Re: Bill Polian
posted at 9/8/2011 3:17 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Bill Polian
[QUOTE]What is not smart about building a team around Manning, a player who didn't miss a game in 13 seasons and has been the best QB in the game. Sounds like a smart idea to me. I think when you put franchises you've built into 6 super bowls that is worthy of being called smart. I think when you start a franchise from scratch and take it to the conference championship game in the franchises 2nd year, that's pretty smart.
Posted by UD6[/QUOTE]
Polian has had a great body of work no doubt...but so did Al Davis...but we're not calling him a great owner at the moment. Carolina was great work, ill give you that. But i wouldnt consider his colts tenure masterful.
You cant assume that over a 13 year career, your QB isnt going to miss a game. Its easy to look back now and say they didnt need a backup, but if i asked you 13 years ago if you thought peyton wouldnt miss a start, you probably wouldve said yes.
Creating a team around one player suggests that if that one player goes down, you're done for. This past decade, teams like NE. Manning has been the most indispensible player for the past 7 years it seems like, that is not a good thing. Why couldnt Polian build a better defense where it didnt have to rly so much on the arm of 18?
Fact of the matter is, The Colts success this past decade has been because of Manning not Polian.
Had GMs like Ozzie Newsome, Kevin Colbert, BB, Ted Thompson had gotten Manning, he wouldve won more than just 1 Super Bowl...because they built complete teams, where as Polian just built a team around Manning
If the Colts compete this season, I will admit that Im wrong. But considering the emergency signing of Collins, it doesnt look that way