Colts owner Jim Irsay didn’t react to a season-ending loss to the previously 2-14 Jaguars by taking names for pink slips. It nevertheless looks like something that could eventually kick ass, if things don’t change.
Standing outside a plane with a Colts logo on the tail, Irsay delivered a 95-second video message, speaking over an idling jet engine.
“Colt fans,” Irsay said. “Here in the desert now. And feel the pain and disappointment of this season. It is certainly something for which I apologize. And we allowed, and I allowed, doubt, fear and lack of faith slip into our DNA. And it won’t last. »
He doesn’t specify or explain why or how he thinks he or the team let “doubt, fear and lack of faith” affect the team, and how that kept the Colts from advancing to the playoffs. . It’s possible, frankly, that he’s talking about the influx of players who had doubts, fear and/or lack of confidence regarding COVID vaccines, which had a direct impact on player availability.
“Every step this offseason is committed to getting the horseshoe back to where it should be,” Irsay added. “We understand what’s going on and I understand what’s going on, and this is unacceptable. I promise you one thing. Anyone who enters the 56th Street complex this year will enter with all their tokens. Period. If you don’t don’t want to put all your chips on the table to win the next one, so don’t enter the building.
We don’t know if it’s just Schrutian blood alone turns the cogs of history things, or if there is a deeper problem with the organization that he is trying to solve. The vaccination issue, given Irsay’s past comments and the presence of several key players (including quarterback Carson Wentz) refusing to take the beating, would be the most obvious basis for his complaint.
“That commitment starts with me,” Irsay concluded. “It starts with my self-analysis. And I can tell the entire Colts nation that this is something that every day, every hour, every minute, we are working to solve. This is unacceptable and it will not hold. Thank you.”
The harsh talk may simply be a precursor to submitting subscription renewal forms, possibly with a slight price increase. If this was really anything more than a sales pitch, an effort to convince fans that he cares as much as they do about missing the playoffs, he likely would have taken action this week.
Maybe the rant was meant to warn the team management for 2022. Maybe he’s just saying what he has to say to sell as many tickets as possible. Maybe he’s really exasperated with how the vaccination issue has affected his roster.
Either way, he’s clearly not upset with the end result. In the NFL, it’s impossible not to make big profits. As we’ve said time and time again, teams that define success by winning the Super Bowl are bound to be disappointed. Teams that focus on the financial viability of the business will be satisfied every year.