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Plug gets pulled early on Polian's weekly radio show

As it turns out, Colts coach Jim Caldwell wasn’t the only guy taking heat for the ill-advised decision to throw back a chance at perfection like a fish not big enough to be a “keeper.”

Team president Bill Polian has been getting hammered, too.  And he faced the wrath of Colts fans during his Monday radio show.

And as pointed out by the folks at StampedeBlue.com, the one-hour program abruptly ended with 10 minutes to go, just as a caller had Polian on the run regarding Polian’s position that injured starters shouldn’t play in a meaningless game.  The caller correctly explained that the decision to remove quarterback Peyton Manning and other healthy players had nothing to do with injuries.

At that point, the show went dead. 

As StampedeBlue.com aptly puts it, “[J]ust like pulling the starters Sunday, Bill Polian seemed to pull himself out of the show early to avoid further injury.” 

Per the blog, Polian was “rude” throughout the show to callers who took exception with the decision not to go for the win.

Plenty of league insiders will respond to this news by concluding that Polian’s temper has finally caught up with him — and by taking a certain amount of pleasure in seeing him get what plenty of league insiders believe he deserves for years of subjecting folks in the business to the same attitude he demonstrated on Monday night when criticized for blowing a chance at perfection.

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  1. Indyeagle says: Dec 28, 2009 8:57 PM

    Colts fans and their opinions don’t matter. Just ask the Pacers, as soon as #18 is gone, there will be no Colts fans to be found. They will all go back to rooting for the Bears or whoever else is winning.
    Fair weather losers! Not you, guy who is reading this saying “I have liked the Colts since the days of capt. comeback!”. I’m sure you have, I’m sure you have. Tool.

  2. HarrisonHits says: Dec 28, 2009 8:58 PM

    Polian is a perfect jackass.

  3. Chapnasty2 says: Dec 28, 2009 9:00 PM

    Polian is an idiot and so is the entire leadership of the Colts. Manning has been the Coach of that team for years and they just take the credit. Hell, even Dungy thinks he is a genius now and he wont admit that his success was because of Manning

  4. Reptar says: Dec 28, 2009 9:02 PM

    I can’t believe it’s taken people THIS long to see through Polian’s BS. He’s an arrogant clown. A keen eye for football talent perhaps, but his ego is overbearing.

  5. pwoeckener says: Dec 28, 2009 9:03 PM

    The ultimate in Karma would be for the Jets to make the playoffs as the #6 seed. Win the wildcard game, travel to Indy for the Divisional game and smoke the Colts in their own house to oust the Colts from the playoffs one and done. Then when Polian or anyone else in the Colts organization tries to defend their position everyone can point back to the Jets game and say, “If you had beaten them in week 16 when it still counted you would never have had to play them in the playoffs.”
    Not that that is likely, but the possibility does exist for that scenario.
    Just like in war, in football you never let your opponent breath. You put your foot on the gas and kill everything along your path to victory. An Army will never win a war when their enemy still breathes. Polian lacks that killer instinct, which is why the Colts will be one and done in the playoffs again this year.

  6. HJC says: Dec 28, 2009 9:04 PM

    Colts are a bunch of pussies. They play like pussies and yesterday was the most glaring example if it. Real teams with real balls don’t do what the pussy colts did yesterday. I hate the patriots but they’re no pussies.
    Polian is king pussy and Caldwell is his bitch

  7. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 28, 2009 9:05 PM

    Oh well. I would rather hear he finite whining of old men( 72 Dolphins) who will be dropping like flies from old age soon, that the constant bragging of Colts fans for all the years that remain.
    But great craps alive that was a stupid decision to forgo possible perfection!!

  8. slipkid says: Dec 28, 2009 9:05 PM

    steve young had it right on tv tonight.
    keep the pedal to the metal until halftime in week 17, assuming u have clinched all u can clinch, and dont need to win game #16.
    winning isnt simply as important as staying sharp and in game shape / battle condition.
    there are a lot of cases, end of season and after bye in mid-season, where the hot (offensive) team has to take a week off. then they come back and get rolling late or just plain play like crap and lose.

  9. BillsFan27 says: Dec 28, 2009 9:06 PM

    Bill P*lian = Big P*ssy

  10. slipkid says: Dec 28, 2009 9:06 PM

    steve young had it right on tv tonight.
    keep the pedal to the metal until halftime in week 17, assuming u have clinched all u can clinch, and dont need to win game #16.
    winning isnt simply as important as staying sharp and in game shape / battle condition.
    there are a lot of cases, end of season and after bye in mid-season, where the hot (offensive) team has to take a week off. then they come back and get rolling late or just plain play like crap and lose.

