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Polian hopes Caldwell’s job is safe, almost drafted Yates

Jim Calswell AP

On Monday, Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian hosted his weekly radio show “Let’s see what Polian can say to drive Colts fans crazy.”

Two comments stuck out. The first came when Polian was asked if coach Jim Caldwell’s job was in jeopardy.

“My fervent hope is that Jim’s job is not in jeopardy because my fervent hope is that we don’t go 0-16, and we’re doing everything we can to try and avoid that,” Polian said via StampedeBlue.com.

That quote suggests a few things.

1. Caldwell could save his job simply by winning a game or two.

2. Polian isn’t truly in charge of Caldwell’s future and it’s owner Jim Irsay’s call.  (Which also indicates Polian’s job could be in jeopardy.)

3. Polian is full of it and the comment doesn’t mean anything at all.

We’re leaning towards door No. 3, but it does seem possible that Irsay will force changes on Polian.

Polian would also like Colts fans to know that he almost came up with a better solution than Curtis Painter as his quarterback this season.

“We were getting ready to draft [T.J. Yates] in the very same round,” Polian said via the Indianapolis Star. “Houston picked before us if I’m not mistaken. Should we have taken him a round earlier? Yes, without question.”

The Colts didn’t have a pick in the fifth round when Yates was drafted.

But the point remains: Wait, what was the point again?

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57 Responses to “Polian hopes Caldwell’s job is safe, almost drafted Yates”
  1. steelbydesign says: Dec 13, 2011 9:47 AM

    I bet they were ready to draft Tom Brady in the 6th round too but thought naaaaah he’ll be there.

  2. dohpey28 says: Dec 13, 2011 9:48 AM

    Bill Polian is a blow hard who had Peyton Manning fall into his lap. He has mad bad move after bad move, but Peyton always cleaned up the mess with his play on the field.

  3. jutts says: Dec 13, 2011 9:48 AM

    The Colts are sad. If I were a fan of the team I’d be Pissed. Caldwell, Polian should be gone.

  4. vegaskid21 says: Dec 13, 2011 9:48 AM

    makes you wonder how many games the Colts would have won this year with a healthy Peyton Manning.

  5. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Dec 13, 2011 9:48 AM

    Polian is a joke… I think he thinks that people actually believe the crap that he spews out of his mouth.

  6. nfloracle says: Dec 13, 2011 9:49 AM

    Irsay will tweet today, “Bll, ur stikng ur noz were it don belong agin. And don look so stoopd in pixs on PFT nxt time.”

  7. bbrophy1 says: Dec 13, 2011 9:49 AM

    door #4) Bill Polian is implying that Caldwell’s future is in Chris Polian’s hands and that Bill is saying he has no knowledge of his son’s decision

  8. polegojim says: Dec 13, 2011 9:53 AM

    The point is that Caldwell has failed utterly and miserably. No way the Colts are really THIS bad.

    If Caldwells job proves to be safe… I will have lost a great deal of respect for the Colts organization.

    Will the Dolphins see Caldwell as Don Shula Jr?

  9. urfinished says: Dec 13, 2011 9:54 AM

    Barely picking Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf has made this guy the most overrated GM in the history of the NFL.

  10. picksix401 says: Dec 13, 2011 9:57 AM

    LOL… remember this past summer when this dude was talking about going to Mars or something? Now he’s drafting TJ Yates with a phantom pick, gotta love it

  11. billinva says: Dec 13, 2011 9:59 AM

    Irsay needs to clean house and bring in The Chin and draft Andrew Luck.

  12. jacunn2000 says: Dec 13, 2011 9:59 AM

    Yea, because your only problem is at the QB position and Yates would have fixed that… Delusional meatheads.

  13. AlanSaysYo says: Dec 13, 2011 10:01 AM

    I think Polian has been crap lately just as much as the next guy, but let’s not get too carried away in calling him an idiot who had Peyton Manning land in his lap. Polian has presided as GM over a winning decade of Colts football that included two Super Bowl appearances, and before that he built the Bills team that went to four straight Super Bowls. The guy clearly knew what he was doing for a long period of time. Some of you have either forgotten that or didn’t know it in the first place.

  14. snowpea84 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:06 AM

    Why would any of them get to keep their jobs when it is abundantly clear that the only person responsible for the Cotls success is Manning.
    The coach clearly was not getting them ANY wins.
    The guy who built the “roster” is responsible for their succeses insofar as I guess he’s responsible for saying, “Hey, let’s keep playing Manning at QB.” Remove that decision and look what you’re left with.

  15. Land Snark says: Dec 13, 2011 10:06 AM

    Some of you have little historical perspective when it comes to the NFL.

    Polian was instrumental in the rise of the Bills 4 Super Bowl appearances (and losses). He also helped build the Panthers and get them off to a quick start.

