John Fox calls Jim Irsay’s comments a ‘cheap shot’ and ‘inappropriate’

By Andy Nesbitt,

Well, Sunday’s Broncos-Colts matchup this Sunday night is getting better by the minute.

Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis for the first time in a different uniform is juicy enough. Now Broncos coach John Fox has blasted Colts owner Jim Irsay over comments Irsay made about the Colts teams that Manning led over the years.Fox sounded of Tuesday during a radio interview. Here’s what he had to say, courtesy of ProFootballTalk:

“I saw the comments [from Irsay] and to be honest with you I thought it was a bit of a cheap shot,” Fox told Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller of SiriusXM NFL Radio.  “To me, in my opinion, they were disappointing and inappropriate.  I mean, 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 has set a standard, won a Super Bowl, won division titles, won four MVP awards.  I’d be thankful with that one Super Bowl ring because there’s a lot of people that don’t have one.”

What did Irsay say that made Fox so upset? Oh, just this:

“We’ve changed our model a little bit, because we wanted more than one of these,” Irsay said, referring to his Super Bowl XLI ring.  “[Tom] Brady never had consistent numbers, but he has three of these.  Pittsburgh had two, the Giants had two, Baltimore had two and we had one. That leaves you frustrated.

“You make the playoffs 11 times, and you’re out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the Star Wars numbers from Peyton and Marvin [Harrison] and Reggie [Wayne]. Mostly, you love [championships].”

Well, that’s interesting. We know Peyton won’t have anything to say about any of this. We’re guessing Irsay will.

Stay tuned.