  11. Chris Walker says: Dec 28, 2009 9:06 PM

    Totally agree Chapnasty2. Every year the Colts start out 8-0 and every year they fizzle in the playoffs. They still haven’t learned from their own mistakes. The year they won the Super Bowl they were the wild card and couldn’t rest Manning.

  12. Iron Wolf says: Dec 28, 2009 9:09 PM

    The football gods have been so kind to this team this year, and for them to have the arrogance to spit in their faces, you just KNOW they will choke again this year and cement their status as the Atlanta Braves of the NFL.

  13. SixburghSteelers says: Dec 28, 2009 9:10 PM

    I really, really, really hope the Colts lose in the Playoffs….even if my Steelers don’t make it!!!!

  14. antipft says: Dec 28, 2009 9:11 PM

    What the heck does this mean
    “Plenty of league insiders will respond to this news by concluding that Polian’s temper has finally caught up with him — and by taking a certain amount of pleasure in seeing him get what plenty of league insiders believe he deserves for years of subjecting folks in the business to the same attitude he demonstrated on Monday night when criticized for blowing a chance at perfection”
    The only thing I saw was he was “on the run” and “rude” to callers. I don’t see how either of those qualify as a punishment for his alleged abusive behavior.
    I’m sure you can write better than this, if you tried. Intellectual laziness breeds more laziness. You should never write again about Randy Moss taking a break during a game.

  15. hrmlss says: Dec 28, 2009 9:11 PM

    Polian needs another drink and then he can blame everything on Mel Kiper, except Polian always has maintained no one knows who Mel is.

  16. The Genius says: Dec 28, 2009 9:21 PM

    Polian blew it. He will now be forever known as the complete idiot that threw away the chance at the perfect season. No matter what he has done in the past or ever will do in the future, this stain will overshadow his entire legacy.
    DOPE!!!

  17. Facts Domino says: Dec 28, 2009 9:22 PM

    Rich Kotite could coach the Colts to 14 wins.
    A.J. Smith could choose between Manning and Leaf.

  18. chief says: Dec 28, 2009 9:23 PM

    If I was a fan of one of the teams the Jets are tied with, I’d be pissed.
    As to the perfect scenario above…that would mean the Chiefs beat the Broncos and prevent them from making the playoffs. And that will be worth much more to me than a 4th win this pathetic season.

  19. urbusted says: Dec 28, 2009 9:24 PM

    chunky soupy sales says:
    December 28, 2009 9:05 PM
    Oh well. I would rather hear he finite whining of old men( 72 Dolphins) who will be dropping like flies from old age soon, that the constant bragging of Colts fans for all the years that remain.
    Sometimes trying to make a funny comment at the expense of another’s feelings or dignity isn’t worth it. Those men aren’t any less important than you and me regardless of their age.

  20. jersey73 says: Dec 28, 2009 9:24 PM

    @HJC
    You are a one-trick pony who posts the same comment over and over anytime anything comes up about the Colts.

  21. SeaColt213 says: Dec 28, 2009 9:27 PM

    As a Colt fan im disappointed. But considering the Colts overall performance this decade- you Colt insulters are just whiney bitches that are so used to being 2nd best you forgot the strategy it takes to be successful. I dont agree with Caldwell/Polian in this situation- but the haters on here are pathetic.
    Go Colts!

  22. Laxer37 says: Dec 28, 2009 9:30 PM

    When the going gets tough…quit.

  23. Furious George says: Dec 28, 2009 9:30 PM

    the Lolts were scared to death of going into the playoffs undefeated.

  24. howiseeit says: Dec 28, 2009 9:33 PM

    @Indyeagle – Manning is irreplaceable, true. But hopefully we can watch him a few more years. And this is coming a Cowboy fan. The greats are fun to watch regardless of your like/dislike of their teams. Hell, I detest msNabb but he makes the games versus the Cowboys fun as hell.
    Caldwell really blew it but Polian running from the fans is chickenshit.

