See the excerpt below from the recent Polian corner on Colts.com. I highlighted a couple of phrases below from his first answer. A couple of things struck me: (1) We all know he's a whiner, but the comment about "rules stacked against" Indy is over-the-top and unprofessional, esp for a guy who is parades his competition committee role. (2) More importantly, I don't think it's smart strategically to ever publically suggest these excuses are present. I understand the context --Polian was paying his team a compliment, that they didn't accept excuses. It just makes me appreciate BB's philosophy even more. He would never actually say these things this way, not even close. He would never complain about injuries, schedules, and I would be my last dollar he doesn't believe in "fate" for a football team. Certainly he would never say the rules were stacked against him. I think it's stronger just to be that way. Polian's approach reminds me of companies that are always publically talking about their values and culture. (excerpt from recent Polian Corner)-------------------------------------- Question: A 21-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Cal., on Sunday. The victory clinched a fifth consecutive AFC South title, this one coming in a season in which the division appears to be by far the strongest in the NFL . . . Answer: Itâ€™s a great tribute to (Colts Owner and Chief Executive Officer) Jim Irsay and every member of this organization and most of all, to a great coaching staff, a great group of players, a great scouting staff and football operations staff, trainers, doctors and equipment people â€“ all of whom do everything they can every week to give us the best chance to win. Obviously, itâ€™s a great group of players who have not taken no for an answer. They havenâ€™t accepted bad luck, injuries, fate, a tough schedule â€“anything like that. They have not allowed it to stand in their way, and they have done a terrific job. Weâ€™re very proud of all of them and itâ€™s a wonderful thing to reach such a milestone. Consistency at the highest level in a sport where the rules are stacked against you is a wonderful thing to have achieved. We are all very proud of it.