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Colts resting starters defied logic

If Manning could finish blowouts earlier this year, why not let him play for perfection?

Updated: December 29, 2009, 9:41 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Coach Jim Caldwell, unbeaten and at home, committed not one potentially colossal mistake Sunday against the New York Jets but two. The first -- removing his starters with a lead that crumbled along with the Indianapolis Colts' chance to finish the season 16-0 -- led immediately to the second -- creating distractions for his football team instead of limiting them.

And now the once-undefeated and unknown coach has -- at least until the playoffs begin and/or the Colts win the championship ...

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