So the colts losing the sexond best qb in football to injury had nothing to do with why they were bad. Teams have rebuilds like buffalo but even if they're bad I wouldn't consider it tanking. No coach or players would ever intentionally lose.
The Colts losing Manning was the major reason they were bad. They also knew being a bad team would give them the chance to draft Luck. I'm not saying they did blow games, but a good chunk of their fans certainly had no problem with the idea.
You don't think players or coaches have never intentionally lost or done something else under the table? Nobody has ever shaved points, fixed games, etc? That has happened. It probably happens more often than we will ever know about. And I'm certain some front offices have urged coaches to not put forth the best product a time or two.
I agree. Let me revise my opinion.
I don't think that just bc a player is ready and can or could play means he should. Playing them later, closer to their peak, is better for their all-around long-term development. Hence why I'm equating readiness with peak age.
That makes more sense. I feel a little differently... depending on the player, keeping him in the minors longer can hinder his progress. Some players need the challenge of the higher level to continue to develop their game. The trick is figuring out which players those are.