Five Candidates Emerging For Lions’ GM Position?

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the Lions plan to consult the NFL’s career development advisory panel to aid their search for a general manager. This panel consists of former NFL executives and coaches including Charlie Casserly, Ernie Accorsi, Tony Dungy, Dennis Green, James Harris, Mike Holmgren, John Madden, Carl Peterson, Bill Polian and Ron Wolf. This group has...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Three reasons the Indianapolis Colts’ should not be on the hot seat just yet

Honestly, based on the hate that the Indianapolis Colts’ general manager has endured lately this could have fit in my bold calls piece. Instead this statement stands alone because I don’t actually think it is bold at all. Instead I think the coaching staff is the primary culprit for the issues manifesting on the team right now. People defend Chuck Pagano by saying he still has...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Polian on Colts-Patriots: ‘The rivalry is real’

As the two dominant forces in the AFC over the better part of the last two decades, the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots have developed one of the top non-divisional rivalries in the NFL. The franchises have combined to win five Super Bowls and eight AFC titles since Tom Brady took over as the Patriots quarterback in 2001. The two will meet on Sunday for the first time...
Via The Sports Daily
October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

The Holdout. A week after Kam Chancellor’s ends.

Ed Werder, while appearing on Sportscenter with Bill Polian, was asked why he thought All Pro Kam Chancellor’s holdout ended last week after missing the first two contests of the season. He replied that it must have been Chancellor’s “recognition of the futility of what he is trying to accomplish.” Futility: noun, plural futilities for 1.the quality of being futile; ineffectiveness...
Via The Colts Authority
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Radio Games for Week 3, 09/24-28/2015

All Times Eastern Thursday, September 24 8:30 p.m. Washington at New York Giants — Ian Eagle/Boomer Esiason Sunday, September 27 1 p.m. Atlanta at Dallas — Kevin Ray/Danny White Oakland at Cleveland — Greg Papa/Tom Flores//Lincoln Kennedy Philadelphia at New York Jets — Marc Kestecher/Bill Polian//Ian Fitzsimmons Jacksonville at New England — Larry Kahn/Hank...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Polian claims Colts had 1st-round grade on Brady in 2000

Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian claims he and his scouts gave Tom Brady a first-round grade back in 2000. You know, the year in which Brady wasn’t picked up until the sixth round by the New England Patriots? During in interview with Doug Farrar of, Polian revealed the Colts did have a first-round grade on Brady, but that, obviously, they weren’t...
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September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Nevada fines its coach $10K for being stinker on sideline

  Nevada coach Brian Polian was fined $10,000 by his own school Tuesday after he was called for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties during Saturday's 44-20 loss to Arizona. Athletic director Doug Knuth announced the fine in a statement, calling the third-year coach's behavior unacceptable and out of line with university standards. In addition to the fine, the school will place...
Via AP on Fox
September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Redskins Newswire for September 2, 2015

Whoever is behind center, the Skins want to run the ball first and foremost. Sounds smart to me, but can they do it? The Skins rested rookie RB Matt Jones for the second straight day due to back issues. Former Skins safety Ryan Clark says Jay Gruden wasn’t ready to be a head coach. Just like Clark wasn’t ready to play safety in 2014? Another former Skins player, London Fletcher...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Polian: I'd have my scouts looking awfully hard at RGIII

If Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian were still leading a front office, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III would be squarely on his radar. Per ESPN’s John Keim, Polian said he would have scouts take a serious look at whether or not the beleaguered gunslinger—who tore his ACL two years ago—could help the team. “There was a huge learning curve and that was...
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September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: RGIII, Fred Jackson, Justin Blackmon, & Giants

RGIII Hall of Fame GM Bill Polian mentioned during an interview with Mike & Mike Wednesday that if he were still running an NFL team, he would have his scouts looking “awfully hard” at Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. However, Polian said that Griffin was “in no way shape or form” a fit for the West Coast offense. According to Polian, ... The...
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September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN adds Joe Banner, names Josina Anderson National NFL Insider

ESPN has made one addition to their neverending parade of NFL analysts, and gave one reporter a promotion. Former Eagles and Browns executive Joe Banner is joining ESPN as a Front Office Insider, joining Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Mark Dominik, and Phil Savage at ESPN in the role. Josina Anderson has also been promoted to the level of National ESPN Insider at ESPN, joining Adam...
Via Awful Announcing
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN apologizes for referencing false report about Patriots videotaping

ESPN apologized to the New England Patriots during an episode of SportsCenter early Thursday morning in the wake of multiple references to a false report. Over the past few weeks, more than one ESPN employee has brought up the 2008 report from the Boston Herald that claimed the Patriots filmed the St. Louis Rams’ walkthrough the day before the Super Bowl in 2002. The report turned...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Polian, architect of Bills, Colts, enters Hall of Fame

