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Polian: We didn't feel 16-0 was a 'historic achievement'

Posted by Albert Breer  December 29, 2009 05:36 PM

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"We went over it during the week with Mr. (Jim) Irsay, among many other people," Polian explained. "And we were quite public about it, as well. Both coach (Jim Caldwell) and I were asked about it quite frequently, and we responded that this was our plan. The timing was entirely up to coach, it was his decision to make as to when we took the players out.

"And by the way, it was Peyton (Manning), Reggie Wayne, who was battling a sore toe and sore groin, Dallas Clark, who had a thigh contusion, and I think that was. Joseph Addai went out earlier in the game with an injury."

Polian explained that he's proud that those players are upset about losing the game. But he said that there was evidence for his decision's validity that came up almost immediately after Manning and Co. were yanked.

"When Jim Sorgi had to be placed on injured reserve with shoulder problems, it was evident to coach and myself that we had to be very careful with Peyton, because there’s no one out there we could bring in that could handle the load of being the backup quarterback," Polian said. "Curtis Painter is a rookie and we’re in a situation where we had to be very careful with him.

"As a matter of fact, Gijon Robinson, our starting tight end, went out with a knee injury which will keep him out a couple of weeks at the same time those fellas came out of the game. On the very next series, I believe, the Jets blitzed as they do frequently, and Gijon’s substitute missed the blitz pickup and the quarterback got hit and fumbled and resulted in a touchdown. And while we wish no ill to Curtis, had that been Peyton, I and many, many others would’ve felt a heck of a lot worse."

And so there you have it.
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