You really didn’t think I’d pass up the opportunity to comment on this, did you?
“Ultimately, what matters the most is what happens in the postseason,” Denver coach Josh McDaniels said. “So, I think their season is going to be determined by what they do once the playoffs start, not what happened yesterday.”
He’s right, of course. The 10-6 regular season, er, World Champion New York Giants remain living proof of that.
What’s truly awful about Caldwell’s decision to pull his starters from a 15-10 game with more than a quarter of the game to go isn’t short-changing the fans who paid to watch (although that’s pretty bad). It’s this:
The decision also could have ramifications on the playoff race.
The Jets now have control, thanks to Sunday’s victory, and teams such as Pittsburgh or Houston could end up missing the postseason because the Colts rested key players.
When people like myself express concern about devaluing the regular season, that’s what we’re talking about. So for those of you who continue to wax indignant about Boise State with its 98th-ranked strength of schedule not getting to play for a national title, you might want to consider how the other side feels.
“Obviously I would have loved to have seen them win that game,” Houston coach Gary Kubiak said. “But for us it really doesn’t matter. We have to worry about taking care of our business. … They’ve got to do what they think they got to do. But we’ve got to worry about ourselves.”
Gary, rest assured that they’re settling it on the field.
The point here isn’t a simplistic “playoffs are bad” one. It’s that careful consideration needs to go into the design of a playoff format for D-1 football should that day come. The cure being worse than the disease, and all that…