Colts' Irsay to critics: Reich firing 'not personal'

Colts' Irsay to critics: Reich firing 'not personal'

Nov 25, 2022 by ESPN

Key Facts

  • But, Irsay said, he went against his past stance and made the decision to move forward with a new deal that locked Reich up through the 2026 season.
  • Irsay drew a comparison to the Colts' decision to move on from running back Edgerrin James after the 2005 season because of the team's tightening salary-cap situation, saying that decision -- like the one to fire Reich -- was made with the right intentions.
  • "You have to understand that Jeff's a very unusual person that was in a very unusual position to have the type of qualities that would make him able to make a transition like this," Irsay said.
  • Irsay specifically disputed the idea that he hired Saturday, a former ESPN analyst and Colts consultant, merely because of their relationship or his status as a former Colts player.

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