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Polian says his 18-game comments were "imprecise"

Colts president Bill Polian, who made a big stir on Monday night by describing the league’s proposed 18-game season as a “fait accompli,” has done a “face about.”

Per Anthony Schoettle of IBJ.com, Polian told ESPN Radio that his comments were “imprecise.”

“I created a headline that was 180 degrees from what was right,” Polian said.  “Bad job by me
in answering the question.”

But good job by Polian, if his goal was to spark a belated debate on whether the league should move from 16 to 18 games.  He lamented the fact that a debate hadn’t occurred, and it now appears that the debate has commenced.

Setting aside any personality traits that some may regard as displeasing, the fact remains that Polian didn’t build three stellar NFL programs by being stupid.

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  1. TheDPR says: Sep 29, 2010 11:07 AM

    Good point. A lot of highly intelligent people are complete a-holes.
    My guess is that Polian knew exactly what he was saying.

  2. manderson says: Sep 29, 2010 11:18 AM

    This is a bad, bad idea. Unless you increase the roster size to account for the injuries an additional two games will inflict on the players, this is a stupid idea.
    I love NFL football more than any other sport, but seeing star players possibly having their careers shortened because of owner greed is just wrong.
    Quit requiring us to pay full price for the exhibition games and we’ll get complaining about the preseason.

  3. Patsfan1776 says: Sep 29, 2010 11:20 AM

    Gotta love someone breaking out the term “fait accompli” and then saying he was imprecise.

  4. CJ says: Sep 29, 2010 11:21 AM

    “imprecise” is a fancy word for “wr-, wro-. … ah screw it, mistaken.”

  5. Pale face says: Sep 29, 2010 11:32 AM

    Polian knew exactly what he was saying, and here we are talking about it. He should just go back to changing rules to benefit his own team. Oh wait, no he shouldn’t …

  6. damnvarmint says: Sep 29, 2010 11:33 AM

    I think if you go to 18 games fans are going to start picking and choosing the games they “need” to watch. It could reach a point where less and less games become “must see TV”. Not to mention, how are you going to feel when your 3rd string quarterback, is playing behind an offensive line of D-II journeymen lining up against a 38 yr old defensive tackle, and linebacker who last played in the CFL 2 years ago. The quantity of games may increase but the quality of the game will suffer.

  7. 1nationraidernation says: Sep 29, 2010 11:35 AM

    they should do it, and each year you should play your own division twice like you do now, and then one year you play every afc team, and the next year you play every nfc team, and vice versa

  8. if yer not first... says: Sep 29, 2010 11:35 AM

    Setting aside any personality traits that some may regard as displeasing, the fact remains that Polian didn’t build three stellar NFL programs by being stupid.
    Sure – but he has “street smarts” – he didn’t have no French and didn’t really know what “fait accompli” means – he thought it meant something else, he’s not sure what, he’ll have to ask Peyton.
    (Hey wasn’t this the same genius that was before the new ref rule before he was against it?)

  9. Wrathchild says: Sep 29, 2010 11:46 AM

    @manderson – Completely agree. In order to do an 18 game season, the NFL needs to first increase the roster to at least 58 and allow all 58 players to dress on game-day. None of this paying for a full 53-man roster but only allowing 45 to dress on game day.

  10. cornflorio says: Sep 29, 2010 11:51 AM

    Give teams another bye week, and expand the roster, oh and put a rule that Bill Polian can’t talk to the media anymore.

  11. FireFlorio says: Sep 29, 2010 12:05 PM

    re: manderson says:
    September 29, 2010 11:18 AM
    This is a bad, bad idea. Unless you increase the roster size to account for the injuries an additional two games will inflict on the players, this is a stupid idea.
    I love NFL football more than any other sport, but seeing star players possibly having their careers shortened because of owner greed is just wrong.
    Quit requiring us to pay full price for the exhibition games and we’ll get complaining about the preseason.
    ————————————————–
    Owner Greed??
    It’s all about supply and demand dude. The reason the NFL can go to 18 regular season games is because there is a demand for it. Fans (not casual ones like you) want to see it. Who wouldn’t want to see 18 regular season games instead of 16 and 4 preseason? I’ll tell you who…..casual football fans that don’t sit and watch NFL football any and every time it is on. You were probably out raking your leaves on Sunday and came in the house just in time to catch the end of the Saints/Falcons OT.
    An 18 game season certainly will take a toll on players bodies, but guess what?? That is why they get paid millions of dollars and that is why there are 53 men on the roster. Maybe we’ll see now how many Tom Brady’s and Curt Warner’s are out there……that only were able to have hall of fame careers because a starter got hurt. It’s all part of the game.
    If the players want to complain they are not getting paid enough, then fine…..ask for more in the new CBA – but don’t complain about having to work more.
    And again, call the owners greedy all you want – but they wouldn’t be expanding the season to 18 games if there wasn’t a demand for it by the fans watching on TV, and the fans paying to go see it at the stadium.
    On behalf of the die hard NFL fans out there – “Thank you owners for expanding the regular season, we couldn’t be more stoked!! Now do the right thing and pay them some more too.”

  12. NoRingForYou says: Sep 29, 2010 12:07 PM

    Foot in mouth just as his “going to make Peyton the highest paid player ever” comment.

  13. Horatio says: Sep 29, 2010 12:13 PM

    Sounds like Polian shouldn’t open his mouth after ingesting his seventh Long Island Iced Tea of the evening.
    Capo di tutti capi Goodell clearly got to him in the meantime…perhaps Polian woke up with a severed head wearing a Colts helmet in his bed.
    Everyone knows the NFL will get 18 games because that’s what the owners want, no public discourse necessary. They just want to make it appear that they aren’t engaging in subterfuge.

