The Indianapolis Colts are coming off a very ugly 2011 season. Heading into 2012, the team looks extremely different, and a lot of the pieces from that miserable 2011 unit are now gone.
Former general manager, Bill Polian (who was fired during the offseason), says that if the NFL had made the trade deadline longer last year, he would have considered trading for Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton.
“I think the deadline being moved last year would have made a difference for us,” Polian told Sports Illustrated. “We would have rekindled our interest in Orton. In Week 6, we knew our quarterback situation wasn’t great, but after a couple more weeks, we realized the situation was bad. We probably would have called Denver, who’d gone to [Tim] Tebow by then, and said, ‘Hey, we’ll give you a three [a third-round draft choice] for Orton.’”
Even if the trade deadline was longer, I don't think it would have made much of a difference as it applies to trading for Orton. If Polian was that interested in Orton, why didn't he pick him up off waivers when he was released during the early stages of "Tebowmania"?
Maybe if Polian ever added an actual, quality backup during any of the past 14 years of Manning's time with Indianapolis, they wouldn't have been in so much trouble. Or, maybe they could have considered drafting better players instead of going after guys who wouldn't make most other teams' rosters.
It's no wonder he was fired.
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