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Why the Colts are making the Right decisions

Posted on: December 31, 2009 9:52 am
Lets face it.  There are so many people on both sides of the issue on whether the Colts should have played their starters the entire game against the Jets.  The funny thing is the people most vocal about the issue are non-Colts fans.  You would think from a pure fan perspective they would want to Colts to do just that to keep them from being sharp come playoof time.  Don't get me wrong here, there are a great number of Colts fans who feel the same, yet that is their right to feel that way.  The others not so much. 

Lets look at the situation here.  The starters played almost three quarters against the Jets.  Probably another quarter (my guess) against the Bills.  They have been playing meaningfull football since early September.  That means that after the quarter against Buffalo they will have two weeks of rest.  Does anyone really forget how to do their job in two weeks?  I expect most don't.  Personally I would have loved to see the starters play through both games and win the super bowl simply to shutup Mercury Morris and the rest of the 72 Dolphins.  It didn't happen, but I'm serously ok with that decision. 

There is a possibility that the Colts could face these same Jets in their first playoof game.  We will then see what the Jets are really made of.  Then it's probably a game against New England or San Diego.  Either one is fine with me.  We can beat them both.  It would be interesting to face San Diego again for a little revenge, but that's up to them to get to that game.

A lot has been mentioned about the disgust on the Colts players faces as they watched after being pulled from the Jets game.   I tend to think that it really wasn't disgust, but pain felt for the things that werer happening to their team mates.  No one wants to see a team mate fumble the ball for a touchdown or throw an interception.  Painter got a serious lesson on what's expected of of an NFL quarterback.  If he's going to be any good he will learn from that lesson.  I don't believe anyone can say thatthose players on the field didn't play as hard as they could.  The game reminded me of the old "Chicago Charities College All-Star Game" where they had the college allstars (Colts 2nd and 3rd string) against the NFL champions from that's years NFL championship game or Super Bowl.  I think they stopped playing it in 76.  Most times it was a close game only because it was a preseason game for the NFL team and they usually didn't play their starters the entire game.

Any way, rest assured that the Colts made the right decision and will go on to win the Super Bowl.  Feel free to slam me if they don't.  I'm a big boy and can handle heat or criticism.
Category: NFL

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2010 12:29 pm

Why the Colts are making the Right decisions

I can't you people in ny are that stupid. The jets shouldn't even be on the same field as the colts. Ryan is a F*** and that homo QB  is a joke. Peyton will destroy you sorry bitches from that s*** hole known as ny.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2010 9:00 am

Why the Colts are making the Right decisions

Actually the starters played almost three quarters of that game, so in your reposnse the three week bye doesn't hold water.  They also played almost a quarter of the Bills game.  Of course they didn't need to play any of it except to keep a few streaks alive and get Wayne and Clark to 100 catches for the season.  In all actuality they will only have about 1 and 1/2 weeks off.

Talking about injuries, tell me how do you think the Patriots feel about Welker?  Are they second guessing themselves?  Probably not.  They chose to play the starters, and as coaches and owners that was their right.  Same goes for the Colts.  It should have not come as a suprise to any Colts fan that they sat the starters for any portion of the season after they wrapped up the highest seed possible.

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2010 6:54 pm

Why the Colts are making the Right decisions

How in the world does losing to the Jets guarantee them a Super Bowl. They were undeafeated, the only team undefeated at the moment. They would have easily beat the Jets, and the Bills, and would still be undefeated. Even though your being safe with your players, by not trying to hurt them, that doesn't mean you can't try to win the game. You could even tell by the expressions on the players faces, they were not happy to lose. Even though they might have said it's alrgiht, it's not important, they all wanted to be undefeated. What's the point of benching them two weeks before the playoffs even are. Actually 3 weeks, since they have the first round bye. If they get hurt, they could easily heal before they started to play again. The Colts were the hottest team in the league, there is not one team that could stop them. They would of blown past everyone, and be the second team to go undefeated and win the Super Bowl, and join the Miami Dolphins in the record book.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2010 7:26 am

Why the Colts are making the Right decisions

NO ONE has forgotten the 72 Dolphins! 

