Just to remind y’all: the Colts colluded with the Titans back in 2007 to let the Titans in the playoffs, not using their timeouts at the end of a game that was still close. If they’d lose to help out a friend – and Jim Caldwell was on the staff as quarterbacks coach/assistant head coach -, I expect they will lose to help themselves. Defeat insures them the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
If Jim Irsay has the final say as to whether they try their hardest to win this game or not, I would guess the Colts would lose. He definitely likes Andrew Luck. While he has said he doesn’t want to trade out of it, that could be mind games as Adam Schefter thinks the #1 pick could get an offer of four first-round picks.
Until Roger Goodell enforces teams to play their best players – and he tried to influence this by scheduling divisional games late -, I think it’s a great idea to get as creative as possible in playing your worst players on your 46-man game day roster. I’d also try a lot of plays and formations that the players aren’t used to.
I have no issue with a team losing intentionally – while playing hard -, to try to help their team’s chances in the postseason or draft. Four first-rounders provides them with maneuverability to get just about any player they want in any draft.
In 2013, they could take a corner they like in the first with their pick. Then, they could use their 2014 first rounder to move up in the first for their 2nd 2013 1st-round pick OR use their 2nd 2013 1st-round pick trade down and add a cluster of offensive line and defensive line players or wide receivers in the 2nd and 3rd round.
I did have an issue with the Colts not trying their hardest to win when a loss helped the Titans and not them.
The Rams will likely lose to the 49ers, who will probably need to win to retain the #2 and a bye. I think they will make a small offer to move into the top spot, but Indianapolis won’t accept it. If they lose and the Colts win, they’ll have the top spot.
As it stands, the Bears defense has really tanked the last two weeks. I still believe they’ll beat the Vikings. The Vikings won’t be interested in the top pick.
The Cleveland Browns are next at #4, and they could be interested in moving into the top spot. They will lose to the Steelers and stay at this spot, but they could offer the Colts some of the extra picks they received from the Falcons in last year’s draft. I think it makes more sense to improve at wideout and the defensive line, spending a 2nd rounder on QB.
In the 5th slot – and playing the Colts Sunday – is Jacksonville. New owner Shahid Khan may want to make a splash and use a high pick on a QB, but I doubt they would seriously give away the picks needed to move up and get Andrew Luck.
The team many believe will make the biggest offer for is the Washington Redskins, currently on pace to draft 7th. Brian Orakpo, 2 1’s and a 2? Josh Wilson, Ryan Kerrigan and a 1? Trent Williams, Brian Orakpo and a 1?
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