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Meanwhile, even as it became apparent that the Colts were a house of cards without Manning, the elder Polian took to his regularly scheduled Monday night radio show and, with considerable chutzpah, ripped apart the team he himself had built.
Though Manning tried to stay out of the way, he butted heads with Polian on at least two occasions recently, the first time about whether the two had discussed the team's plans for next year's draft and again about whether the quarterback was healthy enough to pass a scheduled team physical. Even so, Manning had only good things to say when the firing became public, crediting Polian for much of his success.
"I always thought Bill and I might retire around the same time," he told the Indianapolis Star. "You kind of hoped for that fairytale ending, after winning a Super Bowl."
That won't happen, even though Irsay believes that Manning has at least one more Super Bowl run in him. The owner has plenty of work to do -- he's got to re-sign a trio of 30-something Pro Bowlers in Jeff Saturday, Robert Mathis and Wayne, and firm up a defense that was finished near the bottom of the league rankings. Clearing out the front office wasn't the first move most people expected, but it's a start.
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