At the beginning of the week we heard from Jim Irsay that the talk around town was not going to be about Peyton Manning and his future with the club, but about the City of Indianapolis and the Big Game set to play this Sunday. Peyton, ever the team man (and more of a politician now than when he was accused of being one by Irsay) concurred.
Well, so much for that.
It would be virtually impossible to put hold on what will be the hottest story of the off-season. I applaud that they actually thought they could try, but then again maybe they could have if they didn't answer questions when asked about it.
Irsay was interviewed by Rich Eisen on the NFL Network today, and while they did talk about the City and the Game conversation eventually came around to ole' No 18. He essentially tried to refute claims that the future has already been decided, but that it was not being announced yet with the Super Bowl in town.
“A lot of people think Peyton [Manning] and I know what’s going to happen,” Irsay said. “No one knows exactly what’s going to happen.”
He's not alone though; Peyton didn't do a real good job of dodging questions when he was interviewed by ESPN's Trey Wingo. Then again, the interview was all about him anyway.
So neither guy can stop talking about Peyton and his future. Irsay is even claiming that it will be one of those absolutely last-minute kind of decisions.
Come on Jim. If Peyton was close enough to be healthy we would all know about it already; someone would have let that tasty tidbit of gossip slip. Everyone knows what is going to happen so why don't we just get it over with?