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Bill Polian: Peyton Manning could be a G.M. “immediately”

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with his son Marshall Manning and Bill Polian after defeating the Carolina Panthers during Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. The Broncos defeated the Panthers 24-10.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

Peyton Manning hasn’t shared his plans for the future, but if he wants to one day become a General Manager, one of the best to ever do that job thinks he’s ready now.

Hall of Famer Bill Polian said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Manning was a “football nerd” who used to have in-depth conversations about personnel with him when they were both with the Colts.

“During our 14 years together in Indianapolis, he would often discuss with me prospects coming out in the draft, SEC players he’d seen, players he’d seen in other parts of the country,” Polian said, via the Indianapolis Star. “He pays close attention to the rosters of the other players in the league, with specific attention to the AFC.

He knew the strengths and weaknesses of every player on every defense in the AFC and many on offense, because he met them and got to know them at the Pro Bowl and soaked up information. He is a football nerd, as am I. He’s more than prepared to do that job.”

Many have wondered what path Manning will pursue — once he stops drinking beer — but Polian said he could start soon, and not need much time to get up to speed.

“All he would need would be a brief tutorial on the league rules and things like the general terms of trades and contract language — of which he’s also very familiar, because of his own contract,” Polian said. “He’s well-prepared to do that. He could step right from the playing field into a role like that, because he’s ready. I don’t know that he will, but if someone wanted him to do it, he would be ready immediately to do it.”

The teams most closely linked with Manning as an executive — the Titans and Browns — have each made hires on that side of the ball recently.

But if Manning indicated he was interested in pursuing such an option, there would likely be even more teams interested in giving him that chance.

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40 Responses to “Bill Polian: Peyton Manning could be a G.M. “immediately””
  1. mikermiker says: Feb 10, 2016 5:07 PM

    Good to see such a positive role model in Peyton GOAT Manning. Much better than the “winner” last year that’s getting ready to be suspended officially for cheating. The Broncos have a real dynasty that’s not tainted.

  2. tajuara says: Feb 10, 2016 5:10 PM

    He should be a nice fit in Indy. Come on Irsay, fire Grigson and bring Manning or anyone, but fire Grigson.

  3. cajunaise says: Feb 10, 2016 5:10 PM

    Gee – wonder where they’d like to have him?

    (Bye bye, Grigson…)

  4. harperquinn says: Feb 10, 2016 5:20 PM

    Some team should put out feelers to see if he’s interested in being a QB coach. He has an insane amount of knowledge that would be very valuable to some of these younger guys and seems to have an aptitude for teaching based on his family’s passing camp.

  5. edithpiaf51 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:22 PM

    I know Eli Manning would love it if his brother Peyton worked in some GM or coaching or administrative capacity with the NY Giants organisation.

  6. abninf says: Feb 10, 2016 5:23 PM

    We could use a new GM in Dallas. Jerry?

  7. cinzano08 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:24 PM

    After his hgh suspension he’d be a good fit in Indy. Clueless bunch that they are. Have you ever seen a more classless act than manning after the SB? Any poster on this site could have qb that game and won. Worst performance in history.

  8. elevandoo says: Feb 10, 2016 5:31 PM

    It has to be absolute madness working for irsay. Doubt this happens.

  9. youknowiknowitall says: Feb 10, 2016 5:42 PM

    Well, Polian is a liar and a cheat so there is that ….

  10. vikings1234 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:43 PM

    If he became GM at Indy I bet his first order of business would be to take the “2015 AFC Championship Participant” banner down.

  11. buffalomafia says: Feb 10, 2016 5:49 PM

    We sure the hell can use a real GM in Buffalo!

  12. addair154 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:55 PM

    Poulian? “One of the best ever?” C’mon, at what?

  13. daveshingle says: Feb 10, 2016 5:57 PM

    Why would he be linked to the Browns or the Titans? What about the Colts or the Broncos?

