Monday, December 28, 2009

The Curious Case of Jim Caldwell's Colts

Many media pundits, bloggers and fans are upset today that Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell decided to pull Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark and Joseph Addai from Sunday’s game against the Jets with a slim lead in the 3rd quarter. With that move, Caldwell made it clear that he didn’t care about going undefeated, only about winning a Super Bowl. That is, after all, what it’s all about.

I can see why people would be upset. There’s a supposed “sanctity of the game” to be followed and it really isn’t fair to a lot of the other 8-7 teams that might get knocked out of playoff contention thanks to the Colts’ charitable gift to the Jets.

But winning the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal. Ensuring Peyton Manning and Co. are healthy and well-rested likely helps in that respect. We can all point the finger now but had Manning broken his leg, all of the opinions would be just the opposite. Everyone would be saying how Jim Caldwell is an idiot for not taking the three-time MVP out of what was a meaningless game for the Colts, with the number one seed in the AFC wrapped up.

Besides, does anyone really care that the 2007 Patriots went 16-0 in the regular season? Of course not, because they didn’t win it all.

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