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Bill Polian Fights Back Radio Hosts Who Questioned the Colts Drafting of OL’s

Paul Kuharsky, ESPN AFC South blogger, has the latest about Bill Polian and how he’s taking shots at a former player and some radio hosts that are questioning the Colts draft strategy.

Colts vice chairman Bill Polian is not generally a big fan of outsiders who think they understand his team with the aid of statistics.

He took another opportunity to say so in a recent appearance on 1070 the Fan in Indianapolis with Grady and Big Joe. Big Joe is Joe Staysniak, the former Colts offensive lineman.

Staysniak asked what the team’s top two draft picks, offensive linemen Anthony Castonzo and Benjamin Ijalana, will bring to help improve the Colts running game.

Responded Polian:

“Well first of all let me say that I think the discussion about the running game is way off base. This is stat geeks looking at a stat and saying ‘oh gee Indianapolis has a problem’. We finished first in the conference and I believe second in the league in total offense. We’re always among the top four or five in scoring every year. The object of the game is to score. It’s not to make stat geeks happy in terms of yards per carry. I’m criticizing people, make no bones about it, who deal only in statistics. The object of our running game because we are high scoring, high powered, offense is to run effectively, i.e. run in the red zone, which we do very, very effectively. And run in four minutes and short yardage, which we have not done effectively. The improvement there I believe has to come from the back. That’s not the responsibility of the offensive line. You get a body on a body and a back has to either make somebody miss or more likely in short yardage you as know Joe run through a tackle. You know the idea of the idea of the statistical analysis of the running game is about as far off base as it possibly could be, in my opinion.”

I don’t know that any one has suggested the Colts should seek to run better to make any outsider happy. They should seek to run better because running better will make them less predictable and more balanced. It can open things up for their big-time quarterback and the passing offense.

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