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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | January 24, 1993
Bruce Smith was the cornerstone draft pick in 1985, a symbol of the Buffalo Bills' futile past, the hope for the future.A year later, Jim Kelly arrived when the USFL fell.The year after that, it was Cornelius Bennett.The year after that, it was Thurman Thomas.It took four years, but between Smith's coronation as the top pick in the 1985 NFL draft and Thomas' free fall to the second round in 1988, the Bills acquired the marquee players who would deliver them to three straight Super Bowls in the 1990s.
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January 4, 2012
The time was right Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times Let's limit this to Bill Polian, as he was the true decision-maker here and Chris is clearly replaceable. Firing him was the right thing to do because the Colts need a fresh start and need to be as attractive and maleable as possible to attract the best next coach. With Polian there, an executive with arguably more power than any in the NFL, a new coach would be plugged in to that rigid pecking order. That won't work for everyone.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | April 18, 1999
NEW YORK -- Starting a domino effect that scrambled the NFL draft, Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian made a stunning move yesterday when he apparently drafted the best running back he could sign.After quarterbacks Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, and Akili Smith were selected by Cleveland, Philadelphia and Cincinnati, respectively, with the first three picks, Polian bypassed Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams to select University of Miami running back Edgerrin James with the fourth pick.
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March 27, 2008
The NFL's Thursday night season opener will match the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, with the game possibly starting 1 1/2 hours earlier to avoid clashing with the Republican National Convention. The game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Sept. 4 - the concluding night of the Republican convention - and will be televised by NBC. League spokesman Greg Aiello said yesterday that the NFL is talking with the network about changing the game's starting time to 7 p.m. The Redskins' participation was confirmed to the Associated Press by a person familiar with the NFL schedule who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the league has not announced it. Seahawks -- Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Trufant and Seattle have agreed to a six-year, $50.2 million contract that runs through 2013.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1999
The New Orleans Saints aren't likely to get a warm reception this weekend when they offer their entire 1999 draft in an attempt to trade up to get Texas running back Ricky Williams in the NFL college draft April 17.Bill Kuharich, the general manager of the Saints, said yesterday that he'll start contacting the teams at the top of the round this weekend to see whether any are interested in trading down. The Saints have the 12th pick.Kuharich and coach Mike Ditka have indicated they'd offer their six picks this year plus "future considerations," which could mean players or picks in 2000.
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December 28, 1990
The Buffalo Bills threw a yellow flag at their fans yesterday, banning beer sales for all Rich Stadium playoff games to head off another goalpost-wrecking outburst such as the one that followed Sunday's game.The Bills will also beef up their security to stop the "thuggery" that followed the team's American Football Conference East-clinching 24-14 victory over Miami, said general manager Bill Polian."We had the worst situation in the stands that we've ever had since we've been here," Polian said at a news conference.
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July 17, 1998
One is a fearless leader. The other is a career loser.Which quarterback do you think Bill Parcells preferred?The answer had to be Jim Harbaugh, but after failing to bully Neil O'Donnell into a pay cut, Parcells was left with Vinny Testaverde.Only time will tell if he regrets the move, but one thing is clear from this game of musical quarterbacks: The Ravens were proactive, and Parcells was not."Bill Parcells was pretty open in his assessment that he really liked Jim, that he had some interest in Jim," said Harbaugh's agent, Leigh Steinberg.
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March 27, 2008
The NFL's Thursday night season opener will match the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, with the game possibly starting 1 1/2 hours earlier to avoid clashing with the Republican National Convention. The game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Sept. 4 - the concluding night of the Republican convention - and will be televised by NBC. League spokesman Greg Aiello said yesterday that the NFL is talking with the network about changing the game's starting time to 7 p.m. The Redskins' participation was confirmed to the Associated Press by a person familiar with the NFL schedule who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the league has not announced it. Seahawks -- Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Trufant and Seattle have agreed to a six-year, $50.2 million contract that runs through 2013.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | December 17, 2004
Everyone knows Peyton Manning, the 28-year-old quarterback who is just three touchdown passes from eclipsing Dan Marino's single-season NFL record. Yet almost no one outside football knows Tom Moore, the 66-year-old offensive coordinator and self-described curmudgeon who molded Manning and gave the Indianapolis Colts' prolific offense his unique stamp. "He's the man behind the curtain," said Craig Kelley, the team's vice president for public relations, finding an apt allegory in The Wizard of Oz cinema classic.
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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,Sun reporter | February 25, 2007
Indianapolis -- On the NFL's ever-more crowded calendar, what's going on at the RCA Dome amounts to New Year's Day. With the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts barely having had time to polish the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the league's 32 teams are busy at the NFL scouting combine, taking the measure of hundreds of college players in preparation for April's draft. And though the combine is hardly new, what is different is the public attention the event generates. Utterances from news conferences here lead the news on ESPN.
