Here are a few of my comments about what can be said about the Colts drop from success.
- We had the opportunity in December 2009 to put an end to the "team of the decade" challenge with a perfect season. Front Office and Coach made a decision to pull front line players to prevent injuries and forgo a try for a perfect season in hopes of another Super Bowl Title. GUESS WHAT? A perfect season coupled with another Super Bowl would have given the Colts the edge and set up an argument which would have lasted for decades and probably never have a resolution. With their number of Super Bowl wins the the argument goes in favor of the Patriots.
- Injuries are a given in the NFL but look at the 2010 & 2011Colts. Injuries have decimated the team. The 2009 Colts were a team of destiny. Throwing away the chance to fulfill that destiny has come back to haunt the front office and coach. I think Mr. Irsay might want to reflect upon this in his post-season review.
- I have lost my desire to spend $2,500 (tickets, parking, food, etc.) to see 8 games a year which in the future might or might not exhibit the bests athletes in the game competing at the highest level. Please notice I said 8 games because I pay full price for 2 auditions I refuse to watch.
- Todd Christensen is no Tom Moore and Pete Metzelaars is no Howard Mudd. Do you know how many combined years of experience were lost when these two legends left? The two younger guys know football but they are years away from that kind of experience. I cannot tell you how many times the offensive line problems were corrected on the field by Mr. Mudd. Mr. Moore mentored Payton until the student became an equal. During the Bengals game at a time out in the second half Payton had a conversation with Painter. They went to a no huddle hurry up offense and stopped the Bengals substitution pattern and instantly became competitive. They also came within a fumble of winning. H-m-m-m!
- All those years through the 80's and early 90's, I went to games hoping but not expecting to win. During the Payton Manning era this has changed to "We fans expect to win". It is interesting how one man can bring so much to a team and Payton is due the respect of anyone who knows even a little about football. I think the Colts are reaping the reward of building a defense around the ability of the offense to score. It's a great theory if you have a Payton Manning but not so much if you lose him. To Payton I say: Thank you for all you have done.
- More than a decade and a half ago I sat in my end zone cheering on the defense for several goal line stands after having been put on our heels to that point. I saw the look in the players eyes, their posture, and we both knew what the outcome would be. They didn't become professional athletes playing on losing teams yet here we were. Now I have lived though losing games we gave away and I am second guessing why I love the professional level of this sport.
- If you were expecting a solution I do not have one. Millionaires and Billionaires make the decisions for this game. We are just the shlubs who fork out our hard earned money to make this all possible.