So now we have one more advertisement why it’s a terrible idea to rest players down the stretch to get them ready for the playoffs.
Call it the Curse of Jim Sorgi (thanks to our great producer, Brian Hyland, for the nickname). When Sorgi finishes a season for the Colts, they are finished. Just take a look.
2003 — Colts coach Tony Dungy plays hard in Week 17, and quarterback Peyton Manning completes 26-of-38 for 220 yards and one touchdown with an interception in a 27-10 win over Houston. Next week, Indianapolis beats Denver in a wild-card game and beats Kansas City in the next round before losing to New England in the AFC Championship Game.
2004 — Dungy sits his players in Week 17 during a 33-14 loss to Denver. Sorgi completes 16 of 25 passes for 168 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Indianapolis beats Denver in the wild-card round, then loses to New England 20-3 the following week.
2005 — Dungy sits his players in Week 17 during a 17-13 win over Atlanta, Sorgi completes 21 of 31 passes for 207 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. A 14-2 Colts team loses at home to Pittsburgh in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game.
2006 — Dungy plays his starters in Week 17 during a 27-22 win over the Miami Dolphins as Manning completes 22 of 37 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns. Then Indianapolis beats Kansas City in the wild-card round, Baltimore the following week, New England in the AFC Championship Game and Chicago in the Super Bowl.
2007 — Dungy rests some regulars in Week 17, losing 16-10 to Tennessee at home. Sorgi completes 11 of 24 passes for 68 yards and one touchdown. The Colts lose at home to San Diego in the divisional round.
2008 — Dungy rests some regulars in the Colts’ 23-0 win over the Titans in Week 17. Sorgi completes 22 of 30 passes for 178 yards. A Colts team on a nine-game winning streak, that goes 16 days with one series from Manning, scores only 17 points in a wild-card loss at San Diego.
The Curse of Jim Sorgi Lives.