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Monday Musings: Polian continues wizardry

Posted on: February 23, 2009 6:01 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2009 9:43 am
 


INDIANAPOLIS
-- I love it when fans and the media all go nuts when a team decides it won't bring back a veteran free agent who is over 30 years old.

Take Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday.

He is 33 years old and the Colts played six games without him last year and they have a second-year player in Jamie Richard who the team insiders say is ready to take over as a starter.

Why pay Saturday?

That's the great thing about Colts general manager Bill Polian. He's always ready with a replacement when it's time. "The club that we have coming back, specifically on the offensive line absent Jeff, we feel very good about," Polian said. "After all, we were without Jeff for five games, and did well. We'd love to have him back and we'll do what we can to make that happen."

But if he wants big money, he can forget about it in Indianapolis. Polian made the right decision to pay corner Kelvin Hayden and not pay Saturday. Hayden is 26 and his best football is in front of him. Saturday's is behind him.

As for Marvin Harrison, he's gone. And he should be.

Harrison is far from the same player he was two years ago. He's a second receiver -- at best.

There's no way he's worth the $9 million he's scheduled to make. The team would love to cut his salary, but Harrison is balking.

He will be released this week and will be free for whoever wants him. Here's a bet: He isn't going to earn anything close to $9 million a year.

If he does, the GM of that team should be fired.


Other happenings:

  • There's a perception making its way through the league that there won't be much of a market for Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Want to bet? "All it takes is two teams to start bidding," said one NFC coach. That will happen. Haynesworth is the best player on the market. He makes people around him better. Is he a risk? That's for those who think he will take the money and not play. I think he plays well. He's matured. Here's a bet that he gets a deal that will make him by far the highest-paid defensive player in the league. No market? We'll see Friday.
  • The Jaguars are trying to sign running back Maurice-Jones Drew to a long-term contract, but I hear the deal isn't as close to getting done as is being reported. But it's clear the Jaguars have made the commitment to Jones-Drew with the release of Fred Taylor. The issue I have is this: What's the rush? Didn't the Jaguars race out and sign David Garrard to a $60-million deal based on his one season starting? They should have waited to midway through the season to see if he was a one-hit wonder. As it turned out, he didn't come close to repeating his 2007 season. Now with the uncertainty that Jones-Drew can handle a 25-carry load -- he's never done it -- they're willing rush out and sign him to a big deal. That's shocking.
  • Taylor to the New England Patriots is something that makes a lot of sense. The Patriots' up-tempo offense, which uses a lot of spread formations, is Taylor-made for him. Taylor would excel playing behind Tom Brady and that passing game. The Patriots love adding veterans who work hard and Taylor is that kind of player. If they get him, he will rush for 1,200 yards. Taylor will be also talking with the Buffalo Bills this week, but will meet with the Patriots after that.
  • Sage Rosenfels to the Minnesota Vikings? Really? Is that the answer to their quarterback issues? Did anybody see his meltdown last season against the Colts? Why the Vikings don't sign Byron Leftwich is a mystery to me. He would be perfect for their offense. Sage Rosenfels? What, wasn't Tommy Kramer available?
Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2009 12:13 pm
 

Monday Musings: Polian continues wizardry


I live in Jax, Prisco has a man-crush on Leftwich. 

No, he has a crush on the entire Colts organization.  He's picked them to win the Super Bowl what, 17 years in a row or something? 




Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2009 12:54 pm
 

Monday Musings: Polian continues wizardry

I hope Marvin much happiness elsewhere.  It is time to go.  As for Jeff Saturday, I would like to see him come back.  He has some tutoring to do before the kid is ready to take over.  Bring on Haynesworth!  Go Colts.




Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2009 12:29 pm
 

Monday Musings: Polian continues wizardry

That would suck if Detroit signed Leftwich!

 




Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2009 12:25 pm
 

Monday Musings: Polian continues wizardry

I agree.  I still read Prisco's articles (I refuse to so much as click on a Mike Freeman article) but I usually disagree with everything he says.  Just read his mock draft.  For someone who is supposed to know a lot about football, he almost always leaves me wondering.




Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2009 10:32 am
 

Monday Musings: Polian continues wizardry

I really agree with prisco this time around exept on a couple of points.

 

Jones-Drew has had more than one good year it is more than acceptable the Jags try and re-sign him long term because if they don`t someone else will.

Secondly Sage Rosenfels is a good player, I know he had his troubles last season but over the course of his career that is the exeption not the rule. I`ve seen him twice that I can remember come into a game because the starter (David Carr) was benched or injured and throw 3 Touchdowns and no picks. For a fourth round pick I think he is a steal, alot more than counting on a proven failure ( Byron Leftwich ) anyway.




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2009 9:29 am
 

Monday Musings: Polian continues wizardry

As for Lefwitch in Minnesota, the Vikings pass protection had some problems, and the Vikings dont need an immobile statue at QB. Is Rosenfelds the answer? He is better than TJack and Ferrotte (yes i know, like being the hottest waitress at Denny's) and he went to Iowa State which has a big Vikings following. If the Vikings could pull off a miracle and get Houshmanzadeh (i say 5% chance) then the Vikings would at least open things up for Peterson to run against 7 man lines instead of 9 and 10 man lines with Rosenfelds instead of Tavaris Jackson.




Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2009 9:11 am
 

Monday Musings: Polian continues wizardry

I THINK THE JAGS PAID GARRARD TOO SOON BUT TO SAY HE'S NOT WORTH 60 MILLION IS A LI TOO EXTREME. COMPARE HIM TOO SLICK ROMO AND I'LL SAY HE IS WELL WORTH 60 MILLION. HE DID KEEP THE TEAM IN A LOT OF GAMES LAST YEAR. THE DEFENSE COULDN'T STOP WATER FROM RUNNING AND COULDN'T STOP ANYONE FROM CATCHING A COLD. GO LOOK AT HOW MANY GAMES WERE LOST IN THE 4TH QUARTER.....THANKS TO THE DEFENSE.




Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2009 9:10 am
 

Monday Musings: Polian continues wizardry

I agree with BadSarge. I'm a Titans fan and eventhough the Colts re a division rival, I have alot of respect for their organinzation. Bill Polian is one of the smartest GMs/Preidents in football. Everywhere he goes he wins. He made Carolina into instint contenders. He made the Buffalo Bills a great team in the early 90's. No matter where he goes the team just wins. He has been with the Colts since 1998. In 11 seasons running the Colts, they won a SuperBowl and only miiss the playoffs twice! As long he is there then the Colts remain favorites in the AFC.




Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2009 9:07 am
 

Monday Musings: Polian continues wizardry

sOMEONE MENTIONED THAT LEFWICH GOT HIS RING. SO DID THE OTHER 20 PLAYERS THAT WERE ON THE 53 MAN ROSTER WHO DIDN'T TOUCH THE FIELD. YOUR POINT? REGGIE BARLOW GOT A RING WITH TAMPA BAY AND HE WAS A 5TH WR?!?!??! THE TRAINERS PROBABLY GOT A RING TOO. LOL

 




Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2009 3:35 am
 

Monday Musings: Polian continues wizardry


You might be right, but I think someone made the comment already about Jerrad ending up on his ass too many times last season. Maybe Jacksonville picks him up, but my money is on my Bears...why because Prisco said one nugget of truth, whoever signs him should get fired, and I have been saying JA should have been let go of years ago



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