  25. rize says: Dec 28, 2009 9:34 PM

    I find it interesting how guys who love to hear themselves so much have a difficult time talking themselves out of trouble. You can bet that censorship will occur in the future to avoid negative calls or technical difficulties will occur cutting off callers.
    Everyone knows Polian is arrogant and a crybaby when things do not go his way his true colors are shown. It is easy for the casual fan to root for the Colts because of Manning but many hardcore fans dislike them because of Polian and the ownership team.
    When Manning retires, Polian will be remembered for overpaying for Bob Sanders despite injuries.

  26. bwell316 says: Dec 28, 2009 9:36 PM

    I find it funny that the king of the competition committee, who has been tweaking the rules for the last 5 years to give his own team an advantage every season (plus pumping in crowd noise), is now getting roasted. Karma is a fickle whore, Bill Polian. I never thought I would feel bad for Peyton Manning, but Bill Polian allowed me to.

  27. WashingtonRedstorms says: Dec 28, 2009 9:39 PM

    I am a 20 years old and I have followed the Colts since Unitas.

  28. doe22us says: Dec 28, 2009 9:40 PM

    Anyone that is venting as to why the Colts should have gone for the win should visit revisionist history just saying… by going 16-0 the pressure would have been on them each and every game to go for perfection Polian and Caldwell did right, those venting are either disgruntled fans that paid to go watch, bragging rights for some colts fans, opposing fans who hoped the colts will beat the jets, and those that had colts skilled players in fantasy or betting.. Get a life its done with move on..

  29. danmateus75 says: Dec 28, 2009 9:56 PM

    The Polian defenders will claim that the Patriots going for 16-0 in 2007 somehow lead to their demise against the Giants in the Super Bowl.
    But what gets lost in that whole debate is the fact that the Giants had nothing to play for. They were locked in at the no.5 seed no matter what happened. Remember what happened/
    The Giants played all their starters for 60 minutes and they played like mad men the entire game and almost won that game.
    In the end the two teams that played all the way ended up winning their respective conferences to meet in the Super Bowl.
    The teams that rested their starters didn’t get get there.
    The point is that teams that play all out are better prepared to play sharp in the playoffs than teams that tank it.
    And remember that in 2003,2004,2005 the Colts rested the starters early and were bounced from the playoffs.
    In 2006 when they had to play the starters in week 17 to still secure a spot in the playoffs, they ended up better for it since they won they finally Super Bowl.

  30. Terry says: Dec 28, 2009 9:58 PM

    The people now complaining are the very same folks who would criticize them had Manning been hurt by staying in. “Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t”! Get a life and enjoy the playoffs!

  31. Deb says: Dec 28, 2009 10:00 PM

    What a coward Polian was to quit his show rather than taking his lumps. Sounds like he found the perfect complement in Caldwell. I’d be surprised if quitting on the Jets game was a strategy Manning endorsed, and I respect his discipline in standing behind his coach’s decision. But respect for Manning aside, I hope this team winds up losing in the first round. Polian and Caldwell don’t deserve anything else–and neither does any team that plays to lose regardless of the motivation.

  32. Luke says: Dec 28, 2009 10:03 PM

    [Quote]I am a 20 years old and I have followed the Colts since Unitas.[Quote]
    Ummmm….. Johnny U retired in 1973.

  33. Bob S. says: Dec 28, 2009 10:04 PM

    why the fuss?
    just another fixed nfl game this season
    the final nationally televised night fix tonight chi 16 minn zero at the half
    nfl is NOT on the level
    NFL approves of teams NOT training their hardest to win in other words TRYING TO LOSE

  34. Klytus says: Dec 28, 2009 10:05 PM

    My support is with the Colts fans. Jim Irsay has no problem charging for PSLs and Season Tickets at exorbitant rates. Well, the fans are subsidizing a winner. Colts management has just manufactured a loser.
    The solution? Just give all the fans a rebate for the game to be used towards next year’s season ticket prices. Full price for preseason games is outrageous as it is but this?
    “You want to talk business then let’s talk business!”
    Michael Corleone,
    The Godfather
    GO STEELERS!

  35. JerryCola says: Dec 28, 2009 10:09 PM

    It is such BS to say that the Colts are afraid of the pressure of being 16-0 going into the playoffs. There is pressure for every team once they are in the playoffs. The Colts should look at their own history. Every year they clinched early and rested players, they got bounced from the playoffs. The one year they didn’t, they won the Super Bowl. I know Indy fans who were pissed they saw half a game with reserve players (where the outcome was still undecided) like it was a preseason game. Too bad Polian didn’t have the guts to announce this before the game because there would have been a lot of no-shows and that means less revenue.

