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Polian on Manning return in 2012: 'I don't know'

Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:53 pm
Bill Polian on Peyton Manning coming back in 2012: 'I don't know the answer to that.' (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

There's a reasonable chance that Peyton Manning's already played his last game in a Colts uniform. But you'd never get anyone in the organization to admit the possibility that Manning wouldn't return, at least not right now.

Or would you? Bill Polian, speaking on his weekly radio show Monday night said he "didn't know the answer" as to whether or not Manning would be back with Indianapolis next season.

Indy's Big Decision

"I don't know the answer to that," Polian said, per our Colts Rapid Reporter Tom James. "There are so many variables involved that it's impossible to tell at this point in time. It's our fervent hope that he is. But I couldn't unequivocally give you an answer of yea or nay."

Polian's radio shows are almost always an exercise in interesting comments -- and it might seem like the prudent thing for Polian to do in this situation is simply avoid commenting.

After all, the decision to bring Manning back is on the team. As Polian is the guy who makes that decision (although ultimately answering to owner Jim Irsay), he would know whether or not Manning is going to return.

What that means is Charley Casserly's report of the Colts wanting to renegotiate the terms of Manning's option, or at least the deadline for the option, is likely correct.

The Colts will ask Peyton for more time to evaluate his health before committing $28 million to him in 2012. And that's fair. But it's still an ominous sign for Peyton's future in Indy that the guy making the call can't commit to whether or not his franchise quarterback will return.

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Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:47 pm

Polian on Manning return in 2012: 'I don't know'

Patsownnfc, no I'm not going to stick my tongue out. Sometimes I feel the need to drop down in the gutter and argue with an idiot Pat fan like Tomebrady08. You and I have discussed this a few times and voiced our opinion. I'm not going to resort to name calling with you, just say you are as entitled to you opinion as I am mine. I'm sure your lack of respect for the Colts can not be changed by words or wins so I hope the you and your family have a happy holiday. By the way don't tell the Redwing fan that I'm up and posting. I'm trying to stay out of the gutter with him too.

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:31 pm

Polian on Manning return in 2012: 'I don't know'

Why is everyone crazy about this?  You cannot pay a guy a $28 milllion roster bonus when you don't know if he'll ever be able to play again.  They need to renegotiate that deal, if they cannot they must release him.  Polian, I'm sure was referring to that when he said he was unsure if Manning would be back.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:19 pm

Polian on Manning return in 2012: 'I don't know'

If the Colts do cut a healthy Peyton loose, then I hope they enjoy all of the success the Bosox did after jettisoning the Bambino. Mind you, I expect little more from the arrogant Pollian or any Irsay. Rooting for some folks is well nigh impossible; these two clowns are perfect examples. Even for a guy as notably arrogant as Pollian, you'd think that he might have learned at least a little humility in the face of this season's exposure of his abilities as an evaluator of talent as pretty much non-existent.

Never thought I'd give a rat's *ss, me being a Tom Terrific fan and long-suffering fan of the LIons, but Manning DESERVES better. This season has proven one thing for true and certain, that, in today's NFL, Peyton Manning IS the MVP.
;     &nbs




Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:09 pm

Polian on Manning return in 2012: 'I don't know'

Polian should worry about if he will be there in 2012....

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:06 pm

Polian on Manning return in 2012: 'I don't know'

What an idiot you are.....

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:32 pm

Polian on Manning return in 2012: 'I don't know'

Redwings 1969 - You argument is severely flawed.  The Pats taped the Super Bowl practice of the Rams before the game.  THAT'S CHEATING!!!  You honestly believe that tape didn't help or aid the Pats in any way?  You really think Belichick would waste time doing something that he didn't think was beneficial?   Anyone with any intelligence knows that Pats cheated and got caught!   The Pats haven't won a Super Bowl since they got caught cheating, that is a fact!
I am amazed how you want to dismiss they cheated.

However, I am a believer if in "If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying!"  I think Belichick is the arguably the best coach of all time.  I don't hate him for being innovative, I admirer him.  But he clearly got caught breaking the rules and was punished.  Hell, the Pats went on a tear after the cheating scandal but, they lost the Super Bowl.  I have to wonder if they could have taped the NYG practice if they would have won, we will never know.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:22 pm

Polian on Manning return in 2012: 'I don't know'

Colts fans, shut up. Once Peyton leaves your team will suck for another 10 years and then will move on again to a new city, possibly San Antonio or Oklahoma City. Just shut up.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:08 pm

Polian on Manning return in 2012: 'I don't know'

If he is healthy enough to play, he'll be back and even if he is not healthy to play, he will still be doing something for the Colts, like being a QB coach/mentor for the team. Peyton is not going anywhere.

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:46 pm

Polian on Manning return in 2012: 'I don't know'

You must have a very low IQ. I'm a Pats fan and I must say that I was embarrassed when he was caught cheating.  Obviously it happened so don't try to deny it.  We lost a draft pick and he paid a huge fine and life went on.  What happened then has nothing to do with their success now you idiot. We do have a great quarterback, but we also had a coach who cheated which is sad.  Don't be a typical cry baby New England fan!

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:23 pm

Polian on Manning return in 2012: 'I don't know'

YOU ARE.. let me fix that before all the teachers of the world come out and criticize em

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