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Manning-Colts: Resting Starters in First Loss Sends Wrong Message

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


The champagne corks popped in South Florida on Sunday, but the 1972 Dolphins’ celebration of perfection had to be a hollow one this year. Sure the Indianapolis Colts (14-1) lost for the first time this season to the New York Jets by a score of 29-15. But “C’MON MAN”, the “real” Colts, namely quarterback Peyton Manning, left Sunday’s game in the third quarter.

Sure the Colts had staked their second stringers to a 15-10 lead, but from the time when Manning and company took a seat on the bench—5:36 left in the third quarter—Indy was outscored 19-0. 

Colts’ backup quarterback Curtis Painter was awful, to say the least, as h...

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