Judge: Irsay didn’t choose Manning

The idea that Jim Irsay chose Peyton Manning over Bill Polian is perhaps a myth according to Clark Judge’s sources:

People tell me the decision had nothing to do with Polian’s comments about Manning or Irsay choosing his quarterback over his vice chairman. What was involved was Irsay wanting to send his team in a new direction — one where new people brought new ideas and a vitality to a club that seemed to have stagnated.

Bill Polian did a magnificent job in Indianapolis, just as he had in Buffalo when he built the Bills into a Super Bowl franchise. But Irsay was dismayed over what happened this season — with Manning’s absence exposing the team’s warts.