The Pendleton Panther

The Reason Why Coaches Should Let Players Rest

Posted on: January 6, 2010

Last week Indianapolis’ Head Coach Jim Caldwell was criticized for resting his players in the Colts’ first lost of the season against the New York Jets. This past weekend Bill Belichick got criticized for not resting his players against the Houston Texans even though the Patriots had already locked up a playoff spot. With 9:39 left in the first quarter the Patriots best receiver Wes Welker caught a pass and then try to avoid a Texans defender. However, in the process he tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee. Some people might say that Belichick was just going to play his starters for the first half and then rest them. However, Welker did not make it to half time. Some critics say that Belichick should not have played any of his starters at all since the game against Houston meant nothing to the Patriots. Welker, who set a Franchise record with 123 catches this season and was Tom Brady’s favorite target, will be out for the rest of this season and most likely out for some of next season too after he has surgery. Welker was second in the league in receiving yards and was first in catches this season for the Pats. He will be greatly missed this playoff season as the Patriots try to find a replacement for him.

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