Overreacting to players sitting out

Updated: December 20, 2007, 3:45 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Right on schedule, the second-to-last week of the NFL regular season is rarely about the players. It's about the coaches. What will Tony Dungy do about playing time? Will Andy Reid leave his best options out there? Is Bill Belichick OK just winning by a touchdown or two? And of course, will Wade Phillips let Jessica Simpson travel with the Cowboys to Charlotte. Inquiring minds, you know.

The coaches control all your fantasy football dreams and wishes merely by making simple, sometimes innocuous and ridiculous lineup changes. That's it. We do think they want to win every game, because contrary to popular belief, all the games do count. Some count for more than others, but Indy's game, while not a factor in the big playoff picture, does matter. Dungy doesn't want to lose. Philly's Reid doesn't want to lose, even though winning doesn't mean a playoff berth. It does mean something, though.

This is Thursday, and who knows what a coach is really thinking about when it comes to lineup decisions. And even if he is thinking something, do you think he'll share it with you? I'm quite certain Dungy does not play fantasy football. But you're overrating the situation if you think Dungy knows what will happen. The game will dictate things, mostly.