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Bill Polian: I’m not speaking to Jim Irsay and I’m rooting for Denver

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When Colts owner Jim Irsay said that cutting Peyton Manning was a step toward building a team that could win more than one championship, it was perceived by many as a shot at Manning. But it was also perceived as a shot at Bill Polian, the man who built the Colts’ rosters during Manning’s time with the team.

Polian sounded like his feelings were hurt in an appearance on SportsCenter today in which he said he and Irsay aren’t speaking. A somewhat awkward exchange between Polian and ESPN’s Sage Steele went like this:

Steele: Have you spoken to Mr. Irsay?
Polian: I have not.
Steele: Do you plan to?
Polian: No.

When Polian was asked to expand on his thoughts about Irsay’s comments, Polian launched into a defense of his own record as the Colts’ president.

“My Lord, we won more games for 10 years than any team in the history of the league,” Polian said. “Eleven playoff appearances in 13 years so, you know, that’s the definition of winning.”

Polian also predicted that Manning “won’t like the pregame ceremony, whatever it may be” on Sunday because Manning likes to prepare for every game the same way with no distractions.

When Steele said the separation between Manning and the Colts was “amicable,” Polian disagreed.

“He wanted to stay very badly right up until the end,” Polian said of Manning. “They cut him.”

And when Steele asked Polian for his thoughts on Sunday’s game, Polian didn’t opt for the politically correct answer. Instead, he made clear that he hopes Manning goes to Indianapolis and sticks it to the Colts.

“My heart would be with the Broncos all the way,” Polian said.

Almost two years after Irsay fired him, Polian sounds like he still has hard feelings.

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  1. mackcarrington says: Oct 18, 2013 6:43 PM

    I don’t know about hard feelings; How should you feel about someone who fired you and then in a backhanded way dissed you publicly. Also Polian’s frankness is one of the reasons why ESPN hired him.

  2. slbasegame257 says: Oct 18, 2013 6:43 PM

    We won games? No Peyton Manning won games with the scrubs that Polian drafted. In his last five years Bill Polian was one of the worst GMs in the NFL.

  3. truthfactory says: Oct 18, 2013 6:45 PM

    Oh Please!! Peyton and his WR’s won all those games with your 2-14 supporting cast. Give me a break!

  4. ridnaway says: Oct 18, 2013 6:47 PM

    I don’t blame Polian one bit. Nobody likes being thrown under the bus like this. Go Bronco’s.

  5. azarkhan says: Oct 18, 2013 6:48 PM

    I don’t blame Polian for having hard feelings. He was one of the best GM’s in football, building the Bills and the Colts into successful, winning franchises. Irsay is the owner, and so can do what he wants, but he should show respect for the accomplishments of Bill Polian and Peyton Manning.

  6. tonyugoh says: Oct 18, 2013 6:50 PM

    You know, Polian’s record fell off after 2005 but nobody can deny how great his record was before then and the Colts really should honor him in the ring of honor one way. I understand the resentment but from my perspective, yeah maybe they had a few disappointments in the playoffs but they were still in position to compete for a Super Bowl every year and they truly had a remarkable run together.

  7. svn2011 says: Oct 18, 2013 6:57 PM

    Polian acts like he worked for irsay for free. Not only he himself made millions but also had his son come in and take charge. And the fact that he is rooting for the player instead of the team he worked on tells you how emotionally invested he was with the colts.
    You can be bitter about how it ended but also accept responsibility that you couldn’t put a competitive team after your QB got injured. Thats on you polian.

  8. 12444uggg says: Oct 18, 2013 6:58 PM

    Irsay should have fired Polian sooner. Right about the time he thought his kid could do his job better than him.

  9. afty2001 says: Oct 18, 2013 6:58 PM

    This is the same guy who on his local radio in Indy would belittle or get defensive whenever callers would dare question his heinous. He punted the perfect season in 09. And the Special Teams ALWAYS sucked and the run Defense always SUCKED. And don’t forget how he treated the local Indy media. He is an ass and if he were to walk into Lucas Oil he would be loudly booed!

  10. luckstrong says: Oct 18, 2013 6:58 PM

    Bill Polian’s downfall in Indy was letting his son Chris run the draft toward the end of his tenure. The acorn fell far from the tree in that family.

