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Q&A With Bill Polian

Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian

I think we Indianapolis Colts fans know all about team president Bill Polian.  A 5-time NFL Executive of the Year who sent 4 Buffalo Bills teams to the Super Bowl and one Indianapolis Colts team to a Super Bowl – won by the Colts.  Polian, who is also a member of the NFL’s Competition Committee, sat down to an interview with Yahoo Sports! reporter Jason Cole and discussed a wide range of topics, including some NFL rule changes and how the NCAA game is impacting the NFL.  Below are some excerpts:

Cole: You’re 65 now and just signed a contract extension through the 2011 season. How much longer do you expect to do this?

Polian: I don’t know. I’m at the point where as long as I feel good and there are no family issues – which occur at this time of your life – you know health and other concerns, I don’t see it ending anytime soon.

Cole: So you don’t have a master plan that you’re going to fulfill this contract, then go off like Chuck Noll and become a wine connoisseur?

Polian: No, no … no.

Cole: When you look at the trends about how people play – you saw how the Patriots played last season with so much three- and four receiver sets – then you saw how the Giants won the Super Bowl with a superior pass rush, where is the game going?

Polian: I think that, to use a Paul Brown term, the internal varies are still the same. You still must run the ball. You still must win the turnover battle. You still must play sound defense, meaning you don’t give up big plays. You make the other team earn what they get. You must pass the ball effectively, not spectacularly, but effectively. I don’t think any of that has changed over time. I think what’s changed is how you go about doing that. Whether it’s (the 1972 Dolphins with Larry) Csonka and (Jim) Kiick running with (Bob) Griese throwing possession passes or Tom Brady and Peyton Manning with three or four wide receivers. The way to win games hasn’t changed one iota in 30 years, in my opinion. How people do it evolves continually, which is what keeps it exciting and interesting.

For the rest of this interview with Bill Polian, please click here.


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