Bill Polian faults the Colts for not protecting Andrew Luck

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Former Colts General Manager Bill Polian has taken some shots at his old team in the wake of today’s news that Andrew Luck is done for the season with a lingering shoulder injury.

Polian said today on ESPN that the Colts’ staff has gone about building the team the wrong way, trying to build a running team and a running offensive line when they should have made protecting Luck their primary priority.

“This new staff came in and said, ‘We’re going to be the toughest guys on the block. We’re going to get big road graders, run, stop the run.’ In Indianapolis? With Andrew Luck? In a division where you play 10 games in perfect weather every year? The team you have to beat is Tom Brady and the New England Patriots? And you want to come in and play like you’re playing in the AFC North? That contributed to it because you didn’t have a pass protecting line,” Polian said.

Polian said that when he was building the Colts’ roster, he made sure he had a good pass-blocking offensive line in front of Peyton Manning, and that the new Colts regime failed to follow that lead.

“That wasn’t the case when Andrew first came in there and that contributed to this,” Polian said.

Polian’s comments may be self-serving because he wants to paint himself as better than the people who came into the Colts’ front office after Polian was fired. But that doesn’t mean he’s wrong. The Colts haven’t done a good enough job putting a team around Luck.

56 responses to “Bill Polian faults the Colts for not protecting Andrew Luck

  1. OMG. Bill Polian is still relevant? Wish he would shut up and go away already. What’s next? Pearls of 20/20 vision from Tony Dungy? Yeah, I thought so.

  2. citizenstrange says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm
    Polian was so fantastic he managed to coax one Super Bowl win out of maybe the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.

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    Clearly, Manning is not in Brady’s league anymore. Go look at Manning’s first 4 or 5 seasons. Not so great until Reggie Wayne came in in 2002.

    LOTS of interceptions and not a 2:1 TD/INT ratio like a good/great QB should have.

  3. This coming from the guy who never replaced Tarik Glenn but built a whole team around the 1 guy he was prtecting? Even defensive personelle/scheme were built around the premise “we’ll always have a lead”. SMH

  4. citizenstrange says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Polian was so fantastic he managed to coax one Super Bowl win out of maybe the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.

    I get your point and I agree to some extent that Polian wasn’t that successful, but I beg to differ regarding Peyton Manning being “maybe the greatest quarterback to ever play the game”. He’s not even close.

  5. Finally I can agree with Bill Polian for once in my life. The Colts did the same thing to Luck that the Redskins did to Robert Griffin the 3rd. Played them with little regard to their injuries and may have ruined their careers playing for Shanahan and Pagano who only cared about themselves and put them on the field when they were injured! Sure I might be wrong but it didn’t look that way on the field. Maybe Luck will get lucky and make a complete come back. It’s a shame to ignore when you should be able to determine about a player’s health and whether your playing a guy who is hurt.

  6. Meanwhile “too small” Russell Wilson has played behind one of the consistently worst lines in the NFL and hasn’t missed a start.

  7. Polian’s attitude has always been: if I can’t beat them, force rule changes down the Competition Committee’s throat and blame the imaginary Cheating Fairy.

  8. //citizenstrange says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm
    Polian was so fantastic he managed to coax one Super Bowl win out of maybe the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.//

    Which also makes Tony Dungy’s HOF election even more of a farce. He was on the sideline with all those great teams in Manning’s prime and laid a series of ostrich eggs.

  9. Polian is correct – team is going nowhere without Luck and a decent O-line. He actually had his shoulder surgery 10 months ago and last week he visited 4 or 5 other surgeons because he had been fed b/s by the Colts medical team for months.
    Remember when Jim Irsay stated during the preseason that Luck should be available for the first game and only now he’s on I/R out for the season. Colts are a total mess and it won’t be long before Chuck Pagano gets fired.

  10. Why does Polian get to say anything? He got an exec-of-the-year gong for being GM when Peyton Manning came to his awful Colts. He then oversaw a team that had no depth and got lucky one year, thanks in part to piping noise and refs giving a key home-town discount on a 4th-&-2 by Belichick that wasn’t given forward progress. He general-managed a team to be so terrible without Peyton that they had to Suck for Luck, for which he took a big payoff and share of the blame. The guy is a fraud – anyone and everyone including my 80yr old mother can and has provided the same expert insight on the Colts not protecting Luck.

  11. What? Doesn’t make sense. A QB’s best friend is the running game. Having pass rushers tee off play after play is how a QB gets hurt. No, the problem is Luck taking too many chances with his body.

