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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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Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:59 pm

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

Comment on Polian power is super irrelevant did you even look at the article, he has been fired, anything he said doesn't mean anything anymore. Irsay said however before the last game if Manning is healthy enough to play he will pay him to be a Colt, he has maintained it is a question of health and nothing more, he isn't concerned about the money if Manning is healthy.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:54 pm

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

i think peyton is done playing forever. Luck is not the answer. Learn behind manning are you stupid ?  Caldwell also needs to go. Clean house. Did anyone see Flynn step in for Rodgers Sunday and unleash hell on the Lions ?? Flynn would be a much better signal caller. I am not a colts fan. This is purely my input on the whole manning debate.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:42 pm

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

despite the belief of the heehaw, polian does not have more power than irsay

and irsay said if manning can play hes a colt. and he can coexist with luck.

we can end all the speculation right now 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:34 pm

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

well done and well handed Jim

Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:26 pm

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

Can you see 2 Mannings in New York...Maybe a Jet...the way Sanchez has played.  

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:26 pm

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

I hope the jets hire polian. Then it would be perfect. A whiny as the GM, a loud mouth bag of s.h.i.t as the head coach and a loser, quitting team. J..E..T..S  jet jet jets!

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:25 pm

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

Great Job Irsay.........You have recognized that your team needs change and you made the first change. Peyton's time is over. It is time for some Luck. You are a smart owner. Thank You
I don't think that Peyton time is over for an couple more years

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:25 pm

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

Guaranteed that Polian wanted to trade Manning (which would have brought a kings ransom in draft picks that they desperately need) and Irsay didn't have the balls to do it.

Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:23 pm

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

It's great to see the Colts fans so loyal to Peyton Manning, the only reason that franchise has been worth anything since moving to Indy. Oh wait...... The Colts should trade the #1 pick for a package of picks. That team has more holes than Lindsay Lohan's underwear. With Luck they'll suck like this year.

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:15 pm

Colts owner speaks on Manning, Caldwell, Polians

It was Polian, not the owner, who was interested in trading Manning.  Predictions of Manning going anywhere seem to be a bit odd now that Polian is gone.

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