Do you think had Ryan or Flacco sat they would have better postseaons? Regardless of what they managed to do in the playoffs they've proven that starting early didnt cause them problems long term.
Other names such as Freeman even Cutler have managed to play well without problems that are directly because of starting early
I think its naive to think that either side of the argument (wether for or agiasnt starting) should be a accepted as rule and not a seen has a call that is enitrely dependent of the specific situation.
it's wiser to sit the guy and let him soak everything up.
if people want to debate which is right or wrong, go for it. at the end, no one can say letting him sit will hurt him and letting him sit will ensure he isn't 1 of the those who became shell shocked..