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Does Resting Players Translate to Alienating Fans?

Published by on January 2, 2010
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

Resting key players late in the season in games where there are no playoff implications has become a trend of late, with mixed emotions from both the media and the team's fan base.

From one viewpoint it's hard to disagree with a coach's decision to rest his star players when nothing is on the line. It has been said that the football gods favor the bold, but then again you can't go wrong with playing it safe and preparing for the long run, can you?

This is often times is a lose-lose situation for the head coach. Rest your players, and face the heat from the media and your fanbase, but play the players and risk injury.

Coach Jim Caldwell of the Indianapolis Colts chose the first route, resting quarterback Peyton Manning in the second half of their game against the New York Jets. Manning w...

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