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Polian predicts Peyton will return “at a high level”

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The man who believes he lost his job in Indianapolis for not having a better Plan B behind Peyton Manning thinks that Peyton will be someone’s Plan A again soon.

Former Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian told ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption (via NFL.com) that Manning will return to football “at a high level.”

Polian contradicted reports that Peyton hasn’t been able to throw effectively.

“It’s marked [improvement] from where he was back in September,” Polian said regarding Peyton’s arm strength in December, when Polian last observed Manning.  “He threw it accurately, he threw it with a good, tight spiral, and he threw it with velocity.  Generally, he looked like a pretty confident quarterback out there.”

This meshes with recent comments from Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who said last week that Peyton “definitely is not that far off.”

What’s definitely not that far off is the date by which the Colts will have to decide whether to pay Peyton another $28 million or cut him loose.

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44 Responses to “Polian predicts Peyton will return “at a high level””
  1. tfbuckfutter says: Feb 9, 2012 8:38 PM

    Why do people keep asking Bill Polian things?

  2. feck12a says: Feb 9, 2012 8:41 PM

    Here’s a thought peyton…end the controversy and have some reporters watch your workouts. Go crazy have them bring some of those fancy t.v. Cameras so we can all watch.

  3. randygnyc says: Feb 9, 2012 8:41 PM

    The colts have moved on. Doesn’t matter if Peyton shows his arm as powerful as a howitzer and as accurate as laser guided munitions. Some team, I expect, will pay a kings ransom for his services. Only question, is whom?

  4. theherogothamdeserved86 says: Feb 9, 2012 8:43 PM

    Mike Vanderjagt recently said that Peyton was throwing well also. The only problem is that he was liquored up at the time……

  5. dougydougdoug says: Feb 9, 2012 8:44 PM

    Why do people keep watching Pardon the Interruption? It’s like a SNL skit that’s gone on too long.

  6. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Feb 9, 2012 8:44 PM

    Yes!! I was starting to think it was going to be a day without Peyton Manning news. I was going though withdraws.

  7. ampats says: Feb 9, 2012 8:45 PM

    I hope so. Its a better NFL with Peyton Manning in it. I will admit as a Pats fan I often referred to him as Payme Manning. It will be interesting to see what he commands coming back. I thouht he handicapped the Colts depth because of his contracts.

  8. tweeter75 says: Feb 9, 2012 8:50 PM

    “Our idiot owner got liquored up and went on PTI…….”

  9. commandercornpone says: Feb 9, 2012 8:51 PM

    Peyton predicts Polian will never return “at a high level”

  10. croghan1919 says: Feb 9, 2012 8:52 PM

    Just a feeling, Irsay’s gonna pony up and pey-a-ton. (in more ways than one)

  11. mnfan1 says: Feb 9, 2012 8:56 PM

    The boring offseason is gonna be long

  12. bozosforall says: Feb 9, 2012 8:57 PM

    tfbuckfutter says:
    Feb 9, 2012 8:38 PM
    Why do people keep asking Bill Polian things?

    __
    Maybe because he built the Bills into a team that went to 4 straight Super Bowls, the Colts into a team that went to 2 (including winning one) and the brand-new Panthers franchise into a team that went to the NFC Champ game in their second year of existence. Early in his career, he also built Grey Cup champions in the CFL in Montreal and Winnipeg.

    Not a bad record to rest his laurels on.

  13. goodguyjohn says: Feb 9, 2012 8:59 PM

    Peyton is the one guy that can bring the glory back to the Fins. They MUST sign him at all costs

  14. truthfactory says: Feb 9, 2012 9:00 PM

    Can’t wait to see him back. No one commands a huddle and an offense like this guy.

    Took 2-14 teams to the playoffs and Super Bowls. If he comes back, it will be a treat for us fans to get one more shot to watch one of the greatest of all time do his thing…

  15. aboveaveragejoe11 says: Feb 9, 2012 9:01 PM

    It makes sense that if Polian thinks Peyton will return to his old self and Irsay doesn’t, Polian(s) would get cut loose. Irsay doesn’t want any opposition to his master rebuilding plan.

    My response to the daily speculation about Peyton’s future has always been that Peyton can’t throw at an NFL level. And if that were the case, he wouldn’t be nearly as valuable to the 20+ teams claiming their interest in his services once the Colts cut him loose. This is the first somewhat credible report I’ve heard about Peyton’s arm strength. Last report in December made it sound like he was still taking baby steps in his progress – 25 throws of less than 30 yards. If in fact Peyton can be Peyton again, and the Colts do let him go, I hope that – as a Colts fan – he crushes his old team every chance he gets.

