Indianapolis Colts fire Bill Polian, Chris Polian (updated)


Bill Polian (left) and Chris Polian watched the Dec. 22 game against Houston. (Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

The Indianapolis Colts are doing some major housecleaning with Vice Chairman Bill Polian and General Manager Chris Polian out.

Owner Jim Irsay announced the changes, first reported by ESPN, in a late-afternoon press conference.

“This is difficult. This is the tough part of this business,” Irsay said in announcing the firings. The most active NFL owner on social media, Irsay admitted that he reads blogs and listens to fans on Twitter. “You’re always listening to your fans,” he said. “They’re your shareholders.”

Irsay indicated that Jim Caldwell remains the coach, although he is “under evaluation.” His status cold change after Bil Polian’s successor is hired.

“I’m moving forward, until otherwise notified,” Caldwell said, via the Indinapolis Star. He is 26-22 in three seasons as coach, with a Super Bowl loss.

Jeff Saturday, the team’s center who is considering retirement after his 13th season, said he understood that change was coming.

“It’s up to Mr. Irsay at this point. He’s made it clear he’s going to change direction some way,” Saturday said. “I don’t know what that means, but he’s going to do something. I trust that he’s going to do what’s best for the organization. He has in the past.”

The season has ended and the heavy lifting begins to restore The Horseshoe to Greatness...it takes what it takes....Mon Jan 02 00:50:03 via Twitter for BlackBerry®Jim Irsay
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The departure of the Polians may be only the beginning of a new look for the Colts, who played the entire season without Peyton Manning. The Colts finished 2-14 and are expected to take a quarterback with the top pick in the NFL draft.All season long, that speculation has centered on Stanford’s Andrew Luck. Over the weekend, reports emerged that the team may be considering Baylor’s Heisman Trophy-winnng QB, Robert Griffin III.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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