  36. TRAMO says: Dec 28, 2009 10:10 PM

    I dont think UNITAS has played in the last 20 years?

  37. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Dec 28, 2009 10:10 PM

    Huh???

  38. WTE says: Dec 28, 2009 10:14 PM

    Ha ha.
    Patriots are forever known as having balls.
    Colts are forever known as having vaginas.

  39. Streetsmart says: Dec 28, 2009 10:16 PM

    The Colts lost because they were scared that the Steelers might make the playoffs and would rather face the JETS in the playoffs than the defending super bowl champs.
    Its obvious they were losing the game on purpose out of fear…..
    Whod the Colts rather face? The Broncos, Dolphins and Jets or the Ravens and Steelers in a lose and your out game????
    Ravens and Steelers are a tougher out than the other teams

  40. MrHumble says: Dec 28, 2009 10:22 PM

    Polian has the biggest ego in the NFL next to Jerry Jones. He is milking P. Manning for everything he can get. I guarantee you that once Peyton Manning retires that Polian/Isray sell the Colts and are out of football.

  41. hayward giablommi says: Dec 28, 2009 10:24 PM

    Pathetic
    Overbearing
    Lacking
    Integrity
    Ass hole
    NaPolian

  42. Joe C says: Dec 28, 2009 10:34 PM

    For all the years the Colts have won 12 games (7 at my count) only one thing matters:
    1 Super Bowl.
    Tampa Bay, Baltimore and the Giants also have 1 this decade.
    While the Steelers have won twice, and the Patriots have 3.
    You saw just what the Colts would be minus Manning. At least 4-12. Maybe worse.
    Obviously there’s 2 rules of thought. Make sure your starters don’t get hurt. Or let them play, let the momentum stay, and go into your bye week hungry.
    Now the Colts will likely enter the postseason on a 2 game losing streak (and the Saints might make that 3 in a row as well with Minnesota getting pounded tonight). No team wants to go into that 2nd season on a losing streak. Especially the players.
    If things broke the right way, you could see a rematch of 2005, where the Steelers went into Indy, I believe a double digit underdog, and beat the Colts.
    Which is why I suspect the Bengals will lie down to the Jets to make sure the Steelers don’t get into the postseason.

  43. sniperhare says: Dec 28, 2009 10:35 PM

    Manning should have stormed the field and called his own plays (like it is rumored he often does) to save the team. That was a disgrace, they didn’t deserve that loss, and that is coming from a Jaguars fan.

  44. Cereal Blogger says: Dec 28, 2009 10:36 PM

    Huge mistake which will come back to haunt them. What a joke. They should have never have left Baltimore

  45. BostonGuy says: Dec 28, 2009 10:38 PM

    Let’s put this in perspective.
    FACT#1: The Colts play inside a dome. I’ve never seen so many over-weight 40 something she-males wearing ’18’ jerseys.
    FACT#2: Polian is despised by most in the league for being a whiney major league biAtch. Ask Robert Kraft.
    FACT#3: The Colts are who they are because of Manning. Manning is a great quarterback, no doubt.
    However, the reason he has been able to lead the Colts to 13 plus wins the last several seasons is because the king-biAtch-whiner-Polian petitioned the league to elminate ‘chucking’ beyond 5 yards. Hmmm, I remember when football was football and not 2-hand touch for the receiving corps and their QBs.
    I guess we now need a new rule that forces teams from squandering a win. Polian, you and your suck-ups (Dungy, Caldwell) make me puke.
    I’m now prouder than ever that my Patriots went 16-0, and 18-1. They played 60 minutes every game. No regrets.

  46. pft rocks says: Dec 28, 2009 10:39 PM

    The Great Oz has spoken
    Do NOT queston him.
    As I have said all season…. Caldwell does not call the shots.

  47. hayward giablommi says: Dec 28, 2009 10:42 PM

    Hey Bob S
    If the NFL is as not-on-the-level as you claim, what the hell does it say about you that you continue to invest hours of your life to watch week after week so you can bitch about it on a blog?
    Seems to me that, if I felt as you do, I’d just cash in my chips, cut my losses and find something else to do on Sunday.

  48. Furious George says: Dec 28, 2009 10:43 PM

    not only did the Patriots have to deal with the culture of hate created by espn, but they also lost their entire coaching staff the day before the SB b/c the league made them address the fabricated SB walkthrough tape farce.

