Should Peyton Manning Respond To The Comments That Colts Owner Jim Irsay Made About Him This Week?
Is it almost time for the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts to play on Sunday? Good grief. We ask because the hoopla surrounding the game, which won’t be played until Sunday night, is getting a little bit out of control. All anyone wants to talk about right now is what Peyton Manning is going to do in his return to Indianapolis, where he spent the majority of his career playing quarterback. And that became an even bigger deal earlier this week when Colts owner Jim Irsay came out and said that Manning encouraged him to release him in 2012 and draft Andrew Luck to take his place. Apparently, Irsay thought that Luck was better suited for the job and, intentionally or not, threw some shots in Manning’s direction during a recent interview.
“You make the playoffs 11 times,” Irsay said of Manning’s time in Indy, “and you’re out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the Star Wars numbers from Peyton and Marvin [Harrison] and Reggie [Wayne]. Mostly, you love [the ring].”
Because Manning was “only” able to win one ring during his time in Indy, some saw that as a slight against him. Manning’s current coach John Fox called it a “cheap shot” by Irsay, and the media has killed Irsay for what he said. But Manning himself has refused to comment on it and dodged any and all questions about it.
“I don’t have anything to say about either one of those,” Manning told reporters when asked about Irsay’s comments and Fox’s reaction to them. “To answer a question like that doesn’t serve me well…It’s just easier not to answer anything along those lines.”
Should Manning answer the questions about Irsay’s comments, though? We don’t think so. At best, he’s going to get into a back-and-forth with Irsay through the media. At worst, it could make Manning look petty. So we’re glad he’s taking the high road and refusing to answer any questions about Irsay’s comments. Instead of answering them through the media, he can answer them on Sunday night by taking his Broncos on the road and defeating the Colts.
All we ask is that Sunday night come really, really quickly. Because at this point, we can’t take much more of the Manning and Irsay soap opera.