  11. deangelo23hall says: Oct 18, 2013 6:59 PM

    Redskins fan here. Go Broncos

  12. blacknole08 says: Oct 18, 2013 7:01 PM

    I think the feeling is mutual. Plus Polian has no allegiance to Irsay or the Colts. He drafted Manning so I would expect him to side with him.

    Polian is a choke artist though if you really think about it. How many great teams has he been apart of that came up short? Manning chokes too, but ultimately it’s a team game, and Polian didn’t put the right pieces to help Manning win multiple championships. Polian deserves some heat too for the Colts failures.

  13. vikingsfan4life says: Oct 18, 2013 7:01 PM

    Irsay was Lucky (twice) to have owned the Colts when they had two talented QBs on the roster. He looks, speaks, and Tweets like a clown, and this latest debacle (which is entirely his own creation) is the latest example. The best thing he could do is shut up and enjoy the fact he has a ring and a brand new stadium. But his ego won’t let that happen, so he just had to take a cheap shot at the one man whose efforts had more to do with the team’s success (and increase in value) than anyone. Irsay is a classless bum and I have no doubt the owners would never let him buy a franchise if he didn’t have one handed to him from his daddy.

  14. azarkhan says: Oct 18, 2013 7:03 PM

    tonyugoh says: You know, Polian’s record fell off after 2005…

    Colts record:

    2005 14-2
    2006 12-4
    2007 13-3
    2008 12-4
    2009 14-2
    2010 10-6

    I don’t see it.

  15. easyrider1903 says: Oct 18, 2013 7:07 PM

    Atta boy!

  16. truths4all says: Oct 18, 2013 7:09 PM

    For this game and this game only, long time Colts fans want Manning to torch the Colts and burn Irsay’s mouthy/tweeting posterior.

  17. randybutternubs79 says: Oct 18, 2013 7:12 PM

    Irsay is a moron!
    He cut Manning for good reason, his injury, but then proceeds to make his most recent comments making it sound like it was the plan because they wanted to change their model.
    Nothing but BS!

  18. datageek94 says: Oct 18, 2013 7:13 PM

    I didn’t watch the Colts early in Manning’s career. Yes, they won games but had no credible defense. But ultimately I came to appreciate Peyton’s play so much I came to watch the Colts in spite of having no defense. And I’ve hated the Broncos my whole life. Now, I watch and cheer for them.

    Peyton and the Colts won games solely because of Peyton. The defense actually showed up the year they won the Super Bowl.

    Irsay should, if anything, be overwhelmingly appreciative for what Peyton made out of his team. Looks like AL’s going to about the best follow up they could ever ask for.

  19. tonyugoh says: Oct 18, 2013 7:15 PM

    tonyugoh says: You know, Polian’s record fell off after 2005…

    Colts record:

    2005 14-2
    2006 12-4
    2007 13-3
    2008 12-4
    2009 14-2
    2010 10-6

    I don’t see it.

    I was more referring to his draft and personnel record. Guys like Manning, James, Freeney, Wayne, Mathis, Clark, and Saturday were all brought in before 2005

  20. randybutternubs79 says: Oct 18, 2013 7:17 PM

    It say is a moron!
    He cut Manning because of his injury.
    Now all of a sudden he cut Manning because they were changing their model.
    What the?
    The only people who buy this are the Indianapolis fans and media, if you can call what they do media.
    By that I mean kissing air says butt.

  21. randybutternubs79 says: Oct 18, 2013 7:18 PM

    Colts suck and will not be as good as they were for a long time

  22. realfootballfan says: Oct 18, 2013 7:20 PM

    Nobody made you put your clueless son in charge. Irsay was smart to use the Manning injury as cover to get rid of Pollean who was the definition of a guy resting on his laurels and just cashing checks after a certain point. Look at that team the last two Manning years. It was a disaster.

  23. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 18, 2013 7:21 PM

    Polian was hired by ESPN to be the network’s “Peyton Manning Expert,” just as Tedy Bruschi was hired to be its “Bill Bellichick Expert.”
    This is “Christmas in October” for Polian. But after Sunday, he goes back to being “Boring Bill.”

  24. svn2011 says: Oct 18, 2013 7:22 PM

    Mike chappell tweeted this

    ’09 Bill Polian: Records secondary to Super Bowls.
    ’13 Polian: Irsay wrong to be dissapointed in 1 SB. Look at the records!

