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Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy

The author of The Complete Idiot's Guide To Football with Joe Theismann and the creator of the NFL humor prediction website

Perfectly debately


Like you, my first question was: Does Mercury Morris have pictures of Jim Caldwell?

However, when Caldwell benched Peyton Manning in the second half of the penultimate game of what could have been a perfect season, he was more likely releasing some of the pressure around his Indianapolis Colts than bowing to the pressure of the1972 Miami Dolphins.

And if it works, it is a perfect decision. Although everyone would remember a perfect Super Bowl season more than a mere Super Bowl season, the blueprint for that in this expanded season looks really hard to follow. Remember how the Patriots tried it. The last game is the one that counts.

Of course if it doesn't work, it looks perfectly stupid. Football is such an emotional game, why not continue the roll when the Colts looked like the best team in football? How is it good that players are reminded what losing feels like? The last game is the one that counts.

You can play this game all day of course. The real question might be, with a backup quarterback like Curtis Painter, does the team really want to risk losing Peyton Manning before the playoffs?

I think at least we now know that answer.

By Brian Tarcy  |  December 28, 2009; 11:47 AM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , Peyton Manning Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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