Polian says Gronkowski failed Colts physical

Reuters

When former Colts G.M. Bill Polian opted to join the media, we knew that he’d provide plenty of interesting nuggets.

He gave one up today.

Appearing with Ross Tucker on SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Opening Drive, Polian said that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski failed a physical with the Colts prior to the 2010 draft.

Though it looks like excuse-making, the reality is that there were many different opinions regarding Gronkowski two years ago.  He had a serious back injury in college, which originally occurred while lifting weights.  Some teams viewed the situation as a potential career-limiter.  Other teams saw it as a non-issue.

So far, the Patriots guessed right, and the concerns helped them get him later in the draft process.  And teams like the Colts surely are kicking themselves for not taking a crack at Gronkowski before the 42nd overall selection in 2010.

The discrepancy regarding Gronkowski also highlights the reality that different teams could have different opinions regarding Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.  Indy’s doctors may choose to conclude that he’s not ready to go.  Physicians from other teams may disagree.

47 responses to “Polian says Gronkowski failed Colts physical

  1. Yet at they same time that Gronkowski took a Colts physical…. Peyton’s neck was disintegrating ? PFT fill me in did Peyton’s injury occur during a game? Did he miss any games other than this season? Seriously I’ve googled it… and got a bunch of “blogs” but nothing from the “news”

  2. Come on Bill, we know it’s not the players you draft that matter. Just follow your old strategy. First, make sure you and your buddy Fischer are on the competition committee. Then, you change the rules again to favor the style your team plays and against the style your arch enemy plays. It worked before and you got your only Super Bowl title, while bringing the Pats run to a halt. It’s collusion, but in this case it’s ‘legal collusion’. It’s cheating above board. And the best part is it won’t cost you $500K and your first round draft pick.

  3. “And teams like the Colts surely are kicking themselves for not taking a crack at Gronkowski before the 42nd overall selection in 2010.”

    Ah, since they had Tamme and Clark, I doubt it.

  4. He also failed the “too hurt to knock down the ball but okay enough to party on stage with his shirt off after losing the super bowl” physical.

    Going to be keeping a weary eye on you, Gronk!!

  5. This guy’s ceiling is enormous. He will be coming into his 3rd year and they will only find more ways to get him involved. He is a freak. Gronk is going to be a force for however long Brady is delivering the rock in NE.

  6. Polian was also “vindicated” by Painter when he had 2 good games in a row early in the season (but then when he sucked we never heard anything else about that statment.)

    We also heard about Polian’s plan to draft TJ Yates in the 5th round, but the Texans snagged him right before them (even though they never had a 5th round pick that year). of course he says that right after TJ Yates had a couple good games in a row and looked like a real QB. When his play fell off again, the claims just fizzled away again…

    Gronkowski has the best year a TE has ever had and after the fact, Polian has another excuse why he didn’t draft Gronk himself…

    Polian would have more credibility if he says these things BEFORE these players have breakout games or seasons… According to him, the only mistake he’s made is not having a better backup for Manning…

    The guy is an ego maniac who thinks he knows it all and has never made a mistake… i don’t believe a word that comes out of his mouth… I mean the guy still thinks the “bend but don’t break” defense was the best way to help Manning win rings.

    The guy is a joke.

  7. lukeb5301 says: Feb 7, 2012 10:45 PM

    Yawn.. Goin to be a loooonnnggg offseason…

    still better than only getting news about the lockout and who said what to somebody in the negotiation meetings

  8. While he’s proven to be an exceptional talent so far, I’m pretty sure the Colts aren’t kicking themselves for not taking a shot at him. In 2010 they had an All-Pro (Dallas Clark) at tight end, as well as a capable back-up (Jacob Tamme).

    The Colts didn’t have a high second-round pick. They had a low first and a low second-rounder. They spent them both on defense (as they should have). The first-rounder (Jerry Hughes) hasn’t amounted to anything, but the second rounder (Pat Angerer) has turned out pretty well.

    I suppose plenty of teams could kick themselves for passing on Gronk, but the Colts aren’t one of them.

  9. Hindsight is always 20-20. If Gronkowski never played a down due to his pre-draft back injury, then we would all be complaining about Polian’s terrible drafting. You win some, you lose some.