  25. 12444uggg says: Oct 18, 2013 7:25 PM

    Well when Peyton had to sit that roster went 2-14 (could have been marginally better with better back up QB play, yet another judgement call Polian whiffed on). Peyton caried an under maned roster for his last 3 or 4 years in Indy. Many of the critics had been saying it for some time (and Ray Lewis blabbing about Peyton on the top 100 players), so there can’t be a double standard here. Polian/kid had a really terrible streak of drafts and they got fired with cause.

  26. davicusmaximus says: Oct 18, 2013 7:26 PM

    Polian has been very successful everywhere he’s been. Manning’s success is evident every time he steps on the field.

    Irsay is a goofball who inherited his father’s money and franchise, and likes to abuse twitter. There’s no mystery in this.

  27. manolobluth says: Oct 18, 2013 7:27 PM

    I generally think Polian is kind of whiny but I appreciate these comments. Irsay is definition “Spaulding get your foot of the boat”.

  28. micknangold says: Oct 18, 2013 7:29 PM

    Irsay is a walking cartoon character who would probably live in a subway station if he wasn’t born into the family he was born into. So Polian shouldn’t be too upset.

  29. henryjones20 says: Oct 18, 2013 7:37 PM

    reminds me of when ralph wilson and mr.polian fell out.be careful mr.irsay, things can backfire when u least expect it.

  30. m1k3g says: Oct 18, 2013 7:41 PM

    mackcarrington says:
    Oct 18, 2013 6:43 PM
    I don’t know about hard feelings; How should you feel about someone who fired you and then in a backhanded way dissed you publicly. Also Polian’s frankness is one of the reasons why ESPN hired him.
    ——————————————————————————–

    I used to listen to Sirius NFL Radio all the time when I was commuting up until about a year ago. When they brought on Polian, I though he was going to be a pompous jerk based on things I’d heard/read in the past.

    To my surprise, he was the complete opposite. He was very gracious and often shared stories that only someone with his background and access could. He seemed like a good guy.

    Jimmy “I-would-be-nothing-without-my-daddy” Irsay needs to shut his trap. Polian and Manning know more about what it takes to win football games than he will if he lives to be 100.

  31. kagey7 says: Oct 18, 2013 7:43 PM

    I’m a Bronco fan thru and thru but I kind of feel sorry for Luck. Luck seems to be a very intelligent, excellent QB (remind you of anyone?) and has to play for an owner such as Irsay. His antics make me appreciate Pat Bowlen even more.

  32. wmelch says: Oct 18, 2013 7:47 PM

    randybutternubs79 says:Oct 18, 2013 7:17 PM

    It say is a moron!
    He cut Manning because of his injury.
    Now all of a sudden he cut Manning because they were changing their model.
    What the?
    The only people who buy this are the Indianapolis fans and media, if you can call what they do media.
    By that I mean kissing air says butt.

    After reading this post, I have determined that you have lost the right to label anyone a moron. Voluntary sterilization is highly recommended.

  33. artvandelay187 says: Oct 18, 2013 7:51 PM

    Irsay sucks almost as much as the Broncos.

  34. briang123 says: Oct 18, 2013 7:59 PM

    “Peyton had $28 million reasons to want to stay with the Colts” – Signed, T.O.’s P.R. lady

  35. melikefootball says: Oct 18, 2013 8:00 PM

    Polain becomes the latest has been to think he still matters, that is why he is on TV and not with an organization.

  36. dodgerlakerfan1969 says: Oct 18, 2013 8:02 PM

    Bill Polian’s problem was that he thought Peyton was good enough to score enough points in the playoffs to win multiple Super Bowls. QBs like Warner, Brees and Rodgers average 29 ppg + in the playoffs and lose games because their defenses actually do stink and they get outscored in shootouts. In Peyton’s 11 losses he’s scored more than 18 points just TWICE. He’s scored more than his career regular season average just ONCE and 14 of those ppoints were scored by his Special Teams. He’s also started the 4th quarter with 10 points or less 6 times. That’s pathetic. How many of those 11 losses were shootouts lost because his defense allowed 30+ points? In the Super Bowl he did win he ended the playoffs with the 2nd lowest rating(70.4) for a SB winning QB All-Time. He is also the ONLY SB winning QB to end the playoffs with MORE than TWICE as many INTs(7) than TDs(3) and he’s the ONLY SB winning QB to win a playoff game without scoring an offensive TD, all FGs in the Ravens game. Vinateri lead the team in scoring in those playoffs and is the ONLY SB winning kicker to have double digit points in all 4 games. Seems that horrible defense and special teams are actually the ones that carried him to his ONLY Ring. Now run along all the ESPN sheep and check my facts or just keep quoting ESPN and their Peyton promotion team.

