Re: Today is a good day, I have waited a long time for this
posted at 1/3/2012 10:47 AM EST
In Response to Re: Today is a good day, I have waited a long time for this
[QUOTE]Killa, I could argue anyone or anything that is consistently good ultimately becomes overrated. It doesn't matter if you are talking about a restaurant, a city, or an NFL GM. I think the Colts were foolish. Yes, he sure did let them get caught with their pants down this year. No need to gloss over that. He messed up there. Look at his overall body of work though. How many wins and how many SB's have his teams been to? Heck, the Colts have been to two recent SB's and won one of them. A lot of teams will gladly take Polian...if he wants to remain employed. I was listening to Sirius NFL a while ago and they seemed to think there is more to this story. I suspect there is too. Call Polian overrated if you wish. Call him out for being behind some of the rules or "rules emphasis" that we despise, but one pathetic year does not a bad GM make. I suspect he was fired for reasons they don't want to make public. Who knows what that could be. Perhaps he insisted on tanking the last game and Irsay didn't want that, or vice versa. I don't think you let go of Polian over one really bad season. Something else happened. Then again, sometimes two parties just start to wear on each other over time and a change is needed. He surely got caught with his pants down this year.
Posted by carawaydj[/QUOTE]
Caraway - Here's my take on it. Polian's success built up a great deal of goodwill that his obstinance and grumpiness used up. Polian frequently treated reporters like he was the smartest guy in the room (Pats fans have a coach that acts like this). So that's a strike against Polian although one that is acceptable as long as the team is winning.
Continuity has been a big part of the Colts way for many years, but part of that continuity included putting Polian's son in the seat of GM. this is not to suggest that Polian's son is not fit for a job as GM, but most people prefer to see the children of executives or coaches earn their stripes elsewhere, first. Chris Polian's been with his dad since graduating college, I think. Now there's no shame to learning the business from one of the best, but then go out and prove what you know away from the family instead of simply being given the position dad leaves.
Chris Polian may end up being a great GM somewhere. He's certainly got the training. But there were some in the org suggesting he may have been a cancer. Who knows?
That Bill Polian stepped down is another reason for the decision. Sure Polian wanted his son to take the reigns, but maybe he also wanted to slow down a bit. The worst thing for any organization is when the top guy stops working hard.
Polian had a great run. He may be done. He's 66. His son may just be beginning his new career. Good luck to him. It was time for the colts to move on.