There have been a pair of rumors over the last few weeks linking Bill Polian and the Kansas City Chiefs ... if the Chiefs GM job is open. The first one came from National Football Post and the second one came from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora and they both come off as just reading the tea leaves. No hard information but definitely churning that rumor mill.
So who better to ask about Bill Polian than the group of fans at Stampede Blue, SB Nation's Colts blog, who spent a decade with him.
I asked Matt Grecco at Stampede Blue: Rumors say the Chiefs could be interested in Bill Polian. Your reaction? Has the game passed him by?
"Even though Bill Polian had been taking a back-seat in Indianapolis over the final three or four years," Matt said, "I think that had more to do with trying to get his son's career going than him not wanting a job in the NFL, so it's not surprising that he wants to get back in. I think if you hire Polian, you're handing him the keys to the entire organization and it'll be either his way or the highway."
Hmm. Almost sounds a little familiar, doesn't it?
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"I'd feel bad for you guys at Arrowhead Pride, because you won't get even a sniff of the Chiefs complex," Matt continued. "Everyone will become very closed lip, you'll have a hard time finding out information, and it'll get frustrating at times. If he wins (which he's done everywhere he's gone), nobody will care. If he doesn't, he will be the most hated man in the city."
Polian's kind of a grouch, at least that's the way I've heard him described. But the Chiefs have been through the Pioli era, so the locked doors and tight lips stuff wouldn't be anything new.
"As a talent evaluator I don't think the game has passed him by," Matt continued. "The Colts drafts from '07-'10 did not meet the ridiculous expectations he set for himself from 1998-2006, but he still found a couple late-round gems while whiffing on a couple higher-round picks. He also started drafting guys that were talented but didn't really fit the Colts scheme on defense (Jerry Hughes and Philip Wheeler for example), but are productive players when put into schemes that fit their style."
My big concern is if the game has passed him by. He's not a young guy (70). His last few years of drafts, as Matt said, weren't great. But over a 20-year period in the NFL he won everywhere he went. That kind of success in so many different environments is unusual.