In all of the blowback following the Indianapolis Colts decision to rest their starters in the third quarter of Sunday's loss to the New York Jets, we've heard all sorts of reasons why the move was misguided.
Cris Collinsworth has another: the Buffalo Bills.
Collinsworth, on Wednesday night's episode of "Inside the NFL" on Showtime, points out the Colts could have gotten plenty of rest in their season finale against the Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"As a former player I was thinking I don't know what I would have done on the sideline. I probably would have gone in the game. Really, I probably would have said 'I don’t care what you said.' I would have said 'Are you kidding me? We have a chance to be considered the greatest football team of all time.' Think about what we do with the 1972 Miami Dolphins to this day. Every year we talk about them popping champagne. They are historically significant.
"The Indianapolis Colts, because of the longer regular-season schedule, could have laid claim that they are the greatest football team of all-time. And all you have to do is let me finish a half. They only have to finish a half because they only have to play a quarter against Buffalo and win that game. Finish a half, and we have the greatest team of all time."
Now, the Colts will have to put forth a greater effort to make sure they don't enter the playoffs on a two-game losing streak.