Nah. This isn’t really a post about sports. This is a post about sheer idiocy. Jim Irsay, I hate to call you out, but I gotta call you out. Do you have a shortlist of Super Bowl winning GMs? Seasonal playoff power GMs?
For those not in the know, now you are. Colts owner, Jim Irsay, fired the bosses of the front franchise front office, Bill and Chris Polian. This after a season of suck. A sheer disaster. Did the Polian’s know that Peyton Manning would be out of commission for the entire season? No. Would it have been asinine to chase talent after the wildcard teams would obviously finish with 10-plus wins? Absolutely. Heck. It would have been asinine, asiten and asileven.
And this “suck for Luck” nonsense? Oh, how fantasy sports has made the casual fan truly sophomoric.
This is the disgusting nature of the business of the NFL. I don’t know where the major malfunction is, but when it is reported that Peyton Manning was shocked by the firing of the Polian’s, then you know nobody saw it coming. Everyone wants to believe that Peyton is valuable to the Colts, but more than his play on the field, it was his presence on the practice field–things changed this year when he was back in the mix.
This season wasn’t the fault of the Polians, it was the team playing with uncertainty–not approaching games as winnable…thinking Manning could come back 4-6 weeks in and they’d still finish 10-6 or 9-7 and make the playoffs. And the rash of injuries? Come on.
How the owners of these teams repeatedly believe that quick hires and fires will lead to immediate or quick success, I have no idea. It is just further proof that few of them ever played sports at a highly competitive level. You cannot win every season. You will, for a multitude of reasons, experience seasons of suck.
I have every instinctual feeling that this move may backfire in Jim Irsay’s face. If a new GM is in love with Andrew Luck, and skeptical about Mr. Colt, Peyton Manning, this could get slightly ugly and the Colts fan base could become quickly frustrated.