When ESPN 1070's Dan Dakich isn't calling Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco 'jack-offs' on his radio show (yep, he did that today), he's talking a great deal about how the Indianapolis Colts are struggling. This afternoon, Dakich threw out this little nugget that he, I'm assuming, heard from former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current FOX Sports broadcaster Troy Aikman. Here's Dakich from earlier today (around 1pm):
Troy Aikman said privately this team has no talent.
Well, either Dakich heard Troy Aikman take a private, off-the-record shot at Bill Polian and the Colts personnel department (because people like Bill are kind of paid a lot of money to, you know, put talent on this roster), or Dakich is just making stuff up so he can get better ratings in his 12pm-3pm time slot.
In general, I'm inclined to believe Dakich.
Personally, I think this team does have talent. Is much of it over-valued? Yes. Bob Sanders and Kelvin Hayden were given too much for what they are truly worth while draft picks like Anthony Gonzalez, Tony Ugoh, Mike Pollak, and Donald Brown are either busts or disappointments.
Much of Indy's talent is also on IR, mind you, and perhaps that is what Aikman truly meant by his comments. But still, when people like Aikman and Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis say that this team has, essentially, nothing aside from Peyton, that is indeed a pretty big knock on Polian and his personnel department.
If this team has 'no talent' and is nothing without Peyton, then why are players like Gary Brackett, Antoine Bethea, Bob Sanders, Kelvin Hayden, and Dwight Freeney getting paid top dollar for their respective positions?
Not sure what everyone here thinks. Is it a lack of talent? Bad coaching? I think we all agree injuries play a part, but for the most part the big money guys (especially on defense) have been healthy this year and yet still have trouble doing things like tackling and stopping the run.