Bill Polian already has made it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But maybe there’s an unknown higher level of the Hall into which he’s trying to nudge his bust.
Regardless, B.P. has instantly qualified for a spot in the B.S. Hall of Fame by suggesting that, 17 years ago, the Colts had a first-round grade on quarterback Tom Brady.
Asked by Sports Illustrated to name the quarterbacks he would have drafted if Peyton Manning weren’t on the roster, Polian had this to say after mentioning Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers, via USA Today: “Tom Brady would have been a guy, and we were very high on him. Our guys really loved him, but we weren’t in the quarterback market, obviously. Those would be the guys I remember us giving solid, first-round, can-lead-you-to-a-championship grades.”
And so a guy who belongs to a very exclusive club of football achievement has instantly become a member of a far bigger group: Those who claim they knew Tom Brady was going to become Tom Brady.
Frankly, Polian is either lying or admitting to a moment of gross incompetence. The fact that the Colts had Manning, the first pick in 1998, didn’t preclude them from drafting a quarterback in 2000 at or before the Patriots got Brady at pick No. 199. In 2004, for example, Polian drafted quarterback Jim Sorgi with selection No. 193.
If Polian truly had a first-round grade on Brady, Polian should have drafted Brady. Not in the early rounds, obviously. By the time round four rolls around, however, who in their right mind would pass on a player with a first-round grade — unless the player picked instead also had a first-round grade?
For the Colts, it’s possibly that defensive tackle Josh Williams (No. 122 in round four) had a first-round grade, but he sure didn’t play like it. Ditto for guard Matt Johnson (No. 138 in round five), who never even appeared in a regular-season game.
Any time a player with a first-round grade slides, you take him. And if he ends up being better than the guy you currently have at the position, you play him or you trade him for more than you got him for.
Indeed, look at what the Patriots have done at the quarterback position during Brady’s career. They took Rohan Davey in round four of the 2002 draft, Kliff Kingsbury in round six a year later, Matt Cassel in round seven in 2005, Kevin O’Connell in round three three years later, Zac Robinson in round seven in 2010, Ryan Mallett in round three the following year, Jimmy Garoppolo in round two in 2014, and Jacoby Brissett in round three a year ago.
That’s eight quarterbacks drafted since 2002, despite the presence of Brady. And when Brady was drafted, the Patriots supposedly had a franchise quarterback in Drew Bledsoe.
Bottom line? If Polian truly believed that Brady was going to be a great player, Polian should have taken him at some point before the Patriots (a division rival at the time) got him with pick No. 199.
Someone needs to tell Bill Polian "pics or it didn't happen".
I don't gamble on sports anymore, but when I did there would be nothing more annoying that would drive me insane than watching a game with someone who doesn't gamble who would say something midway through a game like "I would've bet that" "or "why didn't you bet that?" when they have the benefit of hindsight. Like when a 20 point favorite in the NBA is losing and everybody is shocked and they're like "Well I would've bet on the Nets over the Warriors".
Like there's no way. You don't know what you're talking about and are just lying. Saying you would've bet something, after you have the knowledge of hindsight, and when you didn't actually put money down and go through the emotions of placing a bet is lunacy. You can kick rocks. If it was that easy everybody would be rich.
That's basically what Bill Polian is saying. He's the guy who doesn't gamble telling gamblers that he would've bet on the winner, who they SHOULD'VE bet on. He'd tell you he would've bet on Leicester City to win the prem last year when they were 5000-1. Yeah now everybody knows that Tom Brady is the best quarterback of all time, but way back in 2000 there's no way in hell you had a 1st round grade on him and just didn't take him.
When I'm playing my franchise in Madden and there's a first round talent that slips late I'll take him just because of the talent alone, you're getting 1st round talent late, it's a risk worth taking. And that's me, a 25 year old year old idiot playing video games. You're supposed to be the GM of an NFL team you gotta know you can't keep passing on that talent because someday it will burn you like. Just like Tom Brady did for essentially his entire career.
Just shut the hell up and stop lying, because pro football talk is 100% right. He's either lying or is a fucking idiot (which I'd go with since he doesn't think T.O. or Randy Moss deserve to be in the Hall of Fame) because if you really thought Tom Brady was a first round talent, you won't have passed on him 5 times you should've been fired way before 2012.
Let's just face the facts, despite a pretty solid college career that included a BCS bowl win nobody expected Tom Brady to be who he is. That's what adds to his legacy. He worked hard and proved everybody wrong, and here Bill Polian is trying to claim that he knew all along. BULL SHIT. If that were true he would not have lasted until pick 199. That simple. Bill Polian is a liar, and also incompetent AF. The fact that ESPN pays him to drool on the microphone is one of the big reasons they're losing millions of subscribers per month. Someone should've told them just because Lou Holtz finally "retired" doesn't mean you need another geriatric old fuck bouncing around in Bristol spewing hot garbage.