Colts owner Jim Irsay was named on seven of eight ballots in our NFL owner Power Rankings and placed seventh, the lone representative of the AFC South.
Irsay got three sixth-place votes (including one from me), two seventh-place votes and two eighth-place votes. He didn’t make the list for AFC West blogger Bill Williamson.
Here are the voting results and Tim Graham’s write-up.
My standard was pretty simple: Does an owner maximize his team’s chances to win? Has he enabled the creation of an atmosphere where players want to play?
I score Irsay well on both fronts. He’s done well getting out of his dad’s shadow and establishing a stable organization. He got a new stadium built. He’s interactive with his teams fans via Twitter, if a little heavy on the song lyrics.
Tennessee’s Bud Adams (whose recent highlights include giving the Bills the finger and forcing his front office to draft Vince Young) is too eccentric to make the list. Jacksonville’s Wayne Weaver is on the hook for hiring a (since-fired) head of personnel who spent first-round draft picks on Byron Leftwich, Reggie Williams, Matt Jones, Reggie Nelson and Derrick Harvey in a six-year span.
Houston’s Bob McNair got three votes -- a seventh and two 10ths to finish 12th overall.
McNair is a good businessman. He might turn out to be a great owner. But I don’t think he’s got a good enough understanding of how to win or what it takes to win to warrant a vote right now.
Here’s my ballot:
The Rooney Family
The Packers executive committee
John Mara/ Bob Tisch