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Irsay cornering Manning

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08:04 AM ET 02.15 | The duel for the hearts and minds of Colts fans took another compelling turn Tuesday. The ball is in Peyton Manning's court now. It's a great public-relations move by Jim Irsay, even if I'm not convinced it was done for public-relations purposes. But it's a questionable football move. Very questionable. Because if Manning says he wants to come back under Irsay's terms of a diminished, incentive-laden contract, if he calls his bluff, we are looking at an inordinately uncomfortable situation where a still-injured Manning is almost immediately engaged in a quarterback controversy with the sure No. 1 pick, Andrew Luck. ... So it's all on Manning now. And, just guessing here, he's not going to be thrilled. Because the public-relations onus is now back on him.

Indianapolis Star

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February 15, 2012  08:12 AM ET

"Do as I say, not as I do.."

February 15, 2012  08:13 AM ET

This adds more fuel to the fire. FN should definitely consider letting us be "guest authors" for these threads. The legacy of No Child Left Behind and Race To The Top is catching up with us.

February 15, 2012  08:16 AM ET

Peyton will be gone, both sides need to turn the page and move on.

February 15, 2012  08:26 AM ET

Indianapolis is turning into Peyton Place.....

February 15, 2012  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Indianapolis is turning into Peyton Place.....

Well played old boy!

February 15, 2012  08:52 AM ET

Irsay Cornering Manning

It's not often wise to corner a wounded animal.

February 15, 2012  09:07 AM ET

Maybe Irsay just thought he was being slick by saying this. Peyton can still sit back and wait to see what decision Irsay makes on March 8.

February 15, 2012  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Maybe Irsay just thought he was being slick by saying this. Peyton can still sit back and wait to see what decision Irsay makes on March 8.

Right here... If I were Peyton I would just sit back and not say a word to anyone. Right now he is still under contract and due $28 million next month. His best bet is not to say a thing and let Irsay squirm and look even more like the villain when he cuts Manning after saying he'd welcome him back.

February 15, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Wow what a hypocrite.

Irsay lambasted Manning a few weeks ago telling him to keep everything within the family.

Now he's talking to everyone who's willing to listen stating it's Peyton's decision?

Hysterical.

Manning should take Irsay to task and say okay, I'll play for you at the contract we agreed to.

Irsay just doesn't want to be the bad guy and I understand it, but I think he's dug a hole for himself that he now can't keep the blood off his hands.

February 15, 2012  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Right here... If I were Peyton I would just sit back and not say a word to anyone. Right now he is still under contract and due $28 million next month. His best bet is not to say a thing and let Irsay squirm and look even more like the villain when he cuts Manning after saying he'd welcome him back.

You got it right. And that is what he will do. It is Irsay in the corner because when it is over he will be the one left in Indy to answer to the fans. And that team of his is more than just a QB away from being good again. They are bad in a lot of places.

February 15, 2012  09:23 AM ET

Irsay picked a fight he can not possibly win, but in the end he owns the team so the fans will get over it and that will be the end.

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February 15, 2012  09:41 AM ET

See- the Jets suck and would still suck with PM at the QB. So all I have to say is this-
Being that the Pats look so foolish- even worse than the Jets form getting whacked by the Giants. Even the Steelers are freaking pitiful- so bad and dysfunctional- never to win a SB again. At least the Pats have a real coach (spygate). Putting this aside and telling Sally- I mean Debbie Does and Mr. Looser- I mean Mr. Steeler (haha- what a puts!) to lick me...

Peyton deserves no respect aside that he is a professional and has dealt with this very well- Isray as an owner should never get involved like he does with the Twitter crap. He does not want to pay on a contract he wrote. This is a dirt bag... a weasel trying to get out of the deal by looking like a puts to the NFL fans....

Just like the two bananas who spend their time writing posts on this site wishing their input matters and that they were sports casters. Two **** who follow looser teams and really are children living off their daddies and mommies. Grow up children and get a life! Waaaaaaaa my husband cant do it all!!!!! Debbie Does is a jerk and Mr. Steeler is a sissy!

yes- Jet's suck.... so what.

February 15, 2012  09:43 AM ET

Peyton will never get his money from the Colts and any team that get's him will get him for $14M.... performance based. His days as being elite are OVER- like the Steelers and Pats. OVER!!!!! Jets suck- but I love them...

February 15, 2012  09:46 AM ET

What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

February 15, 2012  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Irsay picked a fight he can not possibly win, but in the end he owns the team so the fans will get over it and that will be the end.

Nailed it Steve!

February 15, 2012  09:50 AM ET

I have really had my fill of Irsay. He loves all of this attention he is getting. I feel like he lies awake at night wondering what he can say next to bring attention to himself. I really wish Peyton would just tell him to F off.

February 15, 2012  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Billy Madison, nice.

February 15, 2012  09:50 AM ET

Ummm...JETSin 2011, put the crack pipe down, and back away...slowly, nobody gets hurt. You will get the professional help you so desperately need....

 
February 15, 2012  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Believe Peyton will be back with the Colts under a new contract so he will finish his career there. He will help Andrew Luck who will be the QB in waiting. Peyton does not need a load of $$$$$ and he is a classy person. Colts still need more than Peyton to get to a Super Bowl. Their team is like the Saints, put points on the board but the defense is giving up lots of points. Saints will improve with new defensive coordinator so watch out for the Black and Gold.

If you think Luck is going to sit..not gonna happen.

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