Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian said after Super Bowl XLIV that the offensive line had been outplayed by the Saints’ defense. But for the second time this offseason, a member of the Colts’ offensive line has disagreed with that assessment.
Colts right tackle Ryan Diem said in an interview at Colts.com that he believes the Colts’ line actually played well in the Super Bowl.
“Regardless of the outcome of the Super Bowl, I thought the offensive line played well,” Diem said (via StampedeBlue.com). “I thought we were fresh. We weren’t banged up to bad, and we were able to kind of manage throughout the year.”
Diem didn’t specifically reference Polian’s comments, but his assessment of the way the line played echoed that of Colts center Jeff Saturday, who said in March that he disagrees with Polian’s criticism of the offensive line.
Perhaps trying to take the high road, neither Diem nor Saturday has said who they think bears responsibility for the Colts’ loss. Although they won’t come right out and say so, it’s not unreasonable to wonder if they wish Polian would acknowledge that it wasn’t the offensive line that threw the fourth-quarter interception that sealed the Colts’ loss.