CANTON, Ohio (AP) Bill Polian, the architect of two major rebuilding projects in Buffalo and Indianapolis is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 72-year-old Polian was inducted on Saturday night following a career in which he showed a knack for giving struggling clubs a needed boost. Polian began his career as a scout for Kansas City before eventually taking over as general manager...
Via AP on Fox
August 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning to attend Polian's HOF enshrinement

Former Colts general manager Bill Polian will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night, and two of the men who helped him get there will be on hand for the occasion. Colts owner Jim Irsay and former Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning will travel to Canton, Ohio for the ceremony. "Bill is someone I have so much admiration for," Irsay said, via the Indianapolis...
Via Fox Sports
August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Polian follows unconventional route on road to Hall of Fame

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Bill Polian relied on simple, solid principles to build winners. He went from successful general manager to Hall of Fame executive by developing one more trait: becoming an astute salesman. After persuading Buffalo coach Marv Levy to throw in an extra second-round pick to get linebacker Cornelius Bennett in a 1987 trade, Polian sold Colts owner Jim Irsay on taking...
Via AP on Fox
August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN analyst Bill Polian: Ted Thompson's draft record is 'stellar'

ESPN football analyst Bill Polian said that Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson is the best in the business when it comes to building a team through the NFL Draft. Polian praised Thompson for his deft management of acquiring talent from the college ranks and developing them into productive players that the team keeps in the fold by re-signing them when they become...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex-Colts GM Polian: Indy 'as good as anybody' in NFL

Count former Colts GM Bill Polian among those who believe Indianapolis has a legitimate shot at winning the Super Bowl this season.“It all starts with Andrew (Luck) and clearly he’s the best of the young quarterbacks that have come into the league in terms of everything he can do and he has a chance to be one of the greats before it’s all said and done,” Polian said, via...
Via Fox Sports
July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Polian Calls Rod Woodson The Greatest Player He Never Drafted

Soon-to-be Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian knows talent when he sees it. As a six-time NFL executive of the year, Polian has made many great draft picks that led to success on the field. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t recognize when he passed on talent in a draft. In an exclusive Thursday NFL […] Bill Polian Calls Rod Woodson The Greatest Player He Never Drafted...
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July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington Redskins Need More Than Just RG3 to Step up

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) stretches during an NFL football organized team activity, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) As President and Vice Chairman of the Indianapolis Colts from 1997-2011, Bill Polian demonstrated that he knows how to build a winning team. The Colts made 11 playoff appearances during Polian’s tenure and...
Via The Sports Journal
June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Are the Washington Redskins are putting too much pressure on Robert Griffin III?

Former Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers general manager Bill Polian seems to think that the Washington Redskins are putting too much pressure on quarterback Robert Griffin III, and the team as a whole needs to come through if they’re going to climb out of the cellar. Here’s what Polian had to say, per John Keim of ESPN: “…they have to buy into the idea that every part...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Buffalo Bills don’t need Bill Polian

This last offseason the new Buffalo brass was looking to clean house and make an upgrade in all departments. The head coach Doug Marrone didn’t need to wait for the axe to come down. He packed up his desk, grabbed his pot of gold and scurried out the door the second he could. The Pegulas and Russ Brandon were left in an odd spot then with the only person left from the old regime...
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May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Catch-22 of A Superstar Quarterback

The Holy Grail for any GM and front office is to find the “mythical” franchise quarterback.  Whether it’s by draft or trade, finding a quarterback that can be the face of a franchise is the top priority of every team save the ones that already have one, and there aren’t many out there that can say they have one.  A GM can essentially make a name for himself just by finding...
May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Rams earn a passing grade from ESPN’s NFL insider group

With OTA’s upon us, the Insider Group at ESPN handed out grades for every NFL team’s offseason. From Matt Williamson, Louis Riddick, Field Yates and Bill Polian, the grade came out a “solid B.” Rams insider Nick Wagoner reports that the Rams “committed to a philosophy” and are going all in on it. “Adding Nick Foles at quarterback and the free-agent additions of Akeem...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Hall of Famer Bill Polian educates on Deflategate

One of the perks of hosting on Sirius-XM NFL Radio is having the chance to work with former players or coaches of stature. It’s even more rewarding to have a chance to work with the likes of 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Bill Polian. The 6 time NFL Executive of the Year who took the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts to a combined 6 Super Bowls has sat in on every major...
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May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Could we see more former team executives and general managers with major analyst roles?

Another NFL Draft has come and gone, but this year’s edition was different. It wasn’t different because networks weren’t allowed to tip picks or New York Jets fans weren’t around to boo every pick. It was different due to the presence of a former team executive on the ESPN set for Round 1. Louis Riddick, a former pro scout and Director of Pro Personnel in Washington and Philadelphia...
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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