I remember when Bill Polian 1st came to Indy and took over an organization that at that time was a complete train wreck. Then he made 3 draft choices that will go down in history as some of the greatest picks in Colts history: Manning, James, and Wayne. For those of you who don't remember who else could have been drafted at the time here are two names I'm sure you're fairly familiar with: Ryan Leaf, and Ricky Williams. Polian and his staff made some decisions that the immediate fan base may have not been on board with initially, but later learned to trust his eye for evaluating talent and player potential. I remember the uproar in Indianapolis from Colts fans when he chose James over Ricky Williams. That was followed by WTF! and a chorus of boos from Indy fans abroad. Then Edgerin gave us all a glimpse of his potential in the preseason and a star was born. You could see #32 jerseys littered all throughout the RCA dome on game day as well as #18s and 88s.
Those were the good ole days. We virtually went from a 3-13 team to a 13-3 team over night. The Colts have gone from virtual unknowns to house hold names since the arrival of both Irsay and Polian. That being said, as with all things in life, there comes a time when things "run their coarse." When that happens, its time to embrace change. Although I am grateful for all that the Polians have done for this organization, they have "hit the wall." For all of the good things one can say about BP, he also has a personality that at best can be described as a little "prickly." He has a knack for being head strong and stubborn with a "My way or the highway" mentality that has rubbed people the wrong way on more than one occasion. Success can make you do that sometimes, and when you as a person allow yourself to become so wrapped up in your own previous accolades that you feel you can't take advice or constructive criticism from those around you, you have "hit the wall."
The Colts have not been drafting well as of late and that is a direct reflection of the GM's decision making. The Colts are not a team that needs to go into full blown rebuilding mode. They're a team that just needs a few tweaks here and there on both sides of the ball. For starters, Irsay needs to clean house in the front office and start fresh with a whole new regime. I'm on board for a new coach as well if that means acquiring one who would be an upgrade over what we currently have. Possible candidates I like are Fisher, Gruden, and Rob Ryan. I say Ryan because I believe his defensive system is the future of the NFL and I for one have seen about as much of the cover 2 as I care to see on this team. I want to see an infusion of legitimate DTs and LBs who have the physical make up to withstand a whole season. The guys we have now just can't stay healthy. Yes its time for change in Indpls. Time for the right kind of change. That change needs to start in the front office.