Colts fire both Polians

The changes in Indianapolis after a 2-14 finish has cut much deeper than expected.

Owner Jim Irsay, according to the Indianapolis Star, has also fired long-time executive Bill Polian, who is the team's vice chairman, and his Chris Polian, who is the team's general manager. Thus far, Coach Jim Caldwell has not been fired, and Irsay did not indicate that he would be let go at the moment.

Sources tell NFP that the Polians were blindsided by the firings. Up until this morning the Polians were working away on future contracts, and exit meetings with players. It was business as usual until the hammer fell. One player said, "They were all talking like they would be here next season."

The Colts hit rock bottom this season with Peyton Manning out with a neck injury, and many areas of the team were exposed on both offense and defense.

The Colts now start over with the first pick in hand, which should be Andrew Luck, of Stanford and a big decision to make on what to do with Manning.

Irsay answered questions about the matter, and said his search for a new general manager will be to find someone who will bring the organization back to greatness.

"I think it is critical to have a vision and a direction back to greatness on exactly a game plan on how to get there," Irsay said. "I think it’s critical that it is one organization pulling in the same direction, and that there is a great unity that we continue to do what we’ve done, which is not just to be great on the field, but to realize the community and to realize how everything has to work together."

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