In what has become a staple of Colts coach Jim Caldwell, he managed to do what none of the Colts players could do, which was to extend the Colts season beyond a point few of us thought imaginable. Faced with the prospects of the Jets having only 1 timeout, 34 seconds, 3rd and 6 and the clock running and seemingly willing to settle for a tough 51 yard field goal, Caldwell called a time out to bring his team together and reflect on what a trying season it had been. While Caldwell was reminisicing on "what might have been", he was shocked to find out that the Jets were on the other sideline plotting to pass the ball instead of running the ball like they were planning to do. He was appalled to find out that the Jets were trying to find a matchup that they could expose against the Colts depleted secondary. Said Caldwell:
"It never occurred to me that the Jets would use my time out to their benefit. No sir. Never occurred to me for 1 second. Props to them for doing a good job using my timeout for their benefit. But I would do the same thing all over again regardless of the fact that I had been burned once before. Now twice. I will still do it again because it has to work sooner or later. People don't understand, you can't just let something happen. If there is any decision to make, good or bad, you just have to make it. I want people to know that I am doing everything I can to let you know that this team has a head coach. I can't wait to make my next call where I take the ball out of my franchise QB's hands and run out the clock. Sooner or later, that strategy will work also."
Some coaches would be trusting of a QB that excels in the clutch and is feared by every opposing player and coach in the league. Said Caldwell,
"Just because you have a player of that caliber doesn't mean you have to use him in situations that he excels in. I know he prepares studiously for those occasions and everybody on the team has confidence in him and I know that the other team fears him, and I might add, for good reason, you can catch the other team off guard by not using him in that situation. Did you see the look of bewildwerment on the Jets faces when we ran out the clock in the first half. They were totally unprepared for that in that situation."
Caldwell hopes that other coaches don't start copying him. He feels that this is the blueprint to job security. He also said that he feels that this blueprint will only work if you have a franchise QB. He stated that he would alter his blueprint if he had say a Ryan Leaf as QB.