  14. trainwrecksryan says: Feb 10, 2016 6:08 PM

    “My top NFL prospects are Bud Weiser, Nate Shunwide, and uh, John Papa.” – P. Manning

  15. charliecharger says: Feb 10, 2016 6:09 PM

    I knew this was going to happen as soon as Elway won the super bowl. Most ex-players will follow in the footsteps of Matt Millen, rather than John Elway. Does Peyton understand football? Absolutely he does. Matt Millen does too. Geez Millen played for Joe Paterno at Penn State, Al Davis in Oakland, the Bill Walsh/George Seifert 49ers dynasty, and Joe Gibbs who’s probably the greatest coach of all time. Millen was a member of some of the greatest pro and college football organizations in the world. Owners will be stupid to fall into this trap.

  16. charger383 says: Feb 10, 2016 6:24 PM

    Waste of brains as GM, he needs to coach

  17. Pftsliberalagenda says: Feb 10, 2016 6:25 PM

    Haha Nate shunwide Well played sir.

  18. kurdishpats1 says: Feb 10, 2016 6:37 PM

    trainwrecksryan says:
    Feb 10, 2016 6:08 PM

    “My top NFL prospects are Bud Weiser, Nate Shunwide, and uh, John Papa.” – P. Manning

    ================================

    Read this in class and interrupted everyone with my laugh.

    Lmao so good.

  19. zigthepatsfan says: Feb 10, 2016 6:40 PM

    He’ll either be an owner/GM like Jerruh or on TV

    no way he’ll get in to coaching. Doesnt pay enough

  20. megnailsit says: Feb 10, 2016 6:45 PM

    Another reason to keep the Pro Bowl: an opportunity to gather strategic intelligence on other players!

  21. lscratchingthesurface says: Feb 10, 2016 7:02 PM

    Peyton has a good eye for talent and if he isn’t coaching any team would be fortunate to have him working for them.

  22. haslamdrinkshisownpee says: Feb 10, 2016 7:02 PM

    the Browns are already nailing every pick they make with SEC guys. We don’t need your help Peyton. Do the names Mingo, Manziel, or Trent Richardson ring a bell?

  23. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Feb 10, 2016 7:05 PM

    cajunaise says:
    Feb 10, 2016 5:10 PM
    Gee – wonder where they’d like to have him?
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    I think there would need to be a little mending of the fences before Manning would work for Irsay. They didn’t part all that well even though the press conference was all hugs and kisses. Manning didn’t want to leave Indy. Not at all.

  24. purpleguy says: Feb 10, 2016 7:08 PM

    Manning’s a smart guy, and not only is his relationship with Irsay strained, but is it really reasonable that he’d want to work for a loose cannon like that?

  25. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Feb 10, 2016 7:11 PM

    I’d prefer to see Manning start as a QB coach or Asst Off Coordinator to start his post football career if he chose to stay in the league. I’m sure the TV Networks will be offering some attractive money to work in broadcasting as an analyst. He might want some time to catch up with his family and get past the HGH before he decides. I don’t think he plays next year. He’s done.

  26. iamapatsfan says: Feb 10, 2016 7:14 PM

    Polian: Could never be a GM. Sure could be a whiner though.

  27. 24601jvj says: Feb 10, 2016 7:20 PM

    I hope he does something other than the dimwitted, obtuse commercials.

  28. popandfresh says: Feb 10, 2016 7:30 PM

    charliecharger says:
    Feb 10, 2016 6:09 PM
    I knew this was going to happen as soon as Elway won the super bowl. Most ex-players will follow in the footsteps of Matt Millen, rather than John Elway. Does Peyton understand football? Absolutely he does. Matt Millen does too. Geez Millen played for Joe Paterno at Penn State, Al Davis in Oakland, the Bill Walsh/George Seifert 49ers dynasty, and Joe Gibbs who’s probably the greatest coach of all time. Millen was a member of some of the greatest pro and college football organizations in the world. Owners will be stupid to fall into this trap.
    ———————————————————————————-
    So, first off, I am not a broncos fan nor a P. Manning backer, however I felt the need to chime in. Miller was a linebacker, his level of understanding the offenses and defenses were much different than a very astute quarterback. I’m not saying one way or another that Manning is going to be the GM that’s going to change the game forever, but you cannot compare apples to oranges, or quarterbacks to linemen when speaking of knowledge. Bash all you want about Millen, he was way underqualified and out matched, but Manning could make a respectable GM. Personally, I think he is best used as a QB coach or offensive guru. But I’m just an armchair football fan.

