After the Indianapolis Colts planted his face against the humble Jackson Jaguars and watched their playoff hopes disappear, team owner Jim Irsai reportedly had a long sit-down with coach Frank Rich and GM Chris Ballard about what would happen next.
Then on Wednesday, three days after the embarrassing season finale, Irsay addressed fans and promised that things would change.
“The responsibility rests with me, and this experience makes me even more determined to bring a rival team out of Indiana,” he said in a headline segment posted on Twitter. “We are already working towards the future, and I will do whatever it takes to put us in a position to win next year and for years to come.”
This future Irsay apparently works on Reich and Ballard, who are signed contracts until 2026.
“That wasn’t in question,” Irsai told Fox 59 News of letting the coach or GM go. “As an owner, I can say that I have great confidence in Frank and Chris.”
Usually, “whatever it takes” means that someone will let it go. This now gives Colts fans a long respite — or at least until the free dealership opens in March — to wonder who’ll get the boot if Reich and Ballard stay put.
At least one part of the fan base is rooting for “whatever it takes” to mean breaking up with Carson Wentz. The 29-year-old quarterback did not live up to expectations in his first season at Indy, and Reich remained non-committal when asked if Wentz would be under the Colts position in 2022.
Parting ways with Wentz won’t solve all of Indy’s problems in one fell swoop, which Irsay sure knows all too well.
It looks like we won’t know until sooner next season what “whatever it takes” will look like.
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