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Posted on: December 28, 2009 12:14 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2009 12:14 pm

---I can't believe the outrage over the decision by Colts coach Jim Caldwell to sit down his starters against the Jets with a 15-10 lead in the second half. He didn't have to play them at all, but he did. I wouldn't have.  That's the right of the coach. All those fans of teams that the game impacted need to shut their mouths. If their teams had taken care of business along the way, they wouldn't have needed the help of the Colts. I keep hearing integrity of the game stuff, but that's absurd. We know the Colts have clinched the No. 1 seed. Caldwell could have started all backups, and nobody should have said a word. The Jets can now get into the playoffs with a victory against the Bengals. That's why the Steelers and Texans and Broncos might not be happy. Too bad. The Colts don't need to apologize to anybody. It's about winning the Super Bowl. Not going undefeated. And for those of you trying to throw fuel on the fire by implying that Peyton Manning wasn't happy about the decision, I don't think that's true. I talked to Manning after the Colts beat the Jaguars 10 days ago, and he was much more concerned about the playoffs than an unbeaten season. And he meant it. The Colts had the right to do what they did. It's happened before and it will happen again. What if the Patriots rest Tom Brady this week at Houston because they'd rather have the No. 4 seed than the No. 3 seed? Isn't that the same thing? You do what's best for your football team, the rest of the league and their fans be damned.

---The talk of Bill Cowher to Tampa Bay makes sense. The Glazer family loves going after big names. Remember the Bill Parcells pursuit? They traded away a bounty of draft picks to get Jon Gruden. And Raheem Morris hasn't exactly wowed them. But I have to say this: Why did you hire him if you're not going to give him a fair shot? The Bucs have won back-to-back road games, including beating the Saints Sunday. And they've played much of the season with a rookie quarterback. I'm not sure Morris is the next great coach, but I think he deserves another year.

---Never thought I'd say this, but I think Eric Mangini does as well. The Browns have won three consecutive games. They're playing better. And if Mike Holmgren's top option is to replace him with Marty Mornhinweg -- the league rumor -- I don't think that's any better.

---Now that the Packers have solidified that offensive line, watch out for them in the playoffs. Aaron Rodgers has been on fire. The Packers play a meaningless game at Arizona this week and might play there again the next week. Rodgers had had a great season, proving once again that the Packers made the right decision when they jettisoned the selfish old man last year. Rodgers is the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 4,000 yards in his first two seasons as a starter. Not even the egomaniac old guy did that.

---For the past two seasons, the same problems have hurt the Jacksonville Jaguars. They can't pass the ball well enough and they can't rush the passer. You can't have that in a passing league. They have to get a new quarterback. And despite the public talk by the staff backing David Garrard last week, don't believe it. The Jaguars will draft a quarterback early if they can next spring. The organization made a mistake giving Garrard a big contract two years ago. He is due to make close to $10 million next season. If he doesn't take a pay cut, he will be gone. The Jaguars brass now knows it can't win a Super Bowl with him as their quarterback. The problem is they don't have a second-round pick, traded away last spring for the right to draft starting corner Derek Cox, who has played well as a rookie. That means they can't address their top two needs in the first two rounds. Quarterback or pass rusher? The quarterback cures more ills, but the Jaguars have 14 sacks in 15 games. I'd still go for the quarterback.

---You have to feel for Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis. He suffered a severe neck injury last spring when the Cowboys practice facility collapsed and then had an emergency appendectomy Sunday before the Cowboys game with the Redskins. DeCamillis is a good guy who has kept a good attitude through it all. When I saw him this summer during camp, he couldn't shake my hand because he still had issues from his neck surgery. Here's wishing one of the good guys a speedy recovery.

--The Bengals will have to play the rest of the way without Rey Maualuga, who suffered a broken ankle in Cincinnati's victory over the Chiefs Sunday. Maualuga has been playing well for the Bengals, and he will be missed. He's been a solid player against the run who had improved against the pass as the season went along.

---The Rams will pick first in the draft. Take a quarterback. Forget all the talk about Ndamukong Suh going first to the Rams. It's time to take a quarterback first -- if there is one they like.

