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Indianapolis Colts: Individual Achievements Greater Than Team Goals

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Bill Polian, president of the Indianapolis Colts, looks on before the game against the Oakland Raiders on December 16, 2007 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Colts won 21-14.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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No NameAnalyst IJanuary 3, 2010

Another week, another controversial topic for a 14-win NFL team.

The Colts are in Buffalo at this moment, taking on the Bills in what is basically a pre-season game.

After last week's decision to rest the starters late in the third quarter, the Colts organization has set themselves up for another interesting week of fan criticism.

With Wes Welker going down with a serious injury in a meaningless game in Houston, fans and teams are on high alert. Not Bill Polian.

With the snow pouring down on top of them in Buffalo, the Colts starters took to the field. The goal was obvious from the start; get Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne the ball, so they can get their 100 catches for the season. Mr. Polian, (which he insists on being referred to) may I ask, why?

The only thing this did was prove that the individual statistics are worth the risk of injury, but going for NFL history is not. This city would have imploded had Peyton slipped on the grass, or Reggie taken a slide and turned an ankle.

Not only did they play to get those statistics, but they would do whatever it took to get it done. Both Wayne and Clark's final catches were for losses.

Even if you are making it obvious to the defense of what you are going to do, at least put Painter into the game. What difference does it make if the passes come from Peyton or Curtis?

The starters ended up playing into the second quarter before they took to the sidelines.

There is no doubt that Polian is the best in the business when it comes to evaluating talent for the draft, but these last two weeks have brought more questions and concern to the forefront than anything else.

Now it truly is Super Bowl or bust.

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