So why, exactly, did Indianapolis rest some of their key starters, including Peyton Manning, during the second half of Sunday's loss to the Jets? Easy, says SB Nation's Colts blog, Stampede Blue: they want to win the Super Bowl.
The Colts made the right move not just because injuries derail seasons, but because the team is professional enough, and strong enough emotionally to stay focused on their goal despite a disappointment. To write off the Colts chances because of what happened today is to call the players emotionally weak. When you think of professionalism in the NFL, the Colts are who should come to mind. Professionals get over disappointment. 19-0 was not the goal, there is no reason to fold with that potential lost.
Caldwell and Polian could have been wrong but we all need to remember that there wouldn't have been an undefeated run to "blow" if it wasn't for the great talents of both of those men. Over the previous 14 games they based their strategy around positioning the Colts to win the Super Bowl, they did the same thing today.
The Colts Super Bowl chances are stronger than ever thanks to the health of their top talents.