It’s funny how quickly enemies can form an alliance. Washington Commanders fans are currently experiencing this with Jim Irsay, who drew the ire of the Washington faithful all offseason for continuously throwing Carson Wentz under the bus, but has since become a hero amongst the fan base after his unexpected attack on Dan Snyder at the league’s annual fall meeting on Tuesday.
“I believe there is merit to removing him as owner,” Irsay said. “You have to protect the game, you have to protect what we’re about.”
For Irsay, and potentially other others, the root of the issue is the current investigation into Washington’s workplace misconduct and financial improprieties. Perhaps the most notable takeaway from Irsay’s stance against Snyder was that he didn’t care about Snyder claiming to have ‘dirt” on other owners.
Irsay isn’t going to back down and is willing to have Snyder investigate him “until the cows come home,” if it means ousting the Commanders owner.
Suffice it to say Irsay has a new companion in Commanders fans. One diehard, however, went as far as to photoshop Irsay’s name on Washington’s burgundy and gold home uniform. Consider the friendship signed, sealed and delivered.
Fan photoshops Jim Irsay Commanders jersey after the Colts owner’s stance against Dan Snyder.
Put these on sale in the Commanders’ team store! Better yet? Print them in bulk and sell them at Lucas Oil Stadium in two weeks when Washington visits Indianapolis. Traveling Commanders fans would certainly cop an Irsay jersey. Just find the Colts owner a different jersey number, because Jahan Dotson already rocks No. 1.
The Commanders-Colts Week 8 matchup had box-office appeal given it marked Carson Wentz’s first return to Indy since he was traded in March. While Wentz is well-respected in the Colts’ locker room, this fixture was very much regarded as Wentz’s opportunity to stick it to Irsay after the owner scapegoated him for Indy’s late-season collapse.
With Wentz shelved for at least four weeks after finger surgery, this matchup has suddenly morphed into Snyder vs Irsay. The owners’ beef, for lack of a better term, obviously won’t extend into the locker room, but you can bet that Irsay will give the Colts a motivational speech before kickoff two Sundays from now.
The matchup nobody thought we needed.
If Irsay’s bombshell comments end up being what got the ball rolling to removing Snyder as Commanders owner, just build him a statue.
The Colts owner represents just one vote of 24 needed to remove Snyder, which would mark the first time an owner was voted out in NFL history, but Irsay is an influential voice. Of course, most of Irsay’s “dirt” has already been spilled, so he likely doesn’t care what else Snyder may release if he’s actually investigated. The problem is getting 23 other owners on board.
Whatever happens, though, Irsay will long be revered in Washington for leading this unexpected and long overdue charge.