My reaction to the decision is Irsay didn’t have faith in Chris Polian. With Bill Polian moving closer to retirement each season, Chris has taken on more responsibility. The only way to read Irsay’s actions is that he didn’t trust Chris enough to put the future of the franchise in his hands.
That's not what Irsay said. Reading into his statement, the "Chris P. is toxic" meme has a lot more traction. Winning the right way clearly means winning with buoyant front office morale. Kravitz's steamy pile of un-named source-ery laid that out in devastating fashion. Irsay had nothing bad to say about their job performance, and Chris Polian's first NFL draft looks pretty damn good, so far. I'm reconciled with it, now. I was among those who thought it was an ill-timed move, when the head coach and his staff seemed more responsible for the team's poor performance. I've come around. I wish Chapp would speak more precisely. It matters.
@naptown_ninja Agreed. I've gotten more and more confidence that if Chris was the problem, it was his attitude in the org. I've heard rumblings of that more than anything.