  37. lewjr says: Oct 18, 2013 8:03 PM

    Manning is doing a hell of a job out in Denver and I root for him. But I think people are forgetting that he was wanting a boat load of money and coming off sitting out all season after having 3 neck operations. Nobody knew if his damn head would be laying on the turf after the first hit. So while Irasy is a clown and putting his foot in his mouth. I can see why he made the choice he did. He gave up one of the best QBs in NFL history once the chance of success got surpassed by the level of unknown. Given the actual dollar amount he would have had to pay Manning, the chance of missing out on Luck, and the dire need to rebuild. I actually agree with his decision.

  38. edavidberg says: Oct 18, 2013 8:04 PM

    Bill Polian was deservedly fired he was running the Colts into the ground. Poor drafts and the Jim Caldwell hire were just abysmal missteps by arrogant Bill.

  39. deminizer says: Oct 18, 2013 8:08 PM

    The apple may have fallen far from the tree in the Polian family, but it didn’t fall far from the tree in the Irsay family. Both father and son, based on their actions, appear to be drunken and/or raving lunatics.

  40. dickjagger says: Oct 18, 2013 8:20 PM

    This notion that Manning couldn’t win multiple titles because of lack of talent is ridiculous revisionist history at its worst! Peyton choked those games away, and got a ring cause Polian cried to the league and had them implement new rules to his QB’s advantage, and played a team without a decent QB in the Bears. The guy is one of the best regular season quarterbacks in the game, no doubt. Just not in the post season. The Broncos and Manning will crap out again. Mark my words.

  41. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 18, 2013 8:25 PM

    Make your Broncos loss vs my Jags back this week. Lay as much as the book will let you and take the adjusted play.

  42. baltimoresnativeson says: Oct 18, 2013 8:28 PM

    Peyton mannings playoff stats are pretty mediocre.

    I know folks don’t like to hear that but its the truth.

    Best regular season quarterback in history though, no question.

  43. jeremyb91 says: Oct 18, 2013 8:28 PM

    Irsay is right. He admits Bill Polian won a bunch of games for him, but in the end the only thing that matters are championships. There were no real dominant teams other than the Patriots who won 3 Super Bowls to contend with the Colts yet they only ended up with 1 Super Bowl win during Peyton Manning’s tenure?

    Bill Polian had one of those rings. That’s great and all, but when you have a team that should have been undefeated and lose early in the playoffs as has been Peyton Manning’s calling card of being one and done an owner has a reason to question why.

    As for this cutting Manning BS, it all comes down to the truth. If Andrew Luck wasn’t there for the taking then Peyton Manning would still be a Colt even if it meant continued years of no Super Bowl rings. But having Luck allowed Irsay to switch to a better model of having more talent around the QB and not spending such a high % on one player because he knew he had another potential franchise QB with Luck.

  44. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Oct 18, 2013 8:29 PM

    GROWN MEN being too sensitive at the end of the day IRSAY is the team owner the boss! as great as peyton is and polian was they only had 1 ring!!! over 10+ years! its his team and thats his opinion plus these guys were played millions but i bet their feelings weren’t hurt when they cashed irsays checks!!

  45. chawk12thman says: Oct 18, 2013 8:29 PM

    Cutting Manning was good business. So was moving on from Polian.

    Not many thought that Manning was going to perform the way he has, since the neck operation(s). He is remarkable and much like A.P., he has really surprised and set the bar high.

    That said; cheering for Denver on this one.

  46. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Oct 18, 2013 8:29 PM

    *paid

  47. lennylyles says: Oct 18, 2013 8:37 PM

    How can you blame Polian? Jim Irsay like his father is a drunk that should leave the football decisions to his football people.

  48. vaphinfan says: Oct 18, 2013 8:38 PM

    What Irsay said was a backhand but is it not true?

  49. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 18, 2013 8:45 PM

    I can’t stand either guy but Polian is the one who made the decision to not go for 16-0, treated the media and fans disrespectfully, hired his son as GM and made the team totally dependent on Peyton Manning.