  49. Blue Horse Shoe says: Dec 28, 2009 10:45 PM

    Hey Bill
    How was your blood pressure tonight??? You showed Indy how you don’t bleed blue, you just blow RED HOT!!!
    Guess you learned your lesson with Jay Mohrer and you just QUIT.
    Quitter.
    You are the Boss.
    Thanks for not using the f word tonite on the radio.

  50. PatsRPerfection says: Dec 28, 2009 10:47 PM

    Polian is a perfect jack-ass. I’m sure he’s going door to door tonight assaulting and choking every caller who second-guessed him today.
    I’m sure he had steam shooting out of his ears.
    As I said in a post yesterday, the guy is a major a-hole and everyone in the business hates the guy. He screams and swears in the press box, in a game against the Patriots he was heard screaming “Break his f-ing leg”. He intimidates people on the competition committee, and they say if you cross him he’ll jump across the table and attack you with a ball point pin.
    Apparently this guy is worse than Raquel Welch, as we all remember when Kramer had to fire her.

  51. Furious George says: Dec 28, 2009 10:48 PM

    “I’m now prouder than ever that my Patriots went 16-0, and 18-1. They played 60 minutes every game. No regrets.”
    -Preach on brotha BostonGuy!!!! aint that the truth! BB is no coward!

  52. PatsFan54 says: Dec 28, 2009 10:55 PM

    The Colts won the Super Bowl when it was in Miami the last time. Plus they beat the Pats in the RCA dome so to the person who said thta they won the superbowl as a wild card is sadly mistaken.
    I can see the logic of resting players for the playoffs when they were playing a blitzing defense that Manning could have been one Tom Brady knee injury away from ending the season. But that can happen to anyone.
    You may lose momentum by resting players but we will see. I think the Pats will go into Indy and win the divisional game then go to San Diego and the winner of that game will win the Superbowl.

  53. BostonGuy says: Dec 28, 2009 10:57 PM

    BALLS OUT George! BALLS OUT!
    who said the Colts have vaginas?
    HILARIOUS! (because its true)

  54. RaiderChile says: Dec 28, 2009 10:58 PM

    The solution for all this resting players garbage (and the bye week included) is not to have any bye weeks at all. NONE AT ALL!
    The NFL is a business first, a corporation led by lawyers like all American organized sports on the level of the NFL.
    They say these bye weeks are for the players health and all that, but it’s not. It’s about extending the season as long as they can to have more games broadcasted on television. Cha-ching!
    The NFL primarily lives on the dollars made on TV commercials as well as game tix, parking, concessions and memorabilia etc.
    We all hate it when the game stops for a “TV timeout.”
    A TV Timeout??? Do the broadcasters need to reboot their computer systems or the game directors and play by play guys need to go to the bathroom?
    No.
    They make money durning the commercials. Why is it when your team is on a roll only to lose momentum from a dumb ass TV timeout? You all know what I’m talking about because you all got pissed when that happened to your favorite team.
    Resting players sucks and we’ve seen it over and over again throughout the years. It doesn’t work unless your team is 3-4 TDs ahead in the 4th quarter.
    I want my team to keep playing through the pain. Go see the Top Ten Gutsiest Performances on the NFL site for guys who didn’t take a rest to get healthy. That’s why depth on all positions is so important for a team to function. One piece falls, another goes in and you keep rolling.
    Merril Hoge said his Steelers of ’76 would have won the Super Bowl but they were too concerned with getting healthy for the playoffs which they eventually lost to‚Ķthe Raiders. I think if they were all healthy the Raiders would have beat them anyways. It was just their time.

  55. RaiderChile says: Dec 28, 2009 11:04 PM

    What a tool. At least be respectful to the people who pay for your tix!
    But hey, the Colts could have Al Davis as an owner!

  56. lezmaka says: Dec 28, 2009 11:05 PM

    “My support is with the Colts fans. Jim Irsay has no problem charging for PSLs…”
    Huh? Try again Cletus. There aren’t any PSLs for the Colts. The closest thing would be that you need to sign a 3 or 5 year agreement for club seats. You don’t pay any extra, you still pay for the tickets one year at a time. The 3 year agreement cannot have more than a maximum of $80 increase per year (that’s $8 per game). With the 5 year agreement, years 2 and 3 are guaranteed to have no price increase. Years 4 and 5 cannot have more than a maximum of $80 increase per year (that’s $8 per game)

  57. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 28, 2009 11:07 PM

    “Sometimes trying to make a funny comment at the expense of another’s feelings or dignity isn’t worth it. Those men aren’t any less important than you and me regardless of their age.”
    Wasn’t trying to be funny just stating facts. These guys are not getting any younger and all that worry they go through in years like this isn’t helping. I never said they were any less important than me.
    Nor are they any MORE important than me. NO man is. Life is better for all with more cheese, less whine.

