Colts Countdown to Kickoff: No. 63 Jeff Saturday

In 1999, the Indianapolis Colts were struggling to find consistency on the offensive line. After failing to sign a quality lineman in the 1998 draft, Nate Hobgood-Chittick, former defensive tackle for the Colts, encouraged then-general manager Bill Polian to take a chance on an electrical supply salesman in Raleigh who showed some prowess at North Carolina. That electrical supply...
Via Pro Football Spot
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Polian believes Aldon Smith will be suspended 3 games

Former NFL general manager Bill Polian believes the NFL will suspend linebacker Aldon Smith for three games due to his off the field conduct. Hey @JohnMiddlekauff: I asked Bill Polian on-air right now & he expects 3-game Aldon Smith suspension at most. @SiriusXMMNFL @49ers — Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) July 2, 2014 Related posts: var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551',...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Marino, Bill Polian Visit Bills Legend Jim Kelly In Hospital (Video)

At their peaks, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly were heated rivals, two of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game battling for supremacy in the AFC East. Their playing days are long in the past, however, and the Miami Dolphins quarterback and Buffalo Bills legend are now good friends. With Kelly in the hospital undergoing treatment for sinus cancer, Marino paid a visit to his former...
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill Polian Rips Selection of Virginia Tech Quarterback Logan Thomas

Bill Polian: There is nothing I saw on tape that led me to believe Logan Thomas (Arizona) has a chance to be a very good QB. — Joe Schad (@schadjoe) May 10, 2014 The selection of Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas in the 4th round by the Arizona Cardinals has been met with some mixed reviews by a lot of analysts, but Bill Polian has some very negative words for the rookie...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Jaguars Add Speed at Receiver, Offensive Line Help

When the Jacksonville Jaguars send out Christmas cards this year, they had better send one to Thomas Dimitoff of the Falcons and Bill Polian formerly of the Indianapolis Colts. If not for them, the Jaguars may not have as good a Draft as they have had so far. While these two general managers do not have a physical hand in how Jacksonville has done so far, the fact the team’s general...
Via Football Nation
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Wisconsin's Borland headed to 49ers

Despite purported questions about Chris Borland's surgically repaired shoulder, all the former Wisconsin linebacker needed was one NFL team to take a chance on him. That team came Friday night, when the San Francisco 49ers selected Borland with the No. 77 overall pick in the third round of the NFL Draft. Borland, the 5-foot-11 1/2, 248-pounder, has been compared favorably to...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill Polian thinks Browns should offer First round pick for Cousins

AP Photo ESPN NFL insider, Bill Polian, discussed an interesting scenario for the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have both the 4th and 26th selections in Thursday’s First round. Polian suggested this about this Browns decision making: If you have the fourth pick in the draft and it’s too high to take a quarterback there, and you don’t want Johnny Manziel, and you potentially...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Time Capsule: One player remaining for the Colts draftees

The 2011 draft for Indianapolis brought a group of young players to the disaster of a team that was left after the Peyton Manning Era ended. Bill Polian and comapny had no idea that Manning had already played his last game as a Colt, and spent the draft building around him. Polian would make his last picks in 2011, and only one still remains a Colt. 1st round, 22nd overall – Anthony...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill Polian: Dallas Cowboys should draft UCLA OLB/DE Anthony Barr, not a safety

Mel Kiper and Todd McShay each released new mock drafts on Tuesday. In both, the ESPN draft experts had the Dallas Cowboys selecting Louisville safety Calvin Pryor with the 16th overall pick. During a Thursday night ESPN draft special, Kiper and McShay rotated picking for each team in the first round. When the Cowboys were on the clock at 16, it was Kiper’s turn to make a selection...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Five missed opportunities for the Indianapolis Colts in the offseason

The Colts have been active in the free agent market since Ryan Grigson took the reigns as the general manager of the Colts. During the Bill Polian era, the Colts would avoid free agency like the plague and would rest their laurels on a “next man up” mantra that saw minimal success due to consistent first round losses in the playoffs. One can argue that the lack of action in the...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

How close is Matt Ryan to the “elite” status?

ESPN Analyst and former Colts GM Bill Polian had some choice words to say about Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan this weekend. “I think he’s a Super Bowl away from being elite,’’ Polian said. “He’s very close.” Polian’s comments on Ryan are nothing new, fans and supporters of Ryan constantly refer to him as ‘Matty Ice’ for his clutch performance in the regular season...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas Cowboys met with both David Fales and Jimmy Garoppolo at Combine

The Dallas Cowboys are in deed looking for a back up to Tony Romo and they interviewed two interesting prospects in Indy. According to Todd Archer of ESPN/Dallas, the Cowboys met with Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo and San Jose State’s David Fales at the combine. While Garoppolo’s status is rising — Bill Polian sees him as a first rounder […]The post Dallas Cowboys...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants Still Expected To Part Ways With WR Hakeem Nicks

ESPN’s Bill Polian (Insider required) does not think it would be a wise move for the New York Giants to sign free agent WR Hakeem Nicks. Polian believes that the Giants have more pressing needs, particularly on the offensive line and at running back to address. He also adds that Jerrel Jernigan “could step in Nicks’ role, or they could get a receiver at a lower number than...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the Browns rivalry with the Steelers ever return?

