Dec 28 2009

The decision to bench Peyton Manning: Right or wrong?

Posted by: Stacey at 7:57 pm » 4 Comments
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In light of Colts coach Jim Caldwell’s decision to bench Peyton Manning and a few other key starters in the third quarter of yesterday’s Jets/Colts game, a decision that many would argue directly led to the Colts’ first loss of the season, sports pundits and average Joe sports fans are debating as to whether or not the decision was the right one or wrong one to make. I can see both sides of the argument; on one hand, you’ve already locked in home field advantage for the playoffs and you want to protect your star starters from injury in the last couple of games of the regular season, but on the other hand, you are desirous of maintaining your undefeated season all the way until the end. I’d give the edge to the playoffs argument, as freak accidents happen all the time in the NFL – and the last thing you want to happen is to have any of your starters injured seriously enough that they can’t join the team on the field for the playoffs.

What do you think?

While everyone is pondering the answer to that question, I think a look at how to safely lift heavy dumbbells is important. And who better to demonstrate that than Peyton Manning himself?


And while on the topic of football, there’s been a lot of talk around here that Panthers Coach John Fox and GM Marty Hurney would be asked to leave the building – for good – after this season is over, but the Charlotte Observer is reporting that the two will be offered the “opportunity to return” next season. Should the two decide to stay on (and I suspect they will), the end of next season will be another matter entirely:

Fox, whose contract will expire after the 2010 season, will not be offered an extension, however. Sources say he is scheduled to make about $6 million next season.

The return of the general manager and coaches could be a reward for upset victories the last two Sundays of Minnesota and the New York Giants.

Another factor, however, could be a potential lockout after the 2010 season. Contract negotiations between owners and players is expected to be bitter. If the owners lock the players out, teams might reduce expenses to prepare for the economic fallout.

Stay tuned …

Comments/TB (4)

4 Responses to “The decision to bench Peyton Manning: Right or wrong?”

  1. Anthonyon 29 Dec 2009 at 12:49 am

    I don’t think it was right or wrong, but it was a business decision, made with the final goal of preserving resources for the playoffs in mind, and not a sporting or competitor’s decision. And I like the Lombardy quote Ditka used this morning (paraphrased): “In your life, you will usually only have one shot at perfection.” When faced with the opportunity to achieve perfection and become legends, the Colts turned it down.

    Color me disappointed. 🙁

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  3. Mwalimu Daudion 31 Dec 2009 at 12:08 am

    I would have rested the starters. What good is perfection if it does not end in a Super Bowl win? Ask the Patriots, who were perfect in the regular season and the playoffs but lost the Super Bowl to the Giants.

    Watching the Patriots that year, I became convinced they really believed that they were unbeatable (after all – they beat the Giants in the last regular season game). They looked like they did not take New York seriously, and they paid a price. They were mesmerized by all of the comparisons to the 72 Dolphins.

    One could also consider the Saints, who were only recently in pursuit of perfection. NO has now lost two games, and prior to that had a string of very ugly wins. The Saints have played 15 games with all starters going full-blast, and to me they look burned out. I would not be surprised to see them go one-and-out in the playoffs. Maybe resting your stars is not such a bad idea after all.

    I am convinced that just as you cannot serve both God and Mammon, you cannot pursue both the Super Bowl and “perfection”. If you chase “perfection”, then not losing becomes paramount. Instead of being confident of victory, you become fearful of defeat. Perfection is a statistic; a championship is what you hunger for.

    The 1972 Dolphins were lucky in this respect – there was not a lot of talk about “perfection” until the final two weeks of the season (I watched it). They were coming off of a disappointing Super Bowl loss to the Cowboys, and were determined to win their first World Championship at all costs. That hunger – and not a lot of mythical talk about “perfection” – is what wins Super Bowls.

  4. Sister Toldjahon 26 Jan 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I guess we can safely say now that it didn’t hurt anything 😉