  10. Is this news, I’m sure tons of teams shy away from players coming out of college due to injuries. The title should read:

    “Polian says several draftees failed Colts physical”

  11. Whoever commented about hindsight, well, this forum relates to about 75% hindsight.

    The Colts need a better team doctor or whomever is looking at players. Gronk is maybe the best tight end in this era. If he keeps going, maybe ever.

    Win some lose some? Ha, I would say they freaking blew it, missed it.

  12. The discrepancy regarding Gronkowski also highlights the reality that different teams could have different opinions regarding Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Indy’s doctors may choose to conclude that he’s not ready to go. Physicians from other teams may disagree.

    And those colts doctors are on Irsay’s payroll and they’ll say whatever he wants them to say.

  13. Blaming the physical is an easy way out…Plenty of teams can say, a guy didn’t pass their physical.

    What’s Polian’s point? Just trying to be the same tool he’s always been..

  14. Gronkowski will shrivel up like a raisin if and when the league ever gets around to blood testing for HGH. I mean Come on Man. Average talent from the Pac 10 develops into Superman capable of breaking 5 tackles on a single TD run and up HOF numbers seemingly overnight? JUICED!!!!!!!

  15. There are always players that teams are “kicking themselves” for drafting sooner (i.e. Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, MJD, etc.). Regardless, the Colts were not in position to draft him unless they were willing to use their first round pick on him.

  16. Bill Polian is covering for his imcompetent son, who chose Jerry Hughes in the 1st round. Polian loves to tell you about all his woulda coulda shoudas, like he recently did when he claimed the Colts were ready to draft TJ Yates before the Texans snatched him away. Sure Bill, with all your revisionist history, you and your incompetent son have drafted wonderfully the last 5 years. It’s amazing that the Colts even won a game this year without Manning, who covered up all of your warts for the past 13 years.

  17. My favorite is the video of him dancing at a night club after the Pats lost…

    Stay down, Gronk! You’re supposed to be injured, remember? Maybe the shot didn’t kick in until after the game, but he sure seemed more mobile on the floor than he did on the field.

    This guy is getting bombed and banging porn stars… he’s the Chuck Sheen of the NFL.

  18. goodguyjohn says:
    Feb 8, 2012 8:32 AM
    Gronkowski will shrivel up like a raisin if and when the league ever gets around to blood testing for HGH. I mean Come on Man. Average talent from the Pac 10 develops into Superman capable of breaking 5 tackles on a single TD run and up HOF numbers seemingly overnight? JUICED!!!!!!!

    ___
    Explains the injury issue. Expect more of those as he breaks down from the abuse of PEDs. Overuse of PEDs…The New England/Boston Way.

  19. bozosforall says:
    Feb 8, 2012 10:29 AM
    goodguyjohn says:
    Feb 8, 2012 8:32 AM
    Gronkowski will shrivel up like a raisin if and when the league ever gets around to blood testing for HGH. I mean Come on Man. Average talent from the Pac 10 develops into Superman capable of breaking 5 tackles on a single TD run and up HOF numbers seemingly overnight? JUICED!!!!!!!

    ___
    Explains the injury issue. Expect more of those as he breaks down from the abuse of PEDs. Overuse of PEDs…The New England/Boston Way.

    ———
    Do you mean like the stuff A-Rod was pumping into his veins before sun tanning in Central Park, or like the stuff your aging hero Kobe (and then A-Rod) was having pumped into his knees in Germany? Or maybe the pumping of strippers and hotel attendants they are both known for?

    Yeah, obviously he hurt his back and ankle because of PED’s. Keep your front-runner, purple and pinstriped glasses on, troll. Who’s your team, Bozo?

  20. Who’s your team, Bozo?

    ————————–
    This is a joke, right?
    It’s been long established that bozos roots for Switzerland.

  21. I love when tools whine about HGH and say that’s why a guy was so huge. HGH DOES NOT HELP GUYS GET BIGGER..that is STEROIDS. HGH is for healing.
    Derp derp derp.

  22. The Colts lost a big player. He would’ve been a great addition to that team (granted if Peyton Manning wasn’t injured). He would’ve helped a lot this season. Clutch player. Could’ve bumped up the Colts record a few games.

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