Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is speaking out after Monday’s announcement to fire vice chairman Bill Polian and the team’s general manager Chris Polian.
Manning spoke to the Indianapolis Star about how Colts owner Jim Irsay’s decision caught him off guard.
“It’s a sad day and it’s the worst part about this business. I’m sorry that it went down this way.”
Bill Polian and Manning began working together in April 1998 when Polian decided to draft Manning to the Indianapolis Colts.
“Had Jim Irsay not hired Bill Polian, had Bill not been here when I was coming out for the draft, I’m not sure how I would have felt about coming to Indianapolis,” said Manning to the Star.
The Polians were fired the day after the Colts lost 19-13 to the Jacksonville Jaguars, ending the season with a 2-14 record.
There are still many questions regarding the future of the Colts. The team’s record secured their position for the top spot in the 2012 NFL Draft in April. There has been speculation the team will pick Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, which raises questions about Manning’s future. Additionally, with the Colts’ poor season, head coach Jim Caldwell’s position is also uncertain.
Peyton Manning 'shocked' over release of Polians
Manning spoke to the Indianapolis Star about how Colts owner Jim Irsay's decision caught him off guard.