Could the late-season COVID epidemic be responsible for the Colts’ disappointing finish?

The impacts of COVID-19 have been highly publicized since the start of 2020. Hospitalizations and loss of life have been historically significant.

The Omicron variant was something new.

Good? Omicron appears to be considerably less dangerous to life and the symptoms are often less severe. The bad? It is hard to imagine a disease that has never spread with such speed and efficiency.

One note is that many of those who test positive go through their worst symptoms within 24 to 48 hours. However, some have reported persistent symptoms that last for weeks. Of these persistent symptoms, fatigue and lack of respiratory endurance are potentially the most common, even after the contagious period has ended.

There is no way to quantify the impact these symptoms may have had on the outcome of the games. Players could report these issues, but they are unlikely to do so. A loss is a loss and at the end of the day, players rarely dwell on excuses.

What are the signs that the list was grappling with the postponement of the COVID epidemic at the end of the season? Hard Knocks gave us a better understanding.

We know that after Arizona, COVID protocols had an impact on the team’s readiness. The team held more virtual meetings than usual, had less certainty about which players were available, and protocols not only had an impact on who was available for live practice, but also how often the team was available. The team could meet for practice live. Before the Raiders game, the Colts had practices where unusual mental errors resulted in frustration, and the perceived effort was called upon by the coaches and managers of the players. It’s a team that prides itself on not making mental mistakes and taking into account the moments when players go out with a list of “loaves”.

Is it possible that one of the most common and lasting symptoms in people who test positive for COVID is having an impact at the right time? Could it be that Pro Bowl players are silent in Jacksonville because they feel residual fatigue?

The alternative is for the Colts to just quit. Their effort disappeared in an unusual way. Laziness went from something avoidable as if every player’s career depended on it to some defining characteristic seemingly overnight when players should have been more motivated than they had been at any other time. of the season.

Frank Reich went from a leader who had his team ready to face two playoff teams in consecutive weeks and under less than ideal circumstances to a coach who was responsible for not preparing his team mentally or emotionally to finish the season. season. A team came together largely after carefully checking players’ mental toughness through a process developed by former Green Beret Brian Decker Breathe on a Large Scale, and team leaders were an integral part of those misfires.

Sorry. It just doesn’t make sense.

Grab the straws? May be. But this seems more rational than the alternatives.

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