  29. carnegiemellonisafruitstand says: Feb 10, 2016 7:49 PM

    Peyton as G.M., Ari Fleischer as PR Director, Tony Dungy as team chaplain, Dr. Leonard Guyer as team physician and Charlie Sly as team pharmacist, replacing Jim Irsay. You talk about a Dream Team…Buds and Papa J’s for everyone.

  30. pdw3332 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:20 PM

    Did some one n here call Peyton GOAT? He stunk in both SuberbBowls he won and is still king of one-and-done when the favored team and personally choking n those games…. Nevermind how he choked in college for 4 years

  31. 3rdngoal says: Feb 10, 2016 8:45 PM

    harperquinn says:
    Feb 10, 2016 5:20 PM
    Some team should put out feelers to see if he’s interested in being a QB coach. He has an insane amount of knowledge that would be very valuable to some of these younger guys and seems to have an aptitude for teaching based on his family’s passing camp.

    ——————————————————-

    Only during the regular season though, once the playoffs start, if the team doesn’t have a defense he would have to leave the facility.

  32. levanderwilliams says: Feb 10, 2016 9:11 PM

    Manning loves a challenge. The Eagles should try to hire him as their personnel guy as soon as he retires. It wouldn’t be long before he’d replace Roseman as GM.

  33. JSpicoli says: Feb 10, 2016 10:01 PM

    Either that or sell advertising on his dome.

  34. Florio Believer says: Feb 11, 2016 8:00 AM

    Some of the stuff Bill Polian sez is just astounding…although I’ve found myself in the same circumstance being that I’m his age, but it’s also not printed for Public consumption either.

  35. charliecharger says: Feb 11, 2016 5:53 PM

    So, first off, I am not a broncos fan nor a P. Manning backer, however I felt the need to chime in. Miller was a linebacker, his level of understanding the offenses and defenses were much different than a very astute quarterback. I’m not saying one way or another that Manning is going to be the GM that’s going to change the game forever, but you cannot compare apples to oranges, or quarterbacks to linemen when speaking of knowledge. Bash all you want about Millen, he was way underqualified and out matched, but Manning could make a respectable GM. Personally, I think he is best used as a QB coach or offensive guru. But I’m just an armchair football fan.
    ——————————-
    There are a lot of retired HOF QBs. I wonder why none of them have ever become a GM. There have also been 50 super bowl winning GMs, and none have played QB in the NFL (except Elway). I’m just saying, it’s not as easy as you think. Elway and his personnel people are probably watching tape 12 hours a day. Most ex-players aren’t going to put in the hard work. Elway went out and found two of the best scouts in the NFL to lead his personnel operation. Most ex-players think they’re smart enough to do it all by themselves. Elway’s dad was an NFL scout after a long coaching career. I’m not even saying that Manning would fail as a GM. I’m just saying that I have been waiting for people to start saying ex-QBs should become GMs and I was right. Polian is just the first to say it. There will be more. Marino had an opportunity with Miami, but then he quit when he saw how hard it was and how much work it takes.

  36. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 9:19 PM

    Polian one of the best ever? Isn’t that the guy who whined that the Ravens should have less time to rest after his team had a month from football with their easy schedule and play in a garbage division. Ravens had to play a team after their bye week for half the season. That was the year the Ravens made Brady cry in the playoffs. I remember one of the worst playoff Ravens games ever. Ravens went to Indy and the refs kept Manning in the game in the 1st half until the Colts got their football legs back under them. Colts looked fresh in the 2nd half. Ravens looked like they played an 18 game season and were still in the game. Whoever said the game was fair?

  37. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 9:21 PM

    Polian should shine Ozzie’s shoes

  38. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 9:25 PM

    Polian cried like a girl and for what. So Manning could play like crap against the bounty-gate Saints. I’m sure the refs didn’t see any of their dirty hits that season. Vikings and Ravens were the two best teams that year. Favre was cheated out of MVP to the SB loser.

  39. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 9:38 PM

    Saints and Colts and Brees will never win another SB. Karma.

  40. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 9:42 PM

    The league needs to make DPI a 15 yard penalty. That would cheat a lot of teams out of a TD but so what. They already cheat a lot of teams out of TD’s.

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