    Having said that, it’s obvious that he build a house of cards that tumbled with Manning’s injury and didn’t choose the best successor to Dungy.

  16. realitypolice says: Dec 13, 2011 10:11 AM

    This fella sounds a little like a crazy person.

  17. southpaw2k says: Dec 13, 2011 10:12 AM

    I really wonder if even Tim Tebow could have led this team to a win this season. Pinning the season’s misery on not having Manning around is an excuse; there are far larger issues with the team than just missing the quarterback.

  18. rpiotr01 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:13 AM

    This looks like a 7-9 win team even with Manning. When a roster gets stale and old and there is little depth, even great QBs can’t make up for that. Favre went 4-12 and 8-8 with the Packers, I believe around the same age as Manning is now.

    Fact is, this whole mess is Polian’s doing. He had a run of good drafts, hitting on most first rounders from 1998 through eary 2000′s. That culminated in 2003 I think when they got Clark, Freeny and Cato June all in the same class. Besides Bob Sanders, it’s been a ghost town since then. Look at their drafts from 2004 to the present. Barely a player of note in that time, no true difference makers. That means not only aren’t they getting difference making starters, they’re not creating depth to push those starters and fill in when injury strikes.

    Polian’s time is over, his draft failures speak for themselves.

  19. whitemike55 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:14 AM

    Que the next Head Coach/ GM to say they were about to draft TJ Yates.

    Lets see who has already said it #1 Marvin Lewis, #2 Bill Polian, I believe there was one more as well that already came out.

    Hindsight is a beautiful thing… Keep it up Yates – Keep on Rollin’ TEXANS!!!!!!

  20. letsgolos says: Dec 13, 2011 10:14 AM

    The Texans actually drafted T.J. Yates with the Colts 5th round pick (acquired via Washington).

  21. weepingjebus says: Dec 13, 2011 10:19 AM

    Never seen an NFL team tank a season like the Colts have done. The fates will not be kind. Season ticket holders should be enraged. They basically got to live the NFL version of that scene in Vacation where Clark shows up at the car dealership and is presented with the family truckster POS instead of what he ordered. “You think you hate the team now, wait until you see them play.”

  22. mpg22387 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:19 AM

    I am not a Colts fan. However, I feel bad for the fans when their GM makes comments such as “we’re doing everything we can to try and avoid that.”

    You sir are a liar.

    You have had ample opportunity to secure a quality backup quarterback this year and have passed on every situation. You have failed to claim any viable QB off waivers. You have failed to select a backup from the plenty of viable candidates, such as an early season Garrard. You have failed to try and organize a season saving trade early on. Instead you brought Kerry Collins out of retirement.

    Mr. Polian, there is a reason nepotism never works out and I sincerely hope you learn it the hard way in the next few weeks.

    Nevertheless, I must thank you for your efforts. Your inability to run this organization has allowed my patchwork fantasy team to make it to the playoffs. Even with my terrible draft, I was able to pick up whatever team was playing the colts that week and have yielded stellar results.

  23. broncobillie says: Dec 13, 2011 10:23 AM

    letsgolos says: Dec 13, 2011 10:14 AM

    The Texans actually drafted T.J. Yates with the Colts 5th round pick (acquired via Washington).

    How ironic!

  24. imtryingtowatchthegame says: Dec 13, 2011 10:27 AM

    In a “What have you done for me lately” league Bill Polian, Chris Polian and Jim Caldwell have done nothing. Nothing = 0-13 with 3 division games remaining. Irsay needs to clean house after this season and start anew. Gruden, Billick, Fisher, Cowher and Marty Schottenheimer are just a few of the coaches available. Oh and Bill Polian, hindsight is 20/20…you should have had a vision of the future a few years ago. How’s that for some hindsight, Billy?

  25. horsemeat47 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:27 AM

    yeah, and I almost won the lottery

  26. silversun60 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:29 AM

    Ok so if Peyton is the MVP for how bad the team is without him… clearly Tony Dungy should win coach of the year for how bad the team is with Caldwell, no?

  27. tjacks7 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:29 AM

    Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

  28. rambo08 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:32 AM

    Tressel as HC in 2012?

  29. 2dollarpbrs says: Dec 13, 2011 10:34 AM

    What a sorry front office!!

    Polian also added they almost drafted A. Rodgers, A. Peterson & Megatron

  30. brohamma says: Dec 13, 2011 10:34 AM

    The point was to throw Painter and Orlovsky under the bus. Of course we know how that Kerry Collins experiment went.. right Polian?

  31. jpb12 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:36 AM

    YATES…..
    If Polian was a contestant on Jeopardy… he’d be the guy saying “I was going to say that”…

    I bet he plays golf with three spare balls in front pocket.

    There are no mulligans in real life, and Payton Manning covers a lot of mistakes.

