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Jerry Sullivan at the Buffalo News wrote a good column about Colts President Bill Polian this week. In Polian sees similarities between these Colts, his Bills, Polian notes how similar Colts head coach Tony Dungy is to the Bills' former head coach Marv Levy.
"Both coaches are amazingly similar," Polian said. "Intelligence, modesty, sincerity, clarity of thought, of speech. Ability to focus a team and their approach to the game. The approach is eerily similar."
But Sullivan points out, "The obvious parallel is the man in charge. Polian has seven defensive starters who were drafted in the fourth round or lower, or weren't drafted. Brackett was undrafted out of Rutgers. Cato June, the star linebacker, was a sixth-rounder."
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'D' is key
Justin Cohn at the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette takes a look at the Colts defense that ranks fourth in the NFL, allowing 284.6 yards per game. He included this quote from Tony Dungy.
"When I came here (in 2002), we looked for speed," Dungy said. "We didn't really talk about size too much. If guys had explosion and hitting ability and they could run, that was going to be a plus for us. I think it's more of a just a style that Bill prefers and I prefer, and it just plays into our stadium and our surface."
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Even Patriots reporters believe
Michael Parente at the Woonsocket Call in New England ran a skeptical column a few weeks ago titled Indy 8-0, but still less than perfect. But today, he admits he was wrong.
"We could sit here all day and keep telling you why the Indianapolis Colts won't go undefeated this year, but we'd be living a lie," says Parente. "After watching them dismantle and humiliate the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football, we've officially hopped on the Colts bandwagon."
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And this just in from Baltimore
Yes, even Baltimore sportswriters are acknowledging the special team that exists in Indianapolis. Ken Murray at the Baltimore Sun writes, "Perfect through 11 games, the Indianapolis Colts are scarily good on offense and deceptively strong on defense."
Take a look at Perfectly poised and enjoy Murray's comments like "...the Colts have taken the quantum leap from being New England's whipping boys to big dog on the block."
Ray McNulty of the Chicago Sun-Times points out that the Colts haven't trailed anyone in a game since October 17th and says this about the Colts prospects of going 19-0 and hoisting a Lombardi Trophy, "This isn't supposed to happen. Not in today's NFL. But I'm starting to think it will."
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Play 'em or rest 'em?
Ira Miller weighs in with his commentary on whether or not Tony Dungy should play his starters and go for history, or rest them if they are still undefeated but have clinched the top seed.
"If the Colts have a chance at a perfect season, they have to go for it," he says. "Everyone understands the argument about what the ultimate goal is, but the NFL has been around for more than 80 years and only one team ever got to the end with a perfect record. You can't deny yourself a chance at history."
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"I watched the Colts Monday night, and they looked awfully good in crushing the Steelers," said former Dolphins running back Jim Kiick. "If they play like that every game the rest of the way, nobody's going to beat them. But that's a big 'if' because it's hard to sustain that kind of intensity week in and week out for 16 weeks, then three more weeks in the postseason."
Check out all the quotes and commentary in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle's Dolphins Like Colts' Game, Up to a Point.