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Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:01 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 6:45 pm
 
Irsay met with the media Monday afternoon. (AP)
By Ryan Wilson

Colts owner Jim Irsay held a late afternoon press conference Monday to talk about his decision to fire Jim and Chris Polian, as well as the organization's direction for the future, including the futures of head coach Jim Caldwell and quarterback Peyton Manning.

"I believe it's about timing, energy and what the times call for," Irsay said about parting ways with the Polians. "It was difficult but it was the right decision to make." He added that "I didn't come to this decision until this morning … to hold open the possibility of changing your mind, but i think it's best for the franchise."

Bill Polian, who had been with the organization for 14 years, was moving towards retirement and a lesser role, Irsay said. "Bill was around a lot more than he anticipated [due to the lockout], but … I think it was time to change the personnel department -- the football side of things that wasn't coaching. In the end i was certain that that was what was needed to be done."

The search for a new general manager will begin immediately although Irsay said that he hadn't talked to other teams or individuals about the position.

As for Caldwell, who was expected to be fired after leading the Colts to a 2-14 record, his job is safe … for now.

"[Caldwell] could very well be back this year, that is not out of the realm of possibility," said the Colts owner. "Jim and I had a good conversation in terms of the immediate future."

For now the plan is for the new general manager to decide Caldwell's fate although Irsay warned that things change by the hour. If a coaching candidate becomes available that the owner thinks immediately upgrades the team then he'll move. It's what happened when he hired Tony Dungy shortly after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired him following the 2001 season.

Black Monday
Irsay acknowledged that fans would probably like to see a change at head coach but supported Caldwell, calling him "a very bright guy, a great teacher, and a great personnel evaluator who prepares the team well."

But when you lose 14 of 16 games, there are issues and Irsay recognized those, too. He said defensive coordinator Larry Coyer was a mistake (not a "good match as a Cover 2 guy") and that Caldwell struggled at times with game and clock management.

Irsay was asked if he had any idea if Peyton Manning, who missed the 2011 season after multiple neck surgeries, would play again.  

"I don't," he responded, pointing out that this is more about Manning's health and safety than a football issue.

The owner did say that "When you see something that has greatness with your franchise you go after it. If you have a chance to get a great one you get it." He mentioned quarterbacks, general managers and head coaches as examples, but Andrew Luck seemed like the obvious choice given that Indianapolis has the first-overall pick coupled with the uncertainty surrounding Manning's future.

"I really feel excited about the possibilities of our future," Irsay said. "I'm interested in getting it right … not winning a popularity contest."

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Comments

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:39 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

Why go after Luck, go after Flynn instead and use your top pick for some other pressing position.  Not sure the reason why the GM was let go, but in my opinion he should be gone for not doing what other great teams do, have a plan B at the qb position.  Sorry to say, but even with Manning that Colts team is 8-8 at best....Manning doesn't play defense does he?



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:19 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

i would love for miami to go after Flynn. i think matt moore did a decent job but is not ready to lead our team yet. I hope peyton can come back and play. Cam Newton is special i don't know if A. luck is that good.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:12 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

Read my lips: Colts will not take Luck with the first pick.  The Pollians sold the team for Luck and that's why they got canned.  Irsay is not concerned with winning a popularity contest:  He isn't concerned with selected Luck becuase he is popular.  Writing all over the wall for RGIII.  Watch what I tell you. 



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:08 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

I agree I don't think Bill would trade Manning for anything, but irsay has never shown anything but the most respect for manning and no issue of paying him whatever he needed to stay a Colt, the neck thing sounds little more serious then I would have thought originally with fusion etc...  I wonder if his spine is deteriorating like his older brothers did which caused him to quit football at the college level I think? maybe HS level.

He went to a spinal expert in Europe looking in to experimental procedures etc.. to see options of fixing his neck then had 2 of his vertibre fused, which isn't a big deal if you don't play a contact sport. 

Manning could retire and keep his big contract but without no knowledge of if he'll play or not the team needs to look to moving forward without him, worst case scenario.  I know Jim Irsay has enjoyed the winning etc.. there in Indianapolis and the whole state helped pay for that stadium, without big names playing the ticket sells will not be the same.





Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:05 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

It's intriguing that no mention has been made about Tom Moore's absence being a factor for the Colts this year.
This was the guy Peyton Manning almost sat out over the possibility of losing him when the NFL retirement policy was going to take him out. Manning had him as his mentor his entire career. 



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:55 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

Probably has a lot to do with the conflict over what to do with the number 1 pick as much as lackluster roster building... I wonder what side of the fence the Polians were on and what side Irsay is on as far as that pick goes... My gut says Irsay is sold on the Andrew Luck thing and the Polians thought it was the opportunity to trade down, keep Manning going, and finally build with something besides the 27th pick every year.



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:52 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

I have read a lot of these post and don't know where to start.  A lot of you are idiot's that a fact.  I'll miss the Polian's.  Thanks for the Championship. I hope we aren't headed for mediocore football for the next 10 years.



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:50 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

Big surprise at first glance.  Upon further inspection its the right call.  Peyton Manning was definately masking huge holes in this team.   Time for a rebuild and Luck will be a perfect building block.   Would love to see Peyton mentor him.




Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:03 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

caldwell is challenging turner for biggest bonehead in the nfl..a complete blithering idiot who only got the job because dungy was whining about them hiring a black guy



Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:03 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

caldwell is challenging turner for biggest bonehead in the nfl..a complete blithering idiot who only got the job because dungy was whining about them hiring a black guy


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