In a move that is sure to raise a few eyebrows, the Colts announced today (via Colts.com) that eight employees have been promoted, including the three daughters of team owner Jim Irsay. Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Casey Irsay-Foyt, and Kalen Irsay were all given the new title of "Owner/Vice Chairman."
Interestingly, "Vice Chairman" was the title Bill Polian held last season before he was fired.
Speaking of Polians getting fired, the press release also noted that Mike Bluem is now the Director of Football Administration for the Colts. This job was previously held by Dennis Polian, son of Bill. Now, unlike Bill and Chris Polian, who were both fired the day after the 2011 regular season ended, Dennis was retained... until recently.
According to FOX Sports Alex Marvez, Dennis Polian was fired earlier this week after he "irked" Colts management by asking permission to interview with the Tennessee Titans. The Colts eventually granted permission after it was initially denied, but while Dennis Polian was in Tennessee for what I assume was the job interview, Ryan Grigson fired Dennis over the phone. Polian was then hired as a special assistant to the Titans head coach, Mike Munchak.
It's worth noting that Marvez hosts a SIRIUS-XM radio show with Bill Polian.
This odd story, reported by Marvez, had people like me and Star Tribune beat writer Tom James wondering if the firing was a result of something else that was unreported. While I do not doubt Marvez's report (Alex is a super nice guy who knows his sh*t about the league), it would not surprise me if Dennis was fired because he was leaking internal information to either the Titans or to his father, Bill, who works as an analyst for ESPN in addition to his SIRIUS-XM work.
Again, that last part is speculation on my part and Tom's. Nothing like that is mentioned in Marvez's article. Firing someone over the phone is a fairly harsh thing to do. Unless Grigson was just THAT pissed Polian was seriously considering the Titans, the action suggests Dennis did something more than simply go on a job interview.
Regardless, the Colts are now Polian-free. The Polianoscopy is complete. Franchise cleansed.
Back to the Irsay daughters, their promotion suggests that, in the sooner rather than later timeline, Jim Irsay will step down as owner and C.E.O. of the Colts. If and when that happens, it will be a sad day for Colts fans everywhere. Irsay has been a model owners in many ways. The antithesis of his father. Here's to hoping a move like that doesn't happen before the Colts win their next Super Bowl.