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Jim Irsay bemoans Colts regular season collapse, determined to win– but is it a simple fix?

Jim Irsay failed to mince his words and phrases Wednessday when he characterized the conclude of the Colts’ season. Irsay, whose spouse and children has owned the crew because 1972, prior to the crew was even in Indianapolis, tweeted out a assertion Wednesday expressing his disappointment with the team’s efficiency this season.

In the assertion, Irsay reported the crew “finished our season in possibly the worst achievable way we could have,” referring to the team’s season-ending 26-11 loss to Jacksonville, a match where they were closely favored towards a crew that, despite winning, nevertheless holds the No. one decide on in the 2022 NFL Draft.

The Colts’ struggles in Jacksonville towards the Jaguars are very little new. In actuality, the Colts haven’t won in Duval County because Dec. thirteen, 2015 and are -seven in that span. For context, they have a winning report towards every single other crew in the exact same time period of time.

Again to back again losses to finish the frequent season and failing to arrive at the postseason prompted Irsay to satisfy with head mentor Frank Reich and GM Chris Ballard on Monday. It seems they are on the exact same page heading into the offseason.

But despite the lengthy information detailing the Colts’ downfall, how a great deal did Irsay really say?

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Initially, he softened the blow of failing to make the postseason by reminding people the crew climbed out of an -three gap to start off the season. That supposedly warrants a pat on the back again.

Then, he vowed to “do no matter what it usually takes to place us in a situation to win upcoming year and for yrs to arrive.” 

Will Irsay be able to provide on that guarantee? The Colts will have around $46M in cap flexibility, but have 28 gamers, quite a few of whom were vital contributors on this year’s squad, with expiring contracts. So, they you should not have as a great deal wiggle place as one particular may possibly think.

Carson Wentz eats up $28M of cap sace upcoming season even so, head coch Frank Reich was hesistant to dedicate to the QB moving forward. 

“We’ve got to be greater in the passing match,” Reich said. “It was certainly beneath our standards, and there is many explanations for that. We have to choose possession of that as coaches and gamers.”

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Reich is familiar with Wentz well from when the two were in Philadelphia jointly when Wentz was the quarterback and Reich was the offensive coordinator. Wentz posted good figures on the surface, finishing sixty two.four p.c of his passes for three,563 yards, 27 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

But, he only averaged 209 yards per match and the crew rated nineteenth in yards per attempt and 26th in overall yards, despite acquiring the league’s top rusher in Jonathan Taylor.

To rub salt in the wound, Indy also despatched their initial-spherical decide on to Philadelphia to acquire Wentz, which was a conditional next spherical decide on. But because Wentz performed seventy five% of the team’s snaps this season, it turned a initial rounder. That means the Colts initial decide on would not arrive right up until the next spherical, forty seventh general. 

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Irsay and the Colts brass have demonstrated to be resiliant, even though, and the Colts owner has taken a quick time to reflect and is prepared to act. 

“It’s obvious that we did not have the appropriate stuff,’’ Irsay said. “We were not able to accomplish at the level we were certainly able of carrying out to.”