Colts Owner Fires Back After Suggestion Team Is "Tanking"

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay's decision to fire Frank Reich and replace him with the inexperienced Jeff Saturday was a controversial one to say the least. 

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But the move has some wondering whether it's part of an effort by Irsay to deliberately tank the season.

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Irsay, however, isn't taking the accusation lightly. Speaking to The Athletic's Bob Kravitz on Tuesday, Irsay repeatedly called the allegation of tanking "bull-t" and even seems to think that the Colts can make the playoffs now. 

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"That’s the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard, that we’re tanking," Irsay said. "That’s bull-t. We’re in this thing; 9-7-1 get us in, no question about it... 

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We’re not tanking the season. Whoever says these things, that we’re not playing [quarterback] Matt [Ryan] because [of an effort to tank], that’s all bull-t. That’s not true. . 

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. We’re going to do what it takes to win. I don’t know who people think we are, they don’t know us. We don’t tank in Indianapolis."

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In fairness, Irsay couldn't admit to tanking even if he really was. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross learned that the hard way this season.

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Jim Irsay may not consider it tanking, but if Saturday doesn't get results for the Colts, the end result will wind up being the same: A very high draft pick. 

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That isn't to say that Saturday's chances of winning are significantly lower than anyone else, but one has to imagine that he's going to be very hard-pressed to win any games with so little time spent with the team. 

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The last time the Colts had a situation this bad, they wound up getting the No. 1 overall pick and obtaining a transcendent quarterback in Andrew Luck. Perhaps history will repeat itself one way or another. 

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Do you think Irsay is tanking the season with the hire of Jeff Saturday?

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