says. All that lingers from his past problem: He can't shake hands quite as firmly as his dad taught him as a youngster. He keeps one small reminder of the old days in his wallet. It's his official dining pass from Ole Miss, showing Cooper as a head-shaven freshman with a well-muscled neck, looking ready for his first collegiate season. "It's from early August, about a month or so before I left," he says. "But I don't keep it for any big reason. It's for the bald effect. I always thought it was funny." Through it all, Cooper has retained his positive outlook. The upbeat kid always looking for a laugh refused to let his ordeal keep him down. He says he's not wired with a "why me?" personality and thinks maybe he was better equipped to deal with the setback than Peyton or Eli."




Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:30 pm
 

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

Irsay and Manning can say whatever they want. But everybody knows how this is going to play out. Manning will continue to try to work out, with Irsay watching, and then right before the 28 million dollar deadline, they'll call a press conference to tell everybody how it was such a gut wrentching decision to let Manning go. When the real reason Irsay is watching, is to see if he can trade Manning. I don't care how good you are, 36 year old QB's that just had 3 neck surgeries, missed the entire season, and by all accounts might never throw the same again, won't get much play. Unless some team is willing to give him the veterans min. and have him sign more than a few documents stating that this yet unknown team will not be responsible if anything happens to his neck.
I just don't think that there are that many teams that would want any part of that situation. It's probably better if this unknown team would just draft a QB.
Peyton, you were great. But why in the world would you risk literally your life to play football?

 




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:09 pm
 

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

See Redwings. You believe everything the media says. Lets not forget how many injuries the colts had on their offense and defense. Again this year injuries. And you wanna talk about football knowledge. Quit believing everything the media says and Oh yeah stick to hockey.

You're funny and nice try but you're wrong.  First of all don't be fooled by my username, I've forgotten more about the NFL then you'll ever know son.

Second of all the players I mentioned, key players the Colts depend on with or without injuries are players over 30 years, some well over 30.  

But you keep believing Peyton Manning and injuries are the only reasons the Colts sucked this year... talk to me at the end of October when the Colts are 1-7 or 2-6 again, we'll have a nice discussion at that time.

The Colts are rebuilding, they are NOT a playoff team right now let alone a contender and won't be for a while.





Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:34 pm
 

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

Am I the only one that is sick ofthe whole Manning family being shoved down my throat by the sports media?



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:30 pm
 

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

i bleve the rumors more than irsay says. i do not how the colts can afford to have such two high paid quarterbacks. not only the money but they need to develop luck. th  row him in there let him get some experience in a game. no matter what manning says, he is not going to want to train this guy.



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:19 pm
 

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

See Redwings. You believe everything the media says. Lets not forget how many injuries the colts had on their offense and defense. Again this year injuries. And you wanna talk about football knowledge. Quit believing everything the media says and Oh yeah stick to hockey.



Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:56 pm
 

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

Dear CBS,

Are we going to get an Irsay-Manning story every day? We get it, it's huge news. But let's be honest, if Manning moves, it won't be for months. What does this story really say? It says that Irsay reacted to your atory. That's it. Thanks to this "new" information, old information has been pushed out of my mind. Now I can't remember my 7th birthday party. I think it was at a roller rink.

Sincerely,

Giveus A. Break




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:55 pm
 

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

Does anyone with any real football knowledge think Luck will suddenly turn a 2-14 team into a competitor?  The Colts will be irrelevant for several, if not many, years.

Suddenly? No.  But if you have any football knowledge then you know there was a lot more wrong with this Indi football team then just Peyton Manning missing from the lineup.  People forget the year prior Manning and the Colts needed to win the final 4 games of their season just to get to 10 wins, they were showing a lot of weaknesses and the team was clearly regressing.  Going into last season experts around the NFL were predicting the Colts to win as little as 7 or 8 games WITH Manning as their qb so this team isn't likely to be very good with Manning.   Guys like Saturday, Mathis, Freeney, Clark and Wayne aren't the same players they used to be and all in their 30's.  This isn't MLB, this is the NFL and those guys aren't going to play as well as they used to. 

It would have been MUCH smarter to finish Peyton's  at Indy, have him mentor Luck, and keep the seats full.  Instead, the owner with the ugly suits and ties has chosen a path that leads to losses and empty seats.

What part of LUCK WOULD NEVER AGREE TO BACK UP PEYTON MANNING FOR 2 TO 3 YEARS IS HARD FOR YOU PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND?
They aren't going to pay Manning 35 million for one season and then cut him to start Luck, if they commit that kind of money to Peyton he'll be around at least 2 or 3 years if not a little longer then that. 
 
Luck can easily start for a few teams out there, and regardless of what anybody thinks there are gm's dreaming of acquiring Luck and letting him start immediately.  You have teams trading high draft picks and good db's ( Arizona) for an unproven qb.  You have Oakland trading a 1st and 2nd rounder for a past his prime Carson Palmer.  You have at least 5 or 6 teams with GARBAGE at the quarterback position, and probably another 5 or 6 teams with mediocrity at best at that position.  Trust me, Luck will be starting somewhere next season.  If it's not Indi it'll be somewhere else, but no way in hell is he backing up Manning ..... ZERO CHANCE !!!



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:53 pm
 

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

How am I dillusional? I stated a facted. Maybe you missed the whole lock out thing, but the rookies can't get there big contracts like before. That is called the Demarcus Russell clause. so who is dillusional. I'm not saying Andrew Luck will go first. The colts need other things then just another quarterback. I'm sorry Andrew Luck is another fluke.


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