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Colts won’t rest starters against Texans

Chuck Pagano AP

Earlier this week, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne said he thought the team was too young to rest starters in Week 17 against the Texans.

Coach Chuck Pagano agrees with him. Even though the Colts are locked into the fifth seed in the playoffs, Pagano said Wednesday that they will be approaching the game the same way they’ve approached all their other contests this season.

“It’s not in our DNA,’’ Pagano said, via the Indianapolis Star. “You want to win. You want to win at home. You want to go into the playoffs with momentum. We want to keep the momentum going.”

Not every Colt will be part of the effort. Center Samson Satele and running back Delone Carter have been ruled out for injuries, but it will be all hands on deck otherwise for Indy.

It’s hard to disagree with the Colts’ decision. They don’t have much to gain by taking the week off, especially when you factor Pagano’s return to work into the equation, and the bonus of beating the Texans to keep them from getting the first overall seed in the AFC makes going full speed all the more appealing.

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  1. micronin127 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:10 PM

    I think the expression is ‘rust the starters’. Either approach can work or backfire. You can play to maintain your edge and momentum and pick up an injury. You can rest your starters and then make an early exit due to lack of timing and rust.

    Best to just be decisive and not second guess yourself.

  2. flik44 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:15 PM

    “It’s hard to disagree with the Colts’ decision. They don’t have much to gain by taking the week off, especially when you factor Pagano’s return to work into the equation, and the bonus of beating the Texans to keep them from getting the first overall seed in the AFC makes going full speed all the more appealing.”

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    Sounds great, but you’re one JJ Watt awkward sack from blowing any chance this team had. And dude wants his sacks right now. Very close to the record.

  3. rc33 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:18 PM

    They really need to approach Week 17 like any other game.
    Bottom line, they’re a young team that’s played all season on momentum and youthful enthusiasm. They’re headed to the postseason and if they decided to shut it down, even for one week, there’s no certainty they’d be able to rev that engine up once again when the playoffs begin.

  4. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 26, 2012 2:21 PM

    Good for him. I like it when coaches play to win the game. I mean, this team is going to get housed in the playoffs but this experience now will set up the core of this team for the next 10 years.

  5. jasons81 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:24 PM

    I’m not a Colts fan and as a Titans fan I typically have hated them. That said I love this team and hope they go deep into the playoffs. What they’ve done this year, considering all circumstances, is amazing. Best of luck!

  6. fjc says: Dec 26, 2012 2:27 PM

    Sounds like the Colts finally have a GM/Coach with some stones.

    It’s too bad Manning never played for a coach with that fire, well until now.

  7. spellingcops says: Dec 26, 2012 2:30 PM

    From a Broncos fan, GO COLTS!!!

  8. brenenostler says: Dec 26, 2012 2:31 PM

    I just hope he keeps this same attitude the next time the Colts start off 14-0.

  9. htown1035 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:33 PM

    Ask the Patriots how playing their starters helped in 2009 when they played them in the final game and Welker tore his ACL and they then lost to the Ravens in the first round. Playing starters did nothing but lose one of their key players to injury and a quick exit.

  10. atwatercrushesokoye says: Dec 26, 2012 2:35 PM

    The Broncos are counting on you, so in the words of one of the great cinematic masterpieces of our time “sweep the leg!”

  11. kacapaco says: Dec 26, 2012 2:36 PM

    Beauty of a competitive game is, u play to win every game.

  12. bubba99m says: Dec 26, 2012 2:47 PM

    Statistically speaking, injuries to players are more likely to occur when key components are missing (replaced to give them some rest). For the purpose of debate and second-guessing, we typically only read about the high-profile injuries that may, or may not, have been avoided with rest, but the reality is there have been more injuries the other way around. At NFL speed, it doesn’t take much of a drop-off to make a difference, especially against guys like JJ Watt. One blink short and you could have a tragedy. I think the Colts decision is the right one on all levels, as long as everyone is mentally on the same page. Regardless of the score, the real winners will be the fans. Should be a GREAT game.

  13. pwoeckener says: Dec 26, 2012 2:58 PM

    If the Colts beat the Texans, and the Broncos and Patriots win, the Texans will be forced to play in a Wild Card game.

    NEVER take your foot off of the gas in the NFL. There is always something to play for, including forcing the team that won your division to play a playoff game the next week, versus allowing them a bye.

    Same reason why the Broncos and Patriots will be going all out this weekend. You know that both Brady and Manning want the BYE week in the playoffs. Great incentive for both to give it 100% this weekend.

  14. justintuckrule says: Dec 26, 2012 3:02 PM

    Actually, sound strategy would be playing vanilla and losing to Houston to give them top seed and avoid taking a trip to NE or Den. Make Den and NE play each other in the 2/3 matchup in week 2 and take your chances against a team that will have to beat you 3x in one season to advance to the AFCCG. That’s all presuming of course that the Colts beat Balt on WC weekend and Den or NE beat whoever the 6th seeded lamb is.

