Colts Offensive Linemen Explain Changes Coming To Their Unit In 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS – Earlier this offseason, Frank Reich explained some of the philosophical details on what might look different from the Colts offensive line in 2019.
It was Reich who made the surprising move of firing offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo following a successful campaign for that unit last year.
This was Reich explaining what will be different for the Colts up front this fall:
“From a pass-protection standpoint, that’ll all be the same, the way we call, the words we use, everything will be the same,” Reich says. “I know Chris and Howard have a few philosophical things that were different from Guge. Without getting into it, some guys talk about setting on a dish, some guys talk about vertical setting. And the best offensive line coaches are represented in both camps. Howard and Chris have some pretty strong views on what they believe in that, (which) would be a little bit slightly different in that area.”
Over the course of the past month and a half, we’ve heard from all 5 starting offensive linemen returning in 2019.
Below are some of their thoughts on early work with Strausser and Mudd:
- Left Tackle Anthony Castonzo: “There are only so many schemes you can really coach in the NFL. There are only so many gaps but the technique is a little bit different. They want a little bit different shape of the pocket and different things like that. It’s all just kind of them trying to figure out what we are best at and kind of integrating that with their techniques and just making sure everyone is as successful as possible.”
- Left Guard Quenton Nelson: “I like them a lot. They really harp on the fundamentals and do a great job teaching. They are very detail oriented and what they’re teaching – I feel like I have already seen results in myself and my teammates, too. So it has been awesome being coached by them and they’re doing a great job.”
- Right Guard Mark Glowinski: “We are talking about techniques and fundamentals. Similar take of how we go about our blocks. But we are going to have more emphasis on the fundamentals, technique and hand placement. There might be a couple of adjustments about how we attack linebackers.”