  16. westclaims says: Feb 9, 2012 9:03 PM

    All of the Cardinals bashing by a lot of reporters is a good thing. It tells us Cards fans, that he is coming to AZ. We’ve seen this before. It a precursor. Polian is being honest about this. A lot of reporters are not.

  17. TheNaturalMevs says: Feb 9, 2012 9:08 PM

    Please football Gods, let the Colts cut Peyton and begin the Andrew Luck era. PLEASE

  18. mrbunglezz says: Feb 9, 2012 9:12 PM

    I hope Andrew Luck royally screws the colts franchise by opting to request a trade and pull an Eli/Elway on that cruddy franchise. Then they can be stuck with painter and orlovsky as their starting QB for yrs to come.

  19. buzzbissinger says: Feb 9, 2012 9:14 PM

    Time for another installment of the never ending saga of half-truths…

  20. db105 says: Feb 9, 2012 9:19 PM

    Question is will Polian return to a high level?

  21. lostsok says: Feb 9, 2012 9:41 PM

    “Why do people keep watching Pardon the Interruption? It’s like a SNL skit that’s gone on too long.”

    God, ain’t the the truth. When it comes to blah, blah, blah sports talk, give me MLB Network (Sean Casey is a hoot!) and Jim Rome and send the rest on a one way rocket ride to the sun.

  22. jrcoop says: Feb 9, 2012 9:43 PM

    Didn’t Manning say in a recent interview he would be meeting with Irsay this week sometime?

  23. txxxchief says: Feb 9, 2012 9:47 PM

    If Peyton is well, and Naptown lets him go, I sure hope he winds up in a Chiefs uniform.

  24. rcali says: Feb 9, 2012 10:07 PM

    Thanks Dr. Polian.

    Now would Dr. Polian give Brett, I mean Peyton, $28 mill of his own money to back that statement up.

  25. eagleswin says: Feb 9, 2012 10:38 PM

    This is also the same guy who gave Peyton a $90 mill contract without a physical and then got fired because Peyton lasted all of 1 practice before shutting it down for the year.

  26. tfbuckfutter says: Feb 9, 2012 10:39 PM

    Bill Polian: Builder of 5 Super Bowl losers.

  27. Deb says: Feb 9, 2012 10:49 PM

    Even if Manning can play next year, at 36, how long will it be before his performance starts to deteriorate? Brett Favre is still arguably the toughest QB to play the modern game, and he didn’t perform successfully past 40. Is he really worth that much money when you consider his age as well as his injury history?

  28. chowface86 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:54 PM

    Peyton Manning text Ryan Leaf and told him the Chargers are trading Rivers for him.

  29. guestsinger says: Feb 9, 2012 10:55 PM

    “Why do people keep watching Pardon the Interruption? It’s like a SNL skit that’s gone on too long.”

    ——————–
    The only thing stranger is the smoldering sexual tension between Mike and Mike on the four letter.

  30. jjbadd says: Feb 9, 2012 11:23 PM

    Here is something I have been thinking about. Peyton got 26-28 million for NOTHING last year and I can understand the position Irsay is in now. Everyone, including myself thinks, or at least I did think, that Irsay should be loyal to Manning after all he has done for the Colts. Ok, after giving it some thought, he DID get last years salary as a token of loyalty, now in return, if Manning wants to prove that he is worthy of Irsay’s loyalty, Manning should restructure his contract before March 8, so that he dont get paid unless he plays in the coming season, or by training camp or something to show that he dont want to be paid unless he is able to play. That would be fair no?

  31. dirtyharry1971 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:46 PM

    If Buffalo cared about winning again they would hire Polian ASAP but thats never gonna happen. we will stick with Nix who doesnt have a clue and we will keep our string of NO PLAYOFFS going for another 10 years

  32. briang123 says: Feb 10, 2012 12:15 AM

    iLife just about all of us had zero idea Manning was hurt during the time his contract negotiation was in the news. Peyton got himself an extra 25+ million by hiding it. The Colts owe him nothing except the “Steve Carlton” option: retire so we don’t have to release you.

  33. chazzmichaelmichaels says: Feb 10, 2012 12:24 AM

    Come on #18, with what u’ve made from Indy and endorsements, ur telling me u can’t rework that contract in order to play out ur career in Indy? WITHOUT handcuffing the franchise?!? If u can still play at 36 after cervical fusion, prove it, but no organization in their right mind is gonna pay $28mm to find out.

  34. kesher10 says: Feb 10, 2012 1:41 AM

    Deb said, “Is he really worth that much money when you consider his age as well as his injury history?”

    You mean the injury history where he played nearly 230 consecutive games? The history where he never missed a game from his rookie year until last season? That history?