  14. Andy says: Sep 29, 2010 12:20 PM

    Has anyone thought about making it an eight month sport just like every other one. Then we could lose interest like we have in the other sports.

  15. footballfan says: Sep 29, 2010 12:46 PM

    I figure the golden boy called him up and gave him a reaming. We all know Polian always does what Peyton wants…

  16. dlmcc0909 says: Sep 29, 2010 12:49 PM

    Its selfish by the league to go to an 18 game schedule. We all love football. But these palyers are human beings, and players from the past are in bad shape from the beatings they took.
    Look at todays game and how big and fast these guys are. I cant imagine what some of them will look like in 15 years. And my heart goes out to them and their families. Im not going to make them out to be combat troops in Afghanistan. They do it for the money I know.
    But the last thing the league should want is more injured players. Come playoff time these guys, especially linemen and RB’s are going to be wiped out.

  17. You're An Idiot says: Sep 29, 2010 12:59 PM

    Why is this a story? Everyone knows Polian is a good football man, but an absolute d-hole otherwise.

  18. Nuckinfutz says: Sep 29, 2010 12:59 PM

    “Polian didn’t build three stellar NFL programs by being stupid.”
    No……….but he is 1-5 in Super Bowls from being a stubborn know it all.

  19. ADX says: Sep 29, 2010 1:54 PM

    Nuckinfutz says:
    September 29, 2010 12:59 PM
    “Polian didn’t build three stellar NFL programs by being stupid.”
    No……….but he is 1-5 in Super Bowls from being a stubborn know it all.
    Yeah he did miss those key tackles in all those games he lost

  20. AlCortez says: Sep 29, 2010 2:04 PM

    The preseason game thing is a smokescreen. These are two separate topics – 18 game season and fewer preseason games.
    Look, teams need some sort of scrimmage against other teams to prepare. These morphed over time into the pseudo-games they are now. People wanted to watch so owners charged admission and let ‘em in. But it’s gotten out of control, fans have an inaccurate expectation that these should be competitive games, partly due to what the revenue-maximizing owners are charging to watch it.
    Preaseason is necessary but not in it’s current form. Fix it separately.
    But instead owners trot out reduced season-prep time while at the same time lengthening the season. Why prep less for more games? This doesn’t make sense, unless you’re admitting that the first couple competitive games are really going to suck, because they didn’t prep as well as before. We already know that games at the end of the season suck as top teams shut it down to get ready for the playoffs. So the number of quality games stays the same. Maybe.
    Nothing’s particularly wrong with the 16 game season, except that owners aren’t making as much money as they’d like, and frankly, that’s not a good enough reason for me.

  21. Jay16 says: Sep 29, 2010 2:09 PM

    Bill Polian isn’t stupid. But like all people who were once great at their craft their comes a time where your living off of pre experienced notions, accolades, awards and the reality is your just not that guy anymore. Everyone sees it, witnesses the dumb things you do, but you don’t because you were once the “genius” and think you still are. I think their are other GM’s drafting better talent for SURE in the NFL today. He’s clearly riding on the coatails on Peyton Manning, a guy he drafted of course and will probably go down the drain if Peyton does. But like all sleaze, Bill would probably jump ship first. This is the easiest gig in the world if only……he’d still have the drafting skills he once had. Eventually the previous years busting drafts , plus an aging Manning, Wayne and Clark will catch up and they will be a 500 team. I’m positive Manning will still have magic at an old age but will he tolerate absymal talent beneath his level to carry is the question. Soon the lack of drafts, free agency will catch up. Austin Collie’s, Peire Garcon’s are great in all, but thats not going to carry you.

  22. NoHomeTeam says: Sep 29, 2010 2:12 PM

    FireFlorio says: ” Who wouldn’t want to see 18 regular season games instead of 16 and 4 preseason? I’ll tell you who…..casual football fans that don’t sit and watch NFL football any and every time it is on. You were probably out raking your leaves on Sunday and came in the house just in time to catch the end of the Saints/Falcons OT.”
    “On behalf of the die hard NFL fans out there – “Thank you owners for expanding the regular season, we couldn’t be more stoked!! Now do the right thing and pay them some more too.””
    *********************************************
    Good effort on the “You’re not a Real Fan if you don’t agree with me ” argument there. Excellent way to strengthen your case [eye roll]
    “Thank you owners for expanding the regular season, we couldn’t be more stoked!! Now do the right thing and pay them some more too. We as fans couldn’t be more eager to shell out the additional cash it will take to finance the expanded season. We figure a 15% bump across the board on everything from Season Tickets to beer and hot-dogs ought to about do it. We’re standing by with our credit cards . . . “
    Maybe those two extra games could go on Pay Per View, just for “die-hard fans.”

  23. CKL says: Sep 29, 2010 2:12 PM

    # NoRingForYou says: September 29, 2010 12:07 PM
    Foot in mouth just as his “going to make Peyton the highest paid player ever” comment.
    ___________________________________
    Far be it from me to defend Polian because I loathe him and his team, but it was actually the owner, Irsay, who said that about PM. Polian pretty much gave the line about ” it’s complicated due to the CBA, etc.” when asked about Manning’s contract.
    I feel dirty now, thanks!
    And yeah he definitely knew what he was saying.

  24. Other Bears says: Sep 29, 2010 2:13 PM

    Oh – he knew what he was saying. People who don’t know how to use terms like “fait accompli,” don’t even know terms like “fait accompli.” Myself included.

  25. WingT says: Sep 29, 2010 2:39 PM

    Has Polian ever taken the Wonderlic test?…just curious

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