• After dismal season, Irsay makes changes beginning with Polian’s

    January 03, 2012 No comments

    With the most dismal season in recent memory finally over, the Colts leadership began the new year with tough decisions to make. Monday evening, owner Jim Irsay announced a management shakeup, and hinted that more changes could come later.

    Bill and Chris Polian, the team’s vice chairman and general manager, respectively, have been ousted, Irsay confirmed at a news conference Monday evening.

    Saying it was a tough call to make, but sentimentality could have no place in the decisions he had to undertake to make the team as strong as it could be.

    Bill Polian released a statement after the announcement, saying: “I’m grateful for all the support the fans have shown us in good times and bad.”

    He also thanked Irsay and his family, and he had high praise for the team: “Most of all I would like to thank the players, coaches and staff who have played the pivotal role in this magnificent journey. I will miss them all.”

    As for head coach Jim Caldwell, Irsay said he would remain in the lead for now, but noted that his role remained under evaluation, and any decision on his status would likely involve the new GM.

    Irsay said the search for a new GM would begin immediately, noting he may be making calls as soon as Monday night.

    Irsay still had high praise for Bill Polian, who has been with the Colts since 1998. He called him a hall-of-fame-caliber GM and noted that he had a “magical talent” for evaluating players.

    During Bill Polian’s tenure, no team has had more playoff appearances than the Colts. His son, Chris, took over the role of GM in 2009, and Bill was named vice chairman.

    The Colts finished the season Sunday with a 2-14 record. It was only the second time since the franchise moved to Indianapolis in 1984 that the team managed fewer than three wins.

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