“Blinded by Genius”

By Kyle Walke

When one of the greatest football minds in the history of the game makes an executive decision whose there to tell him he’s wrong.  Is it an indebted rookie head coach grateful for his premier coaching position? Or is an owner that has seen his team transformed from a 1-15 nightmare to a stampeding football powerhouse.  The answer is neither.

Indianapolis Colts President and General Manager Bill Polian was “shocked” by the resentment of fans when his team decided to call it an early day in the 29-15 loss to the New York Jets. The defeat comes as the only blemish on the Colts near perfect 14-1 record.  Polian believed he had been very open and honest stating multiple times that 16-0 was not a goal and that player’s health would take center stage upon a clinched playoff scenario.

Well thought out, Polian’s reasoning seems very logical.  The idea of losing Peyton Manning in a so called meaningless game makes little sense.  However, is 16-0 truly meaningless, is the pursuit of a perfect 19-0 season meaningless?  For one to understand Polians mindset one must look at his career.  In the 1990’s Polian was the architect of a Buffalo Bills team that made it to four consecutive Superbowls but walked away emptied handed each time and became a centerpiece of ridicule for failure around the country.  Perhaps, when Polian says the only goal is to win the Superbowl, we can see why he feels so passionately.

What Polian fails to see is the perspective of not only the fans, but his players as well.  These Colts have won a Superbowl.  These Colts had a chance not just to be Superbowl winners again, but to live in immortality.  One team in the history of football comes up every year and that team is the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins. This Indianapolis Colts team deserved a chance at becoming that team.  A perfect season has meaning, it becomes historic, it becomes legendary, and those athletes become a part of the greatest team of all time.  Unfortunately, whether the Colts win or lose in the playoffs this year the debate will be focused on personnel purposely losing a game instead of fighting to win it all.

 

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ryan Walke on January 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I agree, every year the Colts go to the playoffs they lose in the first round because they feel they need to rest the players? You would think they would wake up and see what’s been going on. The year we won the super bowl we had to play EVERY GAME, maybe they should have thought about that…

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  2. Posted by kwalke on January 3, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Yeah people can argue momentum vs. health, but it just seems obvious you go for history opposed to being a side note.

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