Reggie Wayne upset with lack of passes his way on Saturday night

AP

Reggie Wayne caught 111 passes during the regular season, but the Colts only saw fit to throw one ball his way on Saturday night against the Jets.

Such is life for wide receivers who find themselves lining up across from Darrelle Revis. The Jets cornerback was thrown on so rarely this season that he had no interceptions and no penalties called on him all season. While Wayne is surely aware of Revis’s abilities, he isn’t happy that the Colts allowed him to play such a small role in the last football game he’ll play for a good long while.

“It’s bull. It’s bull, man,” Wayne said. “I give everything I’ve got no matter what. Every day, I give it everything. And one ball, that’s all. I shouldn’t have even suited up. I should have watched the game like everybody else. I was irrelevant.”

It was a tough position for the Colts offense. Last year, under similar circumstances, Peyton Manning shredded the Jets defense by throwing to everyone other than Wayne. It seemed to be the right approach heading into Saturday’s game, as did the in-game adjustments Manning made when faced with a more conservative Jets defense than we are used to seeing. The pass wasn’t there for much of the night — Manning threw a season-low 26 passes — so Manning tried to do other things offensively. He did it well enough to put his team in position to win the game with a minute to play so it is hard to kill them for the offensive game plan.

That said, it’s still hard to comprehend how the Colts allowed Wayne to be such a non-factor in such a big game. Revis is great, no one disputes that, but so is Wayne. Sometimes you have to have a little faith that your great player can beat their great player.

39 responses to “Reggie Wayne upset with lack of passes his way on Saturday night

  1. Wayne there is no I IN TEAM. Poor BABY you can stop CRYING NOW.Your a player not a coach man up and move on.

  2. I certainly will not attempt to override PManning’s judgements on their O from my seat at home, but that being said, the Colts’ O last night was excruciatingly conservative and I cannot blame RWayne for being as frustrated as he is. A great regular season QB with 1 SB ring. Might we start to rejudge the greatness of Peyton Manning, with his 9-10 playoff record?

  3. Would you like some “whine” with that cheese?

    Wow, another diva wideout…go figure.

    Seriously, I would have never expected this from any of Manning’s receivers considering how they respect him. If he didn’t throw you the ball, it is because he felt he couldn’t, or that it would be stupid. Now go enjoy the off season and shut up.

  4. You need your best receiver to be involved in the game. That was crazy not to get #87 more involved.

  5. I took the Colts -3. Was pretty disappointed when they marched down the field and were willing to settle for 3 points. Kinda glad the Jets beat em after that.

  6. Reggie Wayne…”I schould’nt have even suited up. I should have watched the game like everybody else. I was irrelevant.”
    Yes Reggie…you were.

  7. i am neither a Colts fan or a Jets fan and can honestly say I had no preference watching that game last night

    but I do gotta say the Jets got away with a lot of marginal contact just prior to the ball reaching the receivers hands. (yes, before you jump down my throat – i am aware that the defender is entitled to play the ball). there were many instances lets be clear about that and not just the ones the TV crew discussed on air.

    so get ready America some where in Indiana Bill Polian is ripping mad and dreaming up a new point of emphasis for the next years officiating crews.

    let the 2011 “wussification” of the NFL season begin!

  8. “The Jets cornerback was thrown on so rarely this season that he had no interceptions and no penalties called on him all season”

    Just because you write something and write it again and again doesnt make it true. Yes, Revis is one of the best in the league but he has not lived up to his standards this season. Randy Moss burned him twice. Once as a Patriot and once as a Viking. Then Revis was often targeted an burned in the 45-3 shellacking in foxboro. Play dont lie.

  9. A little pay back for being thrown under the bus after the Super Bowl? 🙂

    Guess Peyton can’t blame Wayne for what happened this time unless its to say that he couldn’t get open and that’s why he didn’t throw to him.

  10. I so sick of hearing this Revis is the best corner in the NFL fallacy. Reggie Wayne is a veteran WR. Manning should trust his WR to make a play. If I were a WR, I would hate playing with Manning.

  11. It was not Revis taking Wayne out of the game

    BUT THE OTHER WAY AROUND

    Colts were taking Revis who was following Wayne, completely out of the rest of the game.

