When Indianapolis (9–8) suffered a 26–11 loss to the Jaguars in its season finale, the Colts’ probabilities of reaching the playoffs have been dashed.
Colts owner Jim Irsay took cost in assessing the problems of the franchise in a little bit of an odd method, informing all Indianapolis followers in a video that the meltdown within the Colts’ ultimate two video games of the season was not acceptable, all whereas standing subsequent to a airplane.
“It’s definitely one thing the place I apologize for and now we have allowed and I’ve allowed doubt, concern and an absence of religion slip into our DNA,” Irsay mentioned. “It won’t stand. Each strolling step on this offseason is dedicated to getting the horseshoe again to the place it ought to be.
“We perceive what occur, I perceive what occur and it’s unacceptable. I promise you one factor, anybody strolling into the 56th Road complicated this yr, shall be strolling in with all chips in, interval.”
The Colts’ future between Irsay, normal supervisor Chris Ballard and head coach Frank Reich look like secure for now. Nonetheless, the way forward for Colts quarterback Carson Wentz just isn’t set in stone.
Ballard addressed Wentz’s future with the workforce in a prolonged press convention on Thursday.
“After Philip [Rivers] retired, and we made the choice to make the transfer on Carson, on the time of the choice we felt good about it,” Ballard mentioned. “And I nonetheless don’t remorse the choice on the time. I’m not gonna—simply sitting right here in the present day, simply so y’all know, I received’t make a touch upon who’s gonna be right here and who’s not gonna be right here subsequent yr. That’s not truthful to any participant.”
“I assumed Carson did some good issues, and there’s a number of issues he must do higher. Our passing recreation must be higher.”
Whether or not Wentz would be the Colts quarterback sooner or later stays to be seen. Nonetheless, if the vibe surrounding Wentz just isn’t as assured as Irsay’s prophetic message to Colts followers about the way forward for the franchise, Wentz might doubtlessly be enjoying on one other workforce subsequent season.
“If you happen to don’t wish to put all of your chips on the desk for successful and excellence, then do not stroll within the constructing,” Irsay mentioned.
It’s clear that Irsay goes all in for the 2022 season.
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