Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay believes his comments to USA Today were taken out of context by Denver Broncos coach Jon Fox. Irsay who has taken center stage over Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis on Sunday said he wasn't taking a cheap shot at Manning. "Those comments were organizational comments they weren't on Peyton or anything else" Irsay said at the Colts' facility on Wednesday. "You look in the past we spent as much as 70 percent on the offensive side of the ball. Seventy percent of the (salary) cap. Really it's more talking about how you build a championship team to win multiple championships. I was very certain about how we wanted to go into the future into a new era in terms of our balance. I think (former Colts general manager) Bill (Polian) and I even talked about that the last few years before he left." Irsay said in an USA Today article: "You make the playoffs 11 times and you're out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the 'Stars Wars' numbers from Peyton and Marvin (Harrison) and Reggie (Wayne). Mostly you love this (ring)." Fox believes Irsay took an unnecessary shot at Manning that was "disappointing and inappropriate" because they only won one Super Bowl with him during his 14 seasons with the organization. The Colts won at least 12 games for seven straight years with Manning at quarterback. Fox said during a conference call that he stands behind his comments made on SiriusXM.
Jim Irsay: Comments 'misperceived'
ESPN | Oct 16