Indianapolis Colts Wiretap

Irsay Asks Peyton Manning To Retire With Colts

Feb 4, 2016 11:52 AM

Jim Irsay would like Peyton Manning to retire with the Indianapolis Colts.

"I want him to and I've asked him to," Irsay told WISH-TV's Anthony Calhoun in Indianapolis. "I would love to have him retire as a Colt and how he handles that part of his career."

Irsay conceded that Manning "really has tunnel vision."

Manning left the Colts in 2012 to join the Denver Broncos.

"I told Peyton right after the (AFC Championship Game) everyone here is so excited, and it's so deserving because I don't think anyone is more respected by everyone in the game, meaning you guys in the media to the players on the field he's playing against," Irsay added. "It's just so deserving, it really is."

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Panthers Made Blockbuster Offer To Colts For Peyton Manning In 1998

Jan 31, 2016 3:47 PM

The Carolina Panthers attempted to trade for Peyton Manning ahead of the 1998 NFL Draft.

The Panthers offered Kerry Collins and multiple draft picks to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for Manning

Bill Polian had drafted Collins just three years earlier when he was GM of the Panthers.

"Bill was dead set against it," said Dom Capers, Carolina's head coach at the time who was also given control of personnel decisions when Polian left the team after the 1997 season.

"He was set on keeping the pick. You never know on those kinds of things — but sometimes you have to try."

Polian said trading Manning was never a consideration.

"There wasn't anything they could give us that was going to replace Peyton Manning," Polian said.

Steve Reed/AP

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Team With Better Defense 10-7 In Brady-Manning Games

Jan 26, 2016 1:16 PM

The team with the better defense is 10-7 in the 17 Brady-Manning games.

The better defense is the one defined as being better by Football Outsiders.

Tom Brady had the better defense 10 times in his head-to-head meetings compared to seven for Manning.

Brady has won seven times with the better defense and four times with the worse defense, while Manning has won three times with the better defense and three times with the worse defense.

The Patriots won the first six Brady-Manning matchups and had the better defense in all of them.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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Colts Fire Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky

Jan 5, 2016 11:20 PM

The Indianapolis Colts have fired defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.

Manusky joined the Colts with Chuck Pagano in 2012.

"We've had a bunch of discussions, like I said, and we've got a lot of things like everybody else that's done playing," Chuck Pagano said. "There are teams obviously that are still in preparation (mode); the teams that made the playoffs, obviously. But everybody else is still in the evaluation mode now, and we're going to roll up our shirtsleeves and go to work. And, again, everything we do is based on two things: What's best for this team and what gives us the best chance to win."

The Colts' defense under Manusky and Pagano hasn't been solid during their three-year stint together. The unit improved from 2014, but still finished 27th in total yards per game (379.1) and 25th in points per game allowed (25.5) in 2015.

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Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)

Jan 5, 2016 2:40 PM

The Seattle Seahawks finished the 2015 season ranked first in Football Outsiders' Total DVOA following their blowout victory of the Arizona Cardinals.

The Seahawks have now finished first in DVOA for four straight seasons, which is the first time the feat has been accomplished.

The Cincinnati Bengals rank second in Total DVOA ahead of the Cardinals, Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs.

These were also the five teams, the Seahawks, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs, to finish the 2015 regular season in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Colts Expressed Interest In Sean Payton Before Extending Pagano

Jan 5, 2016 12:37 PM

The Indianapolis Colts expressed interest in Sean Payton on the same day they negotiated a contract extension with Chuck Pagano.

Pagano was given a four-year extension Monday night.

Teams technically are not allowed to negotiate with Payton, who has two years remaining on his contract with the Saints.

Payton and Saints brass met extensively Monday to discuss his future in New Orleans. They are expected to continue talks on Tuesday.

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Chuck Pagano Agrees To Extension With Colts

Jan 4, 2016 9:59 PM

Chuck Pagano and the Indianapolis Colts have agreed upon a contract extension. The Colts were widely expected to fire Pagano.

The Colts missed the playoffs for the first time in Andrew Luck's tenure with the franchise.

Luck played in just seven games in 2015 due to injury.

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Colts Yet To Reach Decision On Future Of Chuck Pagano

Jan 4, 2016 5:18 PM

The Indianapolis Colts have yet to reach a decision on whether Chuck Pagano will be retained as head coach.

No announcement will be made on Monday.

There have been reports Pagano will be fired by the Colts, which makes the delay puzzling.

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Colts Plan On Firing Chuck Pagano

Dec 31, 2015 4:41 PM

The Indianapolis Colts plan on firing Chuck Pagano as head coach.

The consensus has been that Pagano would not return next season after he turned down a contract extension.

The Colts struggled this season and his relationship with Ryan Grigson turned "toxic."

