Originally posted on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 11/3/11

Bill Polian is a sound football guy who knows that with context, statistics are key to the game.  That said, he doesn't appear to be quite as down on punting as we are.  When asked about going for it on 4th and short he responded:

Well, I can see your point.  I can see your point.  You have to develop a personality in order to do that, and you have to have people that do it a lot in order to do it.  So when you have three guards in there for example that have not played in the National Football League, (offensive guard) Jamey (Richard) has played some, the other two almost none at all, you don’t really want to put yourself in that kind of position, especially when your defense isn’t hitting on all cylinders.  I’ve always believed, and I know Coach Caldwell believes, that the best thing to do is when you are weakened by injury, is to play conservatively.  Now, again Bill Parcells says, ‘There is a way to win every game.’  When you are bereft of your top talent the way we are because of injuries on the offensive side, sometimes that’s not going to look pretty.  But, I understand your question.  I understand where you’re coming from.  In the red zone that might make some sense, depending upon what the score is and how close you were in (kicker) Adam (Vinatieri’s) range.  Adam’s a pretty solid guy when it comes to converting, so you’re balancing three points versus the possibility of seven or zero.  (Running back) Delone Carter’s a good running back so he can pound it in there, so is Donald (Brown).  (It’s) not a bad idea in certain situations.  What you don’t what to do is put the defense in poor field position, which happens if you don’t make it. 

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