A curious article was published by the New York Daily News yesterday, as – according to writer Gary Myers – former G.M. Bill Polian was interested in drafting Luck and keeping Manning before he was fired. Polian, currently working for ESPN as an "Insider" writer, spoke to the Daily News on Wednesday.
Polian knew it would be a drain on the Colts’ salary cap, but he wanted to keep Manning — he obviously went on to make a full recovery from the surgery — and let Luck sit and learn from Manning. “Andrew would have backed him up for a couple of years. When the time was right, he would have stepped in."
Curiously, with Miami's former G.M. now scouting new jobs instead of new players, Polian has been mentioned as a possibly candidate for the Dolphins. While he's far down on the list, and would have to leave his job with ESPN, bringing in one of the best G.M.s of the last two decades could work for the Dolphins.
Also in the article: comparisons between Manning and Luck, comparisons between first round picks, and the "perfect handoff" analogy. Over. And over.