  15. CKL says: Dec 26, 2012 3:05 PM

    htown1035 says:
    Dec 26, 2012 2:33 PM
    Ask the Patriots how playing their starters helped in 2009 when they played them in the final game and Welker tore his ACL and they then lost to the Ravens in the first round. Playing starters did nothing but lose one of their key players to injury and a quick exit.
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    #1-It was a freak injury caused by a seam in the grass.
    #2-Even though WW was easily the team’s MVP that year, that Pats team was terrible, and the lockerroom was a disaster. They were not a WW away from winning in the playoffs. BB’s worst winning record team ever. The 08 squad without TB had a better shot of winning a playoff game. It was a more solid team.
    I hated it for WW who gives it everything he has at all times and had to go through all that difficult rehab, but that’s all.

    I’m happy this Colts regime plays to win. Imagine if they’d given up when they lost their HC for the year? Regardless of what happens to Indy in the playoffs, now that they’ve rid themselves of Polian, they are a franchise to be respected.

  16. htown1035 says: Dec 26, 2012 3:19 PM

    CKL says: Dec 26, 2012 3:05 PM

    #1-It was a freak injury caused by a seam in the grass.
    #2-Even though WW was easily the team’s MVP that year, that Pats team was terrible, and the lockerroom was a disaster. They were not a WW away from winning in the playoffs. BB’s worst winning record team ever. The 08 squad without TB had a better shot of winning a playoff game. It was a more solid team.
    I hated it for WW who gives it everything he has at all times and had to go through all that difficult rehab, but that’s all.

    I’m happy this Colts regime plays to win. Imagine if they’d given up when they lost their HC for the year? Regardless of what happens to Indy in the playoffs, now that they’ve rid themselves of Polian, they are a franchise to be respected.

    ————————————————
    #1 You don’t think a freak injury could occur to Luck in this game?
    #2 That Patriots team may not have been as good as other Pats teams, but losing Welker definitely contributed and you can’t argue otherwise.

    It’s just not a smart decision.

  17. TheWizard says: Dec 26, 2012 3:29 PM

    Sitting healthy starters is weasel, and will be frowned upon by the football gods.

  18. bangithard says: Dec 26, 2012 3:38 PM

    This is a simple strategy, it is called:

    ‘help the marketing department sell tickets today, but on Sunday those starters will be taking an early shower’

    there is NO WAY they play full speed on Sunday.

  19. iamskywalker1985 says: Dec 26, 2012 3:46 PM

    Sometimes resting your starter works, sometimes it doesnt, happens both ways. I like that they’re playing them. Luck could have an injury driving to practice today. Can’t live scared, and worry about those kinda things.

  20. CKL says: Dec 26, 2012 6:21 PM

    #1 You don’t think a freak injury could occur to Luck in this game?
    #2 That Patriots team may not have been as good as other Pats teams, but losing Welker definitely contributed and you can’t argue otherwise.

    It’s just not a smart decision.
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    #1-Of course, anytime anyone plays an injury could occur. It’s a risk of playing in the NFL.
    #2-Yes it contributed as will an injury to any starter let alone a great player like WW, but maybe the Pats get one more td in that game. They weren’t winning it. The Ravens manhandled them on O and D from Ray Rice’s first long run onward. It was one of the worst losses they ever had in the BB era. I can say if the Pats had Gronk 100% in the SB or vs SF week 15, they may have won those too. Oh well. Injuries are part of the game and since there is no predicting them, a team just has to deal with them.

    I’m all for not playing a guy FT or at all if there’s an injury issue he COULD play with but could use some extra rest, but sitting a healthy player from the get go? Nope. Football is too much of a team game, all cylinders need to be firing. My Pats usually get better as the season goes on (unlike 09) and part of the reason is that the guys playing together learn each other and communicate better. This applies to all teams.

    I think Wayne makes a good point as well. With a young team, there’s no upside at all to resting a healthy starter. You think if the 09 Colts players would have had a say, they wouldn’t have voted as a majority to go for an undefeated season? The looks on a lot of their faces suggest they would have wanted to play.

  21. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 26, 2012 7:59 PM

    Broncos pulling for Colts to win so they can get the top playoff position in the AFC.

  22. avoidtheboyd says: Dec 27, 2012 12:44 AM

    Texans can certainly play some bad football, but every time the Colts have faced an even halfway decent team (with the exception of Green Bay), they’ve been destroyed. Let’s not forget they lost to Jacksonville at home.
    So bring on the starters. I don’t want anyone saying the Texans backed into the #1 seed by mutilating a second string.

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