Bill Polian said that he and Tony Dungy had an understanding that he could get his team up to play with just a little bit more intensity just a few times per year. It makes sense. Football players are human and their effort is likely to be somewhat consistent to their abilities most of the time with a little bit of fluctuation up or down. To think that you can get a team up to play...
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Bill Polian hasn't spoken with Jim Irsay, will root for Broncos

Former Colts general manager Bill Polian told Michelle Steele on ESPN’s SportsCenter that he’s not speaking to Colts owner Jim irsay after his comments this week in which he took a shot at Polian and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Steele: Have you spoken to Mr. Irsay? Polian: I have not. Steele: Do you plan to? Polian: No. Polian was then asked to expand on his thoughts...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Bill Polian fires back at Jim Irsay

Former Colts general manager Bill Polian decided to fire back at Colts owner Jim Irsay after Peyton Manning decided to remain silent on his recent comments in which ripped both Manning and Polian for failing to land the city of Indianapolis more than one Super Bowl title. “We never lost to Baltimore in the playoffs,” Polian told USA TODAY Sports, referencing the Colts’ 24-9...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Bill Polian Takes Veiled Shot at Patriots, Says Peyton Manning Won His Super Bowl ‘the Right Way, Honestly’

Even while defending Peyton Manning, former Colts general manager Bill Polian couldn’t resist an opportunity to slight the Patriots. On Wednesday, Polian weighed in the controversy — created by Colts owner Jim Irsay‘s need to hear himself talk — regarding Manning’s exit from Indianapolis. Irsay had referenced the quarterback’s lone Super Bowl ring, compared to Tom Brady‘s...
October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Bill Polian hits back at Jim Irsay over Manning slight

Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian fired back at owner Jim Irsay on Wednesday after the Colts owner disparaged the 14-season Manning-Polian era for producing just one Super Bowl title. Polian proudly defended his and — Peyton Manning's record the Super Bowl XLI championship 11 playoff appearances and two AFC championships. "We never lost to Baltimore...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Bill Polian ticked at Jim Irsay for disparaging Colts defense

Former Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian seems furious with team owner Jim Irsay for disparaging the Colts’ defense and special teams as a way to backtrack from his “cheap shot” at Peyton Manning. In an interview with USA Today, Irsay seemed to express disappointment over the Colts only winning one Super Bowl with Manning at […]
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Bill Polian on Terrelle Pryor: “He’s improved more than any player I’ve seen”

During today’s NFL Insiders show on ESPN,  former NFL general manager Bill Polian said that Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor is the most improved he’s seen lately. “He’s improved more than any player I’ve seen,” said Polian, per Adam Schefter. I never thought Pryor would be ready to be a starter in the NFL this season, but I was wrong.  He’s done a great job of...
Via Pro Football Zone
October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Bill Polian Says Ben Roethlisberger’s Performance Against The Vikings Was ‘Phenomenal’

Bill Polian has been around the NFL for quite some time and has seen his share of a quarterback play both good and bad over the years. During a Thursday morning segment on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Polian praised the performance that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger put on Sunday in London in the loss to the Minnesota Vikings. “Ben Roethlisberger put on the greatest...
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October 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Make or break season for Detroit Lions leadership

If you’ve been around Detroit Lions training camp already this summer, you know it’s a make or break season for the Motor City’s NFL team. The NFC North runs through the Green Bay Packers, and both the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings have the potential to be 10 win teams again. A year after Coach Jim Schwartz and GM Martin Mayhew signed contract extensions, they find themselves...
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August 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts offseason analyzed by Bill Polian himself

Bill Polian was GM of the Indianapolis Colts from 1998 to 2011. Owner Jim Irsay canned Polian when the Indianapolis Colts fell to 2-14 that season. As you know they bounced back really nicely and quite quickly The Colts had a lot of money to spend and cap space to work with in free agency this offseason and awarded about $140 million in contracts to 11 players. They stayed away from...
Via The Sports Bank
August 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Silly to blame the new CBA for rash of summer injuries

Are new rules designed to protect players from injuries actually doing more literal harm than good? There's been a significant rash of injuries this summer, and two prominent NFL people are speculating that the lighter offseason schedule mandated in the new collective bargaining agreement could be a factor.  Bill Polian on ESPN, via Pro Football Talk: First, Polian said...
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August 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Crazy Colts Fan - Is the Peyton Manning Era a Disappointment? Or Was it the Bill Polian Era That Was?

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has never been one to hold back with what is on his mind. Yes, it may be hard to understand what he's saying sometimes--especially if he is using Irsay-Speak on Twitter--but he does not hold back nonetheless. So when he recently stated in the AP that he was disappointed that the Colts only won one Super Bowl in the Peyton Manning...
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July 29, 2013  |  Discuss
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