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Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:41 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 2:46 pm
The Colts shockingly fired Bill Polian on Monday. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Colts allowed Jim Caldwell to conduct his normal press conference on Monday, but things took a turn for the crazy on Monday afternoon when the Colts announced a 5 p.m. ET press conference and reports emerged that owner Jim Irsay decided to "clean house" and fire Bill Polian and Chris Polian. There hasn't been confirmation of whether or not the team will also fire coach Jim Caldwell.

Black Monday

That news comes from the NFL Network and it means the Colts are admitting what became obvious this year: the entire Indianapolis roster just isn't very good. Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star confirms that the Polians have been fired, but there's still no word on Caldwell.

Peyton Manning shored up many problems for the Colts, but once he was injured, the team was exposed and limped its way to a two-win season and the No. 1 overall draft pick. Polian was hired in 1997 by the Colts and won NFL Executive of the Year a whopping six times. From 1997 to 2004, he hit a number of home runs in the draft, picking up Manning, Edgerrin James, Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney and Dallas Clark in the first round.

From then til now? Not so good: Marlin Jackson, Joseph Addai, Anthony Gonzalez, Donald Brown, Jerry Hughes and Anthony Castonzo over eight different drafts is a horrible misuse of first-round picks, even if they were near the bottom of the first round.

The Manning conundrum looms as the spiciest offseason storyline. The Polians gave Peyton his contract (and obviously drafted him) but Irsay is a tremendous supporter of his franchise quarterback. Cleaning house could mean moving onto a new era (one that will presumably feature Andrew Luck under center) ... or perhaps the Polians were prepared to move along without Manning and Irsay wasn't ready to do that.

Whatever, as Colts center Jeff Saturday told our Colts Rapid Reporter Tom James on Monday that Irsay promised him "there will be changes in the offseason." Saturday didn't know what kind of changes those would be.

They are, quite clearly, large changes. An entire overhaul of the Colts organization, in fact.

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Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:05 am

Let's Go Bears - Hire Polian family -

This is an amazing opportunity that only happens rarely in the NFL. An accomplished GM is available for hire. Let's Go Bears - stop hibernating and do the smart thing and clean house now! Let Jerry Angelo "retire" - today. And announce the hiring of Bill and Chris Polian tomorrow. Then, on Wednesday, they can begin their tenure and hire Jeff Fisher to replace the Clown Coach Smith. Everything after that is entirely up to the Polian's - Bears upper management and ownership want nothing to do with football decisions, they want only to make business decisions about ticket prices and such. Perfect spot for controlling Polians and perfect time to launch the failing Angelo and Smith. Come on, let's go Bears.

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:01 am

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

Irsay promises "big changes"?  Might that include a trip to LA in the middle of the night?  I here warm whether is good on geriatrics like Peyton Manning.

Not likely to happen, but if Manning can't play I think he'd be a pretty good coach...since he's run that offense for the better part of the last decade or so.  Caldwell should be following the Polians shortly.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:32 am

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family


Why, when a team is built solely arond ONE player, just shows he`s not the genius the media clowns always said he was.

Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:31 am

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

Hey Indianapolis!!!  This coward Irsay might pack your team on an 18 wheeler some night and hightail-it out of town.  Like father - like son.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:19 am

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

I'm not surprised by the firing.  The Colts as an organization did not do a good job of putting someone in place in the event that Peyton Manning did go down.  There are Hall of Fame caliber coaches who would've struggled in Indy this season.  I like Bill Polian, particularly, because he helped build the team here in Charlotte and I thought he did a pretty good job of it.  But sometimes changes need to be made. 

As for Jim Caldwell, if he's not gone today, he's not gone.  I think the Irsays understand the situation and want to give Caldwell a better opportunity.  But the leash will be short.  If he hangs around, and isn't at least .500 by Week 8 next season, he'll be gone. 

Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:07 am

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

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Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:42 am

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

Colts fans are so spoiled.  To see so many of you complain and want Bill Polian gone, its sickening.  Be careful what you wish for.

Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:37 am

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

Lol,you must be a Pats fan!!!

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:32 am

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

Do you mean Bill Polian or Chris Polian. This happened because Bill is headed to retirement and Chris isn't his equal...

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:19 am

A Modest Proposal

Irsay:  Have I got a juicy tip for you.  Do you want a highly experienced general manager who (in his mind anyway) is solely responsible for building three Super Bowl champions (even if it was a generation ago)?  Someone who can help you with your businesses too, who (thinks he is) the best football-related marketing guru on planet earth? 

Yes, Irsay, you can hire Jerry Jones.  I don't care what you pay him.  Offer him all you can afford, plus lifetime liquor and women on the side.  Hey, based on some biographies that have been written about the Cowboys of the 1990s, that might just be the deal-maker right there.  Vegas women, top caliber call girls only, one every other day, very discreet.  It might just work!

Hire Jerry as GM...pretty please?  I'll even buy you a 10-pack of White Castles and jar of frozen custard, your favorite flavor.  Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaase!?!?!?!?

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