Actually, the only reason anyone remembers the 72 Fins is because the media brings it up each year just as the last undefeated team loses.  For a long time it was rare for a team to reach 13-0 or even 14-0.  It's been done a lot recently by both the Colts and Patriots.  I imagine that from the early 80's to the late 90's no one evn remembered the 72 Fins....

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2010 7:19 am

Why the Colts are making the Right decisions

As I recall the Colts are  happier having the most wins in the decade versus the most Super  Bowl victories.

Do you have examples of this being said by any of the Colts players, staff, coaches, or ownership or is this just conjecture?

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2010 10:00 pm

Why the Colts are making the Right decisions

BostonReedFan: You have it exactly right!  No one remembers who won the SB even 4 or 5 years ago (except the fans of the teams in it), but NO ONE has forgotten the 72 Dolphins!  An undefeated season of 19-0 would make this team relevant for the next 40 years or so.  As it is, they'll be forgotten quickly, just like every other SB winner.  A perfect season is really a WHOLE lot more important than simply winning the SB, and the only thing people will remember is the year the Colts quit.  Caldwell sucks for this decision.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2010 11:37 am

Why the Colts are making the Right decisions

Right on, Rudy.  The fact is, playoff teams need to be in sync and on a roll, a la the NY Giants two years ago.  I don't care for the Giants, however I wanted them to play all of their players against the Pats in the final regular season game.  I wanted to see the best team win.  The Pats won the game, but the Giants gave it all they had and came darn close to kicking that butt.  They barely lost to one of the greatest teams in the history of the NFL.  They went on to play really well in the playoffs, and ultimately won the Super Bowl, where this time they defeated that team they lost to previously.  Tom Coughlin is old school and he made the right decision.  He has a Super Bowl ring to prove it.

Peyton Manning did not look happy after their loss.  Mentally, is this the way to prepare for a playoff and Super Bowl run?

Remember fellas, "in sync and on a roll."  It's important!  Sitting players will not accomplish it!

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2010 10:39 am

Why the Colts are making the Right decisions

PATRIOTS HAVE done it better .They have gone to 4 super bowls this decade.

      Patriots have won more games than the colts if you include the playoffs in this decade.    &nbs

;     &nbs
p; Nobody will remember these colts for anything but their infamous quiting in the middle of a game ,when they did'nt have to play any regulars to start with ,if their excuse was not to risk getting players injured.managements great job has cost the colts at least 3 more shots to the super bowl and now a chance at forever in history.The poor players when they deal with family ,friends ,relatives what do they tell them?   Put yourself in their position ,it feels like the've already lost the super bowl.

Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2010 9:56 am

Why the Colts are making the Right decisions

I agree. We need to focus on Super Bowls not regular season victories. I, as a fan, was hurt to see them put in the scrubs and loose a game they could have won (Jets).  But I understand their strategy.  Here is an important point, it is the advent of the 16 game season that has madeit possible for some teams to wrap up their position so "early" and rest players.  Their is talk of eliminating another pre-season game and adding another regular season game.  In this case, it will not really help.  People get so angry about this.  I wish people could simply agree to disagree. The Colts management has done a great job over the past decade.  I trust their judgement, while not perfect, nobody out there has done it better.  I love the Colts chances to make it to the Super Bowl. Go Colts!

Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2010 10:23 pm

Why the Colts are making the Right decisions

So basically, every team not in the playoff hunt should just rest their players so they don't get hurt. They are not playing for anything. Why risk your career, and from a  coaching and player stand point a better draft pick is in order. Not competing to your best ability is akin to point shaving and should be banned. Any team that does this should immediately lose draft picks and forfeit any advantage in the playoffs. The Lions, Chiefs, Raiders, Rams, and Browns could just not show up and risk injury which would change the entire playoff picture. As I recall the Colts are  happier having the most wins in the decade versus the most Super  Bowl victories. I guess thats what makes the Steelers and Patriots the teams of the decade while manning continues to lose big games every year. The next time he beats Florida will be his first. 

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