Polian deals with present, also keeps eye on future

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The pursuit of another Vince Lombardi Trophy to place alongside the one they captured last February begins in earnest Monday when the Indianapolis Colts return from a three-day weekend to their West 56th Street ...

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Jan 6, 2008
 
In today's NFL it's impossible for a team as accomplished as the Colts to keep everyone. Bill Polian & company have done an excellent job of identifying those we must keep versus those who must go. I was extremely concerned with the losses on defense coming into this year, but in reality we are much better on defense than last year's Superbowl Championship team. Keep up the good work guys!
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Jan 6, 2008
 
Manning was quoted as saying, "You like to see the organization your playing for have the commitment to being a contender every single year," I hope that continues." It works both ways Manning!!! Your salary is going to count 18 million against the cap so redo your contract so the Colts can sign other players to help you and the team. You make at least 4 times more money than the average NFL player just from endoresments alone!
Do you want a few more million in the bank when you already have tens of millions or more rings???
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Jan 6, 2008
 
I have been thinking this may be the start of the Colts decline since 2004. No more. Polian is the man. The Colts are the 2nd youngest team in the NFL next to green bay. Polian can find those cheap draft day diamonds in the rough to compensate for the expensive players on the roster. That's how he built our o-line and a lot of the D as well.
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Jan 6, 2008
 
Polian is one of the reasons the Colts have done so well. From his ability to make draft picks when the "experts" think they know better. To his ablility to find ways to keep key people signed.
Bill Polian knows how to get the job done and he has done it well.

GO COLTS!!!!!!!!
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Jan 6, 2008
 
I lost my Colts and our QB but with that said, mybe he come down some more on his pay to keep more players...with that being said remember he does alot of good things with his money, the children's hospital for etc.,
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Jan 6, 2008
 
Irsay did a good job in hiring Polian to run the Colts.He is the best executive in football.I agree that Manning could do the organization a big favor if he redo his contract so other players can get paid.

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Jan 6, 2008
 
Finally, someone agrees with me.
I like Anthony McFarland, I think he's a good player and, when healthy, a key contributor to our defense...

...but a $7M cap number?
Unfortunately, I think we're going to need to make the sacrifice. With that extra cap room, we could easily sign both guards, and for that matter, maybe Clark, too.

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Jan 6, 2008
 
And yes, Polian is a master.
For all the players we are forced to lose every year, somehow he keeps both our offense and defense one of the best in the NFL every year.

It certainly helps that we've recently found a large wave of talented young players via the draft.

Jackson, Hayden, Bethea, Keiaho, Hagler, Addai, Ugoh, Gonzalez... all of them starter-caliber players, costing between 300K and 2M per year.
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Jan 6, 2008
 
I am extremely impressed by the Colts' organization and how it has been able to retain key players to keep the team 'SB' competitive year in and year out.
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Jan 6, 2008
 
Colorado Colt Fan wrote:
In today's NFL it's impossible for a team as accomplished as the Colts to keep everyone. Bill Polian & company have done an excellent job of identifying those we must keep versus those who must go. I was extremely concerned with the losses on defense coming into this year, but in reality we are much better on defense than last year's Superbowl Championship team. Keep up the good work guys!
Why are we talking about this right now, we dont need this distraction to players before the first play-off game, yes, we know the reality of signing players,and not signing them,its just this isnt the time to make front page news!! Go Colts
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Jan 6, 2008
 
ban smoking wrote:
Manning was quoted as saying, "You like to see the organization your playing for have the commitment to being a contender every single year," I hope that continues." It works both ways Manning!!! Your salary is going to count 18 million against the cap so redo your contract so the Colts can sign other players to help you and the team. You make at least 4 times more money than the average NFL player just from endoresments alone!
Do you want a few more million in the bank when you already have tens of millions or more rings???
I can't find it now, but Manning DID restructure his contract last year to help spread the available money to other players. I even recall a quote from ESPN that stated something like, "What an unselfish move by Manning. Looks like he wants to try and get another Super Bowl win next year."
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Jan 6, 2008
 
As far is McFarland is concerned, I think Polian will wait to see if he recovers 100% from his injury. Also, I think he will wait to see how the defensive line does in the playoffs. I like McFarland and he adds a lot of "beef" to the front line and as a insurance policy to other linemaen getting hurt. McFarlands contract could always be restructured too. Polian will know what to do when the time comes.
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ColtsFan wrote:
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I can't find it now, but Manning DID restructure his contract last year to help spread the available money to other players. I even recall a quote from ESPN that stated something like, "What an unselfish move by Manning. Looks like he wants to try and get another Super Bowl win next year."
Well if that is true, Tell Manning to keep on restructuring! Don't stop now!
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Jan 6, 2008
 
Bleed Blue. I thought the same thing. We have some critical games to play. What the players will get paid after the season is another discussion for another day.
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Jan 6, 2008
 
YOU CANT RUN A COMPUTOR WITHOUT POWER,--WHEN THE ELECTRIC GOES OUT, PUT THE GENERATOR ON--- WHEN IT GOES OUT THEN BATTERIES, BILL POLAND IS THE MAN THAT KNOWS HOW TO POWER THE COLTS YEAR AFTER YEAR. KEEP HIM And weKEEP WINNING !!!! GREAT JOB BILL.
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#16
Jan 6, 2008
 
will Marvin Harrison finally take the field and play for a change?
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Jan 6, 2008
 
He has 1 super bowl to his name.
The colts always have a ton of talent so they should win 12 games a year. He never signs good free agents which is what wins multiple SB's.

We paid $70 for a one-demsional player who has not palyed this year.

I was watching the Seattle & Patrick Kearny & thinking he does more than Freeney on the field..it's a fact pony puffers
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Jan 6, 2008
 
Fran wrote:
HEY INDY STAR WRITERS JUST IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW????????
TOM BRADY WON NFL MVP
OH I GUESS YOU DIDN'T THINK IT WAS WORTH WRITING ABOUT BECAUSE YOU ONLY WRITE ABOUT THE HOME TEAM. GREAT JOURNALISM!
Of course we and they know. How could anyone in the world not have heard, given the unwarranted and embarrassingly benign press it's been getting out of the northeast? The issue isn't that we don't know, it's that we don't really care.

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Jan 6, 2008
 
Fran wrote:
HEY INDY STAR WRITERS JUST IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW????????
TOM BRADY WON NFL MVP
OH I GUESS YOU DIDN'T THINK IT WAS WORTH WRITING ABOUT BECAUSE YOU ONLY WRITE ABOUT THE HOME TEAM. GREAT JOURNALISM!
It only counts with Hand Grenades and Horse Shoes don't care!. Now where did we hide Marvin?, MARVIN!?, Marvin can you hear me?.
I am not Bill Polian

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Jan 6, 2008
 
While it's true I'm not the Man, we may want to consider spending a 3rd round pick, possibly even more, to trade up into the 1st round this April to take another quality wideout if one is available late in the 1st. Harrison is an old man in football years, 35, and it takes a couple of years for a rookie wideout to develop.

If we don't go wideout with the first pick, I want to see us go either Oline or Dline, reinforce the line of scrimmage with more top talent.

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