    He also changed the rules to make it more difficult for DB’s to play football, and he set in motion the faster downfall for playinf defense.

  50. 4ever19 says: Oct 18, 2013 8:46 PM

    See what Irsay did. He went and got that fool Polian stirred up. He couldn’t just let sleeping dogs lie.

  51. jagged2013 says: Oct 18, 2013 9:00 PM

    Only thing Irsay does is build winners. I as a
    Colts fan am not gonna complain about
    Irsay. So all u all keep hatin on a winner.

  52. anarchopurplism says: Oct 18, 2013 9:02 PM

    Wasn’t Manning due $10 or $20 million the 3rd day of the league year before the Colts drafted their #1 pick (Luck)?

    Let’s not make Manning into too much of a saint, he wanted to shop & his methodical evaluation process proved it.

    Irsay is a fool, but let’s not make into a completely inept moron. Cutting Manning a judicious financial decision.

  53. backdapack4evr says: Oct 18, 2013 9:04 PM

    Sounds like a cat fight!!!
    Rrrrrrrrrrrr!!

  54. filthymcnastyog says: Oct 18, 2013 9:20 PM

    can’t blame Polian for the Colts struggles to win the big one while Manning was there. not his fault they ran into the best coach quarterback in NFL history almost every year…. Belichick And Brady.

  55. miserynmossouri says: Oct 18, 2013 9:24 PM

    It’s all hype. The Broncos will stick it to the Colts. Every Bronco knows what this game means.
    I cannot wait for the awkward sound of Colts fans cheering for the Broncos.

  56. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 18, 2013 9:30 PM

    No, that’s YOUR definition of winning. Polian’s assumptions are off the mark and that’s why he only accomplished what he accomplished. He didn’t have the vision for something greater that was easily attainable. He should have won more, and to me that’s “losing”.

  57. jimfix says: Oct 18, 2013 9:32 PM

    this guy GIFTED THE GM JOB TO HIS SON. AND HIS SON SCREWED EVERYTHING UP. who cares?

  58. osiris33 says: Oct 18, 2013 9:34 PM

    It’s about time somebody took Polian down a notch. Anybody who trades a hall of fame running back for a 2nd and a 5th so he can draft Edgerrin James is hardly the genius he’s made out to be.

  59. bradwins says: Oct 18, 2013 9:51 PM

    As a Pats fan, I used to have a lot of dislike for Manning and Polian. Peyton won me over years ago, but I still don’t like Polian. Still, in this case I totally get where he is coming from and I’m pulling for Peyton – and Bill – on Sunday night. Irsay is the ultimate clown.

  60. bflobacker says: Oct 18, 2013 9:54 PM

    Sour grapes Bill. Buffalo loves you though. 4 straight. Built a near dynasty with the 90′s Bills.

  61. canakz says: Oct 18, 2013 10:27 PM

    slbasegame257 says:
    Oct 18, 2013 6:43 PM
    We won games? No Peyton Manning won games with the scrubs that Polian drafted. In his last five years Bill Polian was one of the worst GMs in the NFL.

    And this kids, is a person who does not even posses an iota of NFL intelligence. Bill Polian was always among one of the smartest GM’s. Calling him bad is an insult to the Colts teams he put together.

  62. clemenza58 says: Oct 18, 2013 10:28 PM

    I guess the old saying, “this is a business” doesn’t apply here.

  63. eviltwin007 says: Oct 18, 2013 11:13 PM

    lennylyles says: Oct 18, 2013 8:37 PM

    How can you blame Polian? Jim Irsay like his father is a drunk that should leave the football decisions to his football people.
    —————————————————————

    He does you idiot. Grigson makes all the calls just like Polian did. Irsay, just sign checks. Please don’t speak unless you know what the fuhell you are talking about.

  64. eviltwin007 says: Oct 18, 2013 11:15 PM

    ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Oct 18, 2013 8:29 PM

    GROWN MEN being too sensitive at the end of the day IRSAY is the team owner the boss! as great as peyton is and polian was they only had 1 ring!!! over 10+ years! its his team and thats his opinion plus these guys were played millions but i bet their feelings weren’t hurt when they cashed irsays checks!!
    —————————————————————

    Agreed!!! Nice post.

