When I compare my football resume and acumen to that of Bill Polian's,I realize pretty quickly that I should keep my yap shut in regards to a GM who is widely regarded as one of the all-time greatest at what he does.
That being said, if Bill Belicheck can be branded an idiot for going for it on 4th and 2 then why shouldn't I point the finger straight at the man making the decisions for the Colts? Make no mistake, Jim Caldwell doesn't make this call.
Watching the events of yesterdays game unfold before my eyes, I couldn't help but escape the feeling that game was turning out very similar to Star Wars Episode three.
Lets face it, we all knew there was a good chance the Colts were going to rest their starters the same way we all knew that regardless of how it happened, little Annie was going to become the dark lord of the Sith by the end of the movie.
Despite knowing the outcome, there is still that part of you that keeps watching and hoping that maybe this time things will be different. Maybe this time Annie wont kill Mace Windu, maybe this time he wont join the dark side, and maybe just maybe, Darth Polian wont pull his starters and screw up a good thing.
Sadly, Sundays movie played-out just as we all knew it would. The Colts raised a collective middle finger to the rest of the league and handed the Jets a victory that they dearly needed.
Perhaps my biggest point of contention with this whole thing is that we have been here and done this before. There is absolutely no good reason to believe that not playing your starters will improve your chances of winning a Superbowl. In fact,the Colts have proved time and time again that doing so may actually hurt your chances.
Please Mr. Bill Polian show me how finishing 14-2 will give us an edge come playoff time opposed to finishing 16-0.
Spare me talk about pressure or injuries. If the team cant handle the pressure of 16-0 then they probably can't handle the pressure of playing in a Superbowl.
As for Injuries, Peyton Manning is more likely to get injured by standing next to Tiger Woods during a domestic disturbance than he is playing behind that offensive line.
Peyton hasn't missed a start due to an injury in a decade and he was just as likely to go down on the first play of the game on Sunday as he would have been on the last play.
I am disgusted with my team, they spend all season preaching a philosophy about the next man up, and that injuries are never an excuse then we turn around and throw in the towel because someone might get hurt.
This time-of-year nobody talks about being the healthiest team in the league. This is the NFL and no one is completely healthy. This time-of-year everyone talks about momentum. Every team wants to ride that strong finish at the end of the season into the playoffs. It's called;getting hot at the right time.
The argument that the Colts are not in it for a perfect seasonis another line of BS that I am not buying either. If the Colts did not care about such trivial things, why even play Peyton Manning? Why push to get Manning over 50,000 yards? Why push to get Dallas Clark over 1000 yards receiving? Why worry about keeping Mannings' consecutive starts streak intact? If nothing else matters except a Superbowl ring, then why even put them on the field to start the game?
The Colts blew a chance to finish the season 16-0, to make a "statement".
The Colts might want to consider not even making the trip to Buffalo next week and just outright forfeit the game.
I fail to see how that would be any different than the farce they treated us to yesterday.