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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: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:20 pm

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

In 2011 the Colts spent almost 75 percent of their payroll on their top 10 players, including $4,000,000,000 for Kerry Collins. That leaves around 45 players getting paid pretty close to the minimum.  Who gets paid that kind of money?  Rookies and guys that nobody else wants, guys who feel lucky to be given a uniform.  Those are the kind of players the Polians gave to Jim Caldwell and those are the players that make up the majority of the team, now and for the immediate future. Given the obvious lack of talent on the team as a whole it might not be such a bad idea to trade Luck (or at least the rights to the number one pick) for a boatload of picks and/or decent veterans that can contribute.  

There is no point adding Luck to their current roster, maybe his talent gets them three or four wins, more likely he winds up on the IR with Peyton after he gets blasted one too many times.   

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:00 pm

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

Wow this was a surprise!  Jim Irsay has taken the first of many steps to build a decent team.  The Polians are out and Jim Caldwell ought to be next (along with all the other coaches).  Then it comes down to players.  There is just no nice way of saying this.  They all suck without Peyton Manning.  It will take years to build the team that should have been in place right now.  Instead, Peyton Manning's career will likely be over before the Colts have an all around decent team.  Yeah, he'll cover their warts if he plays next season but the team will still be awful.

Maybe Manning's neck injury was a blessing in disguise.  It got the Colts started on the path to respectability early since he has the potential come back next season and lead the team while grooming his heir instead of ending his career right then and there.  Smart drafting and shrewd player trading is what the Colts need.  Maybe they will get it with their new upper management.

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:36 pm

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

all these chumps who say draft luck & keep manning are amusing. so you have #1 pick on the bench & a broke neck QB with happy feet and a dead arm as your QB. oh, and did i mention the rest of your team sux real bad.. how terrible are the chiefs? #1 QB, #1 RB and head coach all get whacked. but they still won 8 games? The owner had to fire Polian's to start a clean sweep. Caldwell & Manning are the next to go. If they even keep 1 of the 2, hello 4-12 next year & peyton might get killed.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:18 pm

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

Nice scapegoating! The Colts have had draft picks near the end of the first round for what seems like forever, and due to their cheap owner, routinely lose their free agent talent while trying to sign "value players". You can only bring in so many James, Harrison, Manning, Wayne, Clark, Freeney's.
Granted, they have not hit any homers with many of their first rounders in the past few years, but there wasn't any outcry about taking the players they took, either. he Colts have been getting good geades for thier drafts from all of the "draft experts" over these years.
When you look at it, it really comes down tp being cheap in the free agent market. Irsay isn't interested in spending to keep the non-star players, so very good LB's, CB's and S's have left over the past few years. The Colts have been trying to make it work with guys like Brackett for what seems like forever.  

I would also imagine that there might be a difference of opinion over how to handle to whole Manning issue off-season. to me, it's a no-briner. You draft Luck and keep Manning, unless a trade comes by that's just too good to be true. the team will finally get a good draft position and needs to start looking at impact free agents.

All I can say is that Irsay's are cheap, have always been cheap, and are far more concerned with how much money they make as opposed to signing talent. They will only make an exception for a guy like Manning who they see as not only a franchiose talent, but a marketing bonanza.    

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:15 pm

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

They finished ast to get Peyton and enjoyed a good run with him. But Irsay has been lousy without since the MOVE... People in Baltimore rejoice...The only reason the Colts are still in Indy is because of Peyton... Can you say SoCal Colts!!

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:04 pm

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

It will be exciting to see what becomes of this. Is it the first step or the last?

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:53 pm

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

Serously, the Polian's should be sending thank you cards to Manning right about now.  He almost single handedly won the Colts a Super Bowl, and it is crystal clear the rest of the team is pretty much garbage.  So he kept the apparently incompetent Polian's employed while they assembled a crappy 0-line, horrible RBs, and average WRs.  As people have pointed out NE managed to go 11-5 with Brady, but it's clear this team has no talent other than Manning.  Polian's should be grateful for all the money they stole "managing" the organization.

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:52 pm

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family


Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:51 pm

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

There have been glimpses of this collapse coming for the last two years, The defense was horrible, Other then the run to the Super Bowl in 2006 the defense in Indy has been suspect at best, The runnning game went out the door when "Edge" was let go and never came back. A great pass rush is all that was had in Indy if you were in 3rd and long then they were ok, The run defense has been horrible. Should the Polian's have been fired, Who knows, To late to second guess that now, If Manning comes back, Orlofsky is  a capable back-up. Trade down a few spots in the draft, Gain more picks and possibly players and build for the next 3-4 seasons, Andrew Luck may be the next "Big Thing" but that doesn't mean you have to settle for him. Rg3 would be nice for Manning to mentor. We all can second guess all we want, But we aren't making the decisions, Thank God! I'm sure Jimmy has a plan, He fired Bill Tobin and HIRED Bill Polian in 97! Jim Irsay is a smart guy, He will get this train moving forward.

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:47 pm

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

Who are you Irsay's uncle????  "we're all proud of little jimmy" 

I am sure the Colts will be off to great things...kind of like Buffalo has been since Polian's draft picks faded away.....12 years and counting for them since their last playoff appearance.  The Panthers had a little better luck with a some playoff wins but still a 400 winning percentage.
Bill Polian might have given Chris Polian too much control but talent evaluation like BP possessed doesn't grow on trees.  He didn't win executive of the year 6 times by being easily replaceable.  Do you hear that?? Sounds like hammers and saws.......sounds like rebuilding mode...tough job with the architect heading down the highway.

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