  35. Rockets GM says: Feb 10, 2012 4:13 AM

    Unless you are a fan of the Patriots, Saints or Packers, Peyton Manning is guaranteed to be better than your favorite team’s quarterback… and (if healthy) it is up for a legitimate debate over the other guys too. He carried incredibly thin teams to 2 Superbowls.

  36. dabreesknees says: Feb 10, 2012 5:53 AM

    I love the SC ad with Eli and Peyton.

    And I love Peyton.

  37. gmen1987 says: Feb 10, 2012 8:21 AM

    Rockets GM says:
    Feb 10, 2012 4:13 AM
    Unless you are a fan of the Patriots, Saints or Packers, Peyton Manning is guaranteed to be better than your favorite team’s quarterback… and (if healthy) it is up for a legitimate debate over the other guys too. He carried incredibly thin teams to 2 Superbowls.

    ==================================
    Really Goobs? You maybe a rocket GM, but you are definitely no rocket scientist.

    The Colts had quite a few good players other than Peyton Manning. What would you call Reggie Wayne, Dwight Feeney, Jeff Saturday, Marvin Harrison? Chop liver?

    It’s an insult to those players to say that Peyton was the only reason the Colts did well during those seasons. Peyton wouldn’t done much without those players either.

    Goobs, I can think of plenty NFL teams who have a better QB than Peyton right now.
    Peyton was rather ordinary at best in the post season. He lost lots of home playoff games. Even his Super Bowl season he was rather ordinary. Joe Flacco has a better post season record than Peyton. That is Joe “freakin” Flacco, Goobs.

  38. CKL says: Feb 10, 2012 8:57 AM

    When you think about it, these seemingly contradictory reports about how he is throwing don’t really contradict each other. It just depends on what side of the PM debate one is on. He could well be throwing much better than Dec but still not be close to what he was.

  39. kaf39 says: Feb 10, 2012 9:01 AM

    I think he will have a disappointing season next year if he plays.

  40. raiders757 says: Feb 10, 2012 9:03 AM

    Even if he can throw “tight spirals” and such, my main question is how will he hold up to the hits he’s going to take? To me, that’s the most important part with the type of surgery he had.

    He is easily THE best QB of this era, despite what delusional Brady fans think, and he should take no shame in retiring if there’s a higher chance he can end up in a wheel chair for the rest of his life. I hop he can come back and play though, as it would be our loss not having in the game for a few more years. the guy is a field general like no other, and like I said, THE best o this modern era of the game.

  41. raiders757 says: Feb 10, 2012 9:06 AM

    Rockets GM says: Feb 10, 2012 4:13 AM

    Unless you are a fan of the Patriots, Saints or Packers, Peyton Manning is guaranteed to be better than your favorite team’s quarterback

    ————————–

    Umm, he’s better than their team’s QB’s as well. Of course, those teams don’t need to change musch of anything in that position, and go after Manning, I’m just sayin’.

  42. jprcox says: Feb 10, 2012 10:27 AM

    For all those Indy fans thinking your team has a choice between Luck and Payton….THINK AGAIN. Luck will not come to Indy this way – he will sit a year. You better get used to the fact you could lose double in this game and have Luck sit or insist on a trade like Eli did to avoid the “replacement” pressure.

    Also, who would want to play for Indy if you treat people who have been dedicated to your city like this. Luck is watching, and does not like what he sees.

  43. chefjayson says: Feb 10, 2012 2:01 PM

    Jprcox. “Also, who would want to play for Indy if you treat people who have been dedicated to your city like this?”

    Really? Treat people like what exactly? Making him the highest paid rookie? Making him the highest paid qb on his next contract? Making him the highest paid on his next one? Paying him 26 million knowing there’s a possibility he won’t play? Yes…what it must be like to have such horrible working conditions. Why would ANYONE want to be anywhere near that? Please stop talking

  44. Deb says: Feb 10, 2012 2:59 PM

    kesher10 says:

    Deb said, “Is he really worth that much money when you consider his age as well as his injury history?”

    You mean the injury history where he played nearly 230 consecutive games? The history where he never missed a game from his rookie year until last season? That history?
    ————————————————-
    Um … no. I mean the history of the last year when he couldn’t throw a pass because of his neck and nerve problems. It’s great that he played in nearly 230 consecutive games. Joe Theisman played consistently until Lawrence Taylor snapped his leg in half, too.

    It’s nothing against Peyton. I just try to live in the real world. The guy will be 36 next month and has lost a year to a severe neck/nerve injury. Even healthy, at 36, his playing days would be limited. Any team has to think about that before signing a big check.

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