Polian says Colts tried to get a backup earlier

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--Former Indianapolis vice-president Bill Polian says that the Colts did try to remedy the team's backup quarterback situation in the early stages of the 2011 season after starter Peyton Manning was sidelined.

"I thought all along we, I probably could have done a better job of building up that position. But it wasn't for lack of trying. We tried very hard once we knew that Peyton was going to be a long-term situation of trying to make a deal for an established quarterback. But we couldn't do it," Polian said.

Polian says that he hasn't seen Manning throw in a practice situation since late December. Polian, though, was impressed by what he saw during the brief workout.

"He threw the ball and he threw it quite well. The ball had good velocity. He was accurate. He was able to stand on the left hash and throw it to the right sideline. And vice versa. He threw the ball pretty well. He didn't get much beyond 25 or 28 yards. But all the throws that he made were accurate, on the money and had good velocity," he recalled.

"And clearly, clearly, he had come a long way from where he was in September. Obviously, at that point he still had a ways to go. From what I understand, he continues to improve. At least that's what people tell me. How soon he will be back 100 percent, I don't know. From my perspective, watching him that day, I was really positively pleased."

--During a recent Indianapolis speaking engagement, Colts owner Jim Irsay scoffed at speculation that he and Manning are feuding. Irsay repeated his claim that he wants to see Manning remain in an Indy uniform.

"We've talked more in recent weeks than we have in most Februarys," he said.

--Irsay on the situation involving Manning and his $28 million roster bonus: "We both know everyone has great interest on it. We'll just keep talking. And by that (March 8) date, we'll come up with something that makes sense for him and for the Colts. I think we both understand each other's issues."

--Irsay explained the recent back-and-forth between himself and Manning as a symptom of their competitive relationship. "But I have a lot of close friends and they've said a lot worse things to me and I've said a lot worse things to them than him and I have," the Colts owner said.

Irsay said his history with Manning will help in negotiating a fair agreement with the four-time league MVP.

"Him and I will always continue to be great friends, and I hope it's with him still being in a Colts uniform. But we'll see as we go forward the next few weeks."

"Well, No. 1, don't have injuries. And don't have them in big bunches either, i.e. offensive line and as far as on defense. You can't overcome that. You don't use injuries as an excuse or a crutch during the season. But when you lose, I think we lost nine starters excluding Peyton (Manning), for the bulk of the season. You can't overcome that. That's just a perfect storm." -- Former Colts vice-president Bill Polian on what happened during the team's 2-14 season.

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