Re: Sayers Hits Mark With Cutler/Bears Criticism
posted at 5/24/2010 5:53 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Sayers Hits Mark With Cutler/Bears Criticism
Well - here is what Polian said: “The offensive line, by our standards, did not have a good game. They were outplayed by the Saints' defensive line, I thought, pretty decisively." Now, I know your mind can take you on wild fantasy rides at times (and we get to read all about it when it does), but I do not see anywhere in that comment where Polian specifically blames the loss of the Super Bowl on the offensive line.RESPONSE...you have cowardly failed to answer my questions. Lets' try again:
RESPONSE: Cut it out, Dog(gg)!! Polian talks to reporters about the loss...tells them that his OL was "outplayed by the Saints' DL...pretty decisively"...and you claim that you "do not see anywhere in that comment where he specifically blames the loss...on the OL"?? Well, apparently, Ryan Diem and Jeff Saturday did. Look up the word "decisively" in the diictionary. It clearly implies a "deciding factor".
Maybe you know something else. If so, let us know. Otherwise, I'll file your question, as I suspected, under "an effort to incite".
RESPONSE: Diem and Saturday were the ones upset, as they contradicted their boss. Did Polian blame the loss on Manning's pick-6? No...he faulted his OL instead.
As for calling out the line at all - Who cares? Do you really believe that these statements will negatively affect their play next year? Do you? Do you think these guys would rather block for Kyle Orton or some other mediocre QB on some mediocre team? Really?
RESPONSE: Yes...I believe that the Indy OL was collectively teed off by Polian's comments. They are being made scapegoats for the loss, when they in fact played rather well. Why else have Saturday and Diem recently commented on it? It's been sticking in their craw. It's painfully obvious that Polian was trying to shield the legacy and fragile ego of "Mr. Wonderful" with his comments...and the Indy big-uglies up front know it.
I suppose in the secret and silent world of the New England what Polian did might be considered the ultimate treason. On the other hand, it is his ship, so can it really be treason?
RESPONSE: What the hell are you talking about??
In the world of professional football, I think there is a tendency to get caught up in the rah rah nature of the game that is obvious in High School and College. After a few years in the pros, however, I think it becomes more about doing your job and getting paid. Since we are on this subject, Brady called his teammates soft, he's not the president, just the QB. Should the Patriot faithful walk him down the plank for such a statement, or does the shade of the glasses one wears determine the severity, appropriateness, and/or accuracy of it?
RESPONSE: I agree with Brady. I have been one of the strongest critics of the Pats' OL. I've referred to them as a finesse group, and a bunch of vastly overrated wimps. They are getting their franchise QB killed. I can be objective about Patriot players. You, however, worship at the alter of Peyton Manning, and are nothing more than a blue-koolaid drinker. Heck, you even struggled to criticize Polian for wimping out on the perfect season opportunity...and have steadfastly refused to criticize Peyton, despite his many playoff failures.
Indy's o-line is under some pressure next year and Polian too. Saturday and Diem are anchors. Otherwise the line is in flux. Ugoh is a second rounder that will try to replace Lilja who missed all of 08 but played last year. Devan is an FA who came in and started immediately. Johnson was serviceable at LT. There should be some expectations for Pollak, Richard, and Thomas. All 3 young draft choices from 08 and 09.
RESPONSE: Johnson was more than "servicable" at LT. What does this have to do with the way the Indy OL performed last year, and in the SB? As a group, they were outstanding last year, and played well in the SB.
Finally, the "fragile" ego of Peyton Manning. Where do you get that from?? Oh, that's right you're a Pats fan. If Manning were a fragile ego, he would have left the game loooongggggg ago after the as* kickings he took at the hands of videotape advantaged Belichick coached Pats of the early 2000's.
RESPONSE: The guy has choked in the play-offs year after year. He "won" his lone SB because the AFC title game against a ravished by injury Patriots' team was handed to the Colts by the referees, during the 2006-2007 season.
What did he do? He persevered through that difficult period to turn the tables on the "genius" coach parlaying it into an embarrassment of success and riches against the pats - 5 of the last 6, I believe.
RESPONSE: I don't deny that Manning is a great regular season QB. But, he simply doesn't get it done in the play-offs.
Yeah, his ego needs some protection.
RESPONSE: After his latest gaffe, it certainly does...LOL!! So...Polian rides to his rescue. But, that's OK, son. Keep dealing with Mr. Rourke on Fantasy Island.
Posted by underdoggg
1.) Do you agree with Polian's statement that the Indy OL was decisively outplayed?
2.) Do you agree with Diem and Saturday who refuted Polian's comment?
3.) Why do you think that Polian threw his OL under the bus? What was his purpose in singling them out?