first of all, i am tired of everyone and their mother thinking this is a horrible idea. In reality this is what the colts need. They are really banged up and a lot of players have been playing hurt, they are tired and a little bit of rest never hurt anyone. there is a big difference between rust and rest. In reality the only good example of not resting starters was in 2005 where they had almost an entire month off. that is too much time. but you cannot blame rust on the last two playoff games. both games the colts came out firing, they had the lead in the fourth quarter and couldn't get the stops. In 2007, freeney was out, bracket was out, and essentially mathis and brock were out. No pass rush= no win. Last year, all they needed was two yards and didn't get it, and the defense got tired. in 2004, they rested starters and smoked teh broncos. so there is no evidence to back it up.
after the jump, here is how you handle the last four weeks
First of all, they dont even have homefield advantage yet, so you play full pedal to the medal agains the broncos and jags on a short week. No rest unless you are hurt. that means resting or playing sparingly mathis and freeney. Even without them in all the time, i think they will be fine.
week 16: Play starters at least three quarters.
week 17: Play starters sparingly and get out of there unscathed. That means little manning, wayne, clark, freeney, mathis, brackett, and i'll throw in bethea who has had an injury all year.
but if they enter the last week 15-0 YOU GO FOR IT! Go for the record, the undefeated season, the whole nine yards. But again be very cautious with hurt players. I see very little freeney and mathis in the next month which is fine with me. A month off for those two, i would hate to be the person trying to block them.
anyway, that is how you handle it. Just keep the key players healthy. I would love a 16-0 seaason, but i would also like to be as healthy as possible going into the playoffs. If i had to chose, i would chose to be as healthy as possible.
there is a fine line between rust and rest. You don't get rust by not playing a half. just saying.