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Week 17 Morning Aftermath: Colts could face an awards backlash

The frustration that has been spawned by the decision of the Colts not to pursue a perfect record could have a specific consequence that previously has been overlooked.

With postseason awards coming, the folks who vote on such matters might be influenced, consciously or otherwise, by the Colts’ decision not to try to win all of their games, and by the lame explanations given by the team after all hell broke loose.

This dynamic could arise in several ways. Jim Caldwell likely cost himself serious consideration for coach of the year, strengthening the candidacies of men like Norv Turner and Marvin Lewis.

And while the decision to yank Peyton Manning from the Week 16 game between the Colts and the Jets likely confirms Peyton’s value to the team, some of the 50 Associated Press voters who’ll decide the MVP award might now opt to lean toward Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, Titans running back Chris Johnson, or Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.

Then there’s the offensive player of the year award, which likely was destined to land with Johnson (who set the single-season yards from scrimmage record and rushed for more than 2,000 yards) and Saints quarterback Drew Brees (who now owns the mark for the highest single-season completion percentage). But Peyton might have squandered his shot at getting a few courtesy votes.

And Bill Polian possibly can forget about being named the Sporting News executive of the year.

Then again, the Colts probably will say that they don’t care about postseason awards. Just like they don’t care about going undefeated -- but unlike their attitude toward, say, Manning’s streak of consecutive starts and Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark catching 100 passes each.