Peter King spoke with Bill Polian regarding the new trade deadline. Polian thinks if they had two more weeks the Colts would have made a different decision at QB in 2011:
“I think the deadline being moved last year would have made a difference for us,” said Bill Polian, the Colts president until owner Jim Irsay fired him in January. “We would have rekindled our interest in Orton. In Week 6, we knew our quarterback situation wasn’t great, but after a couple more weeks, we realized the situation was bad. We probably would have called Denver, who’d gone to [Tim] Tebow by then, and said, ‘Hey, we’ll give you a three [a third-round draft choice] for Orton.’ ”
It’s a pretty remarkable admission actually. With Orton under center could the Colts had won another game? It’s hard to look back and know but given the fact that Colts quarterbacks actually netted a negative DVOA it isn’t hard to imagine Orton contributing enough for a single win.