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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: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:52 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

The owner came to the same conclusion that a lot of us in the last 12 weeks came too. Polian has done a crappy job of building a team around Manning. He made sure he has some skill players, like Wayne and Dallas on offense. And 2 great pass rushers on defense. But he forgot to build the rest of the offense, like an offensive line and running game. And defense.........what defense? Never could stop the run, and the defensive backfield had nothing but below average players. He had 12 years to build a great organization. And he had nothing to show for it. When the Patriots lost Brady to injury, the team still won 11 games. That means not only a good backup QB, it means a very good TEAM! Something that Polian failed to provide.



Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:32 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

fact, no reliable back up qb, no reliable coach, alienate scouts and and coaches forceing them out over the last few years, hire a garbage D coach, a host of players cashing big checks off the field without contributing a thing on it. tons of wasted draft picks, jerry hughs, tony uhgo, let LB after LB walk year after year



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:32 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

if i was manning,i would play if i still wanted to play.why sit on your couch on sunday if you could be playing the sport you've dominated since you were 15 years old?



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:22 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

if i was manning i would hang it up, nothing more to prove really, had a great carreer, has lots of money, has a ring, records
what else do you want manning?? all it takes is one hit and your not walking again



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:15 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

The Polians are better off. Who would want to work for a drug using hippie owner like Irsay anyway?



Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:07 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

That's probably the best option long term El C, and I mean definately but if Irsay thinks he can get back to the playoffs next year with Manning and resigning  Wayne, Mathis etc.. that would be pretty tempting short term.



Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:03 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

Well Manning might play again as a Colt and Luck might be the answer or both, maybe you should question Matt Moores reliability as the signal caller of your own team. Miami is probably a better candidate to trade for Flynn since Colts are going to decide between HOFer and 1st overall pick or both.



Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:03 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

Well Manning might play again as a Colt and Luck might be the answer or both, maybe you should question Matt Moores reliability as the signal caller of your own team. Miami is probably a better candidate to trade for Flynn since Colts are going to decide between HOFer and 1st overall pick or both.



Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:02 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

Polian saw something that pre-empted the comments about manning possibly not coming back. dead arm, perhaps? we'll learn more over the next couple months but colts have to realize that hanging on to manning might not be the best option. they have too many other issues to solve. like a coach, a defense, an o-line & a RB to start. hell look what carolina did with cam newton. hire a new GM, a new coach, trade manning to the highest bidder and rebuild around luck or RGIII. if i'm irsay the first call i make is to dan snyder, he'll give 2-3 yrs. worth of picks for manning if history is any indicator.



Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:00 pm
 

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

The Jets have to do the same thing!


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