If you have ever followed the Indianapolis Colts, you are very familiar with the outspoken owner, Jim Irsay. He rarely keeps quiet about the issues dealing with his team, or the city of Indianapolis that he loves so dearly. Some people love Irsay while others despise him. One thing is for certain, his family is not going away anytime soon as his daughters will eventually take over operations of the team when he decides to step away. As the Colts’ season approaches a critical point, Jim Irsay’s impact can be felt across the league
Irsay’s Impact: The Comments
On Tuesday afternoon, the very vocal Jim Irsay decided to make his voice heard about the Daniel Snyder situation. While many owners probably have the same feelings, Irsay was the first to voice his opinion on the matter at the annual NFL Owners Meetings in New York City. His thoughts on the matter were very blunt and to the point. To paraphrase some of his words, he believes that the owners have enough votes (24 is needed) to remove Daniel Snyder as owner of the Washington Commanders.
On top of that, he dared Snyder to release information he may (or may not) have on him and the NFL owners. While many would see this as a bold strategy, Irsay rightfully has no fear of Daniel Snyder or his findings. Furthermore, Irsay’s impactful remarks could help other owners align on the Snyder issue.
In 2014, Irsay’s impact on the Colts’ season was very negative as he was pulled over by police in Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis where Irsay has lived for many years. He was charged with OWI and 4 felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. It later came out he had multiple prescription medications and approximately $29,000 in cash. Fans know that Irsay has battled his demons in life. He has sought help, been to rehab, and has lived a clean lifestyle since the incident. Irsay knows there is nothing Snyder can give to the media that we don’t already know. He’s always been that way and that will never change with Irsay or anyone in this organization.
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Since that incident in 2014, Irsay has stayed vocal with fans about his Indianapolis philanthropy, his eclectic memorabilia collection, and, of course, his football team. He lets you know when the team needs a win on Twitter and what that individual game means to him. Just last year we could see how despondent he was when Indianapolis lost in Jacksonville (again) to knock them out of the playoffs. It all played out on the first ever in season Hard Knocks on HBO. With another slow start for the Colts this year, we have seen numerous reports of him being unhappy with coach Frank Reich and GM Chris Ballard. And now, this stretch of games which will make or break the Colts’ season.
The Personal Stretch Begins
The stretch started last week with a confidence boosting win over Jacksonville at home, with Matt Ryan tossing a perfectly thrown Go Route to rookie Alec Pierce which won them the game. This week we have division rival Tennessee, who has won the last 4 meetings. Dan Snyder’s Commanders come to town followed by road trips to New England and Las Vegas and closing out the stretch before Thanksgiving with matchup against Philadelphia. Each game has its own personal meaning for Jim Irsay. With Washington it was supposed to be the return of former Colts QB Carson Wentz (who Irsay was not a fan of).
New England and Las Vegas brings up the Belichick rivalry and Josh McDaniels angle back in the spotlight. As McDaniels agreed to coach Indianapolis in 2018 when Ballard relieved former HC Chuck Pagano of his duties, only to be spurned by McDaniels on the morning of the press conference. And finally, Eagles HC Nick Sirianni arrives back in Indy as he was Frank Reich’s offensive coordinator early in his tenure as head coach of Indianapolis.
With Carson Wentz on the sidelines with a broken ring finger on his throwing hand, Irsay has new motivation for his coaching staff and team to win keep the momentum going that was gained by winning last weekend at home.
That new motivation for the Colts’ season will no longer be defeating Carson Wentz but now defeating Daniel Snyder. We know Jim Irsay will be in the stadium that day as they will be inducting former Colts offensive lineman Tarik Glenn into the Colt’s Ring of Honor. Irsay has always enjoyed the pressure of being an NFL owner and he expects his team to deliver these next 5 weeks.
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