I’ve been a fan of the Colts since the days of Jim Harbaugh – Captain Comeback, whatever you want to call him, but he brought pride back to Indy since the vacancy of Jeff George left a foul odor in Indianapolis. I still believe to this day that the hail Mary pass thrown in the conference championship game against the Steelers was a completed pass.
But the 29-15 intentional loss to the Jets has fans and probably players scratching their heads this morning. But in reality it is an old Colts strategy – win as many games as you can, get into as good a place as you can, then rest your injured starters. Though Peyton Manning has been described by commentators as the most greedy quarterback in the NFL, it has never been in the strategy of the Colts to go 16-0.
So what, is it so bad that the Colts didn’t go perfect this regular season? With the results of the last two seasons playoffs, is anyone really banking 100% that the Colts will win the Super Bowl?
There’s a good reason only one team has gone undefeated in the history of the NFL, and that is because it is such a hard feat to do. It doesn’t take someone playing the sport of football to know that it is one of the most gruelling sports in existence.
I would have liked to see the Colts go undefeated but what can another useless win get them? A second round bye? Consider for a moment that if the Colts went 14-2 and lost in the playoffs it would be far less embarrassing as opposed to going perfect and losing in the playoffs.
The New England (Cheaters) Patriots are a great example of that.