I've noticed that they're using a lot of Bill Polian on ESPN to comment on teams, scouting, and their front offices. Since my wife is a Colts fan, I follow them pretty closely and really want to know... how? Why does he have a job? From like 2004 onward, his drafts were so incredibly bad and Matt Millen-esque that I could do nothing but
Well, I had a little downtime today and decided to look back on Bill Polian's tenure with the Colts. Let's take a look at this 'scouting genius' and his picks that panned out (I'm talking above average guys, not the Jacob Tamme's of the world):
1998 - Peyton Manning and Steve McKinney. Can't argue there.
1999 - Edge, Mike Peterson, and Hunter Smith. Great draft, even if Mike Peterson did most of his work after Indy.
2000 - Marcus Washington. Ended up a Pro Bowler in Washington.
2001 - Reggie Wayne and Ryan Diem. Studs.
2002 - Dwight Freeney and David Thornton. Finally hit on some defense that stuck.
2003 - Dallas Clark and Robert Mathis.
2004 - Bob Sanders. DPOY!
2005 - Nobody. Kelvin Hayden had nine picks in six years.
2006 - Antoine Bethea. Joseph Addai is already out of the league. Coulda had MJD.
2007 - Nobody. Drafted nine guys, got a combined 95 starts out of them.
2008 - Pierre Garcon. Also drafted Marcus Howard, Tom Santi, Steve Justice and Mike Hart...
2009 - Nobody. Austin Collie was good for a season. Curtis Painter, Donald Brown? Not like he could have had, you know, LeSean McCoy.
2010 - Nobody. Pat Angerer is still around and injury prone.
2011 - Anthony Costanzo... I guess.
First round whiffs? Jerry Hughes, Donald Brown, Anthony Gonzalez, Joseph Addai, Marlin Jackson. His last decent first round pick was DALLAS CLARK IN 2003.
How do guys like him and Matt Millen have jobs? How?
Can an NFL team take a flier on me and let me **** their franchise up for years so I can work as an analyst?