Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 12/6/12
The Colts selected Andrew Luck who is considered by all experts to be the heir apparent to Peyton Manning. If Luck proves to be anything close what Manning was to the Colts over his reign, then Jim Irsay has got to be one of the luckiest new owners in the history of the NFL. No one at this point can look at the history of the Colts over the Irsay Era and not think that a curse or bad luck plagued this franchise under Robert Irsay. That’s not to take anything from the man whose son has proven to be one of the reasons the Colts are as successful as they are now. However the curse or bad luck or whatever you want to call it that this franchise has suffered from since 1972-1997 is finally over and there is nothing but blue skies ahead.
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  • Nice articles, but there are several points that need to be brought to the surface. Let’s not forget that Jim Irsay, as General Manager was responsible for the Colts continual demise while his father was still alive. They would have a better record if not for some of the moves that were made by Jim Irsay.
    Irsay was told not to draft Jeff George as the number one overall draft picks, but he didn’t want to listen. What did he have to loose, he would never get fired with his father as owner. Everyone knows that the NFL is a copycat league, so during the 1980, having a dominant line backing core, with the likes of Lawrence Taylor. Jim Irsay, in his role as GM, decided that he would trade two first round draft pick to Seattle for linebacker Fredd Young. The curse ended when Irsay hired Bill Polian as GM. Look at the way how Mr. Polian was able to hire a coach that was able to develop a quarterback. Not the way that the Colts hired Frank Kush from Arizona State for the sole purpose of discipline. What was not taken into consideration was the fact that John Elway played against Arizona State for four years and wanted no part of Kush as a head coach, who believed in running the ball more so than passing.
    In addition, remember how Jim Irsay got the city of Indianapolis to pay the inheritance tax for him when his father died. How did he get them to do that? Could it be that he would pull up roots and move the team? Was the family known to pick up and move if they didn’t get their way? You decide.
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