Colts, Irsay Part Ways With Polians

Bill Polian points to a Colts future that does not include him or Jim Sorgi. How about Peyton Manning?


Barely 24 hours after concluding what may be the most disappointing season in Indianapolis Colts history, owner Jim Irsay made the first of what figures to be several big moves in the 2012 off-season.   At a press conference this afternoon, Irsay told reporters that vice chairman Bill Polian and general manager Chris Polian (Bill’s son) have been fired, citing a need for the franchise to move in a different direction.

Bill Polian has been widely credited for building the Colts into perennial contenders, but it became clear this season that a large portion of that credit, and maybe most of it, belongs to quarterback Peyton Manning.   With Manning sidelined due to a lingering neck injury, Polian’s cast could do little right and fell off of the NFL map.   Add to that the rumblings around Indy about Chris Polian’s divisive influence within the organization, and it’s not too surprising that Irsay pulled the trigger.

Still, I hoped and expected that Irsay’s first off-season move would be to can head coach Jim Caldwell, who was also ineffectual without Manning’s leadership.   Irsay says that Caldwell is under evaluation, but I still have visions of someone else stomping the sidelines next season for the Colts.   Wouldn’t Rob Ryan’s flowing locks look great waving in the air conditioned air of Lucas Oil Stadium?



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  • bill.stowers

    I think it was a huge mistake that we fired bill polian. Chris I can understand because it seemed to me that the talent we brought in was never really all that great. But if Jim Caldwell returns next year I will be pissed Jim Caldwell hasn’t done anything in his career. Look at his record at Wake forest it’s pitiful.

  • Adam Hughes

    @bill.stowers Probably would have been hard to keep Bill around after firing his son. I agree that Caldwell has done little on his own. Hopefully, that’s the next shoe to drop.

  • RichShoppa

    It must be difficult for the Colts braintrust regarding Jim Caldwell. The guy took the Colts to the Superbowl, had a pretty decent season with and then had his legs pulled from under him when Manning was not available. I think you give him one more season – After all, they have known his for a while and must still see what they originally saw