11:09 PM EST, January 4, 2012
Bill Polian released just a brief three paragraph statement through the Colts Public Relations staff after he was fired Monday, but two days later, he took to the airwaves with JMV on "The Ride" on 1070 the Fan.
In an interview with the Indianapolis Star Monday, Peyton Manning described Polian as "shocked" by the sudden termination. Not so, said the former Vice-Chairman,
"No shock, slight surprise, but when you're 2-14 in this business - especially in this day and age - there needs to be some accountability."
Some fans have blamed Polian's son Chris, who was also relieved of his General Manager duites Monday, for the Colts' current situation, but the elder Polian shouldered all the responsibility.
"The mistake I made was not having an adequate backup quarterback here who could take Peyton's place if and when disaster occurred," Polian said.
JMV also asked about his bad reputation with the local media. Polian admitted he took issue with "certain individuals" at the Indianapolis Star, but says the vast majority of his dealings with the media in Indy have been "overwhelmingly positive."
At the conclusion of the nearly 25-minute interview, JMV opened the floor to Polian for a closing statement to the fans.
"In time you'll find that the memories of this past season will fade very easily and all that will be remebereed are the good times, and there were so, so many of them."
Polian said he has no immediate plans in football, television or otherwise, but has been on the phone non-stop since his firing.