  58. Deb says: Dec 28, 2009 11:10 PM

    Oh my gosh! So Furious George, the JACK ASS who comes on every Steelers thread to talk about how the refs gave us the game is a freakin’ Patriots fan????? Are you KIDDING???? And this ASS is on here talking about how the league conspired to keep his Patriots from winning SBXLII?? And he’s echoing how “I’m now prouder than ever that my Patriots went 16-0, and 18-1. They played 60 minutes every game. No regrets.”
    I normally don’t use this kind of language but you DIRTY SOB!
    They started that season videotaping other teams after expressly being told NOT to do it. And you find that something to be PROUD of??? I NEVER take shots at the Pats because I actually think they were that good that they didn’t need any videotapes and would have won anyway. But YOU, with all the questions about your team from PROVABLE dirty tricks have the FREAKING NERVE to come on EVERY thread about MY STEELERS and mouth off about refs when there’s not one shred of evidence about anything????? If I knew you in person, I swear I would slap you so hard across the face your snot would come out your ear!!!!

  59. AbeFreshly says: Dec 28, 2009 11:24 PM

    Did they charge full price for game tix? In other words, they expected Colts fans to show up & pay full price, just to watch the team “turtle”? Give me a break. Karma usually has a way of having the last say in matters of such hubris.
    Watch the Jets are gonna knock the Colts out of the playoffs in a few weeks. Priceless, Poilan you Putz.

  60. Deb says: Dec 28, 2009 11:29 PM

    @RaiderChile …
    Somebody’s been drinking. I don’t know if it’s you or Merril Hoge, but that boy wasn’t on the 1976 Steelers. He played a decade later. Several members of the 70s Steelers have said that ’76 team was the best of the decade–which is saying a lot since they won four Super Bowls that decade. But if I’m not mistaken, several members of that team came down with the flu during the playoffs and lost in the championship game to the Raiders.
    But Merril Hoge was never there. And we’ll never know what would have happened if the team had been healthy. But it was the Snake’s year. And though I’m a diehard Steelers fan, I’m also a Bama fan … and I can’t begrudge him :-)

  61. lezmaka says: Dec 28, 2009 11:31 PM

    “The solution for all this resting players garbage (and the bye week included) is not to have any bye weeks at all. NONE AT ALL!”
    Um, that wouldn’t do anything at all. Instead of playing the starters until the second series in the 3rd quarter, if there wasn’t a bye, they would have just sat the starters after the first series of the game.

  62. JerryCola says: Dec 28, 2009 11:48 PM

    The Steelers played without Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier that game, and both had 1000+ yards rushing that year. Bradshaw hadn’t developed into an elite passer yet and the Steelers were clearly at a disadvantage. Who know who would have won, but it would have made the game more interesting.

  63. pittfan154 says: Dec 29, 2009 12:00 AM

    How about this ? By allowing the Jets to win the game, it lessens the chances for the Ravens, Texans, Steelers, Broncos , Dolphins and Jaguars to make the playoffs. All of whom the Colts have struggled against.
    The Ravens played them close, losing by only 2 points.
    The Texans always play them tough … The Texans lost the lead in the 4th quarter and missed a FG to send it to overtime in week nine. Then went up 17-0 in week 12 only to lose the lead late.
    The Broncos intercepted Manning 3 times and held him to under a 50% completion ratio. In addition, Brandon Marshall catches 21 balls for 200 yards and 2 scores on their defense.
    Their playoff history with the Steelers is not so good. Plus it seams to me that Manning is not as sharp against the Steelers 3-4 blitzing defense. In the 2005 divisional round, Manning was constantly under pressure, being sacked 4 times.
    As with the Texans, the Jaguars always play them tough. The Jaguars lost both games this year by a combined 5 points.
    In week two, the Dolphins gave them all they could handle, with the Colts taking the lead with three minutes left. The dolphins had a chance to drive back down to win the game, but executed very poor clock management and ran out of time.
    I am just saying, maybe there is a hidden agenda here by the Colts. They are claiming to want to rest their players when in reality, they are hoping to have an effect on which teams make the playoffs ?? Potentially facing a rookie head coach and a rookie QB with a 1:2 TD to TO rating would be much more attractive than facing the other teams they have struggled against.

