Tag:Bill Polian
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: August 25, 2011 9:49 am

Colts sign Collins in case Manning isn't ready

The Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran Kerry Collins as an insurance policy to Peyton Manning. Colts RapidReporter Tom James joins Scott Braun to discuss the move.

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Colts owner Jim Irsay has been a busy little Twitterer recently. Last Saturday he informed fans that "We r evaluating the QB sitch, #18 healing but we got 2 b prepared 4 early season possibility without him, defense has 2 pick it up,big time!" A few days later he joked that he was on a quest to find Brett Favre, and Wednesday morning he announced that Kerry Collins, in Favre-ian fashion, would be coming out of retirement to sign with the Colts.

While the Collins signing is news, the implications are bigger: there is real concern that Peyton Manning, still recovering from offseason neck surgery, won't be ready to start the regular season.

Anyone who has watched a Manning-less Colts offense led by the likes of Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky knows that it might be a four-win outfit. Collins may be a fossil in NFL years, but he's also the same guy who manned the controls when the Titans won 13 games in 2008. In fact, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman thinks Indy can make the playoffs with Collins should it come to that.

"The signing of Collins is just in case something goes horribly wrong [with Manning's recovery]," Freeman wrote Wednesday morning. "He's got a strong arm, a solid head and Colts players will like him. He's in many ways the best-case scenario for the Colts. … Bringing Collins to Indianapolis is actually a brilliant move. Now we just wait and see when Manning returns."

Peyton's Place ... on the sidelines?

Minutes after Irsay announced Collins had been signed, he tweeted that coach Jim Caldwell and team president Bill Polian "will expand more on our thinking and how we will integrate the quarterback position in the coming weeks."

Collins isn't nearly the player Manning is, and unlike his situation in Tennessee in recent years, there's absolutely no chance Collins somehow wins the starting job. But what he provides the Colts is a legitimate chance to win games if Manning isn't healthy to start the season, which is something we couldn't say about Painter or Orlovsky.

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Posted on: August 18, 2011 5:33 pm

Owners haven't forgotten about 18-game schedule

BisciottiPosted by Josh Katzowitz

In case you thought the owners were just going to forget about a proposed 18-game schedule simply because the players successfully tabled that discussion from the recently-signed CBA, that doesn’t mean the issue still isn’t on at least one owner’s mind (and probably on the mind of every owner and commissioner Roger Goodell).

"I think it became such a flashpoint, that our negotiating team figured that it wasn't worth pushing," said Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, via the Carroll County Times. "What we did as a show of faith was to go from what we had as a unilateral opportunity to impose 18 games in the old CBA, we agreed to let it become a negotiating point with the union going forward. Nobody likes things being forced on them, and the fact that the old CBA made it clear that we could impose it on them, I think that it kind of made them angrier that they didn't feel like they were getting heard.

"We felt that it was in our players' best interests to leave it out of this fight and open it up for negotiation a year or two from now and see what the additional revenue would be so that they're making a decision with eyes wide open."

As CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge pointed out last month, an 18-game schedule could begin by 2013 if the players agreed to it. Even if it seems like hardly anybody, but the NFL, is interested in pursuing it or watching it.

Obviously, this is an issue that has been hovering over the labor negotiations for the past few years, and the players were adamant about not getting a new schedule included in the latest CBA. Here was my interview with Bengals T Andrew Whitworth way back in June 2010 about this very subject:

CBSSports.com: Lots of talk today and yesterday about the 18-game schedule. What are your thoughts?

Andrew Whitworth: We want to do anything to make the game better for the fans. If an 18-game schedule will do that, that would be great. But there’s also some things player-wise and health-wise that might be an issue. We feel like if we’re going to have to do that, there has to be some things that change as far as the offseason and training camp.

CBS: Are you talking about just the offseason stuff, or are you also talking about increased health care?

AW: You have to do one of two things; you have to improve the situation now with improving the OTAs or during the season where there’s less contact or you’ve got to attack the health-care issue and give the guys better health care when they’re done. Right now, with most players, even if they play 15 years, they only have -- at the most -- five year of health care. That’s kind of ridiculous what guys go through.

