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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.





Category: NFL

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2009 1:48 am

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I'm a moderate professional football fan (I prefer college sports much more than professional) and can not say there are a set of teams where I am a die hard fan, but I find it amazing to read the sport fan's postings.  I watch the Colts fairly often as they are one of the most entertaining teams.  My personal preferences largely effect how I feel about the Colts.  I am by far a fan of the team concept and the idea that conference championships and overall championships are the most important part of any game.  It is winning the big games that are do or die that I love the most and the stats and the records are just events that come along the way if they so happen.  That being said, I don't understand the fans disdain for the Colts losing a game which meant nothing.  For those who believe the streak was important; it is only important for bragging rights.  For the fan who paid to see the game, you saw teams play as their coaches intended who are probably the most knowledgeable people about what the team needs to do and I believe both coach's thoughts are about the playoffs.   For fans who are upset about their teams not making the playoffs, this event just makes the losses earlier in the year all the more important and just means that they need to take control of their own destiny as with all sports leagues.  For those who say the stats show a right or wrong way of doing things, stats are typically quite ambiguous and more is read into their meaning than what really exists.  The Colts have tried many different things over the years and no method has consistently shown results. I believe last year they played their way into the playoff and ended up losing in the first round.  No matter what, it is a young team with a new coach that has to make his own way and everyone will have to wait and see what he does with the team over the next few years.
I just saw a few former NFL players talk about the Colts and all four did not like the call but only one of them had a reason beyond glory as to why they disagreed.  The one announcer cited 'loss of edge' as his reason and I will say that is a valid comment and I appreciated his view considering it had nothing to do with the Colt's special situation but entirely with the problem of losing a late season game.
Lastly, it is nice to have dedicated fans but is it really necessary to be backseat coaches and players.  I don't see how anyone was cheated out of anything that was not part of the game.  If you don't like what happened/what is happening then you don't like NFL football.  Best of Luck to the Colts, Saints, Eagles, and most of the other playoff teams and God help the Washington Redskins for they need divine intervention.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2009 1:46 am

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I sit there and tried to remember back 10yrs ago and could not come up withe the SB winner. 10 years ago, as in Super Bowl 34? You really don't remember Kevin Dyson coming up a yard short in St. Louis's 23-16 win over Tennessee when Mike Jones tackled him? Wow. I could give you not remembering Super Bowl 33, because Denver's 34-19 win over Atlanta was a pretty boring Super Bowl, but if you're older than 15, how do you not remember that game if you're any kind of football fan?

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2009 1:41 am

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phantaicfan is a ass mitt

Since: Feb 12, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2009 1:25 am

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---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?
Nope.  Jake's coming back next year to play for UW.  Anyone who's followed Jake Locker would know he doesn't have the type of character required to back-track on a such a big decision.  The guy has been a model for integrity, so you're simply wrong here, pal.  Most other chumps would take the money and run, but it's not all about just the money for Locker.

Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2009 1:24 am

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"I am sure you would be singing a much different tune if Peyton broke his thumb on a defensive lineman's helmet trying to throw a game winning pass to Wayne."

I strongly disagree with the statement above.  This is what everyone that supports his decision keeps throwing out there, and it is nothing but BS speculation.  If any of their key players got hurt trying to win that game, I would ABSOLUTELY NOT blame the coach for trying to win.  Injuries are part of the game.  A Super Bowl win would be great, but a Super Bowl win with a perfect season would be unforgettable and the ultimate achievement (cannot do better than that) for the players and for fans of the team that can accomplish it.  I am so utterly disappointed that they decided to tank.

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2009 1:06 am

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Dude,your miami team sucks and your obviously bitter about that and everything not dolphin related? You sound like the spoiled ass pussy,you sit down and shut your pie hole and keep hosting super bowls in sunny south Florida. That might be the only thing your cry baby ass can do?

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2009 12:54 am

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I have to say that you were the only one that really hit it on the mark. The ones that did not read your response will keep babbling and not really get it. I sit there and tried to remember back 10yrs ago and could not come up withe the SB winner. The one winner every football fan knows is the almighty '72 Dolphins. I gotta give you a lot of props my friend. Thanks. The rest of you puppies take note and take a seat.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2009 12:20 am

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Hey Prisco, if Caldwell "didn't need to play his starters at all" then why did he bother starting them in the first place? Last I checked you can get injured as easily in the first quarter as you can in the fourth. If Peyton Manning's health is such a grave concern, despite the fact the guy gets sacked less than one time a game, then why didn't Caldwell just send Peyton off to go make another goofy commercial instead of starting him in the game? (And I love Manning's commercials, by the way.)

All one had to do was watch Manning's press conference, where he tries his best to say, "We just follow what coach says," while trying not to get pissed off about not getting a shot at 16-0 and 19-0. It's in his facial expressions and body language. Those players are pissed. They wanted to play, and they wanted to take that shot at the brass ring. And the Colts brass, ignoring history that shows whenever the Colts pull this stunt, it bites them in the butt, yanked them off the ride before it was even over.

It's not like the Colts were even dominating that game - they were only up 15-10. Less than a measley touchdown. And the management just remained closed.

It was totally lame.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2009 11:36 pm

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Don't tell me that winning 'em all isn't a goal, and if it isn't, why are you even playing the game? For sure, Belicheck would not sit his starters, nor would Cowher or Turner. Football is about OWNING your opponent now, not some perceived "big picture" bs, which, by the way, sucked in 2005 in that sloppy loss to Pittsburgh. Why not dominate your way to a title, instead of finessing your way there?

I truly believe the Colts should refund all season ticket holders for one game, since they chose to treat it like a pre-season game.

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 11:29 pm

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The object of the game is to win. Win as many as you can all the way to the trophy. The decision to let the game go without making the best attempt to win is cheating the players and the fans.

Yes, the fans will remember this game. Yes, the fans do count. It's the fans that pay the outrageous salaries to see the game, buy equipment and other sporting accoutrements. I love to see how much our teams are giving to charity. How nice. Well, where do the teams really get the money.

Let's save it, our health and energy, 'til later, is about stupid. There maybe no later. The Colts could get easily knocked out in the first round. They could have had at least a more than probable 16-0 the fans could smile about. The R & R does not even begin to guarantee a win. You win the perfect season one game at a time. Playing the best as best as you can.

The Decision to pull the A team was like walking off the field at half time. Kinda a shrug, they got us attitude. They decided to dump the game. 'It was meaningless' - no game, no win is meaningless.

You play your best 'for 60' minutes.

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