December 23, 1997 |
The housecleaning came quickly for the Indianapolis Colts. Owner Jim Irsay reacted to the team's NFL-worst 3-13 record by firing Lindy Infante as coach and Bill Tobin as vice president and director of football operations yesterday and hiring Carolina general manager Bill Polian to a six-year contract as president. Irsay said he acted quickly because Polian was under contract to Carolina, and Panthers owner Jerry Richardson gave him until yesterday to close the deal. The Colts will send their third-round pick in the April draft to Carolina in exchange for the signing.
April 25, 1994 |
Mel Kiper got a taste of his own medicine. The ESPN draft analyst, who has made a career out of second-guessing NFL clubs for their draft day decisions, was verbally hammered on the air yesterday by Colts football operations chief Bill Tobin after Kiper criticized him for failing to select a quarterback with one of the Colts' two first-round picks. "To my knowledge, (Kiper) has never put on a jockstrap, has never been a scout, has never been an administrator," Tobin said in an interview with ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
March 24, 1994 |
The Indianapolis Colts have decided to trade Jeff George, according to a published report. The Indianapolis Star reported today that Bill Tobin, the team's vice president of football operations, made the decision to grant George's wish to be traded. "We have made the determination we will trade Jeff," Tobin told the newspaper from Orlando, Fla., where the NFL owners are meeting. Tobin said he was meeting with the Atlanta Falcons to discuss a trade of George, who boycotted the team's training camp for 36 days last summer for reasons he has never publically explained.
April 5, 1990 |
"The best thing that I can say about Plan B is that it's over. " - Bill Tobin, Chicago Bears' vice president of player personnel Bill Tobin is upset. No, make that angry. No, make that fuming. It has been two days since the NFL closed the Plan B betting windows, and Tobin is assessing the latest damage done to his football team by this 2-year- old, free-agency monster. A year ago, he watched helplessly as nine unprotected Bears followed their financial instincts and defected to other clubs.
February 8, 1996 |
Head coach Ted Marchibroda and the Indianapolis Colts are at "ground zero" in their contract talks, and the team says he is free to look for another job. Bill Tobin, the Colts' director of football operations, said yesterday the team offered Marchibroda a one-year contract on Jan. 21. But he said the 64-year-old coach wants a longer agreement to replace the four-year deal he signed when he joined the Colts in 1992. "They're nowhere as of this point," Tobin said of the negotiations.
April 24, 2015 |
JOBS THAT didn't exist 40 years ago, or if they did, hardly anyone knew it: Barista. Social media coordinator. Yoga instructor. NFL draft expert. That last one was pretty much invented by one big-haired guy in the early 1980s, in terms of the general public's consciousness, anyway, and for a while, his was a lonely, relatively thankless existence. "Who the hell is Mel Kiper?" then-Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Tobin famously thundered during the 1994 draft, after hearing ESPN's draft expert question his selection of linebacker Trev Alberts fifth overall, over quarterback Trent Dilfer.
February 3, 2001 |
On his first day as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Gregg Williams proved adept at coming up with the right answers. Consider how he handled the curve ball Bills owner Ralph Wilson threw him yesterday. "Was it a forward pass, Gregg?" Wilson asked, referring to last season's Music City Miracle, in which the Tennessee Titans beat the Bills on a controversial, last second home-run throwback in the AFC wild-card playoff game. Responded a smiling Williams, who was then the Titans' defensive coordinator: "As of today, my thinking was it was a forward pass.
February 12, 1996 |
Austria, Italy and Slovenia yesterday announced an unprecedented bid to host the 2006 Winter Olympics at sites in the three countries. The plan has the support of all three national governments. It is the creation of local authorities in the bordering towns of Arnoldstein, Austria; Tarvisio, Italy; and Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. The three sites are within nine miles of one another. COLLEGES Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, has agreed to a four-year deal worth at least $250,000 a year.
February 9, 1996 |
Free agent quarterback Jim Harbaugh will remain with the Indianapolis Colts next season even if the club has to designate him its franchise player to keep him, general manager Jim Irsay said yesterday. Irsay told WGN Radio in Chicago that he hopes to sign Harbaugh to a contract, but will designate him as a franchise player if a deal cannot be worked out. As a franchise player, Harbaugh would remain in Indianapolis and be paid at least the average salary of the top five quarterbacks in the league, putting him in the neighborhood of $4 million a year.
January 8, 1994 |
John Madden may eventually end up in ABC's Monday Night Football booth, but he said yesterday that reports that a deal had already been completed were not accurate. "I haven't decided on anything, and I won't until after the season," Madden said from his apartment in New York. "This is the fun part of the season and I want to enjoy it. " The New York Post reported that Madden's arrival at ABC was a "mere formality," and USA Today said that Madden had recently agreed to a $2.5 million-a-year deal with ABC after rejecting a $4 million offer from Fox. "I haven't heard those numbers from anybody, so that tells me the source for these stories is an outsider who doesn't really know what is going on," Madden said.