---Speaking of quarterbacks in next year's draft, I still think Washington's Jake Locker will change his mind and enter the draft. He might be the first player picked. Why go back to school?

---I hate to say I told you so -- no, not really -- but I told you the Wildcat would be dead by the end of the season. Where is it? What has happened to it? It's like those Members Only jackets. Both came, looked good for a while, and then disappeared. The Wildcat is dead. Amen.

---I'm not sure the Dallas Cowboys aren't the best team in the NFC. One coach I talked to thinks the Cowboys are the best team, especially the way they're playing now.

----Still think Tony Romo is overrated? Didn't think so.

---Seattle has to replace Matt Hasselbeck. He looks old and washed up. He threw four picks in each of the past two games. They have to draft a quarterback. But who does the drafting now that Tim Ruskell is gone? If they're smart, they get a football man who came up through the scouting ranks. Somebody like Steve Keim of Arizona or Eric DeCosta of the Ravens.

----The Saints, like I've said many times, are flawed on defense. With so many good offenses in the NFC playoffs, that will hurt them in a big way. Charles Grant, one of their defensive ends, does nothing. The Bucs moved up and down the field on them Sunday. So did the Redskins a month ago, and they can't score on anybody. The Saints have three weeks to fix it. Would it shock you to see them lose next week at Carolina? If they do, the NFC Playoffs will probably go through Minnesota. Can you hear the media crying already? New Orleans or Minneapolis in January?

---I think Gary Kubiak has saved his job with the Texans. They have a lot of talent on that team. If they don't make the playoffs next season, he will be gone. That's a certainty. They do need to fix the secondary.

---Watching the Cardinals-Rams game, Arizona better hope their tackles play better in the playoffs. Jeremy Bridges and Levi Brown struggled against an injury-depleted Rams front.





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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2009 11:18 am

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Then why play your starters AT ALL? They were still out there for the beginning of the game and into the third quarter. Injuries on the first drive hurt as much as injuries on the last drive. If you want to stay healthy, why put a facade of the team out there for a bit? To keep them "fresh?" What is this, Subway?
Just promote your practice squad and be done with it if you're not going to to try.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2009 10:21 am

Monday Musings - Another MORONIC POST BY PRISCO

Really?  Manning was ok the decision?  Ok prisco, you're either gullable or just plain stoo_pid!!!  The whole country saw the expression on Manning, Wayne, Clarke and co. while the game was being handed to the jets. Your post is a joke, and you need to get off your high horse.  Telling the fans that "they need to shut their mouths" shows how little you know about the impact fans have and YES, we have a right to voice our opinion you low-life because we pay the big bucks to attend these games.  In the meantime, a$$ clowns like you attend games for free, so you can report crap like your monday musings.  I'm sure head coaches & players read your beligerent posts and laugh at your stoo_pidity, but you must be under the impression that anyone in the league cares what you write about.  Take your life already.

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2009 9:58 am

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Here is the exact thing that Colt's Coach Calwell was protecting against (from today's headlines):

Eagles lose anchor: Center Jackson done for season

That's an injury that the Colts don't need. They've got enough healthy players to win it all, so let's keep it that way. 

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2009 8:58 am

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 Belichick DID rest his starters in 2004. The Patriots then won the Super Bowl. Along the way, they beat the Colts, who did not rest their starters. Got anything else?
Pulling your starters in the 4th quarter of week 17 is a little different then pulling them in the 3rd quarter of week 16. In addition if you look at the Box score a number of key players stayed in the game. Corey Dillon was out there killing the clock.  

Please don't let facts get in the way.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2009 8:52 am

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Ditto.  I am dumbfounded that the Colts did not go all out to win.  I see no advantage to throwing away history, momentum, drive, timing, etc.  To hand the game away is a mistake all the way around.

Since: Nov 21, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2009 8:00 am

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Hear,  Hear!!!!!

