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RE: Regime Change

Before we all call for the head of Bill Poilan, I'd like to look at the fall-off that teams experience after Bill Polian leaves a team:

Buffalo Bills, with Polian: 7 years, 69-42, .625 Winning Percentage

6 Playoff Appearances, 5 Division wins, 4 AFC Championships

Bills, without Polian: 17 years, 124-148, .455 Winning Percentage

4 Playoff appearances, 1 Division win, 0 AFC champs

 

Carolina Panthers, with Polian: 2 years, 19-13, .594 Winning Percentage

1 division title, 1 playoff appearance

Panthers, without Polian: 14 years,  98-110, .471 Winning Percentage

2 division titles, 2 playoff appearances

 

My conclusions after the jump.

Overall, with Polian, the Bills and Panthers were 89-55 (61.8%). After he left, the two teams combined for  a 222- 258 record (47.1%). Don't think about this on a quantitative level, though. Think qualitatively. In the past decade, what have the Panthers and Bills been? The laughingstocks of the NFL. Constant losing seasons; automatic wins for the perennial powers, i.e. the Colts.

But when Polian was at Buffalo, the Bills WERE a perennial power, recording one of the most dominant periods of all time, with 4 consecutive Super Bowl appearances. With Polian in Carolina, the Panthers were also on their way to dominance, recording the best 2-year start for a new franchise in NFL history.

With Polian, these two teams achieved record accomplishments. In his absence, both have fallen into sub-mediocrity. 

 

One day, the Polian reign will end, and I pray that the Colts transition is a brighter one than both the Bills and Panthers experienced. But history is not on our side. Appreciate the man who has produced a 131-61 (68.2%) record for the Colts.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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