It is easy to sit at a computer and write about whatever is going on in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, or anywhere else in the world. I'm not there. I'm not making any decisions. I have absolutely no pressure on me other than wondering if my spell check is going to catch all my typos.
While there are probably some folks that love to catch guys like me in mistakes, I am aware that there are more guys like me that like to catch everyone else in mistakes. I know how the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I think someone is being overly critical so I can only imagine what guys like Bill Polian think whenever he sees his name and his team being drug through the mud.
If some recent comments of his are any indication, the pressure could be getting to him a little too:
“My fervent hope is that Jim’s job is not in jeopardy because my fervent hope is that we don’t go 0-16, and we’re doing everything we can to try and avoid that,” Polian said.
This requires a little reading into--which means I could be completely wrong--but I get the hint that he's been taken out of the loop when it comes to the decision on whether to retain Jim Caldwell next season. Coaching decisions often do come from the owners, but Jim Irsay is not like Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. When he hires someone to do a job he typically lets them do it.
The possibility that he might not be letting Polian do his job in this case tells me that maybe Irsay has taken him out of the loop for a reason; maybe Polian will be permanently taken out of the loop when the Colts season ends in a few weeks.
In the past I have called for Polian's removal myself. I do think the fact the Colts have been unable to perform this season is because the team has not been given the tools it needs to be successful. They needed more than Peyton Manning, but they didn't have it.
What's a real shame is that this could have all been avoided. Polian recently stated that he was looking to draft North Carolina QB T.J. Yates late in the draft, but the Houston Texans got to him first. Now Yates has only played one game so far, but it was a pretty darn good one. It is too early to call him the next big thing, but when you're as down and out as the Colts are it has to make you think he could have helped the team win at least one if not more.