The Indianapolis Star has a good interview Sunday with Colts president Bill Polian in which he makes it clear he’s not going to talk about Week Sixteen anymore.
Polian got plenty of heat for the decision to rest the Colts starters, but he deserves credit for finding valuable players for cheap like few others.
A good example is at defensive tackle. The Colts have improved their rush defense this season, especially short-yardage situations. Their starters, Daniel Muir and Antonio Johnson, were essentially picked up for free last offseason.
Muir was signed “off the street” and Johnson came from Tennessee’s practice squad.
“For us to pick up Danny and “Mookie” [Johnson] during the season to
fill starting roles and become bellwether players, that’s an incredible
tribute to [G.M. Chris Polian and pro scout Kevin Rogers and
director of pro personnel Clyde Powers],” Polian said.
Undrafted rookie cornerback Jacob Lacey should start Sunday and is another example of the Colts finding a valuable player for a low cost.
Polian’s personality rubs a lot of people the wrong way, but there’s no team better at finding the right players for its roster.