“I'm through that. I'm looking ahead.”
Jim Caldwell is a stand-up guy. But when he finally talked to a reporter for the first time since the night of Feb. 7, he pulled that looking-ahead-not-back card, one of the weakest in the game. Here’s Mike Chappell’s story and another from John Oehser.
It’s the same thing Bill Polian did when he met with the press late the week after the Super Bowl, insisting when asked about the game that “past is prologue,” butchering the meaning of the line as he declined to talk about the Colts’ failures against the Saints. (If past is prologue, than you HAVE to talk about the past if you’re talking about the future.)
Call me crazy, but I firmly believe fans are entitled to hear from the coach and the team president one time after they’ve had some time to soak in the Super Bowl, to ponder what happened and to look at film.
If you talk for 30 minutes after the game and never take questions about it from the media again, aren’t you hiding from it? It's hiding or it's contempt for fans and either way it's unbecoming from a classy organization and two highly respected guys.
It’s no war crime, and I’ll get over it.
But for a team that preaches next man up, it didn’t feel like the top guys manned up.