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Reggie Wayne wants another Super Bowl

Lots of fans want to blame Reggie Wayne for the Colts losing Super Bowl 44.

It's often just a natural reaction from a fanbase to blame someone for a loss rather than simply give the other team, you know, credit for winning it. And while Reggie Wayne did run a bad route on the Tracy Porter pick, it's not like the route was Randy Moss-like. It just wasn't "perfect," and Porter was smart enough to make the right read at the right time in the right conditions. If Wayne runs a better route and Porter does the exact same thing, we're talking a ten yard Colts gain and an eventual TD to tie the game. I mean, it's not like the Saints defense was stopping the Colts or anything.

So, when it is all said and done, blaming Reggie Wayne (who played hurt in the game, but did not use it as an excuse) is simple foolishness. It's on par with schmucks like this guy who blame Peyton Manning and call him a choker. You can't take people like that seriously, and you wonder if they even bother to actually watch the sports they are paid real money to comment on. You also wonder if their parents beat them as a kid because only someone with a serious brain ailment due to repeated blunt force trauma to the skull would still cling to the tired, pathetic notion that Peyton Manning "chokes" in big games.

Back to Reggie, when you sit back and really think about his career, Mr. Wayne is indeed a very unique player.

Go back across NFL history. Whenever there has been a great #1 receiver, the great teams usually have a #2 guy who is also talented. There was Swann and Stallworth; Rice and Taylor; Reed and Lofton. However, when that #1 guy leaves, very rarely, if EVER, does that #2 guy ascend and become a comparable #1 guy.

Reggie Wayne is the exception.

Even though he has won a Super Bowl and is well on his way to having a potential Hall of Fame career, he is still hungry enough to want to win more while, at the same time, tutor younger receivers that will one day replace him.

[Pierre] Garçon said, "Just about everything I know is because of Reggie. He’s the ideal leader."

As we head into the 2010 Draft, for the first time in about three years I am not hearing people scream that we need to take a receiver. Last year, with the departure of Marvin Harrison, we talked about the Colts making moves to draft Derrick Williams or possibly doing something to bring in former Patriots and Cowboys cast-off Terry Glenn. And then when Anthony Gonzalez went down in a heap in Week One, everyone was really freaking out because, according to the experts, we only had one legitimate wide receiver: Reggie Wayne.

Fast forward to late-January, where players like Garçon and Austin Collie are shredding great defenses like the Ravens and Jets, and you see that many experts are pretty friggin stupid.

Much of the credit for developing Indy's new receiving corps goes to Peyton Manning, but equally important is Reggie Wayne.

"He’s like the Godfather of our wide receiving crew," Garçon said of Wayne. "He’s been in the league for a while, and for any guy to play that long, he’s certainly doing something right."

With Hank Baskett jettisoned and Anthony Gonzalez healthy (he told us he was healthy during Super Bowl week), the Colts sport a rather potent group. In fact, it looks like Training Camp will feature yet another battle for who will start: Garçon v. Gonzo.

Last year, both Garçon and Collie battled for who would be the slot receiver. Collie won the job, but the open competition seemed to make both players better. We've seen this happen before (Antoine Bethea v. Mike Doss), which is why if any player states he "deserves" a starting job without having to earn it, cut him from the team immediately. Jobs are earned in the NFL, not entitled to. If Bill Polian brought a Derek Anderson onto this team, Peyton Manning would openly and actively compete with Anderson for the starting job. Consider that, and then factor in that if Peyton friggin Manning is willing to compete for his job, anyone should.

Back to the receivers, one key sub-plot of camp in 2010 is will Garçon retain his starting job? From a talent standpoint, he has more ability than Gonzo. In addition, Collie is a better slot receiver than Gonzo. This sort of makes the former first round pick out of Ohio State a bit of an odd duck on the roster. He is getting paid more than Garçon and Collie, yet right now I cannot see how he starts over either one of them.

Now, watch Bill Polian take a wide receiver in Round One even though we are entering the 2010 season with one of the strongest WR corps in the entire league.