When the Spygate scandal first broke during the 2007 NFL season, the New England Patriots spent a week hearing people rip them, and then proceeded to blow out the San Diego Chargers in their next game.
That Patriots team looked motivated by all the criticism, and former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy thinks this Colts team will have the same kind of motivation after hearing people rip them for resting their top players, rather than going for a perfect season.
“The fallout may actually help them,” Dungy said on ESPN Radio of the way the Colts will react to the criticism. “It may be kind of a Spygate thing where everybody says, ‘Hey, they’re ripping our boss, they’re ripping our owner, they’re ripping our coach. We need to go out and play and show people this was the right decision.’”
It’s not at all clear, however, that the Colts players actually think it was the right decision, and that raises the question of whether the Colts will actually have a hard time getting motivated after going from 14-0 to 14-2.
We’ll find that out on January 16, when the Colts finally take the field in a game they’re trying to win.