  12. Man, Polians so smart. If he had lucked into a A+ QB talent he could have won 3 or 4 Super Bowls with his great knowledge. Oh, wait a minute . . .

  13. Luck could have a perfect o-line and still get injured. Same with Aaron Rodgers. Luck dives head first instead of sliding. Rodgers holds on to the ball trying to make a play. It’s more about the QBs playing style. As someone posted above, Russell Wilson has played with a terrible o-line most of his career, and hasn’t missed a start. Same can be said about Eli Manning and Philip Rivers for most of their careers.

  14. Polian also believed Deflategate was real and that it was as serious as using PEDs. Then PEDton Manning was busted and suddenly PEDs weren’t that serious.

  15. This is what you get when you hire Joe Philbin, the head coach of the notorious 2013 Miami Dolphins and mother to the red-headed step-child that was the bullygate scandal which led to Ryan Tannehill getting sacked 58 times, to coach your offensive line.

  16. “Polian was so fantastic he managed to coax one Super Bowl win out of maybe the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.”

    Manning is up there, no doubt, and I’m not going to argue the point. And maybe I shouldn’t even put this on the board, because I can’t find the article or a citation, but Manning considered Johnny Unitas to be the greatest quarterback ever. If I’m wrong I’m wrong, but Peyton sure did respect those older guys.

  17. Polian also said he had Tom Brady rated really high, he just didn’t pick him through six rounds of the draft. He’s got ALL the answers… now. When he was running the Colts and they habitually underperformed… not so much. Just shut up and go away.

  18. terripet says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:48 pm
    Polian was the best GM the Colts ever had

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    Nope. His name is George Young.

    Blows Polian out of the water, little Millennial.

  19. streetyson says:
    November 2, 2017 at 3:04 pm
    Why does Polian get to say anything? He got an exec-of-the-year gong for being GM when Peyton Manning came to his awful Colts. He then oversaw a team that had no depth and got lucky one year, thanks in part to piping noise and refs giving a key home-town discount on a 4th-&-2 by Belichick that wasn’t given forward progress. He general-managed a team to be so terrible without Peyton that they had to Suck for Luck, for which he took a big payoff and share of the blame. The guy is a fraud – anyone and everyone including my 80yr old mother can and has provided the same expert insight on the Colts not protecting Luck.

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    Nailed it.

    He also choked a Meadowlands employee in an elevator and cheered for Doug Flutie’s leg to be broken during a game.

    ESPN and he deserve one another.

  20. Indybear says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:41 pm
    OMG. Bill Polian is still relevant? Wish he would shut up and go away already. What’s next? Pearls of 20/20 vision from Tony Dungy? Yeah, I thought so.

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    Right. We should listen to you instead because, uh, why would that be?

  21. It looks like it will take the Colts years to undo all the damage Ryan Grigson did to the franchise. What kind of owner would allow this to happen. Oh year, that one.

  22. dontbeemo says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:47 pm
    This coming from the guy who never replaced Tarik Glenn but built a whole team around the 1 guy he was prtecting? Even defensive personelle/scheme were built around the premise “we’ll always have a lead”.
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    They pretty much did.
    Especially at the end of the game.

  23. First, the run blocking has been so/so. They’re not the worst. They’ve had some really uniquely bad guys running behind that line at times (Trent Richardson anyone?) and solid guys who can get a thousand (Gore).

    Polian’s take is only sort of right. Both of Lucks major injuries happened while he was scrambling. The bad o-line didn’t get him hurt, just hurt his production.

    If Luck is going to be what us Colts fans hope, he’s going to have to learn to play/stay in the pocked far more than he does. That’s what got him in this mess.

  24. This is what you get when you hire Joe Philbin, the head coach of the notorious 2013 Miami Dolphins and mother to the red-headed step-child that was the bullygate scandal which led to Ryan Tannehill getting sacked 58 times, to coach your offensive line.
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    He was O-line coach at Iowa. 3 of his guys were drafted, 2 2nd rounders, including Eric Steinbach (a 1st team All-American) who went on to be a Pro Bowler.

    Then it was on to Green Bay. The best O-line they have had, by far, since their rebirth. 2003, Ahman Green rushed for 1880 yards. 2003-2004 Favre was only sacked 31 times. He was eventually named OC.

    I find it hard to believe Philbin is to blame for the Colts struggles.