  65. zerohandicapper says: Oct 18, 2013 11:22 PM

    “My Lord, we won more games for 10 years than any team in the history of the league,” Polian said. “Eleven playoff appearances in 13 years so, you know, that’s the definition of winning.”

    Polian just proved Irsays point. Someone needs to let him know there is a difference between a winner and a champion.

  66. eviltwin007 says: Oct 18, 2013 11:33 PM

    I read a lot of comments on here talking about how Irsay wouldn’t be anything without his father. Well I hate to say it, none of us wouldn’t be anything without our fathers whether they’re in your lives or not. And I hate to hear the BS about how they stole the Colts away from Baltimore. Well didn’t you guys steal the Browns away from Cleveland? And who cares about the stats and team colors either. Also Irsay got a better deal from Indy with a new dome and all. Plus the state legislatures were going to vote on an imminent domain on the Colts therefore essentially steals the Colts from the Irsays’. Don’t blame them one bit for leaving in the middle of the night. They weren’t being cowards but just being smart. As for you people out there that calls Irsay classless, I’ve never seen a classless guy give out a lot of his money, prizes and game day tickets to fans on twitter.

  67. coltzfan166 says: Oct 18, 2013 11:35 PM

    Exactly, 11 playoff appearance with the best QB in the league. One Super Bowl win. He talks like just getting to the playoffs is satisfactory enough. It’s not.

  68. xx4zu1 says: Oct 18, 2013 11:56 PM

    Irsay kind of has a point Peyton’s contract made it difficult for the Colts to keep pieces necessary to take the team all the way through the playoffs. Eli did the same thing the big difference is that Peyton is good enough to keep the team competitive by himself.

  69. borisbulldog says: Oct 18, 2013 11:57 PM

    Can’t blame Polian, he’s a self made man.

    Irsay won the lucky sperm lottery!

  70. fiezzybeatz says: Oct 19, 2013 12:06 AM

    Childish

  71. zibet says: Oct 19, 2013 12:27 AM

    sounds like Irsay has Peytons number as a choker.

    Colts were VERY LUCKY to win the one superbowl in ’06. McNair played one of the worst playoff games (goal line interception) you’ll ever see (he always struggled in the rain) and Billick gave up on the run early even though it was working. also ray lewis deflected another two interceptions from ed reed which would have given him FOUR. one was a sure TD. the Colts defense won that game or the ravens O lost it. Peyton was terrible. Also had the chargers beat the patriots that year the Colts would have been on the road and probably lost to Merriman LT Sproles and Co.

  72. bullcharger says: Oct 19, 2013 12:34 AM

    It say shouldn’t disrespect the people that allowed him to be such a successful owner. If there is such a thing as karma, he’s in trouble.

  73. commonsensedude says: Oct 19, 2013 12:37 AM

    The older Irsay gets, the more he becomes almost as much of a jerk as his dad was.

  74. bullcharger says: Oct 19, 2013 12:43 AM

    vaphinfan says:
    Oct 18, 2013 8:38 PM
    What Irsay said was a backhand but is it not true?

    ————

    Not really… The Colts were winners. 1 Super Bowl win, 2 AFC championships, so many division titles. Great record after great record. Good luck trying to recreate that. Sure the Giants got 2 Super Bowls, but they stink every second year and their model certainly didn’t guarantee championships either.

    A play here and a play there and the Colts could have had 3 or 4 Super Bowl trophies. the Patriots could have 5 or 0 when you look at how close all those games were. Steelers and Ravens are the same. It’s not so easy.

  75. spyder9669 says: Oct 19, 2013 12:53 AM

    tonyugoh says:
    Oct 18, 2013 7:15 PM
    tonyugoh says: You know, Polian’s record fell off after 2005…

    Colts record:

    2005 14-2
    2006 12-4
    2007 13-3
    2008 12-4
    2009 14-2
    2010 10-6

    I don’t see it.

    I was more referring to his draft and personnel record. Guys like Manning, James, Freeney, Wayne, Mathis, Clark, and Saturday were all brought in before 2005

    No sh*t it fell off….those guys were drafted with high draft picks. When you win 12 games 6 years straight you tend to get later round picks where you can’t draft a star everytime. hello…

  76. wfingers23 says: Oct 19, 2013 1:30 AM

    Tomorrow’s article:

    Polian: “My comments were taken out of context. Thats not what I said.”

