Frank Reich reverses course, most Colts starters sit this week

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Colts head coach Frank Reich had planned to play his starters in the team’s third preseason game of the summer, but he said on Wednesday that he’s had a change of heart.

The team already ruled quarterback Andrew Luck out this week and Reich said at a Wednesday press conference that he’s decided to hold out most of the team’s other starters against the Bears as well.

Reich said that having so many players back for a second year in the same system influenced his thinking about playing starters for a limited number of snaps. Reich also said that he spoke to Bears head coach Matt Nagy and said that Nagy’s plan to sit his first-stringers also played into the decision to change his approach this week.

With more teams adopting the less is more approach to playing starters in the preseason and a new Collective Bargaining Agreement being negotiated, one would imagine that lowering the number of exhibition games will remain a popular talking point around the league.

7 responses to “Frank Reich reverses course, most Colts starters sit this week

  1. It boggles my mind that people still pay regular-season prices for these games. That is the biggest highway robbery in sports.

  2. That seems strange to me to not have a dress rehearsal for your main cast. I like what BB says. He wants them to go through the same motions as they will during the season. Including during the third week of the preseason of going into the locker room at halftime and cooling down, then coming out to get warmed up again and play into the second half. it makes since to have your starting unit do that at least once before the season starts to count.

    Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

  3. I like the fact that these HCs talk to each other about who is playing. Playing starters who may be a little cautious against players who are on the bubble and desperate does not seem to me to be worth the risk of injury.

  4. I don’t see how pre-season games are cut if owners still make money on them especially if TV ratings remain relatively high.

  5. Leave the preseason at 4 games, but make the cuts after 2 games. Then the TEAM can prepare together for the season and gives cut players more time to catch on and be ready with new team.

  6. Not sure how I feel about the Bears starters getting zero reps in the preseason. Agree that they don’t need to play MUCH, but they should play SOME. What do I know, I’m no Head Coach.

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