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Former Indianapolis Colts team president Bill Polian reportedly wanted Andy Dalton to back up Peyton Manning.

By SI Wire
August 14, 2014

Former Indianapolis Colts team president Bill Polian told Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis that he would still be with the Colts if he had chosen Andy Dalton to back up Peyton Manning, according to’s Judy Battista.

Manning went through numerous neck surgeries in 2011, forcing the team to go with veterans Kerry Collins, Dan Orlovsky and Curtis Painter at quarterback. Indianapolis went 2-14 in 2011, and Polian was fired at the end of the season.

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Polian now is an analyst with ESPN.

Manning was released during the 2012 offseason and the Indianapolis selected Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in that spring's NFL Draft. Luck has led the team to two straight playoff appearances.  

Dalton was selected in the second round by the Bengals in 2011, leading the team to three playoffs berths. 

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