DENVER - One day after Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay's controversial comments on Peyton Manning, Irsay is doing damage control, Manning is not commenting and even the Denver Broncos head coach John Fox is refusing to talk about it.
Tuesday, Irsay suggested he let Manning go because while Manning's "Star Wars" stats are great, Super Bowl rings are better.
Wednesday, Manning said he didn't have "any answers on that."
Fox said, "Any commentary from now on will be relevant to the game."
However, on Tuesday, Fox had a lot to say about Irsay's comments, characterizing them as a "bit of a cheap shot."
"I saw the comments, and to be honest with you I thought it was a bit of a cheap shot," Fox said on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "To me, in my opinion, they were disappointing and inappropriate. Peyton would never say anything, he's too classy to do that, but they sounded a little ungrateful and unappreciative to me, for a guy that's set a standard, won a Super Bowl [for the Colts], won division titles, won four MVP awards. I'd be thankful of that one Super Bowl ring because a lot of people don't have one."
After Manning sat out the 2011-12 season because of multiple neck surgeries, the Colts released the future Hall of Fame QB rather than pay him a $28 million contract bonus. Indianapolis took Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the top pick in the 2012 draft.
Irsay's quotes about Manning occurred while he was discussing the change from Manning to Luck.
"We've changed our model a little bit, because we wanted more than one of these," Irsay told USA Today, pointing to his Super Bowl ring.
Wednesday, Irsay did a little damage control on Twitter, calling Manning the greatest quarterback of his era.
"Greatest QB of their era,which is obviously Brady vs Peyton(my vote's Peyton),at least now the media will NOT use Sup/Bowl wins n debate!!," Irsay Tweeted. (Editor's note, Tweet is letter for letter and not edited.)
Irsay also tried to blame the Colts for Manning not winning more Super Bowl's.
"My comments meant if we gave Peyton better SP Teams n Def,we would have won more than 1 Sup/Bowl,instead of asking Peyton 2do too much," Irsay Tweted.
Read more from Irsay's interview at USA Today: http://ch7ne.ws/1ao5sPh