The Tennessee Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts for the fifth-straight time and Tennessee made sure to let Jim Irsay know.
It may be hard to accept but the Indianapolis Colts are still the little brothers of the AFC South. Obviously not historically, but currently. Indy has finished as the No. 2 team in the division to the Tennessee Titans in the last two seasons and on Sunday, Tennessee beat the Colts for the fifth-straight time. No one is more tired of losing to the Titans than Colts’ owner Jim Irsay. We know this because Irsay made it clear during the offseason.
As Indianapolis was retooling over the spring and summer, Irsay was telling the media about how he called all of Indy’s coaches and scouts in for a “come-to-Jesus meeting” because he was tired of Tennessee “kicking our (the Colts) a**.” Irsay was just being honest and also probably saying this to motivate his team but he motivated some others along the way. Irsay also motivated the Tennessee Titans.
Following Sunday’s loss to Tennessee, Titans’ safety Kevin Byard admitted to the media that Tennessee was well aware of Irsay’s comments about how tired he was of losing to them. The Titans used it as motivation to pull off another season sweep and after doing that on Sunday, Byard said the sweep is even sweeter knowing how Irsay feels.
Sweeping Colts is sweeter for Titans after Jim Irsay’s comments
Tennessee is doing exactly what a rival opponent should do: dominating the competition and rubbing it in. However, Indianapolis has to deal with the fallout of consistently being on the wrong side of this rivalry. Irsay has already made clear that he can’t stand being the little brother of the division, so two more losses may turn his complaints into actions of letting people go.
It’s fair to assume that several seats are hot in Indy, even if the team is just 3-3-1. The Colts have been stuck in a purgatory of mediocrity for the last few seasons and Irsay’s patience is evidently running thin. The Colts have rotated through several quarterbacks, drafted and secured talent for the future, and even acquired veterans through trade and free agency. However, they haven’t been able to make the progress as a franchise that they are aspiring towards.
If Indianapolis can’t turn this season around and make a worthwhile run at the end of the year, expect changes to be made. Jim Irsay won’t continue getting dominated by the Tennessee Titans without trying to fight back.