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Is Bill Polian a Fit for the Jaguars and Other Must-Reads from the AFC South

Bill Polian built a team that dominated the division for nearly a decade.
Bill Polian built a team that dominated the division for nearly a decade.Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistOctober 9, 2012

With the fire under Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Gene Smith's seat heating up, interesting names are being floated to replace him.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com chimes with the most interesting name of all: Bill Polian.

Polian would not only be a splashy hire for the Jaguars, but he would be the best possible hire.

Polain's track record for building winners is unparallelled among NFL executives.

How good would Polian be for the Jaguars?

Over the course of his career, teams run by Bill Polian were more likely to make the conference championship game than to have a losing record.

The six-time executive of the year built winners in Buffalo, Carolina and Indianapolis, hardly bastions of NFL glory before he arrived.

Polian comes with a price. He's a miserable man for the media to deal with. He's a control freak and notoriously petulant. He's not a nice guy.

But he wins.

If Polian could be lured to Jacksonville, the first thing he would do would be to pursue a viable starting quarterback. He would dump the ridiculous "run the ball stop the run" nonsense that has plagued the Jaguars for years.

It would be football nirvana for Jaguars fans, and the wins would come sooner rather than later.

It's just speculation, but for a team in need of hope, a future run by Polian is nice to think about.

 

General Interest

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective looks at the predictive value of fourth-quarter play.

Jason Lisk of The Big Lead asks when coaches should stop taking field goals in a one-score game.

Scott Kacsmar of NBCSports.com looks at the history of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

 

Houston Texans

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports says the Texans are the real Monday-night story.

Clark Judge of CBSSports.com says the loss of Brian Cushing will test the Texans. Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com says something similar.

Kuharsky reacts to the Texans' win.

 

Tennessee Titans

David Boclair of The City Paper says Chris Johnson doesn't think the Titans are "close."

Boclair says Jurrell Casey is built for the Titans.

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports that the Titans won't shake things up.

Wyatt and John Glennon report that that Matt Hasselbeck will start against the Steelers.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union writes that Mike Mularkey is not ready to give up on the playoffs. This is utter insanity.

Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union posts a notebook.

 

Indianapolis Colts

Peter King of Sports Illustrated shares insight into what Chuck Pagano means to the Colts.

Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star looks at a key play in the Indianapolis victory.

Bob Kravitz of The Indianapolis Star says Bruce Arians had a day to remember.

Mike Chappell of The Indianapolis Star says the Colts threw Andrew Luck into the deep end.

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