  77. lanman11 says: Oct 19, 2013 1:43 AM

    Having Polian on your side in a big game is the Kiss of Death. Colts are gonna win.

    The best thing Polian ever did for the Colts was to get the rules changed so the Patriots couldn’t beat the living h#ll out of them anymore so they had a chance to compete.

    All this nonsense about Manning and the Colts being the best regular season QB/team has to stop. Look at the records and stop trying to manipulate it. No matter how you slice it, Brady and the Patriots have been the best for a long time…going on 20 years. It’s not even close. Brady’s regular season win percentage alone is 100 points higher than Manning’s. Manning only has more regular season wins TOTAL, because he has played 34 more regular season games.

    Let’s not EVEN start looking at playoffs…..or shall we?

  78. bpoit11 says: Oct 19, 2013 1:53 AM

    Sounds like a bunch of disgruntled Colts fans, just remember that Tom Brady and Big Ben, (to name a couple) did it with far less supporting cast. For every team, it starts at the top (ownership). It say is just trying to add more hype for a business perspective in Indianapolis with TV ratings, revenue sales, hospitality and service, he’s only trying to generate $$$. He knows Denver is going to lay 40 plus on the Colts.

  79. raiderapologist says: Oct 19, 2013 2:07 AM

    Almost two years after getting fired, Polian still can’t get a real job.

  80. xdmanx007 says: Oct 19, 2013 2:09 AM

    Bill Polian will rightfully go down as one of the best executives in NFL history. Bill Polian got fired because Irsay wasn’t comfortable with Chris Polian running the Colts franchise going forward. You simply DO NOT ask a father to FIRE his son! Ultimately the 2-14 season falls on Bill Polian’s shoulders. Did Bill give his son too much freedom in decision making? IDK and IDK if anybody other than Irsay himself can honestly answer that question. I do know I’m a life long Colts fan. I also know the Indianapolis Colts may not still be here if it wasn’t for Jim Irsay hiring Bill Polian and Bill Polian drafting Peyton Manning.

  81. brenenostler says: Oct 19, 2013 2:21 AM

    Stats don’t matter. If you don’t win a championship, you haven’t accomplished anything.

  82. salutethis says: Oct 19, 2013 2:27 AM

    @jagged, Irsay tanked a season to get Luck. He had the off season to pick up a adequate back up when Peyton got hurt, and the best he could get was Kerry Collins?! At least he could have acted like he was trying, say what you will, there really haven’t been that much of a upgrade, if any, in supporting cast that was changed. The best guy not named luck is still reggie wayne. So don’t give me that “he builds winners” junk. Irsay tanked a season to get a no brainer stud QB after having the last stud QB. There is no honor with Irsay. He is a classless owner. Period.

  83. onbucky96 says: Oct 19, 2013 2:52 AM

    Oh Billy. You wouldn’t be pissed at Jim since he fired you? And your son you were grooming to take your job when you’d retire? Tell the whole story old man, GO COLTS!

  84. hoopsdoc says: Oct 19, 2013 3:07 AM

    Lol at Bitter Bill. He should be thankful Irsay allowed him to ride Mannings coattails for as long as he did. Bitter Bill ceased being a competent gm right around the time he let his son take over.

    As for Irsay, he may be weird but this Colts fan thinks he’s the best owner in the league.

  85. joshuaburnbalm says: Oct 19, 2013 3:14 AM

    Hey i know the Colts ONLY won 1 ring and played in 2 super bowls and won alot of games during the regular season, but how many teams havent won a super bowl in years, or ever, and hardly make the playoffs regularly? Irsay should be grateful for Manning because 1 ring is better then 0.

  86. chefjayson says: Oct 19, 2013 3:42 AM

    Polian was fired for a reason…a good one. He chose nepotism over getting his job done. Chris polian wasnt qualified for that job and the Colts lost some good management and coaches due to it. Even without your years of failed drafts, hiring your idiot son was grounds enough for getting canned.
    And as far as the “long time colts fans wanting Peyton to win.” You, sir, are not a Colts fan. The team is THE Indianapolis Colts, not the Indianapolis Mannings. I was a Colts fan rooting for Harbaugh…I’m currently a Colts fan rooting for Luck…and guess what…when Luck leaves…I’ll b a Colts fan rooting for whomever replaces him. I have never….and will never…root against my team regardless of whomever they are playing against. Perhaps you should Google the word “fan,” find out what its short for….and reevaluate your perception of yourself as a longtime fan cheering for your team to lose because you’re too foolish to see that Irsay made the right move cutting Peyton…

  87. TheWizard says: Oct 19, 2013 6:28 AM

    They all had an excellent run together.

