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Bill Polian joins ESPN

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Former Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian has received uniformly good reviews for his radio work with SiriusXM NFL Radio.

If you haven’t heard him there, fear not. Polian is coming to a television screen near you on ESPN shortly.

John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal reports that Polian starts his new gig on March 12, the day before free agency hits. Sneak preview: He’s going to talk about Peyton Manning. And Reggie Wayne. And Peyton Manning. And Peyton Manning. And Peyton Manning.

Coincidentally, those are the same topics PFT plans to cover all month.

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24 Responses to “Bill Polian joins ESPN”
  1. mikebe1 says: Feb 29, 2012 9:28 AM

    irsay pleeeease make a move im manninged out already and free agency hasnt started.

  2. dprouse says: Feb 29, 2012 9:42 AM

    That’s Mr. Polian to you, Gregg. :-)

  3. briggsisbrokeagain says: Feb 29, 2012 9:45 AM

    I listened to Polian quite a bit on Sirius and he’s very good. Great insight about the draft and pro personnel from all teams. That’s a good get by ESPN.

  4. dirtyharry1971 says: Feb 29, 2012 9:47 AM

    If the Bills were smart they would nix nix and bring this guy back cause he’s a winner but Ralph doesnt do anything that actually helps the team win anymore so that will never happen

  5. timtheenchanter1 says: Feb 29, 2012 9:49 AM

    You guys better watch out, he might pick a fight in the tunnel with some of you NBCSports guys.

  6. marvsleezy says: Feb 29, 2012 9:53 AM

    Just a formality – You could tell he was pushing for a big media job the way hes been spouting off since being fired. I honestly thought he was ESPN already.

  7. sdelmonte says: Feb 29, 2012 9:54 AM

    Hey, don’t forget Andrew Luck.

  8. 49erstim says: Feb 29, 2012 10:03 AM

    I love how you got in your daily quota for PM mentions in just one article. Well played Sir. This should free you up to talk about guys that will actually play next year. :)

    Looks like “Mr Polian” is cashing in on the Indy drama. Enjoy the limelight Billy boy. You’ve got a few more weeks at best to discuss this debacle.

  9. nflfan1 says: Feb 29, 2012 10:08 AM

    This guy is OVERRATED. If you need evidence, just look at the TEAM they had after Manning went down. Really? Not even a hint of a viable backup Mr. GM of the Century?

  10. blue18hutthutt says: Feb 29, 2012 10:19 AM

    About that Jets employee ….

  11. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 29, 2012 10:35 AM

    Wonder who is getting their airtime eaten up with Bill coming in. Hopefully Bruschi. Guy is the worst.. next to an angry Rodney Harrison talking to Charles Barkley.

  12. bluvayner says: Feb 29, 2012 10:44 AM

    How long before his idiot son is working on Sports Center………………..or in the mail room?

  13. CKL says: Feb 29, 2012 10:54 AM

    I am just extremely extremely EXTREMELY happy he’s off the Comp. Committee. Best thing about his getting fired.

  14. 6ball says: Feb 29, 2012 11:21 AM

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    Hey Bill, remember when you and your minions on the competition committee changed the illegal contact rules to give your team a competitive advantage? Remember, the calls went from 79 to 211 in one season. I’m hopeful you’ll spend a lot of time on that.

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  15. EJ says: Feb 29, 2012 12:05 PM

    dirtyharry1971 says:
    Feb 29, 2012 9:47 AM
    If the Bills were smart they would nix nix and bring this guy back cause he’s a winner but Ralph doesnt do anything that actually helps the team win anymore so that will never happen

    Nix is the brand new and improved Polian. Give him another year, I think Ralph made a good decision by hiring Nix/Gailey. The two of them will be around for many years to come. Nix has a decent F/A and Draft resume. The pieces are slowly coming together. Barnett, Dareus, Shephard, A.Williams, Spiller, Nelson and Chandler, not to mention the whole Offensive line that they put together. Only good things to come.

    Polian was a good GM, but Nix is on his way up.

  16. rajbais says: Feb 29, 2012 12:05 PM

    I should have known or suspected of this because of the way ESPN has sucked up to him over the years!!!! ESPN acts is if he and his son did nothing wrong in Indianapolis and keep painting both as victims of Jim Irsay!!!

  17. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 29, 2012 12:12 PM

    When he makes stupid comments (like calling his new reporter colleagues “rats”) will he have his new employers “tidy up” the transcripts or erase the shows like he did in Indy at that little 100 watt station he was on.

  18. realitypolice says: Feb 29, 2012 12:12 PM

    I think my ear just bled a little.

  19. fsf7 says: Feb 29, 2012 12:16 PM

    Coincidentally, those are the same topics PFT plans to cover all month

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    I don’t know why a comment like that was included, save for an attempt to slight or trivialize what Polian will provide in terms of analysis.

    Polian earned his NFL opportunity by building 2 Grey Cup winners in the CFL. He went on to be a 2x winner of the NFL Executive of the Year, served as GM of 3 NFL teams: Panthers – Expansion and Bills/Colts – had worst record in NFL the year previous.

    NFL records: 4 consecutive Super Bowls with the Bills, 7 consecutive 12 win seasons with the Colts are only part of Polian’s accomplishments. The Panthers had the best start of any expansion team in the modern era and the Colts had 11 winning seasons in 12 years (winning Super Bowl XLI).

    There will always be Monday Morning QB critics – but that consistently high level of success does not happen by accident.

    PFT plans coverage, with a little research and due diligence, I can publish articles too. However, I would still defer to someone with 30 years of experience of running a football team for analysis and insight, even if PFT wouldn’t.

  20. joetoronto says: Feb 29, 2012 12:58 PM

    This is a match made in heaven.

  21. buckybadger says: Feb 29, 2012 1:07 PM

    As long as he isn’t in charge of the payroll I think he will do a very good job.

  22. phonymcringring says: Feb 29, 2012 1:31 PM

    Matt Millen sounded great on tv, too.

    In fact, other than getting lucky by choosing Manning over Leaf, I’m not sure there’s much of a difference between the two.

  23. rajbais says: Feb 29, 2012 1:33 PM

    rajbais says:
    Feb 29, 2012 10:46 AM
    1) I never knew he had a face for TV .

    2) I should have known about this move or suspected this because of the benign manner of the report.

    3) I should also known or suspected of this because of the way ESPN has sucked up to him over the years!!!! ESPN acted as if he and his son did nothing wrong in Indianapolis and keep painting both as victims of Jim Irsay!!!

    PFT, please work with comments from the iPhone better!!!!

  24. cubear34 says: Feb 29, 2012 4:47 PM

    the peyton story needs a rest. At least until he gets cut or signed at a greatly reduced $ figure. At which time I would expect 1 out of every 3 articles on this topic.

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