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And Another Thing


Colts get no respect

And speaking of people bashing the Colts ... I'm usually the guy who makes fun of teams who play the "no respect" card. It's a cheesy ploy to generate phony motivation 99.9 percent of the time.

But Johnson isn't the only "analyst" dissing the Colts these days. Simply because they've had to to pull some many games out in the fourth quarter, they've decided they're ripe for the plucking once the playoffs off. Right now, the sexy pick for all the yapping poodles in the AFC is the Chargers.

Here's what I think about that: I think the Chargers are a dangerous team that seems to be putting it together at the right time, and they've historically given the Colts fits in the playoffs.

But I also think the Colts are a dangerous team, precisely because they've had to come from behind so many times to win this season.

What that tells me is they're a team with an abundance of mental toughness and one that won't crumble when circumstances turn against them, as they inevitably do in the playoffs. In fact, I feel much better about their chances than I would if they'd been blowing everyone out every week. A team like that sometimes never really finds out what it's made of until it's too late.

This team, though, reminds me of the Colts' Super Bowl team. It was an uphill battle all the way for that team, and because of that, it emerged in the playoffs as exactly the sort of tough-minded, resilient team it needed to be.

Ben Smith's blog.