We have another 10 days to talk about matchups with the Bears. I'll focus on little matchups here and there, but mostly I like to focus on the impact the game is having on the teams, and how they adjust leading up to and during the game.
Bill Polian has a lot of experience getting teams to Super Bowls. This is Polian's
fifth Super Bowl fourth Super Bowl (he was fired from Buffalo after they lost their third). He guided Buffalo to four three in a row, but never won one. To his credit, he could never field a team that was "better" than any of the teams Buffalo faced. Dallas was a dynasty, the Giants had Parcells, and that Redskins team in 1991 was a beast.
This time around, Polian has a very, very good team. Maybe even a great one. But talent does not always win Super Bowls. Focus, concentration, and dedication to the team concept does. Here's what Polian said to say to the families of several Colts players as they ready themselves for the biggest game of their lives:
As good as you felt winning (the AFC Championship), you'll feel that bad when they ship you off the field real quick (after the Super Bowl) because the winning team is getting a trophy.
The Colts have had their fair share of distractions leading up to big games. Last year's incident with Nick Harper and his wife comes to mind. In any case, blocking out distractions and focusing on the task at hand is key. Yes, I know that sounds boring. But it's true.