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Caldwell Follows Dungy’s Lead with Colts…Because It Worked So Well Before?

Published by on December 28, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

So, the last of the unbeatens fell. Unlike last week, this time the head coach seemed to almost rather have it that way.

Jim Caldwell pulled his star players (at least on offense) out of the game halfway through the third quarter with a 15-10 lead over the Jets. And thus, Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark, and Reggie Wayne watched as rookie Curtis Painter's fumble returned-touchdown gave the Jets an 18-15 lead, which turned into a 29-15 loss.

And why not? Caldwell said weeks ago that he would continue that strategy of Tony Dungy, resting his players before the playoffs after they've clinched the top seed. That didn't surprise many people, and therefore this didn't surprise anybody.

Except in this case, I do have to ask, "Why?"

All decade we've seen the Colts dominate the regular season, only to fall short of the ultimateĀ goal. Coach Tony Dungy played the same tune every year, clinching the top seed and resting Peyton Manning and Co. in the last week or two.
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