Bill Polian Fired By Indianapolis Colts; Jim Caldwell Safe For Now

The Colts are cleaning house. Bill and Chris Polian were both fired by the Colts but Jim Caldwell is safe, for now.

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Bill Polian's Firing Leaves Peyton Manning 'Stunned'

The Indianapolis Colts decision to fire Bill Polian and his son, Chris Polian, left quarterback Peyton Manning "stunned" on Monday. Polian was the GM when Manning was selected by the Colts in 1998 and he has been with him ever since.

Though there were questions as to whether Manning and Polian got along, Manning says he was "saddened" by the news.

"I was stunned, I was surprised, I was saddened and just disappointed that it all happened this way," Manning told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen by telephone. "I was actually meeting with Bill in the training room and we were talking about my rehab schedule, what I could and couldn't do in the facility under the new (collective bargaining agreement) and my checkpoints when he was summoned to see Irsay. He actually chuckled and said, 'We'll see.' "

It was time for everyone involved, I think. The Colts fan base was restless and ready for change and they currently hold the No. 1 pick so if there was ever a time that signaled a new era, it's now.

Now the question becomes whether Manning ultimately follows Polian out the door.

Check out SB Nation's Stampede Blue for more on the Colts and Polian's departure.


Colts Press Conference: Bill Polian Fired; Jim Caldwell Not Fired Yet

The Indianapolis Colts today made a somewhat surprising move, firing general manager Bill Polian and his son Chris Polian. "We're moving in a different direction in regards to Bill and Chris Polian. It was a very tough decision for me. This is the tough part of this business," Colts owner Jim Irsay said in his press conference today. "There is always a great loyalty in this business. It was time, it was the right decision to make. Fourteen years is a long time in this league. It's an intuitive decision. A lot goes into it. This was a tough decision, and I made the decision this morning."

Bill Polian had been responsible for building the Colts teams with Peyton Manning, including making the choice of picking Manning over Ryan Leaf, and built a Super Bowl winning team and a team that won at least 10 games a season for a decade. "I expressed to Bill the appreciation this franchise has for what he did. Bill is a Hall of Fame General Manager, certainly a Ring of Honor individual," Irsay said of Polian's job with the franchise. Ultimately it came down to the product on the field, and the Colts rapidly declined from their Super Bowl appearance against the New Orleans Saints and it was not just due to the loss of quarterback Peyton Manning. Polian's drafts the past few seasons have left a lot to be desired.

Many expected that head coach Jim Caldwell would follow Polian out the door, but that decision is still being evaluated according to Irsay. "Coach Caldwell is still under evaluation. Jim Caldwell could very well be back next year. That's not out of the realm of possibilities. GM will be here when decision is made on coaching staff most likely," Irsay said. It looks like until a new general manager is found, Caldwell's position is safe with the team.

For more on the Indianapolis Colts, visit SB Nation's Colts blog Stampede Blue.


Bill Polian Fired: Colts Players React

It's "Black Monday" in the NFL and one of the victims was Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian. Polian was fired today after serving as the Colts general manager for the past 14 years. Some Colts players react to the news of the firing:

For the first time in 14 years, the Colts will have a new general manager in the shop and it looks like the Colts are in for a complete rebuild.

For more on the Indianapolis Colts, visit SB Nation's Colts blog Stampede Blue.


Bill Polian Thanks Jim Irsay After Getting Fired

The Indianapolis Colts fired longtime executive Bill Polian on Black Monday and from the sound of it both sides took the news pretty well. Team owner Jim Irsay indicated that he and Polian hugged after it was all said and done and now Polian has released a statement thanking Irsay for his support over the last 14 years.

I would like to thank Jim Irsay and the Irsay family for all they have done for me over the past fourteen years. I'm grateful for all the support the fans have shown us in good times and bad. Indianapolis has been a wonderful place to live and work. Most of all I would like to thank the players, coaches and staff who have played a pivotal role in this magnificent journey. I will miss them all.

As Irsay said, the "time had come" for the two sides to part ways. With the No. 1 pick, the Colts were entering a new era and they needed a new direction.

And now we look to Polian's next landing spot, if he has one. He's been a winner everywhere he's gone so Polian should be a sought after commodity.


Bill Polian Fired And The Peyton Manning Effect

The Indianapolis Colts decision to fire Bill and Chris Polian is a major move that will have consequences (good or bad) down the line. But it's not the only major decision team owner Jim Irsay will have to make this year. The Colts hold the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft, which could give them Andrew Luck, but they also owe Peyton Manning $28 million before the league year (and thus the trading season) starts in March.

So what do the Colts do? The decision on Manning's future will be made by Jim Irsay, Peter King of reports on NBC SportsTalk.

"It means to me that Jimmy Irsay is going to give Peyton Manning his $28 million bonus unless one of two things happen: Manning absolutely can't play football or Manning wants out," King said. "So I think Irsay has essentially put the onus on himself to make that huge decision."

That's speculation for now but it makes sense. Irsay is a huge Manning fan (obviously) and I could see him making the decision to retain him, even if he has to pay $28 million to Manning while drafting a quarterback that's ready to win now.

I think Irsay making this decision -- and not Polian or the next GM -- makes it more likely that Manning returns in 2012.

Be sure to tune into SB Nation's Stampede Blue as they recap Irsay's press conference on Monday evening.


Bill Polian Fired By Colts But No Decision Made On Jim Caldwell's Future

It's the end of an era in Indianapolis. ESPN reports that the Colts have decided to fire Vice President and General Manager Chris Polian and his father, Vice Chairman Bill Polian, who has been with the organization since 1998. The decision came down after the Colts went 2-14 in the 2011-12 season.

There has not been, however, a decision made on head coach Jim Caldwell. it's unusual that a team would fire the front office leadership and then keep the head coach but that's where we stand with the Colts at the moment.

Team owner Jim Irsay has scheduled a 6:00 p.m. (ET) press conference where he's expected to announce that the Polians are gone. The remaining question is whether he also announces the departure of Caldwell.

For now, Caldwell's in limbo.

Whoever takes control in Indianapolis will enter a very interesting situation. The Colts have a lot of aging veterans on the team but they also hold the No. 1 pick and will have a decision to make on Peyton Manning's future.

Check out SB Nation's Stampede Blue for more on the big news out of Indy.


Bill Polian Fired By Indianapolis Colts; No Word On Jim Caldwell

The Colts completely cleaned house, according to a report. Gone is head coach Jim Caldwell, GM Chris Polian and his father, Bill Polian.

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