CBS: Do you think the 18-game schedule will happen?

AW: I think the owners definitely want it. I know they’ve prepared for it in their future schedules from what I’ve seen. It’s something they’ll go forward with. But there has to be other things that improve for that to happen.

In the new CBA, the owners gave the players health care for life, and they’ve lessened the offseason workout schedule as well, all in the name of player health. So, it’s not like the players can say the owners don’t care about the well-being of their employees (they even changed the kickoff rules!).

But at some point, it seems inevitable that an 18-game schedule will be part of the NFL season. Remember, Colts president Bill Polian called an 18-game season “fait accompli.” But, like Judge points out, we still can’t figure out how the league can claim to care so much about player safety and then add two more games to the schedule. It doesn’t make sense.

Unless, we’re discussing what the NFL really cares about: money. Then, it makes all the sense in the world.

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Posted on: May 29, 2011 5:47 pm

Collie says he's feeling fine, won't retire

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As Colts WR Austin Collie works out to keep himself in shape for the upcoming season, he reports to the Indianapolis Star that he’s feeling good and that his routes are crisp and his pass-catching hands are performing well.

CollieBut what about the most important questions? What about those three concussions he suffered last season? How is his head feeling? Did he think about retiring?

"No problems," he told the paper. "None."

Yes, but how do we know for sure until he starts taking contact from defenders? Team vice chairman Bill Polian asked that question a few months back, even though he knows the reports about Collie so far this offseason have been positive – QB Peyton Manning, in fact, has said Collie seems like himself again as they’ve worked out together.

Price of concussions
And it appears that we’ll get the chance to find out when the 2011 season begins, because Collie said he is not going to retire.

"I don't think for me there really was a decision," Collie said. "I didn't even entertain the thought of not coming back. I think the media made their own stories as far as what I was going to do.

"But I always knew I was going to come back."

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Posted on: May 2, 2011 7:36 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2011 8:42 pm

Closer look at Bill Polian and Colts front office

Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s post-draft mea culpa time. If you happened to listen toB. Polian (US Presswire)the podcast Will Brinson and I did in the Indianapolis Offseason Checkup a few weeks ago, you heard me vehemently declare that it would be an utter shock if the Colts drafted an offensive lineman in the first round. I realized at the time that virtually every mock draft on the face of the planet had Indy drafting an offensive tackle. And I realized that offensive tackle was one of Indy’s primary needs. But I argued that a first-round offensive tackle to the Colts would not happen because Bill Polian does not spend first-round draft picks on offensive linemen.

Obviously, I was wrong. Indy drafted Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo 22nd overall.

Upon closer inspection, it’s easy to see where my logic was flawed. I reasoned that in his previous 13 drafts as president of the Colts, Polian never drafted an offensive tackle in the first round because he knew that Peyton Manning could get rid of the ball quick enough to minimize any weaknesses at left tackle. (This analysis of Manning, by the way, is valid; the Colts have survived with the limited Charlie Johnson at left tackle the past two seasons.)

But the reason Polian had never drafted an offensive lineman in Round 1 is because a.) left tackle is the only position worth spending a first-round pick on and b.) when Polian took over the Colts in ’98 he already had ’97 first-round pick Tarik Glenn on the roster. Glenn – who always got out of his stance quicker than any offensive lineman in the game – protected Manning’s blind side for 10 years.

As soon as Glenn retired in 2008, Polian drafted Tony Ugoh. Yes, Ugoh was taken early in Round 2, but Polian dealt a first-round pick to trade up and get him. So, in essence, Polian drafted a left tackle in the first round that year. Ugoh didn’t work out, but that doesn’t change the bottom line that Colts are indeed very willing to invest in a premium left tackle.

If I wanted to play small, I could argue that Bill Polian still didn’t draft an offensive lineman in the first round because it wasn’t him running the Colts’ draft this year; it was his son, Chris Polian. Chris says it was a group effort, but Bill recently explained to the media (per the Indy Star) that it was Chris who set the parameters for the Colts 2011 Draft plan.

