Anyone waiting for Colts coach Jim Caldwell to tip his hand about how much QB Peyton Manning and the other starters will play in Week 16, please don’t hold your breath. Caldwell, to no one’s surprise, isn’t saying.
Caldwell told reporters during a conference call Wednesday that he hasn’t thought about how many snaps players will take as he balances the possibility of a perfect regular season for the Colts versus the team’s ultimate goal — a trip to Miami for Super Bowl XLIV. Caldwell left the door wide open, saying the flow of Sunday’s game against the Jets — one of six 7-7 teams still fighting for a playoff spot — will dictate his decisions.
Caldwell did make it clear, though, that going undefeated “hasn’t been a priority” for the Colts.
“It’s a great by-product of a great season, but certainly not one we are overly concerned with,” Caldwell said. “There is only one happy team at the end of the year, and that’s the team that wins it all. We want to make certain we’re playing our best football in time for us to kick it up in the playoffs after the regular season.”