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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: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2009 9:05 pm

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You're right on with this one. Long time Indy fan and I don't know what people are complaining about. I thought they'd sit the starters a lot earlier. All I care about is my team winning that ring, and that's exactly what their strategy is showing.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2009 8:26 pm

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ill take that bet for $300. You have paypal?

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2009 8:09 pm

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Quick, who won the superbowl 16 (or any other number) years ago?  Now who is the only superbowl winner to go undefeated?  Which question is easier to answer? They're both just as simple to answer, krash. The winner of Super Bowl 16, which I thought you had asked before I read the question again, is the 49ers, with a 26-21 win over the Bengals. The winner of the Super Bowl 16 years ago, Super Bowl 28, is the Dallas Cowboys, 30-13 over the Buffalo Bills.

No, it didn't mean anything.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2009 8:07 pm

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What's best for the football team is going undefeated and winning a Super Bowl. What you're suggesting is not "best" for the football team. Maybe you think the Colts should not play Manning during the playoffs so that he won't get hurt for next year! This is football. You must not even have a favorite team if this is the way you feel. Prisco's not supposed to have a favorite team. That's kind of Journalism 101.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2009 7:29 pm

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I agree my friend.
Although injuries (HAS to be the only reason) are a concern?
Sometimes (read: ALWAYS) just let history take its course.
To Miami? Records are made to be broken.
To Marshall?
Johnson will most likely break Faulk's record for all-purpose ydg.
Cracked me up to hear Marshall jest that for his record?
He mentioned 'Seattle Slew' in reference to the Seattle 'D' that could prevent
on last week of season.
Good for him. In the end?
It's just a game. Indianapolis messed with it by laying down.
Granted, stats don't mean as much in the NFL as they do in baseball, but:
There is a certain competivnessnessnessness.
Why mess with it.
The recent past playoff history of the Colts shows that holding back in the
last few weeks of the regular season just doesn't work.
But that is the dictate of Colt management.
I hope my Bolts meet you guys in the AFC finals.
Rest or not? I think 'hungry' will help define the winner of that contest.


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2009 5:11 pm

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Resting starters does a few things.  it rests players that badly need it and it gets backups into the game so you can get a good look at their abilities against a real quality NFL team not other back ups like preseason.  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.  Winning is the priority, but you rest your players and start backups because winning isnt important at this point.  There is nothing to gain but, a silly record.  One the Pat couldnt get even though they didnt rest their players.  Your just upset because the Colts lost and lost their chance of going undefeated.  Had the Colts lost the first week of the season and rested Starters this week, I feel I wouldnt hear a peep from you.

Since: Oct 10, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 4:49 pm

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Prisco's argument of you must do what's best for your team regardless of the fans, history or integrity of the game is moronic.  If this were the case then once it is obvious a team will not make the playoffs, they should lose the rest of their games on purpose to improve their draft position.  Wouldn't that make for a great final 6 weeks of the season, half the teams in the league would be trying to lose on purpose.  You should always play to win!!!

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2009 4:42 pm

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The Colts organization looked greatness in the eye and blinked. If I was a key player on the team I'd be bull S*** at management.  Whoever made the final decision ( Irsay, Poulian, Caldwell) I feel bad for the guys who work hard go through all the physical pounding of playing through an NFL season and then get denied a chance at greatness. being considered the best ever.  There will be a Super Bowl winner every eyar but how many perfect teams? Most fans know the 72 Dolphins stand alone - Do they remember who won each SB and when?  Most do not ...

As a Pats fan even though it didn't work out I'm glad they went for it! They took a shot at being the best EVER.

The only thing in sports i can compare this to is pulling apitcher with a perfect game, after 8 innings because his pitch count might put him at risk.

Too bad Indy it's unlikley the opportunity will come again.  

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2009 4:38 pm

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is the one coach you talked to the HC of the Cowboys?  they are not dangerous....the eagles on the other hand is a very dangerous team right now

Since: Apr 4, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 4:33 pm

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You are a complete buffoon

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