According to ESPN senior analyst, Chris Mortensen, the (2-14) Indianapolis Colts have fired vice chairman Bill Polian and general manager Chris Polian.
The Colts, who would lose a franchise-record thirteen straight games and franchise quarterback Peyton Manning to a neck injury, were expected to be a Super Bowl contender—and be the home team in Super Bowl XLVI—looked like a mere shell of themselves.
The Colts would go through Kerry Collins, Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky and with their loss to AFC South rival, Jacksonville would clinch the #1 pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft in April.
Indianapolis is projected to select Stanford Cardinal quarterback, Andrew Luck.
Polian would join the Colts in 1998 and help build the Colts into a perennial Super Bowl contender, as Indianapolis would go to the NFL playoffs 10 times and play in two Super Bowls.
Under Polian’s watch, the Colts would draft keystone players such as Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison, Edgerin James, Bob Sanders, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
Polian was also very acute in free agency in signing undrafted or waived rookies such as Dominic Rhodes, Jeff Saturday, Raheem Brock, Nick Harper and Adam Vinatiri.
The Colts would go 145-81 while averaging 10.3 wins and 5.7 losses in the 14-year run under Polian’s leadership.
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