Bill Polian is at it again

Bill Polian is the greatest football executive ever to live and should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Currently, he is on ESPN, and I love his analysis and think he does a tremendous job there.  Colts fans were truly lucky to have a football executive like Bill Polian running the show. 

That said, however, Polian did not have a way of connecting with fans in a good way, or the media for that matter.  Sometimes he would say things thinking that the fans were stupid and would not realize he was saying something dumb, where in reality that was not the case.  That happened again a few days ago. 

In Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback for this week (which is one of the best weekly columns there is), King looks at the trade deadline being moved back from week 6 to week 8.  He uses Kyle Orton as the perfect example, and it is indeed a perfect example.  Denver certainly could have gotten something for him, but instead had to release him.  King has quotes from Bill Polian saying that they would have gone after Orton had the trade deadline been moved back:

“I think the deadline being moved last year would have made a difference for us.  We would have rekindled our interest in Orton. In Week 6, we knew our quarterback situation wasn’t great, but after a couple more weeks, we realized the situation was bad. We probably would have called Denver, who’d gone to [Tim] Tebow by then, and said, ‘Hey, we’ll give you a three [a third-round draft choice] for Orton.’ ”

King later says that a source within the Denver organization would have accepted the 3rd rounder in exchange for Orton.  There is no doubt in my mind that if the Colts had acquired Kyle Orton, that they would have been better than 2-6 to finish the season.  That in return would mean that Peyton Manning would still be a Colt and Andrew Luck would not be.  It is crazy how much one thing as seemingly insignificant as moving the trade deadline back two weeks could impact a season so much.  However, Polian implies that they wished they would have had a chance at Orton but that they did not.  That is absolutely false.

When the Denver Broncos released Kyle Orton, the Colts had the first spot on the waiver order, meaning that all they had to do was put in a claim for Orton and he was a Colt.  But they didn’t.  The Colts passed on Kyle Orton.  Polian is absolutely right in saying that Orton would have been better than their options at quarterback.  But he had a chance to claim Orton and did not.  Maybe he really did not want to risk losing the number one overall pick, but is now trying to cover up for himself. 

Bill Polian is too smart of a man to keep making these kinds of comments to the media.  If he treated the media and the fans better, I seriously believe he would still be in Indianapolis.  I think that a 2-14 season was only part of the reason he got fired, and the other part was the way he acted.  For such a great football mind, I hope that Bill Polian thinks before he speaks, because he comes off as an idiot way too often.


Colts Struggling to Sell Tickets

For the last decade, Colts tickets have been the toughest tickets to get in town.  Over their past 114 regular season and playoff games at home, they have sold out 113.  And then they released the greatest player in Indianapolis history.

Post-Peyton Manning, the Colts are struggling to sell tickets.  They have 3,000 season tickets available, and as a result have hired Indianapolis marketing firm Get Real Sports Sales to help market them.  Due to NFL rules, if a team fails to sell out the game is blacked out locally.  However, chief operating officer Pete Ward said Tuesday that “We’re not anticipating being blacked out”, per the Indianapolis Star.

The post-Peyton slump in ticket sales is in no way a surprise.  And come September, I bet the Colts will be sold out.  But if the prices of tickets remains the same, people will not want to spend their hard-earned money to watch a bad team, which the Colts figure to be next year.  I still think they will sell out, but my point is that this should come as no surprise. 

And the argument that since the Pacers had trouble selling tickets even when they were winning that the Colts will too when they win is not accurate.  In the NBA, stars sell tickets.  In the NFL, quarterbacks sell tickets.  Whether right or wrong, that is how it is.  The Pacers do not have a star player.  The Colts have a quarterback.  The Colts will not have trouble selling tickets with Andrew Luck at the helm.  Three or four years from now, Colts tickets will once again be the hottest tickets in town. 

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Colts Sign George Foster, Release Ryan Mahaffey

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent offensive tackle Geogre Foster and released fullback Ryan Mahaffey.  Foster (6-5, 338 pounds) was a first round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2003 but failed to meet expectations.  Following his time in Denver in which he started 57 of 68 career games from 2003-2006, he started 12 games for the Detroit Lions from 2007 through 2008.  That was the last time he has played in an NFL game.  He spent some time with Cleveland in 2009, Omaha of the United Football League in 2010 and the New Orleans Saints in 2011, but did not appear in a game.

Mahaffey was signed by the Colts from the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad in 2011.  He had one reception for five yards in five games played for Indy.

