A quick post to talk about the Colts sitting Manning in today's Jets game. Not much time to give my thoughts so here's my thoughts in quick jot format.
Colts don't learn from Giants: Losses Do Not Motivate/Prepare for Playoffs
- First, look at this post's title. Read it out loud. Doesn't that sound absolutely ludicrous? How do you prepare to win by losing? Why do I feel like the NFL sometimes stands for the No Fine Logic?
- Was it just me or did Peyton look completely demoralized on the sidelines? The cameras panned over to Manning talking to the coach and walking away looking like he got a sack of coal for Christmas
- Since when do you prepare for winning by losing? Haven't teams learned from the spirited effort the Giants gave in a meaningless game two years ago that playing hard is almost always better than playing safe?
- Shouldn't a team protect all of its players? I understand that Manning is the golden goose but they literally threw Painter under the bus there...
- On the other hand, if Manning gets hurt in the playoffs at least Painter now has real game experience...
- You don't prepare by resting! To get ready for the season, teams work, but to get ready for the playoffs you rest? What? Does not compute.
- The NFL is a league where killer instinct goes a long ways. In my opinion, it's a big reason the Pats lost in '07, they lost their killer instinct going into the Super Bowl and just assumed they'd win. Letting off the gas pedal sends your team the wrong message, will the Colts be able to jam back on the gas pedal three weeks from now?
As you can tell, I thought the Colts resting their starters when they could've played for an undefeated season was not the right call and will only serve to hurt their chances in the playoffs. What do you think? Did the Colts make the right call?