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The Colts’ Decision to Rest Goes Horribly Wrong

Published by on December 27, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

Champagne is a hot seller in South Florida tonight.

The dream of a perfect season, inspired by so many spectacular plays throughout the Colts' 14-0 start, was dashed in a little more than a quarter. It ended up dying with little more than a whimper as the Jets pulled away to a 29-15 win.

I call it a dream, but it's obvious now that Colts' coach Jim Caldwell and GM Bill Polian didn't share the dream. That's fine. They make the decisions, I don't.

But in so many ways, this decision may have backfired.

Before I begin my rambling, I must state the obvious: I was firmly entrenched in the "go for 16-0" camp. I completely understand the argument for saving your players for the playoffs, but I remember 2005 all too well. A hot Colts team rested many players late in the season, and came out flat in its first playoff game.

I wouldn't have batted an eye at a loss last week to Jacksonville. The Jaguars, like the Jets this week, were a team desperate to mak...

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