Bill Polian’s not a fan of what the NFL has done with the Pro Bowl.
“It’s stupid,” he said on the Dan Dakich Show on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis. “It’s a disruption, but we’ll deal with it.”
Polian: “Well, we’ll come back to practice on Wednesday. We’ll practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. They’ll have off Saturday. If it weren’t for the Pro Bowl disruption, they would have the weekend off, but they can’t because we have to send those players to Miami to do Lord knows what. We’ll come back and practice on Sunday and the Pro Bowl players will go and do whatever they have to do and then the team will leave on Monday."
(So the Pro Bowl players you will fly down there and they just fly back that day?)
"I don’t know that they fly them back. I think they plan to keep them down there that evening. They haven’t even told us yet what this is all about. We don’t even have any details or anything like that. Maybe they will call us Friday and tell us. In any event, the fact of the matter is that we’re thinking that they’re down there Sunday night and they will meet us Monday, which is a hell of a thing isn’t it? It sends a great message to all the young people out there and all the coaches that talk teamwork that you take your best seven players and split them up from your team at the ultimate moment in sports.”
Polian has a legitimate complaint. The league should have had this spelled out for the two Super Bowl teams immediately. But he could also easily fix the problem by just flying his entire team to Miami on Sunday instead of Monday to sync up with the league’s schedule.
Of course, the Colts can be pretty inflexible, and if they want to fly Monday, they're going to fly Monday.
Last week, Peyton Manning mentioned how silly he thought it was that before the Colts-Patriots AFC Championship Game in January 2004 he had to fly to Boston and back for a Friday news conference, per league rules.
Well, he and those with him, including Tony Dungy, didn’t have to fly back. The Colts could have all gone to New England on Friday like plenty of road teams in the championship game had done before them.
It was Indy’s inflexibility that set things up for him to go back to Indianapolis, then fly again with the team Saturday.
But wouldn’t you know it, those Friday news conferences before championship game weekend don’t exist anymore.
Through Sports Radio Interviews, here's a link to the whole Polian interview.