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Bill Polian doesn't blame Caldwell or Peyton

Posted on: November 11, 2011 4:34 pm
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Caldwell, Polian

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For those of you who think that the Colts have fallen apart this year because coach Jim Caldwell is doing a lousy job or because Peyton Manning isn’t playing*, there’s at least one Colts official who believes you’re wrong.

That’d be team vice chairman Bill Polian -- who, himself, has come under much criticism for the team’s 0-9 performance this year.

*Somewhere close by, somebody truly believes Manning should be the league MVP this year, and that person is not necessarily incorrect.

Let’s take this point by point.

On the loss of Manning, Polian told NFL.com, “That's like saying New England is too reliant on Tom Brady. You rely on your stars. There's no credence to that theory."

Except for there’s one very easy counter to the Brady argument. Remember when Brady was out for just about all of 2008 with a knee injury? Yeah, his team didn’t go 0-for without him in the lineup. As I recall, New England went 11-5 without its star quarterback and won the AFC East.

On what Caldwell has accomplished in 2011, Polian said, “I think he's done a better job than he did in the Super Bowl year. He didn't have the adversity that year that he had last year and this year. Last year's team wasn't a playoff team, and he not only got it there, but came close to advancing. He's done. And he's done a magnificent job dealing with all the problems."

Is there even a response to that? Did Polian say that with a straight face? I mean, seriously? Caldwell has done a “magnificent job?” Obviously, Polian is in a better position to say that than just about anybody else, but if Caldwell has been magnificent this year, Tony Sparano has been freakin’ Vince Lombardi.

So, what is the problem as seen by Polian -- who, by the way, received a vote of confidence from owner Jim Irsay earlier this month?

"I think it's 70 percent that we're just not playing well, and we need to figure out why and get that fixed," he said. "And then, it's 30 percent talent at certain positions. At defensive tackle, it's injuries. At cornerback, perhaps it's talent, and it's definitely needing better depth. Beyond that, we just need to play better. … (But) I agree with (Bill) Parcells, when he says you are what your record says you are."

On that, I think all of us can agree.

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Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:47 am
 

Bill Polian doesn't blame Caldwell or Peyton

Bill Polian. Has taken 3 teams to the Superbowl, if my memory is right, the Bills and Colts for sure and I think the Panthers also. If you think that is incompetent, I would like to see what you think is competent. I'm sure you probably haven't been a football fan long. Go Colts !!


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Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 10:23 am
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Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:12 am
 

Bill Polian doesn't blame Caldwell or Peyton

The Colts beat the Bears in the Super Bowl with Bill Polian as GM



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:15 am
 

Bill Polian doesn't blame Caldwell or Peyton

The patriots missed the playoffs in 2008 even though they were 11-5.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Bill Polian doesn't blame Caldwell or Peyton

I thought Jim Irsay owned the team. Bill Polian is an incompetent GM who should be fired. During his tenure the Colts have not won a Super Bowl (and if they did...I sure cannot remember it happening). Every good GM knows the importance of having a capable backup QB. This is even more so when losing the starting QB puts the team in shambles. The offense cannot catch the ball. The defense cannot stop opposing offenses and the special teams.....is not so special. I never thought Peyton Manning was so important to the Colts success until now. Without Manning the Colts are nothing more than a pathetic and hapless group of players who have nothing to look forward each week...except to see how much they get pawned by their opponent. That's very sad!



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Bill Polian doesn't blame Caldwell or Peyton

"The Patriots didn't win the AFC East the year without Tom Brady. They didn't even make the playoffs in that 11-5 season."

Just about any other they would have made the play-offs. And, that was with a QB that didn`t even start in college.

Seems to me, that since that teams depends entirely on ONE player, then Polian is more to blame on their downfall than anyone in the organization. I keep reading about how "great" Polian is, but, the way this team is, thats a false statement.



Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Bill Polian doesn't blame Caldwell or Peyton

The Colts are 0- 9 and someone isn't going to take the fall for this??
If Manning means this much to the team then the future is truly bleak in Indy.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Bill Polian doesn't blame Caldwell or Peyton

"I think it's 70 percent that we're just not playing well, and we need to figure out why and get that fixed," he said.

Wouldn't that be the coach's responsibility? and if it is then he's not doing a very good job!!!!

Bill Polian needs think about the crap he's going say before he talks.   



Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Bill Polian doesn't blame Caldwell or Peyton

The Patriots tied for first in the AFC East with the Dolphins in Tony Sparano's one good year, but lost on the tiebreaker as well as on the tiebreaker with the Ravens for the Wild Card.



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Bill Polian doesn't blame Caldwell or Peyton

The Patriots didn't win the AFC East the year without Tom Brady. They didn't even make the playoffs in that 11-5 season.


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