It’s finger pointing time in Indianapolis.

Polian isn't laughing now, and needs to change his ways.

Polian isn't laughing now, and needs to change his ways.

For the eighth time in 10 years, a Colts’ playoff run flamed out.

Some will blame Tony Dungy and his record of playoff mediocrity. Some will blame Peyton Manning’s history of coming up short in the clutch.

Ultimately, it’s time to question team president Bill Polian. It’s hard to scrutinize a man with his track record, a man who resurrected the Colts’ franchise, but it must be done.

The Colts need change – mostly a change in philosophy, and that comes from the top.

The Colts need offensive linemen that can open up running lanes.

How many times will the Colts get stuffed on third-and-one or fourth-and-one before changes are made?

The Colts need defensive tackles that can disrupt a running game.

How many times will the Colts’ undersized defense get sliced and diced by opposing running backs relying on Manning for a late-game miracle?

If pilling up regular season wins and accumulating Pro Bowl nods and MVP awards is the goal, then the plan is working.

If not, then it’s time for Polian to shake things up. Enough with the lean, agile offensive linemen and the undersized defensive tackles. This team needs to win some battles at the line of scrimmage.

When John Elway and the Denver Broncos finally got over the hump to win back-to-back Super Bowls, it wasn’t because Elway was winging the ball all over the field.

The Broncos controlled the line of scrimmage and took the pressure off Elway. They had a top-five running game both years.

The Colts continue to pump money into the skill positions and leave the cupboard bare in the trenches.

Dungy hasn’t made any crucial blunders in the Colts’ failed playoff runs, and Manning has been very good in the playoffs the past two seasons – a combined 712 passing yards and four touchdowns.

The fact is that Dungy can coach his heart out, and Manning can throw his arm off, but it’s not going to matter if the Colts can’t win battles up front.

“Defense wins championships.”

“You must run the ball and stop the run.”

These aren’t secrets. The Colts figured it out first hand when they won Super Bowl XLI. Aside from the comeback against the Patriots, Manning was pretty average during that run, but it didn’t matter – the Colts were stopping the run and were confident in their run game.

So maybe instead of drafting multiple tight ends and undersized offensive linemen from Scranton University, it’s time for Polian to focus on getting the team bigger and stronger up front.

Maybe when Polian sends Marvin Harrison packing, he should spend that money on a talented 300-pound run-stuffing defensive tackle, or an offensive lineman that can dominate in the run game – a guy you can run behind when you need a yard or two to win the game (like the Colts needed on Saturday against the Chargers).

Maybe when Dungy and Manning shoulder the blame, we should ask about the man behind the scenes.

Or maybe Polian will be stubborn and continue plugging away with the same philosophy. If he does, expect more of the same.

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