Grigson helping to find Pagano's replacement does not guarantee that he'll be retained as general manager.

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Report: Peyton Manning Received HGH Supply In 2011

Dec 27, 2015 12:18 AM

Peyton Manning has been listed in a new Al Jazeera report as one of several prominent professional athletes who were supplied illegal performance-enhancing drugs from a pharmacist who once worked at an Indiana-based pharmacy.

Manning was reportedly given a supply of human growth hormone in 2011 while he was recovering from his 2011 neck surgery from a pharmacist then employed at the anti-aging Guyer Institute in Indiana. The report cites the pharmacist, Charlie Sly, who allegedly spoke to an undercover reporter working for the network.

In the report, titled "The Dark Side," Al Jazeera says in an article shared in advance with The Huffington Post that steroids and other drugs were shipped to the home address of Manning in 2011 in the name of his wife, Ashley Manning.

Sly also accused Manning and his wife in the undercover video of going to the clinic after its normal business hours for intravenous treatments.

Manning strongly denied the claims to ESPN's Chris Mortensen: "The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened. Never. I really can't believe somebody would put something like this on the air. Whoever said this is making stuff up."

He went on to say that, "Yes, I have been a patient under Dr. Guyer. I have had nutrient therapy, oxygen therapy and other treatments that are holistic in nature but never HGH. My wife (Ashley) has never provided any medication for me to take. Ashley and I never attended the clinic together after hours. There were times when I went in the morning and there were times when I went after practice so this thing about `after hours' is so misleading because it may have been 5:15 pm because their office closed at 5."


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Andrew Luck Ruled Out For Week 16
Andrew Luck is still recovering from a lacerated kidney.

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Joey Bosa, Paxton Lynch Go 1st, 2nd In First McShay Draft
Todd McShay has Joey Bosa going first overall to the Titans in his initial mock for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Todd McShay/ESPN

Andrew Luck Returns To Practice, Won't Play In Week 15
Andrew Luck said he did not yet feel 100 percent and said that he had two medical hurdles to clear before suiting up.

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Chuck Pagano: They Can Fire You But Can't Eat You
The job security of Chuck Pagano remains an issue as the Colts have suffered two straight blowout losses.


Colts Unsure If Andrew Luck Will Play Again In 2015
Andrew Luck has been getting regular scans on his lacerated kidney, as often as every fourth day.

Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter/ESPN

Colts Remain Uncertain When Andrew Luck Will Return
The Colts initially said Andrew Luck would be back in 2-6 weeks.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Colts Not Entertaining Starting Hasselback Over Healthy Luck
Chuck Pagano said Andrew Luck is the starter when healthy, though that prospect remains "week to week."

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Nick Saban Unlikely To Leave Alabama For NFL Job
The Colts are among the teams that have been linked to a pursuit of Nick Saban.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Colts Interested In Hiring Nick Saban
Jim Irsay may be preparing to fire Chuck Pagano with the hope of hiring Nick Saban away from Alabama.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Andrew Luck Out Several Weeks With Lacerated Kidney
Andrew Luck will not require surgery.

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Andrew Luck Believes He's To Blame For Dismissal Of Pep Hamilton
Andrew Luck has completed just 54.9 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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Andrew Luck Feels Healthy Without Any Limitations
Andrew Luck doesn't appear to be trusting his arms or his eyes as he works back from injuries.

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Andrew Luck Takes Blame For Turnovers, Won't Discuss Rib Injury
When asked about a report that he has been playing with broken ribs, Andrew Luck said he wasn't "going to get into that right now."

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Andrew Luck Denies Avoiding Panthers By Staying At Stanford
Andrew Luck could have declared for the 2011 NFL Draft but decided to remain at Stanford to finish his degree.

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Colts Having 'Organizational Discussions' About Chuck Pagano
The Colts are 3-4 and have hardly looked like a contender one year after reaching the AFC Championship Game.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Phillip Dorsett Out 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Ankle
Phillip Dorsett had 10 receptions on 21 targets for 159 yards and a touchdown in six games this season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Chuck Pagano Doesn't Regret Trick Play, Takes Responsibility For Prep
The Patriots scored six plays later to take a 34-21 lead.

Mike Wells/ESPN

Jim Harbaugh Calls NFL Question 'Disrespectful To Game'
Jim Harbaugh was asked about the possibility of his name surfacing for NFL head coaching jobs.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Luck, Pagano 19-2 Against AFC South, 20-19 Against Rest Of NFL
Chuck Pagano and Andrew Luck came to the Colts in 2012 and have reached the playoffs in all three of their seasons together.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Andrew Luck Practicing, Not Yet Certain To Play In Week 6
Andrew Luck is 0-4 in his career against the Patriots.

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