  32. stevepany says: Dec 13, 2011 10:41 AM

    Can not fire a black head coach,Tony Dungy will get his panties in a bunch and whine about it

  33. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 13, 2011 10:41 AM

    Polian appears to make it sound like they weren’t caught with their pants down at backup QB with that Yates comments.

    @ dohpey28 says:
    Dec 13, 2011 9:48 AM
    Bill Polian is a blow hard who had Peyton Manning fall into his lap. He has mad bad move after bad move, but Peyton always cleaned up the mess with his play on the field.
    ————-
    Polian made some brilliant draft moves early in his tenure as GM. Manning, Edge James, Reggie Wayne, Freeney, Dallas Clarke. All those guys were close to the best in football at their position at one time.

    He has fallen off as of late though.

  34. austrianpanther says: Dec 13, 2011 10:46 AM

    The GM should be fired. The entire coaching staff should get axed. The owner should sell or fire himself. And while we are cleaning house, fire all players and office staff! The only person that should be left is the guy that turns off the lights!

  35. crindal3000 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:47 AM

    How many super bowl rings would Manning have on a team that didn’t suck?

  36. willeyb296 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:47 AM

    I am glad my GF turned from a Colts fan to a Texans fan… How embarrasing that a team in the NFL would tank the season for a 1st round pick… This is not the NBA this is the NFL where you fight, scrape and claw for every win you can get… Bringing in Kerry Collins was a joke!!

  37. rolltide510 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:49 AM

    Polian’s job as GM is to manage a salary-capped roster. He didn’t do that, he simply signed bigger and bigger raises for Peyton Manning and hoped a rotating cast of draft busts and nobodies would keep working at the other positions. Now a team that’s a house of cards without Peyton will got 0-16, and hopefully Polian will be shown the door.

  38. aharris230 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:02 AM

    I question if Caldwell’s headset is even on. He looks confused 99% of the game.

  39. radzyfsu23 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:04 AM

    Luck will be a dolphin one way or another

  40. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 13, 2011 11:06 AM

    The Texans’ drafting of Yates demonstrates a) Kubiak’s keen eye for offensive talent and b) how things sometimes just work out in your favor. Folks should remember, TJ Yates wasn’t even active this season until the week Leinart started and got hurt. There’s no way Kubiak was expecting this dude to even be on a gameday active list until his third NFL season at the earliest, probably.

    So as a Texans fan, I have to acknowledge that we never saw this coming. We were generally hoping Yates could come in a hand off to Foster, Tate, Casey, Vickers, Ward, Jones, the mascot, Wade Phillips, even Bob McNair if necessary. The talk around Houston a week and a half ago was “hey, maybe this dude can throw twelve or fifteen passes and manage the game.”

    No way: he can throw. But we didn’t know that.

    And, to that end, I don’t think the Colts have the coaching staff or on-field personnel to think that Yates would have this kind of success in Inday.

    In short: the Colts’ front office is an abomination.

  41. sikoix says: Dec 13, 2011 11:08 AM

    Spoken like a guy who doesn’t realize how much more information is available in 2011 than 1995. It’s insulting to the intelligence to assume Polian has no say on what happens to his 0-13 coach.

  42. Nevis says: Dec 13, 2011 11:14 AM

    Caldwell absolutely should be fired. Thought that the day they lost to the Jets in the playoffs. He’s always looked in over his head, never understood the hire.

    And losing Peyton Manning does NOT give a coacha free pass to go winless. What a joke.

  43. galvestontexans says: Dec 13, 2011 11:21 AM

    Thats because they know that all TJ does is WIN

  44. 8man says: Dec 13, 2011 11:22 AM

    It’s amazing to me that this guy still has a job. He got amazingly fortunate to draft Manning because the Colts stunk. And now because they are absolutely hideous again, he’ll get the opportunity to draft another possible franchise QB.

    Of course, if you really think about it, it could be the new model. Go 14-2 a few years, win a title, then lose every game in a year when you think the next “guy” is there.

    Maybe that’s where the Patriots are screwing up. They keep having winning seasons and it drops them in the draft order.

  45. blackdb says: Dec 13, 2011 11:25 AM

    I am a football fan not a colts fan. I have been hard on Polian because of statements where he tries to pass the buck. His statement on the radio that his defense played well sunday tells you everything. He is going to try and dump as much blame on the season to ex DC Larry Coyer to protect his image and his son. The colts offense was and is inept and on defense they let the game get out of hand so quickly that it was over by halftime. Yet he talks about how they are improving and it is a work in progress. He should be fired for thinking anyone believes him.

  46. gacoltfan says: Dec 13, 2011 11:34 AM

    As a Colts fan, I never wanted them to go 0-16 or lose any games to get Luck. I have rooted for them to win every game they have played. But, if Polian is saying one win would save Caldwell’s job, I may have to root against them these last 3 games.

