It's been a big week for Patriots revisionist historians. First, we had the Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell claiming if that he hadn't gotten hurt, his Steelers would've beaten the Pats in the AFC Championship Game.
Now, comes long-time Patriots hater, and Hall of Fame executive, Bill Polian saying that if it weren't for that Peyton Manning guy, the Indianapolis Colts would've been all over Tom Brady in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
The claim that the Colts, run by Polian at the time, had a first-round grade on Brady was actually made by Polian to Sports Illustrated in 2015: "...Tom Brady would have been a guy, and we were very high on him," he said. "Our guys really loved him, but we weren’t in the quarterback market, obviously. Those would be the guys I remember us giving solid, first-round, can-lead-you-to-a-championship grades.”
Polian reiterated it last week at the NFL Scouting Combine, telling USA Today that Brady was one of the best passers he ever scouted while preparing for the draft.
So, even if the Colts "weren't in the quarterback market," why not take a shot at a QB his team had graded in the first-round before the Patriots now famously grabbed him in the sixth round at No. 199 overall? Especially with an aging Mark Rypien as Manning's backup in 2001?
Whatever the answer, Patriots fans apparently can thank Bill Polian for steering clear of TB12.