  64. Deb says: Dec 29, 2009 12:17 AM

    @JerryCola …
    Weren’t Rocky and Franco both out with the flu? They wouldn’t sit both running backs for the AFC championship game.

  65. Byrd Is The Word says: Dec 29, 2009 12:18 AM

    Bill Polian has built a contender everywhere he has been. Any team would be lucky to have him. Go ahead Colts fans, run him out of town for one game/interview. See where that gets you.

  66. bpmurr says: Dec 29, 2009 12:20 AM

    Hey Indy stop tarnishing the Colts name even farther. Just sent the colors and history pre 1984 back to Baltimore. Only the Irsay’s lay down for other NFL teams!

  67. AutumnWind999 says: Dec 29, 2009 12:34 AM

    Fitting.
    The guy forced his players to quit on their chance for a special place in pro football history. The guys who give their bodies and energy and hearts to their profession from the time they’re kids through each training camp, practice and game. He took the decision out of their hands and made them lay down and quit because he didn’t want to face any criticism if Manning or anyone got hurt in the final 5 quarters of the season. So it makes sense he’d quit himself when the going gets tough and he’s put on the hot seat.
    He basically robbed the team’s fans of their hard-earned money and hope for seeing something truly unprecedented and special.
    I’m no Colts fan, but I respect Manning and the players. I often find myself rooting for them in the playoffs since my Oakland Raiders haven’t been there in 7 long years. But I’d kind of like to seem them get crushed in their first playoff game just to show up Polian/Caldwell and their ridiculous decision.
    Say what you will about Al Davis. He never would’ve pulled a garbage Bush-league move like that.
    Just win, Baby.

  68. KOM2K10 says: Dec 29, 2009 12:35 AM

    Whats sad about the whole thing is that if they have the opportunity again next year, he’d do the exact same thing, just to “prove” that this year’s decision was right. I think his motto is “if 97% of people think it’s a dumb move, then it really must be a smart move because I’m smarter than about 97% of the people out there”

  69. AutumnWind999 says: Dec 29, 2009 12:41 AM

    SeaColt213 says:
    December 28, 2009 9:27 PM
    As a Colt fan im disappointed. But considering the Colts overall performance this decade- you Colt insulters are just whiney bitches that are so used to being 2nd best you forgot the strategy it takes to be successful.
    ——————–
    The “Strategy it takes to be successful.”
    Which is, of course:
    1) Suck so bad that you wind up with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
    2) Out of completely dumb luck have probably the greatest QB in the history of the NFL fall into your lap with that No. 1 pick.
    3) Everyone in the organization take credit for the ensuing success … even though you’d be a sub-par team without that QB.
    4) Puss out at the end of each season and fizzle in the playoffs virtually every year.

  70. DB26 says: Dec 29, 2009 12:48 AM

    I am a Browns fan and it purely pissed me off when they did it in 2007 and let the Titans into the playoffs, free of charge.
    My stance: People don’t pay their salaries on tickets, merchandise, concessions, and *other* to watch said team lay down.
    The NFL should really think about stepping in, if for nothing else, atleast the spirit of the game. There is no honor in laying down, as the look on PMs face showed how pissed and embarrassed he was to have to be a part of that!

  71. PatsRPerfection says: Dec 29, 2009 12:56 AM

    I think we’re all losing sight of the fundamental point of this article. Bill Polian is a massive dink.

  72. SuperBowlMVP says: Dec 29, 2009 12:58 AM

    Anyone who thought the decision to pull the starters was the wrong one is stupid and should continue to follow directions from their boss because they will never be in a position to make a real decision in their life.

  73. AutumnWind999 says: Dec 29, 2009 1:05 AM

    SuperBowlMVP says:
    December 29, 2009 12:58 AM
    Anyone who thought the decision to pull the starters was the wrong one is stupid and should continue to follow directions from their boss because they will never be in a position to make a real decision in their life.
    ——————-
    God, I admire you.

