NFL Draft 2012: Jim Irsay's 'Open-Minded' Approach Another Example of Empty Talk

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIApril 7, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 21:  Indianapolis Colts NFL team owner Jim Irsay address the media at the Roosevelt Hotelon March 21, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Despite a NFL owners imposed lockout in effect since March 12, the league is conducting it's annual owners meeting in New Orleans.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Jim Irsay's tweets and public promises about the Indianapolis Colts and their future represent empty rhetoric. All such communications from the Colts owner should be classified as Ir-Say going forward.

The most recent example of Ir-Say is this tweet concerning the Colts' draft plans:

ColtsFans,roster reshaping exciting n producing a very physical MONSTER!Things have always pointed toward #12 but eval process is OpenMinded

— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) April 7, 2012

Really, Jim?

Everyone with half a brain knows the Colts are selecting Andrew Luck with the top pick. What do you take us for?

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Quarterbacks Andrew Luck of Stanford and Robert Griffin III of Baylor meet during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Even Robert Griffin III knows Jim is full of Ir-Say. This could be the reason the Heisman Trophy winner declined a private workout with the Colts, as tweeted by the Indianapolis owner. Why risk injury or a poor showing working out for a team who isn't going to draft him anyway?

Good job, RG3—don't believe the Ir-Say.

Think back, or allow me to refresh your memory.

Before the inevitable Peyton Manning release took place, Irsay was quoted by the LA Times saying,

"We can make it work if he wants to be here. We'd be excited to have him back and finish his career with us."

Did anyone watching that final press conference ever doubt that Manning wanted to remain a Colt?

Me neither...Ir-Say.

Lorenz Arguello of Business Insider Sports Page points out that Manning and Irsay had different opinions about what caused Manning's departure:

Colts owner Jim Irsay spoke first saying "salary cap problems" and the team's "rebuilding" status were to blame for the split.

But then in answering a reporter's question, Peyton had this to say:

"Contract and the money was never a factor."

Which one is it?

More Ir-Say.

Just like Irsay's desire to let Manning decide his path was untrue, so is his apparent "open mind" about the use of the top pick. It would take some major gall to take RG3 over Luck at this point. 

You have released one of the greatest QBs in league history. Replacing him with a dynamic athlete—one whom many folks are still unsure of—would not fly.

We know it, RG3 knows it and so does Jim Irsay. This is a pointless tweet and declaration. Does he want attention that badly?

Somebody take Irsay's smart phone from him so that we're spared any more examples of Ir-Say.

 

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