Lack of young talent swayed Irsay to fire Polians

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora and Michael Lombardi are stationed in the NFL Media newsroom Monday as they track all the coach, front-office and player movement following the final day of the regular season. Watch NFL Network and check back with this blog for the latest.

The Colts’ inability to infuse a veteran roster with young talent is what cost vice chairman Bill Polian and general manager Chris Polian their jobs, according to Lombardi.

The Colts advanced to the playoffs nine times during Bill Polian’s run with the team, but the ghastly nature of many of their losses in 2011 showed a clear regression in the talent level on the roster.

“Their best players are still their older players, that’s the problem,” Lombardi said. “That’s how you lose 13 games in a row, because the young talent really hasn’t developed in terms of catching up to the veterans.”

Polian’s roster is uniquely built, presenting an additional challenge for the next man up.

“Whoever takes over as general manager is going to have to re-shape this roster, because it is shaped in a style that Bill Polian had preferred,” Lombardi said. “Smaller guys on defense, quick, athletic guys that can move. … There’s going to be an evolution here that’s going to take some time.”

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