Peyton Manning Downplays Jim Irsay's Comments Ahead of Broncos vs. Colts

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IOctober 17, 2013

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 13:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos directs the offense against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 13, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Jaguars 35-19.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Controversy really isn't Peyton Manning's thing. So when he was asked about Jim Irsay's comments from earlier in the week, Manning was mum about the topic to Bob Kravitz of the Indy Star. When asked about whether he had any ill will or resentment toward the Indianapolis Colts, Manning shook his head and responded:

"To answer a question like that doesn't serve me well," he told The Star in a private moment. "I feel like the question is based on the (Irsay) comments, so it's just easier not to answer anything along those lines."

A pretty calculated response, even by Manning's standards. And as Kravitz points out in his article, the former Colt quarterback doesn't say, "No, I have no ill will," or, "This is a better situation for me." Instead, he throws out the quintessential, "No comment."

The Denver Broncos veteran quarterback has spent 16 years in the NFL, most of which was spent with the Colts. The Broncos and Colts will play each other on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in what might be a more hyped game than the Giants-Broncos "Manning Bowl" during Week 2 of the season.

During his time with the Colts, Manning went to 11 Pro Bowls, won four MVP awards and was voted the AFC Offensive Player of the Year six times. Apart from his personal accolades, Manning also helped the Colts to 11 playoff appearances, two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl.

Manning also stands as the Colts all-time leader in career wins, passing touchdowns, pass attempts, pass completions and passing yards.

Since Irsay's initial comments, he has backpedaled a bit, stating that Manning was not the problem in Indy, but rather the team as a whole:

Whether Irsay regrets releasing Manning or not after his return from a neck injury in 2011, he will likely regret talking down an opposing quarterback who has thrown for a record 22 touchdowns through six games and an offense that has put up 40-plus points in four contests this season.