  47. pigskinswag says: Dec 13, 2011 11:37 AM

    I was almost about to marry Beyonce but Jay-Z did before me. Guess me and Polian have a lot in common.

  48. portnoychunk says: Dec 13, 2011 11:58 AM

    I thought Tony Dungy hand-picked his old buddy Caldwell as his successor, no? It makes you wonder what Dungy saw in Caldwell that made him believe he could handle being a head coach….besides the obvious answer.

  49. swinbun says: Dec 13, 2011 12:26 PM

    If Caldwell or his staff are back in 2012, I have lost all faith in this organization. This team must reinvent itself with a coach that can build a solid, physical defense. The offense will take care of itself with either Manning or Luck at the helm.

  50. CKL says: Dec 13, 2011 12:35 PM

    blackdb says:
    Dec 13, 2011 11:25 AM
    I am a football fan not a colts fan. I have been hard on Polian because of statements where he tries to pass the buck. His statement on the radio that his defense played well sunday tells you everything. He is going to try and dump as much blame on the season to ex DC Larry Coyer to protect his image and his son. The colts offense was and is inept and on defense they let the game get out of hand so quickly that it was over by halftime. Yet he talks about how they are improving and it is a work in progress. He should be fired for thinking anyone believes him.
    ___________________________
    You nailed it. He majored in “Buck passing, the graduate level course”. The only person he’s NEVER EVER thrown under the bus no matter how he’s played is PM. Listening to Polian whine about his OL’s play after his QB threw a game sealing pick six in the SB was comical. Polian’s ego is 100% tied into the fact that his business model of sacrificing everything on the team to the altar of a $$$$$ 1st round QB is THE way to go.

  51. realfootballfan says: Dec 13, 2011 12:56 PM

    Colts fans better hope he doesn’t win any games if that’s the case. Guy’s one of the worst coaches in the NFL who took over a Super Bowl caliber team. Another Richie Petibon, Ray Handley, etc.

  52. bnwillard says: Dec 13, 2011 12:57 PM

    Curtis Painter isnt a very good quarterback, but for Polian to imply they would have picked Yates had the Texans not done so after TJ had one solid game is despicable. Throwing that kid under the bus like that, for no reason?

    If Irsay had ANY sense at all, he’d fire Polian, Lil Polian and Caldwell.

    All of Polian’s relationships in the NFL end badly. His exit from the Colts will be no different

  53. 6ball says: Dec 13, 2011 1:18 PM

    .

    Executive of the year, the decade, the new millennium.

    .

  54. cornersportsnet says: Dec 13, 2011 1:37 PM

    When they lose all 16 games ,they will clean house,andrew luck will be the first pick in draft.THey also will fire there coach,have to change things up when you lose all your games

  55. freddyfreeloader says: Dec 13, 2011 3:27 PM

    mpg22387 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:19 AM

    You have had ample opportunity to secure a quality backup quarterback this year and have passed on every situation. You have failed to claim any viable QB off waivers. You have failed to select a backup from the plenty of viable candidates, such as an early season Garrard.
    ______________________________

    I’m a Colts fan. Like many fans, I don’t care about “sucking for Luck.” I’ve watched every Colts game this year, and I pull for them (in vain) each week, and haven’t once found myself relieved that they’re losing so as to preserve the #1 overall. It is an incredibly deep QB class, and I think we will be able to get a great QB prospect even if we are not picking first. Not to mention, I’m not sure (depending on Peyton’s status) that a franchise QB is our biggest need right now.

    Having said that, and in spite of my desire to see the Colts “not lose,” I would not have seriously advocated any QB moves mid-season. Garrard was not available: He had season-ending surgery shortly after his release from the Jags. By the time another viable option came along (probably Orton in week 10 or 11), the Colts would have been foolish to spend the necessary 2 million or whatever it was just to rent him for the last 2 or 3 games of the season.

    No, the real travesty is that the front office did not anticipate this need prior to mid-season this year.

  56. freddyfreeloader says: Dec 13, 2011 3:29 PM

    bnwillard says: Dec 13, 2011 12:57 PM

    Curtis Painter isnt a very good quarterback, but for Polian to imply they would have picked Yates had the Texans not done so after TJ had one solid game is despicable. Throwing that kid under the bus like that, for no reason?
    ________________________________

    Exactly what I thought… How does this make Painter (or Orlovsky, for that matter) feel? This front 0ffice is making it hard for these guys to want to fight for their team.

  57. freddyfreeloader says: Dec 13, 2011 3:38 PM

    Caldwell must go. I have to believe that the Colts are not so inept as an organization as to let Caldwell stay.

    Would love to see Cowher or Fisher come in, but that would mean the Polians would have to go, too, and I don’t think Irsay has the balls to fire the Polians.

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