last year when we played the titans the announces said we tried to sign Hasselbeck and he turned us down because he thought he would get more playing time with the Titans.
Yeah, I remember that. It's a logical assumption, given that Manning had never missed a game. In retrospect, I'm glad he went to the Titans, because he probably would have been able to get us to six or seven wins, at least.
Also at the time of the draft everyone expected Peyton to be good to go it was on the eve of the season that they found out just how bad it was with Peyton. We rolled the dice with Collins and Painter and came up snake eyes. It happens. We fired the GM for putting his faith in them and the coach for not realizing we had a better option on the bench in Orlovsky sooner.
Everyone had blinders on. And Manning had a secret operation between May and September, so even more than we realized, the front office should have known that he was a long shot to play. Their contingency was Painter and then Collins, and after Painter was horrible in the first two preseason games, they signed Collins. This is before Manning's last operation.
I also don't really agree that those are the reasons Polian and Caldwell were fired. I think Polian was fired for having such a thin roster, and he mentioned how talent-deprived the team was in his final Polian Corner. The quarterback situation was just one mistake; there are a dozen others over the last three or four years of his tenure. On top of that, I believe that Irsay wanted his team back, and Polian's control had just grown too much.
As for Caldwell, I don't think Orlovsky was anything special. Maybe a little better than Painter and Collins, but the real difference is that they changed the play calling once he took over. They also made adjustments on defense. Everything got really simple and basic in the last six weeks or so of the season. I think Caldwell's firing starts and ends at the fact that we lost the first thirteen games of the season, and he sat back and watched it happen. As much as Irsay wanted to keep him, there's no making up for how inept the coaching was last season.
Again, and I know you aren't arguing that we sucked for Luck last year. But in order to do that the players have to buy in. There are guys out of the league that were on the Colts last year. I am supposed to believe they lost on purpose so they would lose their job and a shot at their dream just so the Colts could get Luck? Don't buy it. We have 37 new players from last year. Only Brown, Wayne, and Castonzo returned as starters from last years offense. That is a fairly major over haul. It's not like they just switched out the QB and moved on with the same team from last year. They over hauled the roster to get more talent.
Considering all the fallout from last season, a decision to Suck for Luck would have come from Irsay. And I'm just not buying that.