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January 2, 2012 | Sam Farmer
In a move that would have been unimaginable a few months ago, the Indianapolis Colts fired Bill and Chris Polian, the father-and-son tandem atop one of the NFL's most successful franchises of the past decade. Colts owner Jim Irsay, who has yet to decide whether to keep Coach Jim Caldwell, said it's time for a fresh start in the wake of a 2-14 season. He made the most dramatic move on a day that included the firing of St. Louis Coach Steve Spagnuolo and General Manager Billy Devaney, and Tampa Bay Coach Raheem Morris.
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January 31, 2012 | Sam Farmer
From Indianapolis - The most-discussed NFL quarterback at the Super Bowl week is the one who isn't here. And might never be again. Even as Tom Brady and Eli Manning prepare for Sunday's showdown between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, the specter of Peyton Manning looms over this city, as do the questions about his future both with the Indianapolis Colts and in the NFL. Manning, the league's only four-time most valuable...
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May 6, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Bill Polian, general manager of the Buffalo Bills, was given a two-year contract extension.
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January 2, 2012 | Sam Farmer
In a move that would have been unimaginable a few months ago, the Indianapolis Colts fired Bill and Chris Polian, the father-and-son tandem atop one of the NFL's most successful franchises of the past decade. Colts owner Jim Irsay, who has yet to decide whether to keep Coach Jim Caldwell, said it's time for a fresh start in the wake of a 2-14 season. He made the most dramatic move on a day that included the firing of St. Louis Coach Steve Spagnuolo and General Manager Billy Devaney, and Tampa Bay Coach Raheem Morris.
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March 3, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Bill Polian, fired by the Buffalo Bills after their third Super Bowl loss, has been appointed to the NFL Management Council.
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January 12, 1994 | Associated Press
Bill Polian, a two-time NFL executive of the year who built the Buffalo Bills from losers into a three-time Super Bowl team, will become general manager of the Carolina Panthers, according to newspaper and television reports in Charlotte. . . . Pittsburgh Steeler special teams coach John Guy and defensive line coach Steve Furness were fired Tuesday after a succession of special teams breakdowns that cost them at least two games. . . . .
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August 17, 1986 | MARK HEISLER
Are the Raiders making a play for Jim Kelly? The Houston Post, quoting an unnamed source close to the Kelly-Buffalo Bills negotiations, said Saturday that the Raiders offered $2.5 million and two draft choices for the ex-U.S. Football League quarterback. Raider executive assistant Al LoCasale, while pointing out that the team rarely comments on such reports, said this one is "ludicrous." Bill Polian, general manager of the Bills, said the report is "absolutely not true.
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February 5, 1993 | From Associated Press
Bill Polian, general manager of the Buffalo Bills, was fired Thursday, four days after the team's third consecutive Super Bowl defeat. Polian, who announced his own dismissal at a news conference, took over the team in 1986 after consecutive 2-14 seasons and within three years transformed it into the dominant franchise in the AFC. He said owner Ralph Wilson Jr. had told him at the start of the season that he planned to restructure the team management.
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December 16, 2009 | By Sam Farmer, On The NFL
Perfection or peace of mind? That's the question confronting the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints. Should they keep pursuing 16-0 seasons full tilt, or ease up on the accelerator to rest players for the postseason? The Saints haven't checked everything off their list -- they have yet to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs -- but the Colts are where they need to be. Indianapolis plays Thursday at Jacksonville, a team the Colts defeated by just two points in their opener at home.
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August 2, 2010 | Wire reports
Jim Irsay won't let Peyton Manning walk away from the Colts next season — no matter the cost. Indianapolis' owner reiterated that he intends to make Manning the NFL's highest-paid player even if it takes the prohibitive franchise tag to keep the only four-time MVP in league history in blue and white. "The bottom line is we'll get something done and when it happens just depends," Irsay said during the Colts' first training camp practice. "I said he'd be the highest-paid player and he may already be if we go with the tag. I'd love to see him be here and break all those records as a Colt."
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September 5, 2011 | Wire reports
Rex Grossman will be the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback for the season opener Sunday against the New York Giants. Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Grossman won the job over John Beck . The two competed throughout training camp and through four exhibitions for the No. 1 job. Grossman will be an opening-day quarterback for the first time since 2007, the season after he took the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl....
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August 2, 2010 | Wire reports
Jim Irsay won't let Peyton Manning walk away from the Colts next season — no matter the cost. Indianapolis' owner reiterated that he intends to make Manning the NFL's highest-paid player even if it takes the prohibitive franchise tag to keep the only four-time MVP in league history in blue and white. "The bottom line is we'll get something done and when it happens just depends," Irsay said during the Colts' first training camp practice. "I said he'd be the highest-paid player and he may already be if we go with the tag. I'd love to see him be here and break all those records as a Colt."
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December 16, 2009 | By Sam Farmer, On The NFL
Perfection or peace of mind? That's the question confronting the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints. Should they keep pursuing 16-0 seasons full tilt, or ease up on the accelerator to rest players for the postseason? The Saints haven't checked everything off their list -- they have yet to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs -- but the Colts are where they need to be. Indianapolis plays Thursday at Jacksonville, a team the Colts defeated by just two points in their opener at home.
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September 18, 2009 | Associated Press
Anthony Gonzalez may be out longer than the Indianapolis Colts first feared, and they have a replacement for him. Coach Jim Caldwell said the third-year receiver could miss up to two months after spraining ligaments in his right knee during Sunday's 14-12 victory over Jacksonville. Indianapolis has signed former Philadelphia receiver Hank Baskett to take Gonzalez's place, and three-time league most valuable player Peyton Manning hopes he can find his way around the offense fast.
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January 12, 1994 | Associated Press
Bill Polian, a two-time NFL executive of the year who built the Buffalo Bills from losers into a three-time Super Bowl team, will become general manager of the Carolina Panthers, according to newspaper and television reports in Charlotte. . . . Pittsburgh Steeler special teams coach John Guy and defensive line coach Steve Furness were fired Tuesday after a succession of special teams breakdowns that cost them at least two games. . . . .
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March 3, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Bill Polian, fired by the Buffalo Bills after their third Super Bowl loss, has been appointed to the NFL Management Council.
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September 18, 2009 | Associated Press
Anthony Gonzalez may be out longer than the Indianapolis Colts first feared, and they have a replacement for him. Coach Jim Caldwell said the third-year receiver could miss up to two months after spraining ligaments in his right knee during Sunday's 14-12 victory over Jacksonville. Indianapolis has signed former Philadelphia receiver Hank Baskett to take Gonzalez's place, and three-time league most valuable player Peyton Manning hopes he can find his way around the offense fast.
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February 5, 1993 | From Associated Press
Bill Polian, general manager of the Buffalo Bills, was fired Thursday, four days after the team's third consecutive Super Bowl defeat. Polian, who announced his own dismissal at a news conference, took over the team in 1986 after consecutive 2-14 seasons and within three years transformed it into the dominant franchise in the AFC. He said owner Ralph Wilson Jr. had told him at the start of the season that he planned to restructure the team management.
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January 31, 1993 | BOB OATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Buffalo Bills are coached by an English history scholar who, long ago at Harvard, wrote his master's thesis on a somewhat arcane subject--Franklin Roosevelt's lend-lease activities during World War II--and who often quotes Chaucer, Churchill and Napoleon at team meetings. So, when the Bills flew home two years ago after losing Super Bowl XXV by one point, they knew who had tacked a poignantly relevant poem to their locker room bulletin board, a poem reputedly turned out in the 14th Century by an anonymous European writer.
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