  25. @ relictele says:
    Which also makes Tony Dungy’s HOF election even more of a farce. He was on the sideline with all those great teams in Manning’s prime and laid a series of ostrich eggs.
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    I could not agree more Toney Dungy is the most overated coach ever. He rode Monty Kiffen’s defense in Tampa for success but no Super Bowl then came up to Indy and rode Payton Manning’s coat tails for the championship.

  26. Nobody’s as great at making self serving statements as Polian is. However, on this one, he’s 100% right.

    As for only winning one SB with Manning, one of the greatest QBs of all time, the problem there is that THE greatest QB of all time was playing during that era for another team.

  27. crush22 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 3:51 pm
    dontbeemo says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:47 pm
    This coming from the guy who never replaced Tarik Glenn but built a whole team around the 1 guy he was prtecting? Even defensive personelle/scheme were built around the premise “we’ll always have a lead”.
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    They pretty much did.
    Especially at the end of the game.
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    As evidenced by all those playoff wins and Super Bowl victories…oh wait…never mind.

  28. One problem with this rant. He’s never played a game under these “new guys.” Unless he means Grigson, who was already fired, I don’t know exactly what he’s talking about.

  29. aarons444 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 3:34 pm
    Not sure what I’ll enjoy more;

    The disappearence of ESPN, or the disappearence of Patriots fans..
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    If every Pats fan fell off the planet there would still be other fans to point out your inaccuracies and unsupported claims.

  30. I blame the lack of quality pro-style OL in the college ranks. Most schools are running a spread or zone-read style of offense where OL just cannot develop.
    It would also help if the Colts drafted 1-2 OL every year and kept the best of them.

  31. redstar504 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    @ relictele says:
    Which also makes Tony Dungy’s HOF election even more of a farce. He was on the sideline with all those great teams in Manning’s prime and laid a series of ostrich eggs.
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    I could not agree more Toney Dungy is the most overated coach ever. He rode Monty Kiffen’s defense in Tampa for success but no Super Bowl then came up to Indy and rode Payton Manning’s coat tails for the championship.

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    No one has any idea how on god’s green earth Dungy is in the HOF, outside of Mickey Mouse Colts fans in the rural Indiana area.

  32. crush22 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 3:51 pm
    dontbeemo says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:47 pm
    This coming from the guy who never replaced Tarik Glenn but built a whole team around the 1 guy he was prtecting? Even defensive personelle/scheme were built around the premise “we’ll always have a lead”.
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    They pretty much did.
    Especially at the end of the game.

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    especially at the end of the “regular season” game. fixed it for you. in the playoffs, they didnt end too many games with too many leads.

  33. No offense – but if the Colts hadn’t been going up against that Juggernaut of a QB, Rex Grossman, in the Super Bowl, they’d have nothing

    That being said, Polian took one for the team, “Sucking for Luck” – clearly having his team purposefully lose games to get the #1 pick and probably taking a golden parachute retirement/”firing” putting the team on solid ground for the future

    But he’s right – they’ve not built up around Luck the way they should have and they’ve done nothing since but raise more “Participant Banners”

  34. He might be right but comes off as a salty has been. A guy whose teams did less w/ more then perhaps any other GM in league history. So the Colts didn’t protect Luck. Good on you Bill Polian though for pointing out the obvious!

  35. nookers says:
    November 2, 2017 at 3:15 pm
    hard to pay a defense when 1/6th of your salary cap is Andrew Luck .. form. Peyton Manning

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    Is it somehow harder for the Colts than all the other teams?

    Joe Flacco, Baltimore, $24.55 million
    Carson Palmer, Arizona, $24.125 million
    Kirk Cousins, Washington, $23.943 million
    Matt Ryan, Atlanta, $23.75 million
    Matthew Stafford, Detroit, $22 million
    Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, $20.3 million
    Cam Newton, Carolina, $20.166 million
    Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers, $20 million
    Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants, $19.7 million
    Andrew Luck, Indianapolis, $19.4 million

    Other than the Giants (who’s defense is the strength of the team…), all of the above teams devote a higher % of their salary cap to their starting qb than the Colts do with Luck….and have a better defense and better record than the Colts.

    Oh, and most of them have invested better in their O-lines, too.

  36. Bill was great in Buffalo too wasn’t he? If he was doing such a good job of team building why didn’t he have at least some semblance of a backup QB on the roster. He is a joke!

  37. aarons444 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 3:34 pm
    Not sure what I’ll enjoy more;

    The disappearence of ESPN, or the disappearence of Patriots fans..

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    Patriots fans arent going anywhere. They are the happiestmost thankful fans in the NFL.

    ESPN isnt going anywhere either actually.

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