Jim Caldwell made a bold move last Sunday when he decided to sit Peyton and Co. with 5:36 left to play in the third quarter. To Caldwell, the benefits of having healthy, rested players for a Super Bowl run outweighed the worth of a perfect season.
Once Caldwell sat his starters, he knew the only way to make up for losing the game would be to win the Super Bowl.
The Colts had a chance to accomplish something that has only been achieved two times in the history of the game. Caldwell didn't care, he knew why they were playing, why they worked so hard in the offseason, why he was promoted to head coach at the beginning of the season- to win the Super Bowl.
He let it be known that a Super Bowl outweighs anything else, even a perfect season. Caldwell has given his team added pressure, but with that pressure comes an increased motivation, not that the Colts weren't motivated in the first place.
When a guy like Peyton Manning is benched on the verge of a perfect season, you know he's going to be that much hungrier and work that much harder to make sure he lands another ring.
Everyone will be watching the Colts during the postseason, whether they're a fan or not, to see if they make it all the way. If they do, the perfect season controversy won't matter anymore and the Colts will prove that Caldwell made the right decision.
However, if they lose, whether it's their first playoff game or in the Super Bowl, the controversy will rage on and it will be awhile before Caldwell hears the end of it.
Not many rookie coaches have gone through what Jim Caldwell has this season. He has proven to be a very capable head coach and has handled the recent criticism considerably well. Let's hope his decision does not go to waste.