It is common for NFL teams who have clinched a spot in the playoffs to rest their starters to avoid injury and to allow them to heal from the inevitable nicks and bruises of the regular season.

Why don’t teams who are out of the playoffs do the same thing? Doesn’t the same logic apply? In a way, isn’t the logic even more compelling for teams with only a few good players than for teams loaded with talent? Why hasn’t Miami been resting their top players since November?