Polian: Lack of backup to Manning cost me job

Former Indianapolis Colts vice chairman and decision maker Bill Polian said the reason owner Jim Irsay fired him was because of the injury to quarterback Peyton Manning.

Polian told the Associated Press that not having a suitable option for the normally durable Manning once he hurt his neck proved too be his undoing.

"I've always told the staff that our approach should be to hope for the best but plan for the worst, and I didn't do an adequate enough job of planning for the circumstances we were in," Polian said. "It led to this catastrophe."

With Manning out, the Colts were left with Curtis Painter as a backup, and reached out to coax Kerry Collins out of retirement. When Collins struggled and suffered a concussion, the Colts went back to Painter with predictable results. Indy finally won two games with the previously released Dan Orlovsky under center for both games.

At any rate, it will be interesting to see if Polian, who had surrendered the general manager duties to his son Chris (who was also fired), surfaces anywhere else in the league or if he sinks into the sunset.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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