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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: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:43 pm
 

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

See NE Patriots. 11-5 without Brady



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:28 pm
 

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

Peyton manning for MVP. All Bill Polian did was draft a good reciever and an amazing QB.When he got there he had the number one draft pick already.  I think that Pollian should give Peyton all his trophys because you know that Peyton was the reason that he won them.



Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

Thanks. Pretty impressed to be recognized by a FAN



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Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:14 pm
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Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:07 pm
 

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

So we are either going to draft Luck with the intentions

What position do you play? We is a pretty strong word for, umm, FAN


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Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:02 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:53 pm
 

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

Anyone know if Tressell is still under contract?



Since: Jul 16, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:50 pm
 

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

The Colts looked like they needed some substantial upgrades at the end of last season and although I don't follow their every move, it seemed as they didn't do much to improve the roster. 10-6 is a decent enough year for many but they routinely set the bar higher. Polian was exposed with Manning's absence.

As far as Caldwell goes, there was a funny comment on the radio a few minutes ago I wish I could claim credit for.
Just after hearing the Polians were fired, Jim Caldwell knew how Kermit D. Frog felt when Jim Henson died.




Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:45 pm
 

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

Big shock to me, now I am a little concerned they will keep Caldwell.  I understand that is was difficult for the Colts to pick a star out of the first round by picking in the late 20's for 10 straight years.  Amazing that this team can go from one of the most stable and consistent to a complete wreck in such a short time period.  As a fan, I just hope they know what their doing.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:34 pm
 

Report: Colts 'clean house,' fire Polian family

I hope the Chicago Bears follow suit and get rid of their front office! Time for Jerry Angelo to go! Not 1 Angelo 1st round pick was on the field for the game Sunday, not one!!! I'm not a huge Lovie Smith fan but he sure has accomplished a fair amount with mediocre talent. I can take or leave him but get rid of Angelo, please!


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