Jim Irsay's big gambles

Originally Published: January 4, 2013
By Skip Bayless | ESPN.com

For now, Indianapolis Colts fans are safely wrapped in the feel-good glow of a new coach who is beating cancer and a new quarterback who has beaten the rookie odds and 11 opponents. Their team has risen from 2-14 to a playoff-bound 11-5. Happy New Era!

A wonderful holiday story, no doubt -- but one that won't have such a happy football ending. The cold, hard truth: Owner Jim Irsay made a monumental four-year mistake when he ceremoniously cut Peyton Manning last March. ...

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