Two days later: I’ll be the lone voice — it didn’t look like the Colts wanted to win on Sunday

December 13, 2011 | Drew Forrester


(continued) to once again provide full disclosure and remind you that I was the GM of the Spirit (nee Blast) soccer team in 1997 when we definitely TRIED to lose the final regular season game in Philadelphia to line up a post-season series with that same Philadelphia team.  I wrote about it here back in January of 2010 if you’d like to read how it all unfolded.

And here’s the sub-plot to that whole story about losing in Philadelphia that afternoon.  The only two people that REALLY knew about it before the game were me — and the coach, Mike Stankovic.  We didn’t tell the players.  And we lost the game, as we hoped and intended to do.

So armed with that personal account, I can quickly cut anyone off at the pass that says, “there’s no way an organization would intentionally NOT try to win games”.  Yes, they sure as hell would.

Now, is that what happened on Sunday in Baltimore with the Colts?

I don’t know.

But I know it sure looked suspicious.

And I can look at the standings and see 0-13 and I can look at a lot of other teams in the league with FAR less talent than the Colts who have wins this season.  The Colts lost their quarterback, yes.  He’s a definite MAJOR factor in their offense, of course. But is he 0-13 major?  Is Peyton Manning, to borrow one of those silly baseball sabermetrics terms, +13WAR, or “13 wins above replacement”?  I don’t think so.

The Texans are winning games with T.J. Yates.

John Skelton threw the Cardinals to a win last weekend over the team with the best defense in the NFC.

The entire football world figured Tim Tebow couldn’t play a lick in August.  Here we are in December, and some folks are hinting that he should perhaps receive MVP consideration.

Colt McCoy isn’t very good, but the Browns have four wins.  And he, by the way, is working with offensive weapons that some arena football teams would turn down.

If the Browns and their skill-set players can win a handful of games, are you telling me Indianapolis can’t?

I don’t buy it.

But no one around the country seems to care.

They were down 31-3 in New England two weekends ago and then suddenly got the bit between their teeth in the 4th quarter before losing 31-24.  I don’t know what happened in the first three quarters — nor do I know what happened in the 4th quarter, but we saw a similar theme (see next page please)

7 Comments For This Post

  1. unitastoberry Says:

    Jimmy is just a chip off the old block! Hopefully this kid Luck turns out to be the next Heath Shuler when they draft him number one.

  2. eric Says:

    You do understand that tanking does not benefit the players right? It benefits the organization and the fans but everything the players do is on film and affects their ability to get jobs and paychecks in the future. If the Colts players have quit it’s because it’s hard to get motivated playing on a winless team it is NOT to get the #1 pick. Alot of the players who quit on Sunday will not be in Indy in 2012.

  3. eric Says:

    Again, the organization may be tanking for a pick but the players are not. And the fact that Collie,Wayne,Garcon and other regulars played tells me the organization is not going out of it’s way to tank by playing all backups.

  4. David S Says:

    I think the Colts have dug themselves a hole so deep, there is no motivation or desire to fight, scratch and claw for a victory each week.
    It just looks like they are “mailing it in” when in reality, there is nothing there for them to play for. Lets give the Ravens some credit……they beat up on them and THAT had something to do with the Colts looking so lack luster.

  5. over40Don Says:

    Maybe the reason you are the “lone voice” is because your assertion is preposterous? Billick had nothing to add to warrent your theory this a.m.. The Colts offense stinks and the Ravens defense is superb. That’s all ANY person should take from the game. Of course that’s just my opinion and probably most anybody elses.

  6. The "Armchair QB" Says:

    Obviously, from their praise of the Colts last week, the Ravens players don’t agree with your assessment. And, frankly, it didn’t look that way to me, either. As someone has previously noted, success in the college ranks doesn’t always translate to success in the NFL – just ask….Ryan Leaf!

  7. matt Says:

    i must agree, they have nothing better to play for than pride, and they have none of that.

    either the colts trade their 1st pick and draft robert griffin III and keep peyton manning or,

    the colts draft luck and trade manning to the titans, redskins, or vikings.

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