Colts Owner Jim Irsay Drops Twitter Bombs on ESPN's Adam Schefter

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 24:  Jim Irsay Owner of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates their 30-17 victory of the New York Jets during the Lamar Hunt Trophy presentation after the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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We have a have another Twitter battle and this time it doesn’t involve a knee-jerk reaction from an angry player.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay told his 94,000-plus Twitter followers that ESPN’s Adam Schefter sent out a report that wasn’t exactly true.

Schefter reported that the Colts “tried to hirePatriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio and the Patriots persuaded Caserio to stay.

Irsay wasn’t exactly pleased:

Irsay is by far the most vocal owner on Twitter, which makes for some very interesting tidbits. Irsay has dropped subtle hints on his next move throughout the 2011 season. Remember his Brett Favre joke?

Schefter didn’t back down, though. He had a prompt response with his side of the story:

Regardless of who is telling the truth, it's further proof that Irsay is feeling the pressure of his current situation. Peyton Manning’s neck is going to be the most talked about body part in the world for the next two months as the deadline for his $28M bonus in early March approaches.

Nerves in his neck are not rejuvenating as quickly as the team’s expectations. The face of the franchise may never be the same again, but nobody knows for sure. What if Manning won a Super Bowl in a New York Jets uniform?

With Andrew Luck dangling in front of the team, the pressure is mounting. If GM Bill Polian, who is considered by many to be the best in the business, didn’t survive, what about head coach Jim Caldwell?

Franchise-altering decisions need to be made and I think it’s safe to say the next six months are going to determine the direction of this franchise for the next decade.

No pressure, Mr. Irsay. 


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