Re: Colts To Release Manning?
posted at 1/27/2012 11:17 AM EST
My guess on the Peyton Manning issue is that he'll retire. If not, the Colts will release him. But, for those of you who are still desperately holding out hope that Peyton will be the Indy QB next season, there's this Indy Star/Bob Kravitz column, below. My comments have been injected therein, in bold black
:KRAVITZ: COLTS OWNER JIM IRSAY, PEYTON MANNING SHOULD MAKE PEACE
It is so sad and so hard to write it again, but it's true: Quarterback Peyton Manning is done in Indianapolis.
After listening to Manning on Monday night, after listening to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay characterize Manning on Thursday as "a politician" who should keep his concerns "in house," there's no other conclusion to be reached by a sane, sober human being (So...I guess this means that "The Dog(gggg)" is still holding out hope...LOL!!!): Manning's days in Indianapolis are over, and they have been over for quite some time. On a day when the introduction of Chuck Pagano as the Colts coach should have been the story, Irsay stole the headlines.
What matters now is for this once-beautiful relationship, which brought so much success and joy to Central Indiana, to stop deteriorating and to start moving forward in a more appropriate manner (It will. Manning will say that he's going to retire, rather than go play for some other organization. But, the truth is, he's simply not healthy enough to play again).
After talking Thursday about Manning as "family," Irsay said, "He's a politician. When it comes to being competitive on a scale of one to 10, 10 being the highest, we're both 11s. There have been plenty of eggshells scattered around this building by him (Manning) with his competitive desire to win.
"I don't think it's in the (best) interest to paint the horseshoe in a negative light, I really don't. . . . The horseshoe always comes first. One thing (Manning has) always known, and he's been around it so long, you keep it in the family. If you've got a problem, talk to each other. It's not about campaigning or anything like that."
Manning responded with an exclusive comment to The Indianapolis Star, saying by phone Thursday night:
"At this point, Mr. Irsay and I owe it to each other and to the fans of the organization to handle this appropriately and professionally, and I think we will. I've already reached out to Mr. Irsay. I wasn't trying to paint the Colts in a bad light, but it's tough when so many people you've known for so long aresuddenly leaving. I feel very close to a lot of these guys and we've done great things together. It's hard to watch an old friend clean out his office. That's all I was trying to say (I'm going to cut Mr. Wonderful some slack, here. It must be hard for him to come to the realization that it's over for him).
"I just want to keep rehabbing and working hard, and when the time is right for Mr. Irsay and I to sit down, I look forward to a healthy conversation about my future. I've worked too hard and have such great respect and have so many great relationships inside the building and out, and it's incredibly important that those remain."
Irsay and Manning have meant too much to each other, to this franchise and to this city, for the relationship to turn into a battle for the hearts and minds of Indianapolis.
"I want to separate the personal and the business," Manning said Monday night. "I've seen it get personal in other situations, and I don't want that to happen here."
Sadly, too late (Not really. They will talk, and, before the March 8, deadline, when the $28mil. is due, Peyton will announce his retirement. He'll then go on to a fun and successful couple of years as an analyst with ESPN, or the NFL channel...before he turns to coaching). http://www.indystar.com/article/20120127/SPORTS15/201270335/Kravitz-Colts-owner-Jim-Irsay-Peyton-Manning-should-make-peace