PFW: Polian has lost the locker room

Pro Football Weekly says they have a source indicating that Bill Polian has lost the locker room, the media and possibly Jim Irsay:

Two days before the victory over the Texans, tensions mounted at a Caldwell press conference, when a Colts PR representative engaged in a shouting match with a reporter regarding access to Colts vice chairman Bill Polian. Polian then made an impromptu appearance, but only fed the perception that people in the organization are not on the same page. When asked by a reporter if Manning wouldn’t practice again this season, a clearly annoyed Polian responded, “I never said that.”

The reporter quickly pointed out that Caldwell, supposedly the one voice for the team during the season, had just finished saying during his press conference that Manning wouldn’t practice this season.

Another example of discord came 48 hours later, this time between owner Jim Irsay and Polian. Irsay told NFL Network, “I think if the situation is where (Manning’s) back and he’s healthy, then I see him come back and play here.”

That was a different tune than Polian sung on his radio show earlier in the week, when he hinted at Manning perhaps not being back with the club.

Said a source close to the situation: “When you think about the disconnect between Manning and Bill (Polian) earlier this year — add a similar scenario with Reggie (Wayne). Jim (Caldwell) has the trust of the players but I’m not so sure about Bill.”

Todd Smith

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Todd Smith is a part-time sportswriter who spends too much time arguing on Twitter. What he really loves is eating poorly and watching football. He got his first Colts t-shirt in 1984 shortly after the Mayflower trucks arrived and has never given up on his hometown team. He also still holds to the belief that Kordell Stewart stepped out of the end zone and thus cheated the Colts.