That a different Polian was pulling the trigger on Draft Day is significant news, as it marks a changing of the guard in what is arguably the best front office in pro football. Many a Colt fan is worried about what this could mean for the club’s future. They shouldn’t worry. Every NFL insider insists that, in this case, the son is every bit as adept as the father, and that the father wouldn’t be handing over the keys if this weren’t true. The Colts also have one of the best scouting departments in the league, and an excellent player personnel director in Tom Telesco.

Bill Polian is 68. Chris Polian is 39. Bill has not said how long he’ll stay on in Indy. It may not matter, as it appears his lasting impact on the organization has already been set.

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 10:17 am

Hot Routes 3.24.11 lockout side effects

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Posted on: February 23, 2011 7:27 pm

Polian still working on Manning contract

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Colts president Bill Polian told the Associated Press the team is making progress in contract negotiations with QB Peyton Manning, but he also said nothing is imminent.

Manning Which means the two sides probably won’t get anything done before the CBA expires March 3 – which then means Manning’s status is up in the air.

The Colts already have placed their franchise tag on him – at a cost of about $23 million for 2011 – but if he doesn’t sign it (and even if he did sign it, like LaMarr Woodley), there’s no guarantee that the franchise tag would even exist in the new CBA.

All of which tells us this: Polian really had nothing new to say.

Except that he would consider signing S Bob Sanders to a new deal if he can’t find another team.

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 6:27 pm

Polian puts Ben 'up there with Brady, Manning'

Posted by Will Brinson

People who hate the Steelers will tell you that Ben Roethlisberger is the "greatest game manager of all-time." Steelers fans, upon hearing that, will throw things at whoever said it. And those black-and-gold fanatics are probably right -- Ben's a hell of a football player and ridiculously talented quarterback.

And he garnered some pretty specific praise from Bill Polian, President of the Colts, who happens to know a thing or two about decent quarterbacks.

"Bottom line, if you ask football people, they're going to put Ben Roethlisberger up there with [Manning and Brady] almost unanimously," Polian told Sam Farmer of The Los Angeles Times. "No one would leave him out. And others who have made the Pro Bowl, for example, wouldn't even get consideration if you took a poll of all 32 general managers."

Before you get upset that Polian insulted your quarterback, make sure to remember that in this day and age, 75 percent of the NFL makes the Pro Bowl, so you shouldn't be too terribly worried about whether or not your quarterback's better than Roethlisberger. (Unless that was a shot at Philip Rivers, in which case it's a little awkward.)

But the fact remains that Ben is in fact an elite quarterback. He's one of the six best quarterbacks in the NFL -- Brady, Manning, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Ben and Aaron Rodgers comprise an arguable list of top-end signal callers.

And that list might get a lot more solidified (or maybe LESS solidified??) depending on what happens at the Super Bowl.

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 1:47 pm

Hot Routes 01.11.11: Polian, Caldwell not jiving?

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Jim Caldwell called a really dumb timeout against the Jets. It might have cost his team a chance to continue advancing in the playoffs. But Bill Polian doesn't think so, and he called the timeout a "moot point" on his radio show Monday, according to Big Blue Shoe at Stampede Blue. More interesting though -- Polian offered a different reason for the timeout -- he said the defense was trying to get set. That's certainly more rational than Caldwell's "we wanted to make them snap the ball" excuse, but then Polian apparently went off on a tangent about how he thought the Colts were done after Antonio Cromartie's return, barring an interception, fumble or sack. Which, um, well, no -- Nick Folk needed a 50-plus-yard field goal to win before the deep ball to Braylon Edwards. So, yeah, this timeout thing's getting awkward.
  • Speaking of awkward head coaches, Wade Phillips thinks he's probably done as a head coach, because of "perception." Which is actually a good point, because Wade's 82-61 as a head coach, and yet people think he's a goof, mainly because of his 1-5 playoff record. Poor Wade.
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