  74. AbeFreshly says: Dec 29, 2009 1:13 AM

    I think Painter might be worse than JaCarcus Russell. Rookie-Shmookie. Do not insult the home fans by putting in a Pop Warner QB. You had all the home fans set up for…Painter??? You did not give your own team (even) a ghost of a chance to win? You put in a rookie who is obviously unprepared to play professional football.
    Congratulations, Painter. You got 3 coats of green & white applied to your helmet to go with your painted fingernails, as you became a footnote in history. If it weren’t for JaCarcus Russell, Painter’s ‘effort’ had to be the worst in the NFL this year.

  75. Big Smitty SCPO says: Dec 29, 2009 1:40 AM

    Colts Fans just go to your next exhibition game in these trying times. Pay 400 bucks for your family to go so you can watch your team lose!!!!

  76. Adam says: Dec 29, 2009 2:12 AM

    Polian is terrible. He treats the fans like shit, total PR nightmare.
    As a Jets fan, my ego isn’t overblown: I know we got lucky.
    BUT, I’d like the Jets to play the Colts in the playoffs in a REAL GAME so we can see what’s what…I’d expect Colts to win, btw.
    Glad to read that no one in the league likes him. Caldwell seems a bit smug too. When has Polian’s technique EVER worked?

  77. the_b says: Dec 29, 2009 2:22 AM

    Actually that was the GM before Polian. Vince Tobin I believe.
    hrmlss says:
    December 28, 2009 9:11 PM
    Polian needs another drink and then he can blame everything on Mel Kiper, except Polian always has maintained no one knows who Mel is.

  78. eph521 says: Dec 29, 2009 6:02 AM

    They should have played to win, but coach/GM took that away. Don’t blame the players.
    Polian’s track record of success is undeniable. Ego/asshole or not.

  79. Tyler says: Dec 29, 2009 6:07 AM

    While Polian and Caldwell made the wrong decision (1-2 extra drives for Manning would have sealed the win), there are a lot of idiots here.
    The Colts only lost once in playoffs, because of resting starters at the end of the regular season. It was against Pittsburgh in the 2005 season. The QB-OL-WR timing was killed by Dungy, he only gave 3 snaps to Peyton in week17 and it took 4 or 5 possessions against the Steelers to get anything going. Every other time, the loss can be attributed to other reasons.

  80. Reptar says: Dec 29, 2009 6:39 AM

    PFT quoting Stampede Blue though lol. Like a Rams fan in a Lions bar or something.

  81. 515geo says: Dec 29, 2009 7:57 AM

    Do you think that Mercury morris did a couple of lines of coke when he opened the champagne!

  82. kappa08 says: Dec 29, 2009 8:09 AM

    That organization deserves the wrath….it was a gutless move. You have the quickest release in the league with Peyton. Not to mention complete control of the game….

  83. Eagle says: Dec 29, 2009 8:46 AM

    This situation could open a real can of worms if the players decide that winning a Super Bowl for Mr. Polian is not so important after all, since he threw in the towel on they’re perfect season…..What if the players revolt and play not to win in their first playoff appearance??

  84. TrojanFan22 says: Dec 29, 2009 10:09 AM

    If I know anything, I know this: If the Patriots were 14-0 and ahead 15-10 in the 3d quarter, Bill Belichick would NEVER take Tom Brady out of the game.

  85. justin1943 says: Dec 29, 2009 10:46 AM

    As an Indy fan, I feel confident that the decision came down from Polian. I can also assure you that no one, and I mean no one, is really happy with what transpired. The fans in Indy are livid, and rightfully so. Everyone knows that to be 14-0 in the NFL is so unique and so hard. We all knew that sooner or later the Colts would lose – but please, not like this. They have thrown to the wind, an opportunity to record the greatest record in the NFL, and create a Legacy for Manning and the rest of the team that would last for decades. What’s worse, is that there are only two outcomes that can come from this. Either positive or negative – and I’m pretty sure it will be negative. This can’t sit well with any of the players – and now they have created an even greater pressure situation – for everyone. Polian should be ashamed of himself – but of course, he isn’t.

  86. antipft says: Dec 29, 2009 8:54 PM

    It is very simple. Injuries happen at a certain rate in the NFL. Players not available mean your team is not as good. Those are facts.
    The argument about chemistry and mementum of wins is completely subjective and cannot be proven one way or another. You can find many examples every way.
    Coaches are paid to make intelligent decisions. Considering the two truths above, you rest your best players.
    Fans who argue incessantly about it are either stupid or have nothing else to do.

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