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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,Sun reporter | February 25, 2007
Indianapolis -- On the NFL's ever-more crowded calendar, what's going on at the RCA Dome amounts to New Year's Day. With the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts barely having had time to polish the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the league's 32 teams are busy at the NFL scouting combine, taking the measure of hundreds of college players in preparation for April's draft. And though the combine is hardly new, what is different is the public attention the event generates. Utterances from news conferences here lead the news on ESPN.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | December 17, 2004
Everyone knows Peyton Manning, the 28-year-old quarterback who is just three touchdown passes from eclipsing Dan Marino's single-season NFL record. Yet almost no one outside football knows Tom Moore, the 66-year-old offensive coordinator and self-described curmudgeon who molded Manning and gave the Indianapolis Colts' prolific offense his unique stamp. "He's the man behind the curtain," said Craig Kelley, the team's vice president for public relations, finding an apt allegory in The Wizard of Oz cinema classic.
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By KEN MURRAY | November 2, 2003
First of all, there is no "instant" in instant replay. Secondly, all replay seems to do is invite more replay. The firestorm Ravens coach Brian Billick created last week after two replay calls went against him has flickered at several other venues this season. He isn't the only coach hopping mad about the ineffectiveness of a replay system that has been tweaked into silliness. After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost a Week 5 Monday night affair to the Indianapolis Colts, in part because the officials made a critical mistake allowing an illegal onside kick and because of an obscure "leaping rule" call, coach Jon Gruden was left scratching his head.
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By KEN MURRAY and KEN MURRAY,SUN STAFF | December 16, 2001
This has hardly been the smoothest season for Seattle Seahawks general manager and coach Mike Holmgren. In the first half of the year, he had to defend his forced feeding of inexperienced quarterback Matt Hasselbeck over veteran Trent Dilfer. Now Holmgren is defending his choice of veteran running back Ricky Watters over second-year star Shaun Alexander. When Holmgren announced last week that Watters would start today against Dallas for the first time since injuring his shoulder early in the season, he was met with incredulity from the media.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | April 18, 1999
NEW YORK -- Starting a domino effect that scrambled the NFL draft, Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian made a stunning move yesterday when he apparently drafted the best running back he could sign.After quarterbacks Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, and Akili Smith were selected by Cleveland, Philadelphia and Cincinnati, respectively, with the first three picks, Polian bypassed Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams to select University of Miami running back Edgerrin James with the fourth pick.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1999
The New Orleans Saints aren't likely to get a warm reception this weekend when they offer their entire 1999 draft in an attempt to trade up to get Texas running back Ricky Williams in the NFL college draft April 17.Bill Kuharich, the general manager of the Saints, said yesterday that he'll start contacting the teams at the top of the round this weekend to see whether any are interested in trading down. The Saints have the 12th pick.Kuharich and coach Mike Ditka have indicated they'd offer their six picks this year plus "future considerations," which could mean players or picks in 2000.
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By KEN MURRAY and KEN MURRAY,SUN STAFF | December 16, 2001
This has hardly been the smoothest season for Seattle Seahawks general manager and coach Mike Holmgren. In the first half of the year, he had to defend his forced feeding of inexperienced quarterback Matt Hasselbeck over veteran Trent Dilfer. Now Holmgren is defending his choice of veteran running back Ricky Watters over second-year star Shaun Alexander. When Holmgren announced last week that Watters would start today against Dallas for the first time since injuring his shoulder early in the season, he was met with incredulity from the media.
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By KEN MURRAY | November 2, 2003
First of all, there is no "instant" in instant replay. Secondly, all replay seems to do is invite more replay. The firestorm Ravens coach Brian Billick created last week after two replay calls went against him has flickered at several other venues this season. He isn't the only coach hopping mad about the ineffectiveness of a replay system that has been tweaked into silliness. After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost a Week 5 Monday night affair to the Indianapolis Colts, in part because the officials made a critical mistake allowing an illegal onside kick and because of an obscure "leaping rule" call, coach Jon Gruden was left scratching his head.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 17, 1998
ANDERSON, Ind. -- Bill Polian has a striking track record when it comes to building teams from the ground up in the NFL. He was the architect of both the Buffalo Bills' four-year AFC dynasty and the Carolina Panthers' two-year rise to the NFC championship game.Now comes perhaps his most difficult challenge. As president of the Indianapolis Colts, he is attempting to resuscitate a franchise that has won only two playoff games in its past 26 years.Hired by owner Jim Irsay one day after the Colts' 3-13 season ended last December, Polian, 55, doesn't minimize the job that faces him."
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July 17, 1998
One is a fearless leader. The other is a career loser.Which quarterback do you think Bill Parcells preferred?The answer had to be Jim Harbaugh, but after failing to bully Neil O'Donnell into a pay cut, Parcells was left with Vinny Testaverde.Only time will tell if he regrets the move, but one thing is clear from this game of musical quarterbacks: The Ravens were proactive, and Parcells was not."Bill Parcells was pretty open in his assessment that he really liked Jim, that he had some interest in Jim," said Harbaugh's agent, Leigh Steinberg.
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