Jim Caldwell has pretty much thrown away the opportunity for the 2009 Indianapolis Colts to be seen as one of the best ever teams in NFL history. He disappointed and infuriated fans in how he threw away an almost certain 16-0 season which only one other team has done before and as we all know, they didn’t go all the way. Resting players 2 weeks before the playoffs even started, which is 3 weeks until our next game against a good team, indicating that going 16-0 wasn’t the main priority of the team. Now I understand that the main priority for every team is to win the super bowl, above going 16-0, above breaking a record and above being the MVP, but becoming one of the best, without overly ruining our super bowl chances was there and IMO, we have only made our chances slimmer by resting these players.
Indianapolis have been seen in the 2000s as a team that has continually choked. We have finished our season earlier than our regular season performances suggested and this is not because of any curse or choking characteristic that Manning has, it’s mainly because we have rested players going into the playoffs when we already have the first round bye, only to cause us to play rusty and drop out of the playoffs. If we are resting players in Week 16, when our first playoff game is in the divisional playoffs, how does that help an offense that depends on timing so much?
The 2007 New England Patriots were the first 16-0 team and arguably the best team ever. They had a great all-round defence from stopping the pass to shutting down the run, a record breaking QB, a record breaking WR and the best coach in the league. Most would agree that they were a far more superior team to the 2009 Colts. The only thing that the Patriots did wrong was leave their worst for last. The Colts had the chance to do one better than the Patriots in going 19-0 but played it safe. If they had become the first team to go 19-0, the 2009 Colts would have been the best ever.