Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell hired former Indianapolis Colts general manager, and man of many hats, Chris Polian a little while ago, much to the chagrin of a lot of Jaguars fans.
The younger Polian served as the Colts general manager from 2009 through the 2011 season, taking over for his father Bill Polian, who was the architect of the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, and then Colts' title runs. Chris' tenure with the Colts is widely viewed as a disaster.
The connection between the Polian's and Dave Caldwell goes way back and Chris is happy to have a fresh start in helping build a franchise in Jacksonville.
"Being able to join a situation where we do have a lot of work ahead of us - and everybody realizes that - it's exciting to be a part of this from the ground up," Polian told Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union.
Caldwell thought Polian was a priority hire for the team because of his experience doing many things previously in his 19-year NFL career. He began his career as director of pro scouting with the Colts and worked his way up to the assistant director of football operations, to assistant general manager, to eventually taking over for his father when he stepped aside.
Chris Polian spent the 2012 season as an executive scout for the Falcons, working under Caldwell, so the two have a personal and professional relationship dating back to the early days with the Colts when Caldwell was a scout under Polian.
"He's a great resource for me and a lot of the things I'm going through now," Caldwell told O'Halloran. "Not only does he know the league very well from a pro personnel standpoint, but he has a lot of experience and has had a lot of success. And he knows the pitfalls, too."
While the hire of Chris Polian immediately came with laughter from Colts fans and worry from Jaguars fans, Caldwell does make a good point in regards to Polian knowing the "pitfalls" of being a general manager in the NFL. Polian has failed in the new job that Caldwell has taken, and you can always learn quite a bit from failure.