With the release of Mahaffey and the trade that sent Chris Gronkowski to Denver, the Colts now have zero fullbacks on their roster.  The spot will likely be filled by the 3rd tight end, which right now is an undecided position.  The first two tight ends figure to be rookies Coby Fleener (2nd round) and Dwayne Allen (3rd round).

Colts Corner: Former Colts Edition

I already linked to it earlier, but it is worth linking again: check out Smart Football’s breakdown of the Peyton Manning and Tom Moore offense.

If you are upset with the Indianapolis Star’s coverage of Peyton Manning, read Mike Chappell’s response and then get over it.

Retired Patriots left tackle Matt Light called Dwight Freeney the “best guy he ever faced“.  Light’s retirement is a very big loss for New England and especially Tom Brady.

According to Pro Football Focus, Pat Angerer had the best single game performance of any 4-3 inside linebacker in 2011.

An update on Peyton Manning’s first day of OTAs with the Denver Broncos, from the Denver Post.

Former Colts and Bengals tight end Ben Utecht, dealing with the effects of multiple concussions, is continuing his music career.

Another former Colts tight end, Dallas Clark, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Former Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt is in some trouble after allegedly grabbing a student by the throat

Former Colts’ defensive coordinator for seven years under Tony Dungy and now the Chargers’ new secondary coach, Ron Meeks is taking a “hands on approach” in coaching.

Report: Colts Attempting to Trade for Mike Jenkins

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Indianapolis Colts are trying to trade for Dallas Cowboys’ cornerback Mike Jenkins.  Jenkins (5-10, 190 pounds) was a first round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Cowboys at number 25 overall.  He made the Pro Bowl in 2009.

If the Colts aquired Jenkins, it would help their secondary greatly.  That does not mean that it would be “good”, but it would be improved.  That is about all we can ask for at this moment.

However, the snag is that Dallas reportedly wants a first rounder or they will not trade him.  According to Dan Graham (@coltsinsider on twitter), the Colts originally offered a 3rd and 4th round pick for Jenkins, to which the Cowboys said no.  Graham reports that the Colts’ current offer is a 2nd round pick.  I think a 1st round pick is definetly too high, especially since the Colts figure to be in the upper half of the draft again next year.

Keep it here and follow on twitter for the latest.

Colts aquire Cassius Vaughn from Denver; Sign Jerry Brown

The Colts today traded fullback Chris Gronkowski to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a cornerback, Cassius Vaughn.  Vaughn is a 5-11, 195 pound corner entering his third season.  He has appeared in 22 games and started 3, while making 22 tackles (18 solo), batting down 4 passes and picking off one, which he returned for a touchdown last season.  Vaughn has also averaged 37.2 yards per return in 9 career returns and scored one touchdown. 

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said of Vaughn: “When you turn on the film you instantly recognize his athletic ability and speed”.  He ran a 4.3 40 yard dash at his pro day in 2010.

Vaughn provides depth to the position that lacks it most on the Colts roster.  The starters at this point would still be Jerraud Powers and Chris Rucker, but Vaughn will likely see some good minutes and give good depth.  The move is a low risk deal, and I think that adding a corner was a wise choice.  The question is whether they have someone else in mind for fullback.  Meanwhile, the Broncos’ additon of a fullback indicates that their offense will not totally be Peyton Manning’s offense, as for years the Colts did not even carry a fullback.  That is certainly something to keep an eye on.

Also today, the Colts signed Arena Football League veteran outside linebacker Jerry Brown and released outside linebacker Brandon Peguese.  Brown (6-4, 253 pounds) played for the San Antonio Talons of the AFL.  Peguese signed with the Colts on February 13, 2012 after he spent 2011 with the Philadelphia Eagles, who signed him as an undrafted free agent before the 2011 season.

Colts Sign 5th Round Pick Josh Chapman

Last week I mentioned that there were rumors that Josh Chapman had agreed to a deal with the Colts.  Turns out it was true, and today it was made official.

The Colts today signed nose tackle Josh Chapman to a four year deal.  Chapman was selected in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Colts.  Following the draft I gave the pick an A – and said that it was in my opinion the best value pick for the Colts.  Hopes are that Chapman can be a very good NT in the middle of the Colts’ defensive line.

The concern about Chapman is that he is coming off of a torn ACL that he suffered last year.  However, Chapman played through it and helped anchor an Alabama defense that was one of the best in the country.

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