    Too bad it couldn’t have been left at that.

  88. bucforever says: Oct 19, 2013 7:10 AM

    As the late Bum Phillips once said , “You aren’t a failure until you start blaming someone else”.

  89. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 19, 2013 7:29 AM

    the sad part is, alot of so called colts fans that have cheered on for Luck all year will turn on him sunday and cheer for the enemy, sad bandwagon fans, i will be cheering on Luck and the indianapolis colts, peyton is the enemy now!!!

  90. capegolfer says: Oct 19, 2013 7:36 AM

    Nice try Polian, the Patriots had a better ten year record than the colts.

  91. heisthejuan says: Oct 19, 2013 7:40 AM

    The Colts had the most wins ever in a decade… unless you include playoff wins in which case the Pats won more games than them during that time period. Of course, playoff wins don’t matter to Polian.

  92. cmgww says: Oct 19, 2013 7:57 AM

    Polian did a lot of great things as GM in Indy. Mainly, draft Manning over Leaf. However, he was also a world class ass, constantly shutting out local media in favor of national guys like Mortensen/Schefter. His weekly radio show was a parade of him saying “I’m right, you’re wrong” to callers. (btw, what other GM has his own weekly radio show? WTF?)
    And he refused to sign free agents. I’m not talking Eagles/Redskins big money, overpaid guys…the dude barely touched the free agent market and depended entirely on the draft and UDFAs. It worked right up until his drafts started sucking. Case in point: 5 players remain on the team that were drafted in 2007 and afterwards. A few panned out and were let go (Jacob Tamme, Pierre Garcon) but most sucked. It started to show in 2010 as the depth around Manning dried up, and he carried a very injured team to the playoffs. Then we all saw 2011 when Manning was hurt. And you all act offended that Irsay said “we need to change the model.” Give me a break. Polian’s massive ego and refusal to change got him fired, not Irsay being “a drunk idiot”…and Jim then went out and hired Ryan Grigson, who promptly pieced together an 11-5 team on an $84 million budget. So, tell me again why Irsay is an idiot? For letting Manning go? (don’t play the hindsight game, no one knew if he could play, and he was going to cost the team $$$ in 2012) My only gripe is, he should have kicked Polian and his son to the curb before he did. Notice that of the massive purge of the roster in early 2012, that very few of those guys are still playing in the league (Dallas Clark is one)

  93. billh1947 says: Oct 19, 2013 8:14 AM

    ok all you Colts fans,lets hear it for Denver and Peyton on three,1-2-3 BRONCOS!

  94. vermverm says: Oct 19, 2013 8:51 AM

    My children could have handled the PR on this fued better than Irsay and Polian.

  95. jasonculhane says: Oct 19, 2013 9:38 AM

    I’ve always thought Bill Polian was the most overrated GM in the history of sports. But Irsay is probably the biggest owner unqualified to be an owner in the history of sports.

  96. computojon says: Oct 19, 2013 9:44 AM

    Gosh. Reading about how the Colts weren’t great, they were only good… Only one SB win… Manning is a choke artist in the playoffs… let’s take success for granted, shall we? How about a reality check — I’m a Ram fan. We haven’t even sniffed the playoffs for 10 years. We “earned” the historically worst 5-year NFL record in the years 2007-2011. You people have NO IDEA what “good-versus-great” means until you learn what “bad” means.

  97. pksullivanmha says: Oct 19, 2013 9:47 AM

    And rightfully so. You don’t trash men who did so much. @footballady52🏈

  98. robyesno says: Oct 19, 2013 12:04 PM

    Absolutely right, Bill. SAY it with your chest!!

  99. lezmaka says: Oct 19, 2013 9:14 PM

    And yet Bill Polian wanted to trade Peyton Manning back in 2004 so they could get a bunch of defensive players and be like Tampa Bay…

  100. The Chancellor of Football says: Oct 21, 2013 4:57 AM

    Listen to some of these comments. Sigh Bill Polian is the best GM in modern history. He built the Buffalo Bills than went to multiple Super Bowls before his tenure with the Colts.

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