How did some of the Colts front office and coaches spend their bye week?
With the new CBA in the NFL there are also new rules for bye weeks. Instead of 3-4 days of good practice, clubs now have to give their players a minimum of 4 consecutive days off during the week.
Because of these new rules, it also gives coaches and some front office people a chance to do things they usually can’t do during the football season. For Colts president Bill Polian and quarterbacks coach Ron Turner it gave them an opportunity to visit their sons who are involved in college coaching. In this case, Polian’s son Brian is the special teams coach and recruiting coordinator and Turner's son Morgan a graduate assistant at Stanford University.
Now, parents visiting their children during a break in the schedule isn’t unusual, but in this case Stanford just happens to a have a quarterback by the name of Andrew Luck who is the odds-on favorite to be the top pick in next April’s draft.
The Colts are also the favorite to have that first pick having not won a game yet this season. So spending time with the kids was also an opportunity to scout. Or was it a very special opportunity to scout because their children are on the staff?
Polian reportedly spent 3-4 days at Stanford and Turner 2-3 days. With that much time spent at Stanford they surely had to come away with a strong feeling on Luck's talent, practice habits and leadership skills. Having family on the coaching staff gives them an inside view that no other team has when it comes to scouting Luck.
Going into this week’s games, the Colts have a 2-game lead in the Luck sweepstakes. Looking at their schedule I doubt they will win more than 2 games and that estimate may be generous. Look for Luck to follow Peyton Manning as the next Colts quarterback. As I wrote in a post earlier in the season, that’s almost unfair!