Since: Nov 21, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2009 7:52 am

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All this hype over a meaningless game is the "wrong" thing!  I cannot believe that fans would be so shallow!  You know what?  Sit back and wait, if they go One and Done, then everyone can say "SEE, We told you"!!!!!  If they win the SB, enjoy it for all it's worth!  You all mention "Sport" in your posts, that is exactly what this is, "Sport", don't get so worked up over these trival things.  Support you Team, and be happy we are so spoiled!  We are watching history being made here!  Laughing  One day everyone will look back, when the time has come that we recend into ordinary, and they will remember the fun times that the fans had!  No one will remember the sittings of starters, the particular fumbles, interceptions, etc..  I hope to remember the history being made, right here in our town!  Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts have put Indy on the Sports map.  People no longer ask where in the World is Indy.....  They just know, the home of the Colts.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2009 4:24 am

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What's most important is winning the SuperBowl. And that's only possible if your key players are all healthy.
You know it's easy for fans to ask for a perfect season. After all it's not your butts on the line if P.Manning were to get injured. Suggesting to bench Manning during the playoffs to keep him healthy is immature and childish. The playoffs are 2 weeks away which is not enough time to even have ONE of your key players replaced. The Colts have struggeled last year in the playoffs due to injuries.

How do they OWE anything to the fans? Sure they are buying the merchandise and in a way pay the players, but no one is forcing them to do that. Colts aren't my team but even if they were I would have preferred the decision to bench them as well.
We had a game last year where we were pounding our last team and the playoff spot was a sure thing nevertheless we didn't bench our starters and in the end our No. 1 RB was severely hurt. We won ONE playoff game and were kicked out in the second one due to lack of a Running Game.
Sometimes reaching for too much can backfire.

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2009 2:34 am

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I'll be honest i really do not like Indy anyway so normally i wouldn't care...but the remarks made here well they invite comment.  Let's get one thing straight...this is a professional know the kind of events that people follow who cheer records made and broken, who root for the underdogs and get excited by big plays.  In the end yes the ring matters more...but what if you lose the first round you play in the playoffs?  Or lose the bowl?  Can you truly say your team gave it's all?  Yes i know players can get hurt but that is a risk that is why its called a team shouldn't come down to one injury making or breaking you...but sadly it does...Lord knows when my Chargers lost Jamal for the season I thought oh crap thats it especially after watching the defence the next few weeks...but you know what the rest fo the team man'ed up the team adapted and grew...other players stepped forth.  So on one hand you could say yes rest some starters and let other get some experience to play because our team is good enough all round to win anyway...but in this case the team isn't good enough or well rounded enough.

I think for all those fans who paid to go to that game something is owed, an apology and a refund...many went there to be able to brag to their friends and family hwo they were there when...their heros sat on the bench and watched a game go away.  The fans do matyter, and yes it is about bragging fact bragging rights is truly what it is all about...records, who won when and what how many against what's all bragging rights and the fans have earned those rights but their support paying for stadiums, buying the apparel, buyign the tickets....when a team throws away a winning chance at new records it is a slap in the face of their supporters no matter how logical the move might seem...these are physical sports not chess matches won solely on logic moves...these are players and fans filled with passion and emotions and moves like this are counter productive to the players, to the fans, to the cold water in your face anyone?  When the Jets started regaining momentum and the lead etc...they should have sent the starters back in...and they didn't it wasn't because they were sure they were going to win, it was because the game had been written off reguardless of the fans wishes...argue all you want about its all about the ring and such...but this strategy has not worked much for them in past...and when they lose what will they have to show for it ...yes a record is not a ring but its still a chargers haven't got a ring but they do have one of the greatest playoff games ever...triple overtime with Fouts...people remember these kinds of things and they need these things for whent he team does have its bad seasons because it IS about bragging rights and always has been.  You listen to people talk about the sports...the stats, the numbers, the best catch, greatest plays, best moments etc....these memories make the sport something other than ordinary...I mean seriously if teams are just going to through away games and take it no so seriously as to actually compete with all they have...might as well just watch college ball where they do take it seriously.

    Do not ever disrespect the fans...nothing matetrs more than them without them the sport dies period...your number one goal is to keep them happy...first your team fans, second the sport fans, third the player fans...and this game just slapped all of them int he face.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2009 1:48 am

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For sure, Belicheck would not sit his starters, nor would Cowher or Turner. Belichick DID rest his starters in 2004. The Patriots then won the Super Bowl. Along the way, they beat the Colts, who did not rest their starters. Got anything else?

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