    Dumb strategy by Colts!

  12. It’s the lore of revis that keeps QBs from throwing his way not actual skills at least give wayne a chance to make a play

  13. Clearly, there is more to this than any of us know. Colt fans have been watching this silently between Peyton and Wayne all year. Sure, Reggie caught a lot of passes this year. However, it’s visible on the field that their relationship is in need of a mediator (probably Polian level). Their both right and wrong. Peyton is right that he needs a balanced attack by air/ground. He’s wrong to believe he can win a playoff game without Reggie Wayne this year regardless who covers him. Reggie is right that he has earned the opportunity to compete against Revis. He is wrong in the fact that he is starting to sound like a Chad Johnson and/or T.O. by using the media to vent his frustration.

    Where is the head coach? Why did it get to this? This is why Polian needs to get involved.

  14. tiffpats4eva says:
    Jan 9, 2011 12:57 PM
    I so sick of hearing this Revis is the best corner in the NFL fallacy. Reggie Wayne is a veteran WR. Manning should trust his WR to make a play. If I were a WR, I would hate playing with Manning.
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    Another myopic Patriots fan who has issues with facts because the player is a Jet. Revis and Nnamdi Asomugha are the two best corners in the NFL. Find better corners anywhere. I guess you think Devin McCourty is better?

  15. FinFan68 says:
    Jan 9, 2011 12:15 PM
    Another “ME” guy. shut the hell up and get open and you might get the ball more.

    Exactly !

    There is no ‘I’ in team, work hard and get open.

  16. I’m not an Indy fan but Peyton is an OVER-RATED, one dimensional, two left feet qb. He has the worst foot work of any qb I have ever seen. He is always jittery/ nervous and is not a real big play guy. He is more of a conservative, ball control guy. I think Wayne is a star in his own right and Manning shut him down to get all the spotlite…if they won!

    The media has made Manning great…not his wins ! He only has one ring ! While any ring is a tremendous accomplishment, I think when his career is over, we will not be able to rank him along with Montana, Bradshaw, Aikman, Brady etc…..you know the guys with multiple rings that probably didn’t break all-time stat records but just flat out won CHAMPIONSHIPS ( plural ) !

  17. @sportsjustice i think the point of the article was that the colts SHOULD have thrown at Wayne even tho Revis was covering him. And, I’ve watched every Jets game this year, the vast majority of teams just did not throw Revis’ way.

  18. sportsjustice says:
    Jan 9, 2011 11:30 AM
    “The Jets cornerback was thrown on so rarely this season that he had no interceptions and no penalties called on him all season”

    Just because you write something and write it again and again doesnt make it true. Yes, Revis is one of the best in the league but he has not lived up to his standards this season. Randy Moss burned him twice. Once as a Patriot and once as a Viking. Then Revis was often targeted an burned in the 45-3 shellacking in foxboro. Play dont lie.
    ________________________________
    Funny you call someone out for not speaking the truth. The TD by Moss on the Vikings was on Cromartie, not Revis.

    “Moss, acquired from New England last Wednesday, was defended mostly by Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie despite the return of Darrelle Revis from a strained left hamstring.”

  19. Peyton covers up the many flaws on this team. Without Peyton this is a below average team. No run defense, no pass defense, no running game. Peyton’s not a spring chicken anymore. This lil train will come to a stop soon. I love it.

  20. I think its time to quit talking about the Colts. Nothing against Reggie Wayne, he’s actually a true professional with a point, media is making a huge deal out of some pretty good questions here, he should question his team. Here’s why.

    1. He’s the leading receiver and has been a top receiver in the league for last 4 years.

    2. His team folds under pressure in the playoffs

    3. Manning bares too much of a burden

    4. Blair White seemed to be his “go to” target.

  21. “It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that ring”

    Brady – 3 rings, 14-4 (SO FAR) in playoff competition.

    Manning – 1 ring, 9-10 in playoff competition.

    do the math

  22. By the same token – the colts would be a 5 or 6 win team every year were it not for Peyton Manning. Indy fans better appreciate him while he’s here, and I don’t think they really do.

    Because when he’s gone …….

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