Bill Polian understands why Jim Irsay won't pay Peyton Manning's option bonus. He also says the two parties just need to sit down and make a decision:
"I think the only response that's required is that they sit down and talk about it, and define what a restructured contract would look like," Polian said. "I've said all along, to anyone that's asked, that a) the date of March 8 can be moved by mutual agreement and b) the contract could always be restructured. Those two situations have existed from Day 1. Whether those two parties want that to happen, and whether they can make it happen, is what remains to be seen. ...
"We'll see what happens going forward, but in one sense, this is kind of a good thing, because it frames the issue quite clearly in the public mind. Both parties now have to sit down and determine what they want to do. And whatever they determine will be the right thing. There's no losers in this, I don't think."
Anyone else intrigued by the idea of BP commenting now that he's out of the office? I don't think he'll just unleash everything because of his respect for 18 (and professionalism toward Irsay?), but I find it interesting nonetheless. I actually usually enjoyed The Polian Corner at colts.com; I felt it gave me some insight into the decision-making process (e.g. looking at data trends for injury type to try to determine if it's related to conditioning or individual player variables vs. "freak accidents", etc.).
@blessedwhiteeyes I'm loving it. He *seems* calmer and more relaxed with giving input - almost as if he's out from under the cloud of his own gag order. Not to mention, as you referenced, his obvious insight when it comes to "the ways of the horseshoe" ... < dramatic gong chime >.