May 30, 2012 Leave a comment
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.