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Is Peyton's place On the bench?

Did Colts Coach Jim Caldwell make the right move by replacing Manning with Painter?

Posted by Emil Steiner on December 28, 2009 6:00 AM
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ozpunk: I think coach Ditka was right, you only get one chance at glory like the '72 dolphins and the Colts blew it. They will never be mentioned i...

shemtof: Am I the only one cynical enough to think that someone in the Colts management decided that maybe it would not be a bad thing if the Jets wo...

rlsrd: As an NE fan I was pleased to see the Colts blow their perfect season. As a football fan I was livid. What the Gmen and Pats did in their f...

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donoll Author Profile Page :

The Colts decision to bench starters is a slap in the face to both the players and the viewers of "professional"? football. Without the support of fans all these people participating in big time sports would not exist. When people put forth the effort and expense to attend or view a contest it is the OBLIGATION of the teams to put their best players on the field as well as their best effort to win. The comment made by Tony Dungy on TV that "that's football" is totally unacceptable. There is no defense for the organization's decision. The way the Giants & Patriots approached game 16 two years ago is the professional way to do it.

jerkhoff Author Profile Page :

What a stunningly unbelievable decision. As a Patriots fan, I saw the toll that striving for an undefeated season puts on a football team, but the Patriots would NEVER have gone into the tank when they had a chance to make history. And Peyton looked like a fool. His little charade about pretending he wanted to go back in the game was simply pathetic. As the announcers said, both QBs had their helmets on, but only one had his chinstrap buckled. Make no mistake, Peyton was part of the decision to bench himself. And the situation they put that poor kid into was inexcusable -- getting hooted off the field by his hometown crowd in his first NFL game. The fans should have saved their venom for Peyton.

I have lost every shred of the respect I once had for Peyton Manning. He is a quitter and a loser. Mark my words, his team is going to pay for this horrendous blunder...

treetop368 Author Profile Page :

Did the Colts' coach - or an overbearing owner - make the right decision in pulling his top players to allow them to watch from the sideline as an inferior team eliminated their chance at history? No! No! No!
It was unfair to his players, to the fans in the stadium who roundly booed him and to the Manning/Colts fans around the country...especially Redskin fans who needed something special to root for.
Should injured players be protected against further injury?..certainly. Always! That didn't seem to be the case here. Here you seemed to have top competitors looking on helplessly with the "hang dog" look of "giving up." That's motivation and momentum? Please!
It sure didn't work twice before...and here comes a hot San Diego team. Coach Sean, Peyton and the New Orleans Saints had the right idea. The Saints just couldn't pull it off. But I will always believe that Manning and his teammates could have until 'the strategists' said, "forget it!"
To borrow from an old Roger Miller song, "Dang 'em! Dang 'em! Oughta take a rope and hang 'em!"
I love Peyton Manning, but can't help thinking, "Get 'em, Norv!"


Daoni Author Profile Page :

I think they intentionally threw the game. All along the Colts have been saying they were not going for a perfect season and were focusing on the Super Bowl. They already had a first round bye and home field through-out, dumping this game would take off the media pressure of "can you do a perfect season AND a Super Bowl?"

To toss a game anywhere is sad, to do so at home is even more pathetic.

tomniederberger Author Profile Page :

I wouldn't worry about self indulgent jocks losing their "game" cause the rest of us mere mortals consider them quitters.
Their egos wouldn't let that happen.
If you really want to scare these bozos, ask them what percent of college classes they actually attended and how many test and papers they did themselves.

jd5024 Author Profile Page :

Nothing good about the decision to bench Manning. The game suffers, the League suffers, the fans suffer. When San Diego does it's usual number on the Colts in the AFC title game, the whole county will have reason to cheer.

ozpunk Author Profile Page :

I think coach Ditka was right, you only get one chance at glory like the '72 dolphins and the Colts blew it. They will never be mentioned in the same sentence with that team again...

shemtof Author Profile Page :

Am I the only one cynical enough to think that someone in the Colts management decided that maybe it would not be a bad thing if the Jets won? I do not think they deliberately threw the game, but that they did not care enough because maybe tey preferred the Jets to get in ahead of the Ravens or the Steelers.

rlsrd Author Profile Page :

As an NE fan I was pleased to see the Colts blow their perfect season. As a football fan I was livid. What the Gmen and Pats did in their final game of the season and then in the SB showed what kind of warriors they both were. Neither team resting their players would have cost either team the SB win. That game was decided on Coughlin out coaching BB. Plus the Colts are 1 - 3 resting their players. What an affront to PM. One of the Greatest QB's to play the game and his coach takes away his chance to accomplish the almost impossible. The Colts had many close calls this season. What Caldwell is telling his players is. You really didn't deserve to get to 14 - 0. So our only chance of winning is to rest you guys for three weeks and then maybe we can get lucky again and go 3 - 0.

 
 
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