While Polian and Caldwell created a bad situation for the Colts it's Peyton Manning who has the humility and leadership needed to address both the team and the fans. Peyton said the following after todays game against the Bills.
With observers, analysts and fans throughout this past week discussing the Colts' late-season strategy of focusing on the playoffs rather than an unbeaten season, quarterback Peyton Manning said he discussed the situation with players Wednesday.
“I just said we need to put last weekend behind us,” Manning told reporters Sunday. “It's got to be over. Realizing it was continuing to be discussed amongst our fans and amongst our city, and our organization was continuing to address it. As players, I just said, 'We've got to move on. We've got to move on to the next step.'
“Here we are now in playoff mode and that's where our focus is.”
Manning also addressed Colts fans:
“I just want to say to our fans how much we're going to need them the next two weekends. They've been great for us all year, passionate in their support for us. To win in two weeks, the fans are going to have to be there for us. Hopefully, they'll forgive what happened last weekend and we can all move on together and we'll be ready to go in two weekends.”
Now that's a class act. While Manning had nothing to do with the strategy for the last two games and was probably just as hurt as the fans, he took it upon himself to apologize. He let the fans know how much they mean to him and the team and asked for the support he claims the Colts desperately need. Well, he has mine!!!