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Larry Brown

Works as an update anchor and show host at Sporting News Radio and also writes and runs the sports site larrybrownsports.com.

Protecting Peyton matters more

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Because we're so close to the timing of the incident, Jim Caldwell and the Colts will get plenty of criticism for benching their top players during the 3rd quarter of their loss to the Jets. If you fast forward six weeks and the crystal ball shows the Colts raising the Lombardi Trophy, will anyone be questioning Indianapolis' organizational philosophy? Not at all. To me, if keeping Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, and Joseph Addai healthy is the priority for the team, then sitting those players out was the right move.

The poor play by Curtis Painter in his limited action against the Jets actually helps prove why sitting Peyton Manning was the right move. Look at how bad the team was without Peyton -- do you think they're winning a Super Bowl with Painter in the lineup? Of course not -- that's why Indy has to protect their most valuable asset wherever possible. The likelihood of Peyton Manning getting hurt in the 3rd or 4th quarter of the game may not be very high, but to me there's no point of even taking an unnecessary chance.

I actually fall in the category of people who believe star players are left in blowouts much longer than they should be ordinarily. Teams need to be smart and protect their valuable assets; the Colts did that and I have no problem with their decision.

By Larry Brown  |  December 28, 2009; 10:34 AM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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This situation (taking Peyton out) and the Favre situation prove that coaches should listen more to veterans of this caliber. It's a shame the coach deprived Peyton of the opportunity to have a perfect season; it may not come again. A coach with judgment that poor should be fired.

Posted by: mlhill01 | December 28, 2009 12:57 PM

Where is it written that a starter; Manning, Clark, Wayne, etc. can't get hurt on the first play of the first quarter. This excuse of preventing someone from getting hurt is total bs. If that is your goal, then don't play them at all. Taking the players out was a dumb, dumb move. Jim Caldwell forgot Herm Edwards: "you play to win the game." period........

Posted by: wydafish | December 28, 2009 2:29 PM

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